As I've previously written, our journey to Hawaii was not without its challenges, but, in the end, we all made it and we had a wonderful time.
Despite my trepidation surrounding the cost of the rental house in Kailua, it ended up being the best money that we have spent on a vacation, period. The house was large enough for us, including a bathroom in every bedroom, space to spread out throughout the house, and a kitchen that has forever set the bar for the Kitchen of My Dreams. The cabinets space! The counter space! The commercial-sized fridge! It was a chef's wet dream and I enjoyed cooking in it. In fact, we only ate at one restaurant the entire time we were on the island and I never complained, once.
The house was only steps from the beach and had a ton of outdoor entertaining space for us to use as well, although, since Kailua is on the windward side of the island, we didn't use the space quite the way I had envisioned us doing. That was just fine; the indoor entertaining space was plenty sufficient for the Cub's graduation party (post on graduation coming soon).