We took an amazing hike on March 17, 2016!!! We walked the entire way up the Koko Crater Railway Trail, totaling between 1000 and 1100 stairs!!! We even brought our dog, Maui, and he loved it! Sophia walked all the way up to the top and pretty much the entire way down all by herself with little to no complaints! I held her hand for most of the way down, simply because of the steepness of the stairs, but she wasn’t carried or pampered and did an amazing job!!! The view at the top was absolutely spectacular!!!!! We reached the top and ate some sandwiches for our lunch before walking around and exploring the top. The visibility was so great that we could see the outline of Molokai. There is a tunnel at the top leading into an old bunker that was pretty interesting to walk around inside. Part of the way up the stairs there is a spot where the stairs are no longer on the solid ground, but rather form a bridge. It was so fun, although challenging for the kids and dog with their tiny legs, but it was so great!!! I highly recommend this hike to anyone visiting Oahu. We spent a total of about 4 hours round trip on the stairs, but this is MUCH longer than it typically takes. Tiny legs, but slow and steady was safe and still fun!
On March 16, 2016 the family took a trip to visit Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial, and the Pacific Aviation Museum located on Ford Island. These sites are amazing and humbling and beautiful in a horrible way. These historic sites were fun in a small way, in that we got to see all of the planes in the museum and the remnants of such beautiful ships. It also ended up being a quiet learning day for the kids, who at 6 and 4 realize that death happens and our freedom in America comes at a cost. This trip was amazing from a historic perspective. I spent much of the day explaining to the kids what everything meant and why it was so important to understand. The questions of why the attack happened definitely came up, which also proved to be a wonderful experience in teaching such small, innocent people that although such horrible interactions between America and Japan took place, we are working towards cooperation with each other and with a mutual understanding of respect between us because sometimes bad things happen and we cannot hate everyone who is different than us or everyone who does us wrong. This post has a more somber tone to it much like the day itself did, but it was a wonderful, educational, and inspiring trip to see and teach the children from nonetheless.