10. The wonderful smell of tropical flowers in the air and warm trade winds
9. Being pampered by the pool attendants at the Halekulani on Oahu
8. Leonard’s Malasadas and the fabulous shrimp trucks on Oahu
7. Waimea Canyon on Kauai: “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific“
6. The road to Hana on Maui: 617 hair pin turns and 56 one-lane bridges! And, of course, the coconut candy stand on the side of the road!
5. Snorkeling in Napili Bay and Honolua Bay on Maui with my girls
4. Breakfast at Napili Kai Resort: the best Eggs Benedict with a view on Maui
3. Strolling along Front Street in Lahaina and popping into my favorite shops such as the Glass Mango and The Elephant Walk Gift Gallery
2. Staying in a Hale at the very special Kona Village on the island of Hawaii
1. Walking along beautiful Hapuna Beach on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii
Try these for an “ultimate” Hawaiian Experience
The locals call her Auntie Sheri, and she knows Hawaii as well as they do, so let her help make your experience one to remember. Perhaps you would love to try one of Sheri’s three favorite Hawaiian experiences…
1. Experience the atmosphere at a true Polynesian resort on the best beach in Maui, Napili Bay. Packages at the Napili Kai start at $1140 per person, double occupancy. This includes round trip airfare fromSeattle, 5 nights in an oceanview studio condo (with a kitchen), and a rental car.
2. Halekulani means “the house befitting heaven.” As one of the top hotels in the world, the Halekulani really is a slice of Hawaiian heaven. Packages start at $2000 per person, double occupancy. This includes round trip airfare from Seattle, 5 nights in an oceanfront room, and daily breakfast.
3. Individual bungalows reflect Polynesian architecture at this “barefoot luxury” resort. Kona Village is the closest to an “all-inclusive” resort in Hawaii. Packages start at $1960 per person, double occupancy. This includes roundtrip airfare from Seattle, 5 nights in a private hale (bungalow to us mainlanders!), and 3 meals per day.