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Travels with Gannon & Wyatt: Hawaii {+Hawaiian-themed activities!)

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Travels with Gannon and Wyatt | The Adventure Begins

In the tradition of historic explorer journals kept by explorers such as Lewis and Clark, Dr. David Livingstone, and Captain James Cook, the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt series takes us around the world in grand explorer style. You’ll never know where twin brothers Gannon and Wyatt will end up next or what they’ll encounter on their next adventure.

I’m a huge fan of this series because it opens up new worlds, cultures, and adventures all of which is manageable by the reader. It’s a how-to live an exciting explorer’s life guide which inspires its readers to look for an adventure wherever they are.

Another journey we’ve taken with Gannon & Wyatt was to British Columbia to explore the habitat and world of the Spirit Bear.

Today’s adventure takes us out into the Pacific Ocean to the islands of Hawaii where we experience a high-altitude blizzard, lava rivers, and raging surf beaches.

Travels with Gannon and Wyatt | Hawaii

This time Gannon and Wyatt are teaming up with fellow explorer Alana Aukai on their book Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Hawaii. When an ancient map is found on a drowning archeologist, the explorers shift their focus to the secrets the map holds and go on an adventure to rarely visited parts of the islands of Hawaii. As the story takes a turn when they discover that the secret the map holds is to the secret burial site of King Kamehameha the Great. The adventure takes a turn as they learn that someone is after the map at any cost, even to them and their lives.

Travels with Gannon and Wyatt

A HIGH-ALTITUDE BLIZZARD, BUBBLING RIVERS OF LAVA, AND BEACHES WITH RAGING SURF; one thing’s for sure: The Hawaiian Islands offer no shortage of adventure! Teaming up with fellow explorer, Alana Aukai, thrill-seeking twins Gannon and Wyatt begin an expedition to study rarely visited parts of this Pacific paradise. When an ancient map is found on a drowning archeologist, the explorers shift their attention to uncovering the map’s secrets. To their astonishment, they discover that it might lead to one of Hawaii’s most puzzling mysteries—the burial place of the islands’ most-revered ruler, King Kamehameha the Great! Adding danger to an already perilous journey, someone else is after the map—someone who seems willing to do just about anything to get it.-Amazon

This is a great adventure read for middle grade readers. The whole series is a collection of engaging adventures that will have you and your kids reading around the globe.

Travels with Gannon and Wyatt | Something To Do

Hawaii is a beautiful state, in short it is a small paradise that if you can ever get there, I highly encourage it.

We learned a lot from this book. One of the greatest and funnest facts we discovered that the highest mountains peak in the US isn’t Mt. McKinley in Alaska but Mauna Kea which boasts a summit of 13,976 feet. The big island of Hawaii boasts five major climate zones on ONE island. Everything from tropical to polar. Let’s do a little exploring on our own.

The Big Island of Hawaii


The big island of Hawaii is the youngest and biggest in the island chain. It’s home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Kilauea which is still spewing lava, creating a hot, flowing river fire which runs into the ocean.

Mauna Kea


Mauna Kea is one of the few places in the world where you can drive from sea level to a 14,000 ft summit. Altitude sickness is something greatly to be considered if you’re planning to visit. Mauna Kea is also home to the world’s largest observatory for optical, infrared, and submillimeter astronomy.

Gannon & Wyatt while on the peaks of Mauna Kea got caught in a blizzard and had to build a snow cave. Just so you’re prepared, here’s how you do it.

Snow Cave Building 101

The most important thing to know about snow caves is that you have to build them correctly or you could be injured or worse.  Follow this step by step tutorial as well as having a look at this diagram complete, with air vent you will have some very enjoyable hours in your snow cave.



Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is on Hawaii Island (the Big Island). At its heart are the Kīlauea and Mauna Loa active volcanoes. The Crater Rim Drive passes steam vents and the Jaggar Museum, which features volcanology exhibits and a viewpoint overlooking Halema’uma’u Crater. Thick ferns mark the entrance to the Thurston Lava Tube (Nāhuku). The Chain of Craters Road weaves over lava. Trails crisscross the park.

