It was a rough 12 months dealing with Covid, and having to delay our trip to Hawaii, but we finally made it. Joy had gotten vaccinated at the beginning of the year, and i got last month so we finally felt safe enough to get on a airplane for five hours and get our butts to the Aloha State for some R&R. Tuesday everyone went to Kaiser to get their Covid tests done, and the next day we got our negative test results which made everyone excited and raring to go.
Friday Morning my parents dropped us off at the Long Beach airport, and we were greeted with a full terminal with people with the same idea as us. Thankfully we were able to quickly check in our bags, get through security with a few minutes to spare before they started boarding the plane.
The girls were really good at keeping their masks on during the whole flight, and entertained themselves with their ipads, activity books, and opening their surprise blackpink dolls.
Upon arriving at Honolulu International Airport we made our way through the Covid screening process, picked up our luggage, and found our rental car where the person we rented from Turo had left it for us, with keys, and a $20 bill in the center console. We were finally able to hit the road, and head west to uncharted area which Joy and I had never been to before. The girls got a kick out of seeing some locals riding in the back of a pickup truck on the freeway.
Before heading to the Marriott Ko Olina hotel we had to make a stop at the Island Country Markets, which is just a fancy named version of an ABC Store, so we could stock up on some Spam Musubi, Koloa rum, and tons of snacks. This would be an often repeated occurrence for us, since the dining options on this side of the island was quite sparse.
After checking in, the kids headed straight to the closest of the 3 pools on property. The kids swam, while Joy and I relaxed with some tropical mixed drinks. We had finally arrived, and were able to relax. The kids swam for at least two hours, and we only stopped so we could get something to eat for dinner.
We went to eat the beach side restaurant Longboards Bar & Grill for some not good steak, and other basic resort food, but the views were great, and we were in Hawaii so we weren’t complaining. After dinner we headed back to our room, showered up and just relaxed after a long day of travelling.