There is nothing quite like living life on island time; and even better—Hawaiian time. This is my favorite place on Earth, bar none, and I am so thankful to have had an amazing week in Hawaii with Brian and our sweet friends—Kris and Lindsey.
We spent a relaxing week on Oahu soaking up the sun, lounging on the beach, and hitting some of our favorite local’s old hangouts. Lindsey spent a lot of her teenage years living on Oahu so we had a great time seeing all of her favorite spots. We spent a morning on the North Shore at Waimea Bay (where Brian did a gainer off a 40ft rock in to the ocean…yup, that’s my hubby!), followed by a hike to the Waimea Waterfall and finally, we topped off the sunny day with a trip to Matsumoto Shave Ice Shop: Lindsey’s recommendation and well worth the trip! The shaved ice was the perfect refreshment after some beach time.
We also spent some time on Waikiki Beach (where our hotel was located) while paddle-boarding. I absolutely love this activity! It is fun, challenging at times, and a great way to see some of the coral reef in the crystal clear water below the board. We ended several days after the beach by our hotel’s pool sipping tropical drinks (the boys were determined to do the “Tour of Polynesia” each day). Rough life, I know.
Sunset by our pool.
Tour of Polynesia
Another great beach that I would recommend (again, thanks to Lindsey!) is Lanikai Beach. This beach is tucked away from the high-touristy areas, and absolutely beautiful! The water is a stunning blue and the sand is soft and inviting. A lot of people kayak or paddle board out to mini-islands just off the coast, though we did not try it due to the crazy winds that day. This beach is close to Kailua which is home to many locals that work in Honolulu, and offers delicious eateries…such as Fatboy’s, our lunch of choice after a morning at the beach.
View of Honolulu from Tantalus, another great suggestion from Lindsey!
And speaking of food, we had some great dishes…including spicy ahi tuna that even I enjoyed! It was fresh, delicious and flavorful; I would definitely go back for seconds. Kris and Lindsey are both great at scouting out local places to eat and this made the trip even more fun. Nico’s on the pier was a favorite of my seafood-loving husband and friends, while Doraku Sushi hit the spot for me. Needless to say, we ate well.
Two of my other favorite activities were hiking to Manoa Falls with Brian…which ended in us getting lost (thanks to me!), stumbling across the wrong waterfall, and barely making it out alive after slipping and sliding our way around a makeshift trail. It was so fun! We also enjoyed a morning at Pearl Harbor—an absolute must-see for anyone visiting the island, in my opinion. It was a sobering and enlightening experience and made me all the more thankful for our Country, our Freedom, and especially those who fight each day to protect it. A highlight for me was a tour of the USS Missouri where, among other things, we were able to stand on the Surrender Deck. This is where the Japanese officially surrendered to the Allied Forces after World War II. It was an incredible point in history and I am so thankful to have had the experience of hearing about it and seeing the location first-hand.
To finish the week, we spent an evening watching Hilton Hawaiian Village’s firework show (really fun bonus!), and catching up with an old (new for me) MSU friend of Kris’…love that we live in such a small world! Saturday prior to our flights we were able to catch a little bit of the USA vs. China Volleyball Tournament hosted at our hotel which was so fun and included several Olympians…another great bonus to the week!
Saying goodbye to Paradise with my favorite guy.
It was a great trip and I am so thankful for the experience and time with my husband and our friends. I am already looking forward to our next Tochman/Sherry adventure–with no bouts of Mahalo Fever next time around!