Today was going to be a beautiful day. I woke up early in hopes to grab a great seat to spend the day at the beach and pool with the kids and take some time to learn a few things too.
I headed down to the Pau Hana room to sign our family up for Uncle’s Kahakai Canoe Racing later that day. People line up here VERY EARLY every morning to sign their families and children up for activities. I HIGHLY suggest checking your Daily IWA the night before and discuss with your family if there is an activity that you would like to try and get there ASAP the next morning to sign up. Space is EXTREMELY limited- especially when the activity is free (like our canoe racing activity)
After signing up the kids met me by the pool and we scouted out a spot for the day. We the headed back up to the room for a quick breakfast Papa made for all of us and we headed back down with Mike.
Mikey and I headed over to Aunty’s Beach House for their Open House.
It looked like a ton of fun, but my little guy was itching to get back to the water… and today we promised we would try paddle boarding!
Of course, there was a high surf advisory the day we decide to try this… but we had a great time! We were lucky enough to try this before Aulani closed rentals for the day due to the surf conditions. We were also thrilled they have PhotoPass Photographers in the water to take pictures too!
Everyone took to paddle boarding as if we had been doing it for years! I will admit to being worried because of the advisory, but I am thrilled to report- everyone did great and no one was hurt. After an hour on our boards, we were ready for lunch and some relaxation.
Mike and I headed to Off The Hook (surprise, surprise) and the kids grabbed lunch at Mama’s Snack Stop.
After lunch, Mike, Mike and I headed to to the Pau Hana room for Uncle Kahakai Canoe Racing (the girls opted to stay at our chairs to relax….)
Once checked in, the staff did a wonderful job of telling the class stories of Hawaiian outriggers and their history- even with some class participation… and the PhotoPass Photographers were there to catch it all!
Then it was time to build our canoes!
Then it was time to walk down the the beach and race (the girls did meet us there to help cheer Mikey on)!
The class was adorable and we really enjoyed it. This is a free activity and the canoe you build is yours to take home- so an added value while staying at Aulani.
The rest of the afternoon we spent fluttering from our chairs, lazy river, water slides, pools, and the beach. Mike’s parents met us for some pool and lazy river time as well before my Mother In Law’s appointment at the spa. The rest of our group headed up to the North Shore for Surfing lessons.
Tonight we have sunset pictures on the beach and then dinner at AMA AMA…