Have I ever mentioned that the kids LOVE to go out to eat? They have actually become really well behaved (for the most part) when we go out to eat and we try to make it out when Peter is off so it's a part of family time.
On one trip to Leoda's, I saw Peter and Kai through the window as I was leaving. It was just such a perfect glimpse - had to capture it.
A client from Canada brought the kids some ketchup chips! We had never tried these before - they all liked them a lot!
Continuing our birthday tradition, we decided to take Cruz's birthday adventure just a little early because I have shoots for the next several weeks on Peter's days off. We decided the kids were old enough to take the drive to Hana and enjoy it. Hana is an incredibly special place. I think so many visitors drive though and just don't "get it" - it's more than a drive. It's more than a place to stop and eat lunch. It's a step back in time and it's magical. When people ask me about it I tell them if you can't go and spend the night, you're not getting the full experience.
We tried to get two nights, but due to Kai's surgery day off for Peter, we could only get one night and thankfully the Andaz let Peter come in at 6pm on Saturday instead of 3pm so we could get in an extra few hours.
We took the Kaupo back side road to get into Hana. We pulled over often so the kids could check things out and stretch. It was a really voggy day, but Kaupo was probably the greenest I've ever seen!
We checked into Travaasa Hana, which if you've never been is Heaven on Earth. I think the Four Seasons Koele and Travaasa Hana are two of my most favorite places ever... anyway, we were greeted with big hugs from all the staff as well as everyone wishing Cruz a happy birthday. Our concierge friend Dawn had a gift basket for Cruz which was pretty awesome. We got to the room and of course first things first... POOL! I guess when you have unlimited ocean access a hotel pool is what the kids want first! It was a salt water pool and it was AWESOME!
After our time at the beach, Peter was pretty tired from not sleeping much since he worked late the night before, so he took a nap and me and the kids went outside to play. The hotel has no TV's, no internet - it's a complete shut off of electronic devices and it was fabulous. We had a talent show on a little stage in the open field area (I recorded the performances and will upload them soon), we had races around the croquet lawn, we rolled down a grassy hill. It was heavenly. Then we got ready for dinner and went to eat a really fantastic meal. They surprised Cruz with a birthday sundae with candles and we went back to the hotel to crash out - we were all pooped!
The next morning we did as much as we could fit into a few hours. We played at Koki Beach (a favorite) for a long time. I wish we could have stayed all day. We caught waves, ran around in the shallow water, jumped over waves, swung on the tree swing, built sand castles. As Grandpapa would say, It was DELICIOUS!
|Side note - I am in love with this image of Ryenne. She body surfed and caught some pretty big waves!!! This one will be going into a frame!|
After Koki Beach we jumped in the pool again and headed back home. We took the regular rainforest side to get home and Cruz started to get a fever. The kids were pretty carsick so we didn't stop for many pictures.
It's a rainy day today and I finally turned on my computer. I'm sure I have a million emails to tend to and I have a ton of editing as well. The kids are being couch potatoes right now and that's fine. It's a rest day. Just thinking back on this week it was such a series of emotions everywhere for me. Thankful to end February and begin March feeling so refreshed and connected to this Ohana of mine and this amazing island. It was such a treat to run away!