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What To Do With Kids On Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki

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Yesterday was quite possibly the most relaxing day of my life.

We don’t focus on relaxation when we are traveling. There is normally too much to do, and I want to me able to share as much as possible with everyone.  However, yesterday we moved to a new hotel and pretty much the second we got there, I just felt a wave of calmness rush over me. The next thing I knew, I was telling Pete that today needed to be a go with the flow, do what we feel like day with no set plans….that is exactly what we did. I think that once you see our new suite, you will totally understand why I felt this way. I might never want to leave. 

Let me introduce you to our new partner hotel, The Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head (full review coming soon)… lotus honolulu at diamond head lotus honolulu at diamond head Diamond head suitelotus honolulu at diamond head boutique hotel20160316_125620 20160316_130001veranda 20160316_130038 20160316_130102

This boutique hotel at the foot of Diamond Head is magnificent. We are staying in the Diamond Head Suite that is massive with views every direction and features a wrap around balcony. Pete and I have been sitting out on the veranda working and taking in the sights and sounds for hours now. I can’t say enough good things about this hotel. It is that special. 

We did take a little break from hotel life to head down the coast for a bit. We wanted to explore that direction of the island, and we found a little piece of heaven about 20 minutes away. We passed some beautiful beaches and then happened upon this harbor.


Emmy had her daily allotment of shave ice, and Pete had an acai bowl. I think I’ve converted Pete into a devout acai bowl connoisseur. He declared this one a top 10!  

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The prices here were shockingly reasonable, so much so that we double checked with them to make sure they charged us for everything. Even though we are luxury travelers, we still get a thrill out of a good deal! President Obama must enjoy a deal too… his picture was all over the walls here!


We took a leisurely drive back to the hotel and decided to have some beach time. The hotel has a little path to the beach maybe 1 minute from the front desk. Clearly, nobody enjoyed the sparkling water… or maybe everyone did! The weather has been perfect!

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As the sun started to set, we headed back to our hotel. The thing with sunrises and sunsets here is that they happen almost instantly. They seem to linger more in other places we’ve been, especially California, but here one moment it’s sunny, the next the sun is gone til it rises again the next morning. 


This evening we decided to have dinner in our suite. It has a full kitchen and dining room area off the family room, and we wanted to just enjoy the space. We discovered that there is a service called WaikikiRoomService.com that delivers straight to your room from a huge list of restaurants. I think it was about $6.99 delivery fee per restaurant which is yet another deal that just came our way. We ordered a bunch of food and then headed down to the business center to rent a movie. Our room came with movie rentals, and there are DVD players throughout so it was dinner and a movie night for us.


This is what our night looked like. It was awesome! I highly recommend a night of doing nothing when on vacation. We are now refreshed and ready for another packed day of island exploration; that is if I can tear myself away from this hotel. I am so in love!

Here is our day four video recap:


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Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


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