Kerrie's Blog: I Found Paradise and they've named it Hawaii

I Found Paradise and they've named it Hawaii

From the second we landed to the last sunset I was in total appreciation and love.  Beautiful little plumera flowers dusted the roads and the water was teal, warm and inviting. 

First stop was Lanikai in Oahu where we rented a little vrbo from a nice old lady named Dottie.  The Moke Islands were right outside our doorstep along with hiking trails, running loops and beach access.  A quick drive into Kailua brought coffee shops and other stores.  No hotels on this side of the island....just beauty.  We were there for a wedding so many friends were in town and our days on Oahu were filled with BBQs and Beach Days and exploring.  One night we drove into Honolulu to enjoy the Friday night firework show on Waikiki Beach.  The wedding was in Diamond Head and the bride being from Hawaii didn't want any Hawaiian flare so it was an outdoor wedding transformed into an Italian villa.  Amazingly beautiful.

After 5 days on the beautiful island of Oahu we hopped over to Maui and stayed at the Makena Resort just south of Kihei.  Ahhhh, room service, pools, cabanas, beach access, beautiful breakfast buffet, koi fish pond, state of the art gym, open reception, alohas here and alohas there.  Everyone was all smiles. 

Highlights of the trip:

  • The bluest, cleanest, warmest, tealest water
  • The warm white sand between my toes
  • Ocean front couples massages
  • Firework show
  • Lovely wedding
  • Snorkeling in Molokini
  • Snorkeling with sea turtles
  • Road to Hana
  • Hiking through Bamboo forests to a huge waterfall
  • Hiking Pillboxes

But the very best was being with my beautiful fiance, no laptop and leaving all our worries on the Mainland.  It was a wonderful trip and I can't wait to go back again one day. 


Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 36 commentsKerrie La Guardia • July 12 2012 12:39PM


You look so pretty in Paradise! Happiness becomes you! Wishing you much love.


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

Looks like a Hawaii paradise vacation!! Wonderful pictures..glad to see you had such a wonderful time!!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 8 years ago

The view from the window is incredible. You really do take great pictures. I am jealous. Welcome back

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( about 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie ...     Aloha !!!   Wow !!                 Glad you had a Great Trip !    

Posted by San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hill Country ( about 8 years ago

Hawaii is so beautiful! I remember my first visit and coming home thinking Dallas did not look so Sounds like you have some great memories to cherish.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) about 8 years ago

Kerrie, I was in Maui about four years ago and it was awesome. Aren't the sunsets incredible? I want to go back.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 8 years ago

Kerrie -  Glad you gals got to go, enjoy some down time, report back and share with the Rain class :)  Looks like a dream vacation!

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) about 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie. Looks and sounds lovely. Time away is terrific.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 8 years ago

OMG!  I'm so jealous....but at the same time so happy for you!  What a great opportunity!  I hope I get to visit someday too!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 8 years ago

Kerrie, I am glad you have a wonderful time with your beautiful fiance in Hawaii. Thanks for sharing and both of you look gorgeous.

Posted by Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale (Kwee Huset Realty) about 8 years ago
Hi Kerrie - Great photos and an obviously great, and well-earned, vacation. It looks like a perfect place to be in love. But we're all glad you're back - this place was a complete disaster without you :)
Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) about 8 years ago


You and your fiance are certainly brightenting up Hawaii. Spectacular pics.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Kerrie~ Thank you for sharing your vacation with us! I've never been to Hawaii and would love to go. It sounds so relaxing! :-)

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) about 8 years ago

Kerrie.. looks like a great vacation.. I was there in dec of 2010.. and it was amazing! I'd love to go back again and again.. Lucky were able to enjoy and have a relaxing time with no computers!

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) about 8 years ago
Kerrie, what a great vacation and so very much deserved. Your photos are just wonderful!
Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 8 years ago

Howdy and evening Kerrie

Kerrie my friend, I'm sure sorry for being a late getting by to leave a comment on your mighty fine about your trip to Hawaii. I'm glad to hear you had a mighty enjoy able time there!!! Those sure some outstanding looking photo shoots for folks to enjoy siting their eyes upon! I went to the Hawan Islands on RAR a few times many many moons ago.  

