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By Beka Compton
The Times 

A family break in paradise


Beka Compton

Swimming with sea turtles was the coolest experience of the trip. So exciting, in fact, it was worth missing out on the photo op to be 150% in the moment. There were five or six turtles in front of our condo, and they loved to surprise visitors. The Maui Ocean Center raises and releases turtles to help stabilize threatened populations.

If you've been craving the sand and surf, this article may or may not be for you. On June 22, I woke my three-year-old traveling companion, Gracie, at 3:00 a.m. We said goodbye to my husband for the next eight days and began a twenty-hour journey that landed us in paradise. In Kihei, Hawaii, to be exact, just in time to beat the hottest week I have ever heard of in my more than 20 years of living in Waitsburg.

After boarding the early-morning flight out of Walla Walla, Gracie and I had a seven-and-a-half-hour layover in Seattle before the flight to Hawaii. The wait between flights was long,...

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