We explored the Hawaiian island of Oahu in a Stow ‘n Go minivan while the kids napped and played “I Spy with My Little Eye.” Pali Highway led us through tunnels to the lush country landscape and gorgeous white sand beaches of windward Oahu. The boys spent hours being chased by waves and building sand volcanoes. Uncle Clay’s all-natural shave ice was a special treat to keep us cool and sooth Ben’s teething gums. We met Uncle Clay who welcomed us to the ‘ohana and shared wise words for a happy marriage. The North Shore stole our hearts with its uncrowded beaches, roadside stands, local music, laid-back vibe and awesome farmer’s market. We discovered guitars made from Koa wood and learned about different native fruits, vegetables and flowers like lilikoi, pitaya, sea asparagus and red torch ginger flowers. We sampled artisan foods and sat out on the lawn while the boys ran around the beautiful grounds of Waimea Valley with other children chasing red-headed cardinals, peacocks and chickens. Shallow tide pools on the west side of Shark’s cove were waiting to be discovered and splashed around in. Being together surrounded by the islands natural elements was just what we needed. We left feeling grateful for the memories and with pure aloha in our hearts.