PS I've been busy on some exciting news to do with my lady and I. I'm hoping to either do a blog post the last week of July or the Second full week of August about our news.

Have a good one

Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie, sounds like the perfect vacation-great people, food, wonderful beaches and lots to do-I have been to Maui and to the Big Island and Honolulu and each has it's own charm.  Have a great weekend and welcome back.

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) about 8 years ago

Kerrie, Two of my favorite Islands!  They really are beautiful!  I hope that you had a blast!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) about 8 years ago

Kerrie, Not someplace we've been yet, but have always heard great things!  Glad you were able to get away from it all and have a great time :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 about 8 years ago

Kerrie - Without a doubt, Hawaii is a paradise.  I've been there 4 times, and each time I see something new!  People have asked me which is my favorite island, and I always say the one I'm on at the time:-)  Your photos are wonderful, and I want to CONGRATULATION you on having this blog FEATURED in the Photos group!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 8 years ago

Thanks for sharing your Hawaiian vacation with all of us.  It looks like you had a great time but we're glad you're back home safe at AR.  Welcome home.

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666) about 8 years ago

So happy to hear that you and Lelani had a wonderful time in Hawaii. Having been there, I can agree that it is PARADISE! I have your next vacation all planned for you guys in another paradise location. Call me for details!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

Lovely pictures and you both look so happy. I want to go to Hawaii so bad but have been so many other places. My husband always finds another place to go. I am putting my foot down as next spring, I am going to Hawaii...with or without him. It looks like a paradise.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) about 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie, Looks and sounds like you had a great trip... Love your photos..

Posted by Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 (Long Island Cash Home Buyer) about 8 years ago

It sounds like you really had a vacation in the pics, thanks for posting! It had to be hard to leave that behind and return to the real world, but we're glad you're back!


Posted by Diana Zaccaro, "The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida (Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp) about 8 years ago

Looks absolutely gorgeous, wonderful and relaxing.  So glad you two had a wonderful time!!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) about 8 years ago

Thank you for sharing your photos when visiting paradise. Someday we hope to visit Hawaii (paradise).


Posted by Carl Winters about 8 years ago
Kerrie, You got that right with your title. I absolutely love Hawaii. We have a timeshare on Maui so are fortunate to visit there every other year or so. In fact we're going in a couple weeks for 10 days. We'll be tying in a wedding and our family vacation so am really looking forward to it! Have a great weekend! DeeDee
Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) about 8 years ago

Kerrie, you were in all the great places. Just a bit south of Makena was the black sand beach, and if you were on the road to Hana, you were right in the middle of the Macadamia area and the big farm owned by Jim Nabors. Sounds and looks like you had a great time

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 8 years ago

Thank you for all the comments everyone!  I feel blessed to have experienced part of the Islands and can relate to other's visits and stories. 

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 8 years ago

How did I miss this! Hi Kerrie, how cool is that. Glad you had a wonderful trip. My daughter lives on Kauai. I am yet to get there, but soon!

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) almost 8 years ago

Thank you for taking me back to my trip in 2007.  I cannot wait to go back one day.  Aloha, Kerrie!

Posted by Christine Hooks, Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate! (Pino Agency) almost 8 years ago

Gorgeous scenery of Hawaii. Have not been there yet but surely will put that on the list. Glad you had some time off and enjoy your time! Awesome pics.

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Looks and sounds like you had a great time. Beautiful pictures, too.

Looking forward to my next trip to a warm location with a nice beach.

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) almost 8 years ago

I'm glad you had a great time in Hawaii and on Maui.  Now you know what it's all about and I hope you can make it back soon!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 8 years ago

Great pics Kerrie, I had the pleasure of visiting Maui and just loved that island. Paradise indeed.

Posted by Greg Miller, Florida Home Loans - Conventional,FHA,USDA,VA (Ruoff Home Mortgage ) almost 8 years ago