A L O H A ! I recently returned home from spending two weeks on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, in a small beach town called Kailua. Where do I even begin? Words don’t do this place or our experience justice. Photos SURELY don’t do it justice.
Hawaii had always been on my ‘bucket list’ but also my ‘probably won’t ever spend the money’ or ‘get my husband to fly that long’ list. And then, two years ago, some friends of ours who travel to Hawaii every other year invited us to come with them in 2017. It seemed like a good idea at the time. But over the next two years as we began renovating our new home and dealing with a lot of things on our plate, it started to seem like not the wisest idea to spend the money on a trip to Hawaii. But, since we had started saving back in 2015 for this trip specifically, we decided to just do it. Because, YOLO #amiright? And I’ll say. I am so glad we did. Hawaii is worth every damn penny. And then some.
I’m actually still a bit speechless over it, to be honest. We hiked some terrifying hikes but well worth it for the view. We kayaked, we snorkeled (amongst sea turtles!), we paddle boarded. Rode horses through Kualoa Ranch where Lost and Jurassic Park were filmed. We ate, we drank, we relaxed. The Aloha spirit that is alive and well in Hawaii is surely contagious. While it may be some time before we can get back to paradise…we are without a doubt, already looking forward to our next adventure there whenever that may be. For those who think Hawaii is too far away, or too expensive…start saving. And make it happen, some how, some way. You won’t regret it! The greenest greens, bluest blues, and most perfect weather.
Oh, and if you’re getting married there, bring me! Have camera, will travel. And one more thing. More often than not when we travel we opt for booking a house or small apartment rather than resorts and hotels. It makes for a less expensive and more authentic experience that allows us to feel more like locals than tourists. I would highly suggest this for Hawaii, it lets you immerse yourself in the culture in a bit more genuine way. The only problem with that is, by the end of the trip you start to feel like you live there and then you don’t want to come home…
‘The cure for anything is salt water, tears, sweat, or the sea.’