This January, I escaped the cold and flew to Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii. It was a dream come true – I completely understand why Honolulu is the dream destination for honeymooners and any couple in a romcom in the past thirty years. I don’t think there’s anything about Oahu that isn’t incredible, from the food, to the scenery, to the food, to the nature, to the food – did I mention the food?
But first, some scenery. This is the view from our plane flying into Salt Lake City, UT. Judging by the gorgeous view, I think this is a place I’ll be coming back to visit – except, you know, on the ground and everything.
Finally in Honolulu! Which reminds me, there is something not to love about Hawaii – how far away it is. 11 hours from Maryland. I’d never been on a plane even half as long, but it’s completely worth it… Below is the view from our hotel, Aqua Waikiki Wave, at night. It overlooked a popular strip along Kuhio Ave. in Waikiki.
I think I forgot to mention the food earlier, didn’t I…? The produce is so fresh it’s practically the fruit and vegetable equivalent of mooing. Not to mention the variety. There’s soursop, lilikoi, sapote; and I was pretty sure I’d eaten papaya, mangos, and pineapple before, but after tasting it fresh in Hawaii, I can say for certain that I was wrong. It’s like eating an entirely different fruit.
Below are some pictures from the China Town Market. This was one of my favorite places during the trip. There was just so much to see, so many new things to see, and so much going on.
…And I haven’t even started on the fish yet. I think you can imagine how fresh it would be considering that Hawaii is, well, you know. An island.
The wildlife (or not so wild life) even came to visit us in our hotel room. These adorable pigeons looked like they were kissing. Probably not the case, but still completely adorable.
And of course, the famous Waikiki beach. It’s more beautiful than an HD screen could ever depict. I’d show you some pictures, but I may have forgotten to take very many, what with the swimming and vacationing and all…
A truly luscious fruit salad of rambutan, pineapple, papaya, watermelon, and honey dew from the farmer’s market on King St.
Some of that wildlife I was talking about! Beautiful flowers are pretty much everywhere that plants grow. We found this gorgeous bunch on the way to the beach. I don’t suppose any of you know what kind of flower it is?
No mistaking this papaya tree for anything else!
Another case of friendly wildlife. This cute little guy ate lunch with us at the delicious Wailula Bakery in North Shore. Besides the incredible sandwiches, this place had the most incredible coconut cookies. They practically melt like butter.
Below is Shark’s Cove in North Shore. It’s a beautiful, calm pool somehow resting between two areas with pretty huge waves (over six feet while I was there!). Thankfully you don’t have to be quite as brave to get into these waters – just about half way. After crawling around the rocks for an hour, one of my friends kindly informed me that I should be wary of the sea urchins.
While I would’ve appreciated an earlier warning, thankfully I avoided injury and got to experience this beautiful place. It’s a great snorkeling spot with tons of fish and reef to see.
…And these would be those waves I was talking about.
I stayed on the shore and hung out with this guy.
On a different part of the island, we took the Pillbox Trail to get to this gorgeous view. I only wish I hadn’t been overcome with flu-like symptoms while trying to climb the rather sheer hillsides to get there. (I know, who gets the flu in Hawaii?! I was pretty sure I’d been cursed.)
Below is the view from the top of another hike just past the Monoa Falls trail. It was absolutely stunning to see in person.