July 3, 2022
Thursday Day 5
Today was an extremely exciting day! We started the day rising before the sun to head to our sea kayaking launch off spot in Hanalei, Kauai. The whole group was prepped and ready with their waters, sunscreen and snacks for a full day on the water. Once we arrived to our spot we were greeted by our amazing Hawaiian outfitters that would be guiding us down the cost. In pairs of two we were boat by boat pushed out to sea for our adventure to begin. The first mile breezed by and before we knew it we were ready to explore some sea caves, that are only accessible by kayak. The first cave was a big dark cavern that Teddy and Martha fearlessly lead us into quickly followed by Simms and Fran. The whole group gathered up and admired the high walls and cave ceiling. Next came a cave named ‘double doors’ because we got to enter one cave and circle around and pop out a different side. This cave was like a real like amusement park water ride, with wave and a waterfall, it was spectacular. Thomas was in awe after this experience. Our last stop before lunch was a cave that had a open ceiling and this cave was truly breathtakingly beautiful. Upon entering the water was the most marvelous crystal blue color with a large sea stone rock in the middle. Cece explained it to look like where mermaids would live. Saunders, Coalter and Evelyn all were excited with the opportunity to swim and jump off the middle rock. After a long 12 miles the whole crew was ready for lunch, we headed over to a kayak only beach and enjoyed our cold drinks and sandwiches. To finish off our sea kayaking we pushed through 5 final miles over calm crystal clear waters. Along the way we saw sea turtles and an echoing valley. After sea kayaking everyone was feeling very accomplished and proud of all their hard work. The group was treated to a well deserved dinner out at a Hawaiian restaurant, where they all sat together sharing stories and laughs. The moral was high this evening so we headed to a near by beach to conclude the big day with a beach front Mooonup. Our LODs Thomas and Saunders lead us through a thoughtful conclusion to our day.
Day 6 July 1
We started off the first morning of July waking up at a more reasonable hour than the day before, everyone was happy to get a full nights rest! For breakfast, we enjoyed some pineapple, cereal, bagels, and toast and got ready to head out to our surf lesson at Hanalei Bay. We met our instructors on the ocean and were able to catch waves on our own today because we had learned the basics during our first lesson. The instructors pointed out Teddy and Coalter for catching the most waves and being the most avid surfers in group #1! Thomas also surfed on three surfboards that were stacked on top of each other! While one group was surfing, the other group would go explore the small surf town of Hanalei where they have some cute t-shirt shops, a healthy juice bar, and surf shops to check out. Adair, Martha, Evelyn, and Fran stopped at a local juice store and tried “the best gluten free pumpkin bread” they’ve ever had. After surf lessons, we drove to Princeville area for a lunch of açaí bowls and sandwiches which were delicious! Then, we made our way to the zip lining outfitter and did three zip lines, one of them is the longest in Hawaii at a length of 3/4 of a mile! The guides also brought us to a water hole on their property where the group jumped off of a 16 foot cliff and ziplined into the water. The fresh water felt amazing after being in salt water for so long, Evelyn said it was her favorite moment thus far! We also enjoyed from fresh strawberry guava straight from the bushes around the property. After a fun day, we returned back to camp and enjoyed a burger cookout with chips and salsa and a side of veggies! Our leaders of the day, Simms and Cece led us through our last moonup in Kauai.
July 2nd Travel Day!
Today our group would be wrapping up our time in Kauai! The group was sad to be leaving the beautiful garden island of the Hawaiian islands, but were excited to embark on their new journey to the big island. First thing in the morning Jack, Cece and Mary Teal helped leader Gracie to prepare a pancake breakfast. Jack was a pro on the griddle and was grinding out perfectly cooked pancakes. After breakfast the group worked together as a team to pack up all the tents and clean up camp to better than we found it. It was a great time for some group bonding while we waited on lunch, we listened to music, made bracelets, and shared stories and laughs. During this time Thomas, Coalter, Simm and Teddy all pilled into the same Eno hammock until it came tumbling down making everyone be die belly laughing. Once we finished up lunch we did a final sweep of camp and headed off into town. We celebrated wrapping up a great full of adventure week in Kauai with a cool sweet fe heading to the airport. We got through security and into the air seamlessly and before we knew it all the kids were giving a round of applause for our landing in Kona, HWI. We went to a local spot to grab a bit to eat and took a quick trip to the grocery store to replenish our food supplies. All the girls got matching pajama dresses and the boys got some big blow up bouncy ball. The whole gang was excited to see our new beach front campsite and set up their gear. Once we we’re all situated and made this camp site our new home it was time for Coalter and Mary Teal to lead us through our first Moonup in the big island. Everyone headed off to bed excited for their first day of scuba diving in the pool tomorrow.
We are so excited to begin our second half of the trip in Kona and so pumped for all the kids to get their PADI scuba certification, it’s gonna be an amazing accomplishment and cannot wait to watch them learn and grow.
