Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mark and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary in Hawaii this year! It was the best place I have been so far! We stayed in Waikiki on Oahu. Waikiki beach was about a block away from the hotel.
Of course since we are Poulsen's we had to stop at Costco to load up on supplies like beach towels and giant cream puffs and Doritos (for Mark). I fell in love with the gelato in the sugar waffle cones for only $1.50. Seriously they were so yummy. We stopped back a few times during the week just so we could have a gelato cone. I am so sad that none of the Costco's in AZ seem to carry the gelato on the food court menu.
This was Kailua beach. It was amazing to see beaches that look picture postcard perfect. Our favorite beach was Lanikai which was actually about 1/2 mile from Kailua. The sand (at Lanikai beach) was white, super soft and the beach was that perfect turquoise blue. It was gorgeous.
Mark and I went to see Pearl Harbor one of the days. While we were there, we also visited the U.S.S. Arizona (battleship) and toured a submarine. The submarine was so tight that it made the battleship seem large and roomy--even though it wasn't in the least bit.
We did a little surfing on Waikiki beach along with hundreds of other tourists.
One of our favorite places we visited was the Polynesian Cultural Center on the other side of the island. We tried the fresh poi and it really wasn't too bad! We both loved the buffet in the evening and the night show "Ha Breath of Life".

Other fun things we did while we were there was tons of snorkeling...no pictures because we were always in the water. Seriously, we snorkeled almost every day and at almost all the beaches we went to. One afternoon we hiked to Manoa Falls which was kind of inland a bit--in a jungle. I can't forget my favorite place we ate at was Haleiwa Joe's Seafood Grill. The other wonderful thing about Oahu was the weather. It was nice to breathe fresh air and walk around outside without the heat from Phoenix. I definitely think we will have to take the kids back during the summer.


kara September 9, 2011 at 10:29 AM  

Wow congrats on 10 years. Hawaii looks like it suits you two. I'm glad you had such a great time. Sydney's baptismal pictures are gorgeous. She is a beautiful little girl.

Amy O'Neill September 9, 2011 at 8:33 PM  

What a fun trip! Definitely on my wish list... Happy 10 year anniversary!

Auralee September 10, 2011 at 6:39 PM  

What an amazing place to spend your 10 year anniversary! I loved all the pictures - especially the beach you swam at, that water looks so inviting ;) Sounds like you had wonderful time!

Cara September 11, 2011 at 5:28 PM  

So fun!!! I love the pictures!! And, I am sorry we didn't get Gelato when you were here last spring. Our costco carries it! And, you can take it home by the tub-full! Miss you!!

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