We were able to go to Hawaii for Spring Break last week. Traveling with 4 boy is always a challenge, but we are getting a lot better having learned from our mistakes. For example, pay a little more and rent a mini-van vs. a sedan. Boys do not like to sit right next to each other for long and you end up with a lot of yelling during the car ride. The mini-van we rented this year gave each one their own seat with good separation and minimized the touching and shoving we experienced with the cheaper sedan rental. We found a lot of beaches in the North Shore area of Oahu that were just beautiful and minimally crowded.
We packed some molasadas (Hawaiian/Portugues danish), some chips, oranges and bananas and we were set for a half day just playing at the beach. Wading in the waves and building sand castles (digging holes mainly) surprisingly can fill up many hours. The older boys love to do "diving catches" when I try to throw a baseball just within their reach and they need to dive into the sand in order to make the catch. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed some wonderful local foods from shave ice (Hawaiian's snow cone), lunch plates (a lot of food), and, of course, the breakfast buffet.
We reviewed our photos last night and had a lot of fun reliving our recent North Shore vacation. It's a real blessing for us to be able to take such a great trip in the midst of an economic downturn. We watched our budget, but had a great time. So many good memories.