YOU GUYS!!! I got to spend a whole week in Hawaiiiiiii!!!!! I had been there once before when I was 5, and mainly just remembered that it felt like heaven, so I’ve been really looking forward to returning (even moreso after this worst winter everrr). The best part was that I got to go with a whole bunch of loved ones because my cousin was getting married there, so most of our family all went together.
I was still excited, even though this happened the day we left:
But anyway, our airplane arrived as scheduled, late at night, so we went straight to bed, and then I got to wake up the next morning to this:
So, yeah, Hawaii is beautiful, as we all know. But first things first, we went to get breakfast at Kihei Caffe.
Having gotten some non-fabric food into me, we headed to Polo beach for some fun in the sun.
Then we got to go to a Luau!! It was great, we all got leis and fruity drinks with umbrellas, and we got to watch hula dancing!! I LOVE hula dancing.
The next day, we watched part of our group take a surfing lesson. They’re tiny, but they’re surfing!
We basically never stopped eating that day, as we went back to the condo to join the gang for a barbecue in the courtyard. Then we all sprinted toward the beach as we realized that the sun was going down, and I snapped a pic just in time.
The next morning, I took a walk along the beach with my mama.
After lunch, we got some shave ice and had a fun chat with Paul, the shave ice dude. I like to play a game called “When I Move to Maui”. When I Move to Maui, Paul is gonna be my mentor.
Then, it was the big wedding day! We got all gussied up and headed down to a beautiful little beach/cove in Wailea.
The next day, we headed up to a cute little hippie town called Paia, where we had lunch at a place called Charley’s, and then went to a beach where real surfers were surfing. You can’t even see surfers in this picture, but I swear they are there. There’s a teeeeeny tiny spec off to the left, and that’s a kitesurfer.
Along the side of the cliff where we were watching, this guy had backed up his truck-bed filled with palm branches and stuff. He was really fun, and gave my aunt a coconut with a “Hawaiian straw” (a palm branch reed).
We headed back to Polo beach, where my aunt taught me how to boogie board. Here we are, being totally cool boarder gals.
My parents and I got some pizza (Hawaiian style pizza of course! How cute/cheesy are we?), and ate it on the beach at our condo while the sun went down.
We ended up getting dinner and a show, as some turtles were having some romantic time on the beach.
And here’s the paparazzi totally ruining the mood:
The sunset was really cloudy, but still beautiful.
Thursday, we had breakfast at Swan Court, a restaurant at a resort in Lahaina. It’s a nice experience, because the restaurant had enormous open doors to a little garden filled with various birds, so the birds fly around and you feel like you’re eating in nature (a really clean, white tablecloth version of nature).
After brunch, we walked and swam along the beach and did a little shopping at the resort.
Here’s my nephew (or Danny Devito from Twins? You decide.) waving hello to a praying mantis on the table.
We hung out at Polo beach again, and my nephew built this sand castle!
So maybe he didn’t technically “build” it, but he did stumble upon it and destroy it (the people who made it had left).
And then some of the nerdy men from our family got pretty serious about engineering their own sand castles.
It was a really special evening at the beach, as we all were together, and we watched the sunset and took pictures together. This is just after the sunset, when everything was a beautiful silver color.
On our last day, we hung out at the pool, and had lunch at a 50s-style diner (my favorite thing in the world) called Peggy Sue’s. When I Move to Maui, I’ll eat at Peggy Sue’s at least once a week.
We also spent a little more time in Paia, where one of the surf shops has a promo pic of our surf instructor, Kiva.
Alas, it was time to leave. Hawaii cried the day we left.
Four things I want to say about Hawaii:
1. There are a lot of rainbows there. We saw one like every day. Here’s one of ’em.
3. The grass is unbelievable. It looks like fake turf, and it’s soft and green, and I think it doesn’t need to be mowed.
4. I love the terrain there. It reminded me a little of Ireland. I really like the mountains, because they’re small and green. It just felt safe and cozy having these little slopes on all sides of you. Most mountains I’ve seen (in Colorado, New York, Geneva, etc.) are tall and dark and cold, and they feel like they’re saying “Hello there little human, I’m not going to let you go anywhere. You are stuck here foreverrrr!” But Hawaiian mountains are like, “Aloha! Wanna hang out for a while? Or not, whatever, stop by if you feel like it! Hang loose pal!” (Of course I realize that these mountains are actually more potentially dangerous, as they, ya know, erupt once in a while, but whatever.)
I’ll miss, you Hawaii.