On our 4th morning Makai slept until 6am, which was a lot closer to normal than 3 am! We ate breakfast and packed up one of our suitcases. We were off to Oahu for a week!
We took Hawaiian Air and everyone knows the best part of a Hawaiian Air flight is the POG. Makai does not even drink juice and he drank the POG! Luckily the interisland flights are only about 20-30 minutes. Makai’s kind of flight! Once we landed we went to get our rental car. All the car rentals are now in the airport, which is sooooo convenient. You used to have to take a shuttle so far.
We drove to Aulani, the Disney Hawaii Resort. We met our friends from California, Josh and his daughters Juney and Mae. Long story, but Tweeny and their youngest daughter Daisy could not make it and were still at home in California. Josh’s friend Angus was also hanging out for the day. Angus was a friend of Josh and Billy and Ging from Boston and then they were all in California and we have met him and hung out with him over the years. When we checked into the resort, we were greeted with leis. Mine was fresh flowers, Dallas’s was kukui nut and Makai got this menehune necklace.
The villa we split with our friends ended up to be amazing. It was 2 bedroom, 3 baths, with a living room, kitchen, breakfast booth in a dining area, and patios off the living room and each bedroom. The best part about it was that it was on the ground floor and just steps from the pool. We just went out our patio doors to get to everything and never even had to go into the hotel part of the resort, with it’s endless hallways and doors and inevitable crazy hotel carpeting.
Josh (and Mae) showed us around the resort, since he’d been there for a couple days already and had visited a few times in the past as well. Almost immediately we saw Chip and Dale and got our photo taken with them.
And shortly right after that we saw Donald Duck! Makai was so shy by all of them!
After our tour we went back to the suite to change into our swim suits. We were swimming with Josh, Juney, Mae and Angus. There was this big slide that we only saw the end of, it came out into one side of the pool. Dallas asked Makai if he wanted to go on the slide, and of course he did. I went to the bottom of the slide to wait for them to come out and Dallas went to the top with Makai. We thought that Makai would be able to ride down with Dallas. While standing at the bottom I found out that everyone has to go down by themselves. I heard a lot of little kids screaming their heads off as they came down the slide and I knew that Makai would be too afraid. So the whole time I’m watching the stairs off to my right to watch for them walking back down. I was waiting and waiting and waiting. I was looking at the steps when all of a sudden Makai came flying out of the chute soundlessly! OMG!!! I ran over to him as fast as I could to pull him to the shore! Next Dallas came flying out. Turns out that the slide is completely enclosed and pitch black with many curves and dips! We asked Makai “Did you have fun on the slide?” He said “YUP!” and we asked “Do you want to do it again?”. Before we could even get the whole question out he said “NOPE!” A few days later I went down the slide and it was so dark and scary! Even for adults!
Our friends from Oahu joined us – Billy, Ging, Damien, Hoku, and Ka’eo, who was only 8 months old and we met for the first time. Josh’s sister also lives on Oahu and joined us with her family. In all we were 8 adults and 8 kids. We asked Damien if he wanted to go down the slide but he was too scared. So we were like “this little 2-year-old went down the slide!” and then he was all psyched and he and Hoku both went down!
After the pool we were in the lazy river and then we relaxed in the hot tub. There are several around the property and they’re pretty big, so a lot of people can squeeze in. Makai started calling the hot tubs “bubble bath pools” because they were warm and had bubbles.
At about 6 pm we went back to our room to get ready for dinner. That was a mad rush with 16 people taking showers and getting changed! I had Makai in the bathtub quietly taking a bath and Damien and Hoku rushed in, stripped and jumped in the tub before Makai even knew what happened! He was a little freaked out to share his space, but whatever! We had to be quick!
We had dinner at Mokahiki, on the Aulani property. It was an all-you-can-eat buffet with super premium choices – prime rib, scallops, mussels, sushi, oysters, snow crab, sashimi, stone crab, jumbo shrimp… It was amazing! Dallas ate SO many stone crab claws! It was an amazing dinner.
Back at the villa, the kids all played in the room. Billy, Ging, Damien, Hoku and Ka’eo headed home. Mae and Makai headed to bed. Josh took his sister and her family home. Juney wasn’t tired so Dallas and I stayed up with her until Josh got back.
Mostly Juney and I played iPad games together. There was a funny one where we loaded photos of Josh and Dallas and then did all kinds of crazy things with their hair.
That night, Dallas, Makai and I all slept in a king-sized bed together, Makai in the middle. He was SO all over the place. At one point Dallas had to sleep across the bottom of the bed by my feet and I got kicked in the face three times. Feels great when you’re laying there defenseless and sleeping!