Day 13 – Fun in the “no-sun” at Aulani

After nearly two weeks in Hawaii I finally managed to capture an awesome sunrise – and I could only see a little of it since the main event was behind the other building. Hope I get to see a couple more like this before we go home.

With it being our last full day in Aulani and rain forecast for the afternoon we decided to head down to the pool area just after 9am. I packed my breakfast with me. As you can see Kevin has been practicing his Mickey drawing skills on my back !!

We found a spot to sit (there were a lot more choices today since it was early and also overcast instead of sunny) this time facing the beach. Kevin went off to buy some breakfast from the Ulu Cafe and came back with a breakfast bagel (minus the sausage) which had eggs & avo (since no sausage). He said it was very nice. I had my usual vegan cheese on mini bagel (which I had packed in my new stasher bags) and a cup of tea.

After breakfast we headed down to the beach but Kevin deemed it too cold. So we trudged back up to the lazy river. This time we tried out the double float. We did one go around on the float and then decided we should do one lap in the float. That turned out to be a much faster lap thanks to Kevin’s leg power.

It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve been on a waterslide. We did the raft slide together first which was a lot of fun – even though I tipped out face first at the end :-). We then did the solo slide in the dark. You lie down for this one and torpedo out at the end. I’ve decided I’m definitely more into sitting up for slides. The first one really was so fun and I’d loved to have been fitter so I could have gone on again.

We then headed back down to the beach where the water seemed so much warmer this time :-). We enjoyed a swim in the ocean. Such a shame it was a cloudy day as the backdrop would be that much nicer with some blue skies. Still at least it’s not raining yet. Kevin swam out to the buoy, which marks the end of the safe area to swim before you reach the reef.

We left the beach area and Kevin was sad to find the chocolate banana stand was not yet open. We then washed the sand off our feet and headed towards the adult hot tub. I grabbed my tea on the way as we were seated close by. We took in this view for probably the last time and after all the walking around and up the steps to the waterslide, the hot water was so nice.

I dried off looking up at the palm trees and feeling so very relaxed.

We went over to Off The Hook to have a punctual lunch but missed out on the last available table. Luckily we only had to wait about 5 min until one was ready. However, when Kevin realized he couldn’t have the bento box that he wanted (it was only available in the evening) and there weren’t many options for me, we decided to leave and have lunch back in our room. It does look a nice place to eat though so hopefully next trip. Kevin checked out the Ulu Cafe for lunch options but nothing appealed to him and we got a refill of popcorn on the way back to our room.

I’d finally gotten into the book I was reading so did that back in our room, while enjoying the popcorn. Eventually Kevin fell asleep so went ended up with another late lunch when he woke up about 2.30pm. I made another salad but this time added some of the leftover pizza from Kevin’s dinner the other night.

About 4pm the rain finally started, which meant the end of our plans to have a spa while enjoying the sunset. I spent some time working on the next vlog.

Later we went to visit the shops again to take photos for the kids in case they wanted anything. I also snapped a few more photos and we found Maui’s hook – not sure how we missed it before. There is just much to see and find in the resort. I guess we’ll keep making discoveries on each trip.

Kevin ordered a doordash from Aloha Salads for dinner. Unfortunately mine came with real chicken instead of the plant based chicken that I’d ordered. Luckily it was all on top so I was able to pick it off. The rest was amazing. Definitely a very good find for a place to eat. Later I enjoyed the last two vegan chocolate mochi. Again I can’t say enough how good these are !!!

We ended the day watching some YouTube and Kevin had organised to give our popcorn bucket to someone who wanted one to take home for their nephew. There is a really good facebook group for leaving unwanted goods/food when you are checking out. The only thing we had to offer was the popcorn bucket. The little bit of food we have left we’ll be taking with us to our next accommodation. But I love the whole idea as throwing out perfectly good food at the end of the trip is just horrible for many reasons.