If you have not figured it out yet, let me fill you in... traveling is like oxygen for me. Traveling keeps me sane. Traveling keeps me curious. Traveling keeps me inspired. Traveling keeps me in love with life. Traveling keeps me grounded. It seems just when I return home from a "big" trip or even just a short weekend away, my mind is already spinning on "what is next"?! I've learned over the years, that 'it' is a passion not all understand. I do not scoot around NC, the country or the world because I am not content with the life I have created in Raleigh. I do it because I covet what this world has to offer. So while it was a little crazy (and scary in ref to the funds) to plan to leave for Hawaii just 18 days after getting back from SF- I knew it would be worth it and of course it was. A week in The Playground of the Pacific will do wonders for the essence of one's being and more so for their spirit. Sean Penn once said about his work in Haiti that "it is good to seek circumstances that will humble you" and I believe that statement to be true.
When you look at a flat map, it is hard to grasp how far Hawaii actually is. It's always stuck off the coast of California. I've been to tropical paradises, but never ones this secluded. I flew in to Honolulu mid afternoon. The clouds were scattered across sky over the Pacific and hugging the mountains behind the city skyline all the while, parts of the sun were shinning over Pearl Harbor. As I exited the airport I was greeted by Christopher with 2 beautiful fresh made Leis that smelled delightful!
|Park at Honolulu Airport|
After hugs and hellos I was told to suck up my jet lag and get ready for the evening! We headed to Christopher's apartment at Harbor Court to get ready for the night. His friends Tony & Kelly picked us up and we head into Waikiki for dinner and drinks at Rumfire. Tony and Christopher went to the Citadel together and both got stationed in Hawaii. It's awesome to get to move beautiful location for the job and have your best friend and his wife come along. Rumfire is beachfront with tiki torches lining the property.After dinner hours this place turns into a lively bar/ dance party. From here we bar hop to a couple other bars.
|Chris and I at Rumfire|
Sunday was a be lazy at the pool day. Before that happened Christopher took me to Dixie Grill. While the food was really good, the atmosphere and location were def questionable. It located right off the highway, literally, if you sit outside, the cars zoom past you. There was a collection of miscellaneous decor all over the place. But again, the food was good. After getting our Southern fix we head to the pool. We spent the afternoon napping in the sun between dips into the pool. Christopher took me to his favorite late night bar the night before, they have found a way to beat the system, while you can't technically "sell" alcohol past 2ish, you can however buy casino chips until 6am and purchase drinks with your chips. The place has a very fitting name: Asylum. Christopher had work early Monday morning, so that evening we went to a cook our own dinner on open fire spot. Gyu-Kaku was a recent new find for the boys, and it sounded perfect for a Sunday night date night with the bro. We could get full bellied and then pass out!
|Roof top pool|
|View of pool from the apt.|
|View from Harbor Court|
|View from Harbor Court|
|Thanks Google Images: Ala Moana Beach Park|
|beautiful trees everywhere, Ala Moana Beach Park|
|That little guy- he's mine!|
|if you look close, you can see the waterfall.|
|Chris V with all his dessert|
|The Boy's beach house|
|Beach across from the house|
|Across from the house|
|Waimea Bay from the top of the hill.|
8 days was not enough time. This small island has so much to offer was well as the neighboring islands. It's nature's beauty in some of the purest forms I've seen. If it's not on your bucket it, add it.
|John John Florence!|
Chef's Laua at Sea Life Park
Get local and ride "THE BUS"
Pearl Harbor- Book/ buy tickets in advance, I sadly did not get to go, they were booked the entire week I was there.
Shaved local ice- yum
Mokule'ia Beach Park
Bellows Field Beach Park
Happy Trails, horse back riding
National Cemetery of the Pacific
Ko Olina Lagoons
Honolulu Museum of Art
Makapuu Point and Beach