Seriously, this vacation was so much fun. We put it together at the last minute so it was extra exciting because by the time we got there, we still hadn't had enough time to let it soak in that we were even going and it all felt like a dream! It was just a quick 40 minute flight over to the Big Island and thankfully Rowan did a fantastic job! She actually was a great traveler all around and we even managed to keep her on her schedule the entire trip.
Day 1: We got upgraded to first class at the airport so Rowan's first flight was super sweet, enjoyed a "first class Mai Tai and Beer" (as we liked to call them), got to our hotel around noon, got upgraded again to a nicer room with a sweet ocean view, went to our room via tram, unpacked, ventured off the hotel premises and enjoyed some lunch at a local spot, did some light grocery shopping for room supplies, walked around some of the shopping centers nearby, headed back to the hotel to change, then had lamb and fish for dinner while Ro slept in my lap and we could hear the ocean waves.
Day 2: We had a delicious breakfast and the best coffee ever at Kimobean(& I'm so excited to find out we have them here on Oahu!), headed to the pool/mini beach area and had lunch at the Lagoon Grill, sipped Mai Tai's, watched the dolphins and turtles, found seats with a canopy shade option and enjoyed the sun (then D and Ro took naps), went back to the room (via boat!) and changed, and enjoyed dinner at a local Italian restaurant.
Day 3: It was overcast and windy and our pool plans were foiled so we had coffee at Kimobean, explored around the hotel, had lunch at the Orchid Marketplace, packed and checked out, then drove into town to explore and get shave ice before heading to the airport, upgraded to first class AGAIN, then had the quick flight back home and enjoyed the sunset from our window seat the whole flight.
I'd say our first family trip was pretty dang fantastic.