I Found Paradise and they've named it Hawaii

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From the second we landed to the last sunset I was in total appreciation and love.  Beautiful little plumera flowers dusted the roads and the water was teal, warm and inviting. 

First stop was Lanikai in Oahu where we rented a little vrbo from a nice old lady named Dottie.  The Moke Islands were right outside our doorstep along with hiking trails, running loops and beach access.  A quick drive into Kailua brought coffee shops and other stores.  No hotels on this side of the island....just beauty.  We were there for a wedding so many friends were in town and our days on Oahu were filled with BBQs and Beach Days and exploring.  One night we drove into Honolulu to enjoy the Friday night firework show on Waikiki Beach.  The wedding was in Diamond Head and the bride being from Hawaii didn't want any Hawaiian flare so it was an outdoor wedding transformed into an Italian villa.  Amazingly beautiful.

After 5 days on the beautiful island of Oahu we hopped over to Maui and stayed at the Makena Resort just south of Kihei.  Ahhhh, room service, pools, cabanas, beach access, beautiful breakfast buffet, koi fish pond, state of the art gym, open reception, alohas here and alohas there.  Everyone was all smiles. 

Highlights of the trip:

  • The bluest, cleanest, warmest, tealest water
  • The warm white sand between my toes
  • Ocean front couples massages
  • Firework show
  • Lovely wedding
  • Snorkeling in Molokini
  • Snorkeling with sea turtles
  • Road to Hana
  • Hiking through Bamboo forests to a huge waterfall
  • Hiking Pillboxes

But the very best was being with my beautiful fiance, no laptop and leaving all our worries on the Mainland.  It was a wonderful trip and I can't wait to go back again one day. 


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Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager



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Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi Kerrie, sounds like the perfect vacation-great people, food, wonderful beaches and lots to do-I have been to Maui and to the Big Island and Honolulu and each has it's own charm.  Have a great weekend and welcome back.

Jul 12, 2012 01:36 PM #17
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Kerrie, Two of my favorite Islands!  They really are beautiful!  I hope that you had a blast!

Jul 12, 2012 01:59 PM #18
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Kerrie, Not someplace we've been yet, but have always heard great things!  Glad you were able to get away from it all and have a great time :)

Jul 12, 2012 08:54 PM #20
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Kerrie - Without a doubt, Hawaii is a paradise.  I've been there 4 times, and each time I see something new!  People have asked me which is my favorite island, and I always say the one I'm on at the time:-)  Your photos are wonderful, and I want to CONGRATULATION you on having this blog FEATURED in the Photos group!

Jul 12, 2012 10:17 PM #21
Doug Bullwinkel
Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666 - Roseville, CA
Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609

Thanks for sharing your Hawaiian vacation with all of us.  It looks like you had a great time but we're glad you're back home safe at AR.  Welcome home.

Jul 12, 2012 11:23 PM #22
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

So happy to hear that you and Lelani had a wonderful time in Hawaii. Having been there, I can agree that it is PARADISE! I have your next vacation all planned for you guys in another paradise location. Call me for details!

Jul 12, 2012 11:28 PM #23
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Kerrie,

Lovely pictures and you both look so happy. I want to go to Hawaii so bad but have been so many other places. My husband always finds another place to go. I am putting my foot down as next spring, I am going to Hawaii...with or without him. It looks like a paradise.

Jul 13, 2012 02:42 AM #24
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Hi Kerrie, Looks and sounds like you had a great trip... Love your photos..

Jul 13, 2012 05:08 AM #25
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

It sounds like you really had a vacation in paradise...love the pics, thanks for posting! It had to be hard to leave that behind and return to the real world, but we're glad you're back!


Jul 13, 2012 06:10 AM #26
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Looks absolutely gorgeous, wonderful and relaxing.  So glad you two had a wonderful time!!

Jul 13, 2012 08:10 AM #27
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Thank you for sharing your photos when visiting paradise. Someday we hope to visit Hawaii (paradise).


Jul 13, 2012 12:25 PM #28
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas
Kerrie, You got that right with your title. I absolutely love Hawaii. We have a timeshare on Maui so are fortunate to visit there every other year or so. In fact we're going in a couple weeks for 10 days. We'll be tying in a wedding and our family vacation so am really looking forward to it! Have a great weekend! DeeDee
Jul 13, 2012 04:47 PM #29
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Kerrie, you were in all the great places. Just a bit south of Makena was the black sand beach, and if you were on the road to Hana, you were right in the middle of the Macadamia area and the big farm owned by Jim Nabors. Sounds and looks like you had a great time

Jul 14, 2012 05:33 AM #30
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Thank you for all the comments everyone!  I feel blessed to have experienced part of the Islands and can relate to other's visits and stories. 

Jul 16, 2012 02:10 AM #31
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

How did I miss this! Hi Kerrie, how cool is that. Glad you had a wonderful trip. My daughter lives on Kauai. I am yet to get there, but soon!

Jul 16, 2012 09:28 AM #32
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate!

Thank you for taking me back to my trip in 2007.  I cannot wait to go back one day.  Aloha, Kerrie!

Jul 16, 2012 02:39 PM #33
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Gorgeous scenery of Hawaii. Have not been there yet but surely will put that on the list. Glad you had some time off and enjoy your time! Awesome pics.

Jul 17, 2012 03:21 AM #34
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Looks and sounds like you had a great time. Beautiful pictures, too.

Looking forward to my next trip to a warm location with a nice beach.

Jul 17, 2012 05:45 AM #35
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I'm glad you had a great time in Hawaii and on Maui.  Now you know what it's all about and I hope you can make it back soon!

Jul 17, 2012 01:11 PM #36
Greg Miller
Ruoff Home Mortgage - Sarasota, FL
Florida Home Loans - Conventional,FHA,USDA,VA

Great pics Kerrie, I had the pleasure of visiting Maui and just loved that island. Paradise indeed.

Jul 20, 2012 10:26 PM #37
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