Hawaii, the Big Island and Kauai, Fall 2013 - jayharwigphotography

This was the big one on our retirement bucket list. While we were working we always knew a trip to Hawaii was at the the top of this list. As soon as we retired in 2012 we researched and planned for this trip. We decide to make it a once in a lifetime trip, two islands and at least 10 days.

We went to The Big Island first, there we had a great room at the Marriott in Waikoloa; we traveled on a road trip all around the island, especially enjoying Volcanoes National Park, snorkeling at several beaches, seeing green sea turtles and I played golf at two golf courses.

Then we went to Kauai, stayed at another Marriott in Lihu'e, saw Waimea canyon, hiked the Kalalau trail and played golf.

It was a expensive trip and somewhat stressful, 6 plane flights, 2 islands, 2 rental cars, 3 hotels, and yet it was all worthwhile because we were in Paradise!