Why not Hawaii?
Since our ultimate destination was Australia and New Zealand, why not stop half way in Hawaii? It so happened that the Sony Open golf tournament was in Honolulu the Saturday before we needed to be in Sydney, so we booked 6 days at the Disney Aulani Resort in Ko'Olina on Paradise Bay. We are not Disney Vacation Club members, and I doubt we ever will be, but I certainly would if we still had youngsters at home!
|Aulani Resort, Ko'Olina, Hawaii|
FYI, it is a National Park and the tours are free, but an advance reservation is suggested. Only $1 per ticket to book online!
The second day SIL played golf in 20 mph trade winds and occasional rain while Alex and I scoped out other opportunities.
The quilt shop we were looking for was closed that day.😒 Unfortunately, we had rain every day from there on, but we managed to make a side trip to the North Shore and stopped at a waterfall/botanical garden.
Our final day we slogged through the mud at the golf tournament (at least we had pavilion tickets) and saw the famous trees from It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
|W for Wailai|
And we wrapped up our stay with the Aulani Luau. Locals said it is the least authentic, but we enjoyed the "Disneyfied" story line.
Next, off to Sydney, Australia!