Monday, July 11, 2016

Let Hawaii Happen: Kualoa Ranch

So if you know me, then you know I have an incredibly amazing, thoughtful and caring wife. In short, she is 100% awesome.

She surprised me with what turned out to be the most fun activity we did while in Hawaii - a 2 hour ATV ride through Kualoa Ranch!

This site first began as the residence of kings and their royal family. Later it was used as a bunker and an auxiliary Army airstrip during World War II. Blah, blah, blah… TODAY, it’s known for being an awesome location for movies and television!

Some of those movies and TV shows include:

  • Jurassic Park
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Godzilla
  • 50 First Dates
  • Hawaii Five-O
  • Magnum P.I.
  • Lost

World War II Bunker 

These used to be displayed as real boar heads back in the day to mark territory. A statue will do for now.

So for 2 solid hours, we were able to crank up some ATVs and ride throughout the ranch. Not only did we get to do donuts and ride through plenty of mud and water… we (meaning Asha) also almost tipped over taking a really sharp turn (highlight of the ride). There were plenty of stops along the way including the entrance sign for Jurassic Park and huge Godzilla footprints.

Do you see the kissing gorillas?

Imagine riding along in perfect weather, you look to your right and you see a beautiful mountain range with luscious, deep green valleys. Then you look to your left and you see amazing crystal clear ocean with a gorgeous horizon. This, my friends, was a perfect ride!

We also got to stand in line for Jurassic World's Gyrosphere whose platform still stood in place, minus the gyrospheres of course, which was all done in CGI.

From the movie, Jurassic World 
From the movie, Jurassic World

Along our ride we just couldn't get over the beauty. We came across a cattle crossing and even saw wild pigs scurry across our ATV path officially making it a "wild ride." (see what I did there?)

We could have rode all day but our 2 hours had to come to an end at some point. Our last stop was the perfect spot to end our ride - overlooking the beautiful Kaneohe Bay.

With our guide, Kona. Cool dude!

After a great day at Kuala Ranch, we took it easy with a sea-side dinner at Duke's that night. It was perfect.

And suddenly it was our last day in Hawaii. It's a good thing we have Apollo because that was really the only thing bribing us to come back home. We had a late flight so we spent the day eating breakfast at Eggs N' Things, strolling the beach, relaxing by the pool, grabbing ice cream and saying goodbye one more time to Diamond Head.

Fresh pineapple juice. Hawaii does it best!

So good!

Hawaii, you were beyond amazing. You gave us an adventure of a lifetime and couldn't imagine celebrating 5 years of marriage any better. We'll be back. A 10 year anniversary to Maui would be just as good!

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