Gracie Nate, Molly
Happy Birthday Alex! – Coalter
Happy Birthday Mom I love you – Teddy
I’m making so many unforgettable friendships and memories – Cece
I miss harry – Evelyn
I love you mom and dad 🙂 – Jack
I lost my sunglasses – Simms
Thank you so much for sending me on this trip I love you & I’m having a great time – Adair
I love you and I miss you I’m having so much fun – Fran
I hope everything is going great at home, I miss you – Saunders
I’m having a great time, I hope Millie isnt driving you crazy – Martha
What’s uppppp miss you – Thomas
I love and miss you guys so much, I’m having fun! tell everyone in highlands I say hi -Mary teal
June 29, 2022
Aloha Hawaiian Islands Families! We are so excited for you to keep up with our travels!
Airport Day!!!! We could not be more excited for the group to join us in Hawaii this evening, so we got up bright and early to prepare! Nate, Molly, and I headed to camp to set up the tents and get everything situated so the evening would run as smoothly as possible . Next, we headed to Costco & stocked up on a verity of goodies and nutritious food for our group to cook & enjoy together. We then set up shop in Delta baggage claim with snacks, a speaker, and games as we eagerly waited. Our first friend to join us was Evelyn and she brightened our day with her smile and excitement for the trip. Martha and Thomas came as a pair soon after and we all shared stories and got to know each other as we snacked. Molly went and fetched some pizza for the group and Adair, Saunders, Mary Teal and Fran all landed in Hawaii! The group was coming together! Next was Cece, who arrived in a different baggage claim as I went to get her, she greeted me with a hug. When we returned to the group and Coalter, Simms and Teddy had arrived! They ate much needed pizza and were ready to head to camp after a long day of travel. We were pumped when Jack arrived late in the evening and our gang was officially complete!
Everyone loaded up into the vans and we headed to camp for a restful night of sleep. Once we arrived the group was pleased to see the beach front camping location & feel asleep listening to the sound of the ocean waves.
We woke up on our first morning in Hawaii to a beautiful sunrise. We had a great breakfast of yogurt granola and fruit to prepare us for a morning surf session. We began our drive to Hanalei Bay jamming to out to T-Swift and some killer classics requested by Cece. When we arrived at the beach, group 1 got their boards and prepared to get in the water. Thomas and Martha looked like absolute naturals on the board. Group 2 spent some time playing group games and swimming in the water. Adair and Saunders caught some great footage on their GoPros during the swim. Once group 2 started surfing Evelyn was one of the stars of the show catching one of the best waves of the day. Group 1 explored the town of Hanalei where Jack indulged in quite the burrito. After getting back to the campsite for lunch Mary Teal showed off her kitchen skills by helping prep all the food for the group. We then played an intense game of “Nukem” on the volleyball courts where Simms and Coulter were the team MVP’s! We had a much-needed dinner of delicious Mediterranean bowls. Fran impressed the group by preparing a dinner bowl worthy of being on the cooking channel. Thomas cracked everyone up with his groovy dance moves during group games on the beach. We ended the night with a touching moonup and watching fireworks coming from down the beach.
This morning we woke up early and had a delicious breakfast of cereal, fruit, granola, and yogurt before driving an hour and a half to the trail head for our 7.5-mile hike! Adair and Jack served as our first student leaders of the day (LODs) and gave us a rundown of what the day would look like and what we were to bring with us. As we drove towards the parking lot, we were all blown away by the stunning views of the Waimea Canyon from the car. We filled up our water bottles and were on our way – Jack was at the front of the pack the entire way to our lunch spot, serving as a source of strength for the rest of the group behind him. Fran and Mary Teal also stayed towards the front, taking on the new challenge with grace and confidence. Thomas cracked us all up by wearing his new floral bucket hat that says “Kauai” on it – and made us proud as it protects him from the sun! We walked 3.5 miles to a lookout spot where we could see the Na Pali Coast, where we will be sea kayaking for a few days, and a view of the Waimea cliffs. It was truly breathtaking! During our lunch break, Saunders and Cece took full advantage of the beautiful scenery and took many photos on their Go Pros and cameras which they can’t wait to share with their family and friends back home. We ate the sandwiches we packed this morning with many snacks, making sure that everyone was full and ready for the way back to the car, another 3.5 miles! Teddy and Simms led the way, and we were so proud of them for pushing themselves to go fast on the uphill sections. On the way back, we experienced some challenges as this way had a much longer uphill section, but Adair was there as LOD to encourage and lift everyone’s spirits. When we got back to the parking lot, we were lucky to stop in the mountain lodge shop and grab some Gatorades and ice cream! Next, the LODs, Jack and Adair decided on the plan for the rest of the day – explore the town of Hanapepe, known as “the biggest little town,” which had some interesting art galleries, shave ice shops, and gift stores. Evelyn, Teddy, Simms, and others got shell necklaces/bracelets to immerse themselves in Hawaiian culture. After spending some time in the cute town, we drove back to camp and hung out together while preparing pasta and salad for a nutritious dinner! To end the day, Jack and Adair led us in a meaningful moon up. We can’t wait for our service day tomorrow!
Gracie , Nate and Molly
June 27, 2022
Hello Hawaiian Island 2B Families!
We heard from our leaders late last night that the group has landed safely in Lihue. The trip is off to a great start, and we cannot wait to hear more stories from their adventures.
Please remember our leaders and students will be unplugged during their trips but we will be posting up to three trip updates throughout the next couple of weeks! This will allow you to follow along with the trip and the students will also give a special shout out mid-way through! You can also follow us on Instagram, @moondanceadventures, to see more of what we are up to this summer!