The 'Alohilani Resort, Waikiki

"Where are you guys from?" the man across the communal table at Teddy's Bigger Burgers asked.

"San Diego", we replied.

"Ahhhh", he said like he just discovered a secret. "So this is where you guys vacation!"

We probably heard this from 4 or 5 other people. Yes, San Diego is amazing, but it's always good to get away and enjoy different climates, cultures and cuisines. We've taken Essie to Hawaii for 3 years in a row and we've grown to love the islands. I mean, who doesnt??

 Staying at the 'Alohilani, with its beautiful roof top pools and its close vicinity to the beach (literally across the street) was perfect for us.



We got down to the pool early everyday and Stacy was content reading a book or laying out or wading in the pool. Essie and mama would could back to the room to rest before dinner and I'd stay by the pool.



I woke up up at sunrise and shot photos of the surfers surfing Queens and surfed at sunset.

After breakfast, we'd wander to the pool where Essie swam all day. She's such a little fish these days and practiced diving for toys at the bottom of the pool. There are two pools at the 'Alohilani - one for toddlers that's only 2.5 feet deep and an infinity pool for advanced swimmers. We all spent time relaxing and floating on the big floating bean bags. The spa was perfect to warm up in as well.

The family's tend to leave the pool area for dinner so it's a perfect time for an evening swim with a near empty pool.


Although the hotel provides everything you need to enjoy a vacation, we wanted to visit friends and get out and explore as well. One day we went to Waimea Bay on the North Shore and the weather was perfect, the water warm and clear. Another morning I met a friend and we shot sunrise at a local favorite beach called Sandy Beach.

There is so much to do on Oahu and we were lucky to stay at the "Alohilani Resort, which is close to everything. On one of our last nights we walked down to the beach with our friends Seth and Becky and watched an amazing sunset.

What a good way to end a great stay in paradise! Mahalo to 'Alohilani for the aloha!