Hawaii, My Home

While the crystal blue beaches and the always-sunny weather are what attracts people to Hawaii, my favorite part about Hawaii is the people. It’s funny because while I’m thankful for my awesome family and friends, I’m also grateful for the mundane interactions with strangers sharing the aloha spirit. You know…it’s the shaka you get when the car in front of you is trying to get across the freeway to make it to the exit or the way people make you feel at home when attending bbq at someone’s home, when you know you’ll probably never see that person again.

I definitely take this place for granted. I’m so incredibly blessed to have been born and raised in what people might argue is the most beautiful place in the world.

Adventures in Maui

My cousin told me she was going to be in town and was going to travel to Maui for a few days. It was the middle of the week, but I decided to take off, since I desperately needed a vacation…even if it was just for two days. I decided to hop on the same Maui flight they were taking, and we were off. We snorkeled, drove half way to Hana with a manual car, and enjoyed some amazing sunsets.

Hawaii Island Adventures

Neazel, Darren, and I flew into Kona on a steamy, voggy day, without a clue of what we would be doing. We figured we’d just figure it out when we got there. Luckily, Nicky and Daniel were preparing for their wedding the night before and had finished what they needed to do. We met up with them and decided to go on a little adventure.

The black jagged lava rocks stretched for miles and miles until we started driving up a cloudy mountain. As we unlocked the gate to the hill, the road turned into tire tracks up a pretty steep hill (lucky for 4-wheel drive!). As we sat in the back of the truck bed, we were so fortunate to see sheep and cattle running free. We were engulfed in clouds. We could barely see five feet in front of the makeshift road. Once we got to the end, we frolicked and followed Tina, with our bare feet. On our way back, the clouds started to burn off, and we saw the most amazing valley I’ve ever seen in my life. I was in awe and felt like the valley was a secret that only we knew about.