King Kamehameha The Great


In ancient Hawaii, legends told of a day when a great king would unite all the Hawaiian islands. The sign of his birth, kahuna (priests) claimed, would be a comet. And so it goes that Kamehameha was born in 1758, the year Halley’s Comet made an appearance over Hawaiian skies. Kamehameha was born in Paiea on the Big Island of Hawaii. His father was said to be Keoua, a grandson of Keaweikekahialiiokamoku, who once ruled a large portion of the island. Translated, Kamehameha means “the lonely one.”
Another legend tells of a kahuna who prophesized that the man who moved the 7,000-pound Naha Stone would become the greatest king of Hawaii. When Kamehameha was 14, the story goes, he moved the massive rock, and then lifted it and turned it completely over.
Kamehameha grew up in the court of his uncle, Kalaniopuu. When Kalaniopuu died in 1782, his power was divided between Kamehameha and Kalaniopuu’s natural son, Kiwalao, who inherited his father’s throne. Civil war broke out, however, and Kamehameha emerged as the Big Island’s ruler.

Uniting the Hawaiian Islands
Having gained control of his home island, Kamehameha turned to the other Hawaiian islands. Using weaponry purchased from American and European traders, the king conquered Maui and Molokai, then turned his attention to Oahu. In 1795, Kamehameha invaded the shores of Waikiki beach and led his army to Nuuanu, where a bloody battle with Oahu chief Kalanikupule ensued. Hundreds of Oahu’s warriors were killed, driven over the valley’s Pali cliffs.
In 1810, Kaumualii, the king of Kauai, peacefully surrendered his island to Kamehameha to avoid further bloodshed. With that, Kamehameha fulfilled his destiny of uniting all the Hawaiian islands under one rule.
Kamehameha’s Reign

The Hawaiian kingdom enjoyed a period of peace during Kamehameha’s reign. The king unified the legal system and used taxes to promote trade with the Americans and Europeans.
Kamehameha died in 1819, and his son, Liholiho, took the throne. Kamehameha’s bones were hidden by his kahuna. Today, his final resting place remains a mystery. (text excerpted from

Hawaiian Language

I actually lived in Hawaii for a few months when I was 13 and the I loved learning a few words of the language and honestly I just love the entire Hawaiian culture. It’s a very warm community who is very supportive and kind. Just to get you ready for your Hawaiian adventure with Gannon and Wyatt let’s learn a few words.

Good Morning : Aloha kakahiaka

Good afternoon : Aloha ‘auinala

Good evening: Aloha ahiahi

Goodbye : A huihou kakou

You’re welcome: ‘A’ole pilikia

What is your name?: ‘O wait koi ion?

Thank you: Mahalo

Thank you very much: Mahalo no loa

Good Luck: Laki Maika’i

We are truly blessed/frotunate: Pomaika’i loa kakou

Turtle: Honu

Foreigner, Caucasions: Laki Maika’i


Family: ‘Ohana

Child: Keiki

To adopt: Hanai

An adopted child: Keiki Hanai

Parent: Makua

Grandpa, or Grandma: Tutu

Youth Exploration Society


Gannon and Wyatt have taken us on yet a wonderful adventure. Want to be a world traveler, explorer and adventurer just like them ? Check out their Youth Exploration Society  where the world is your classroom.  It’s a vast resource of countries, maps, cultures, videos, books and book lists,  certificates,writing and video competitions and much more. A great time is had by all over there. It’s a very vibrant community so be sure to stop by and check them out.
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If adventure is what your young reader seeks, then your family will love my enhanced digital e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory!

The Ultimate Guide To Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is a step by step roadmap to this magical world. Just some of the fun includes:

  • A story filled with beautiful graphic illustrations including tantalizing Treasure Maps and vibrant tutorials.
  • Over 20 Crafts and activities that not only entertain, but educate.
  • You get to jump inside the book and enjoy creating the adventures yourself (Templates, maps, and more are included.)
  • Ever wonder where chocolate comes from? Or how gum is made? Wonder no more. Now you get to make your own.
  • Conduct activities in the areas of crafting, cooking, and game-playing as well as exploring many facets of candy production.
  • The option to take Charlie’s journey over the course of several days or take shorter journeys if you wish.
  • The creation of a new ritual of reading time with your family and the opportunity to experience the reading of this imaginative tale as a group activity, not a solitary event.

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The Ultimate Guide to Charlie