I had such a good time narrating our anniversary trips last week, I thought I’d add in the honeymoon since it was actually the first trip we took as a married couple.
For our honeymoon, I originally wanted to do something dramatic, like Greece (my dream destination), but funds and timing wouldn’t cooperate. So I settled for Hawaii (I know, “settled” is a laughable term). 🙂
It was how I felt at first but those ridiculous feelings quickly diminished as the trip got closer. I worked at Sea World’s Makahiki Luau for almost four years so the Hawaiian culture held a special place for me. It was my favorite job prior to a career and I learned so much. Everyone there was actually Hawaiian, Tahitian or Samoan, so I felt like it was one of the more authentic experiences in the tourism industry. I even learned hula dancing and poi balls from them! But, I can now tell you, real Hawaii is even better.
This was the longest plane trip Jeremy had taken. I sleep on planes with plenty of Dramamine so Jeremy was on his own to entertain himself for the nine-hour flight. When I woke up, we were low over the other islands and being asked to declare any fruits or vegetables.
Brightly-dressed smiling residents greeted us in the terminal with real flower leis as we headed to our hotel shuttle.
The air is warm and breezy in Oahu and as we got closer to the hotel you could smell the salt in the humid air. We checked in and then raced to our room.
Breakfast was served down there around the pool each morning with a ukelele player and his wife, a hula dancer. They provided insulated lunch boxes so you could eat there or take your food up to the room or out to the beach–a very nice touch.
The room was lovely and air conditioned so we usually sat around the pool and then hoarded leftovers in the room. 🙂
We had so many plans to “do” things. We were going to go all around the island. see the Pearl Harbor area, the North Shore, island hop, etc. But when it came down to it, we identified a couple activities we wanted to focus on and the rest of the time we just relaxed! It’s what we needed by far, but we still got some great stories and experiences…
We went to a luau:
We tried to snorkel:
We hiked Diamond Head:
We scored a primo poolside spot:
We successfully snorkeled:
We surfed in an outrigger canoe:
We enjoyed malasadas:
We had a hard time saying buy but got in some last poses:
So that’s my short-version highlight reel of Waikiki Beach and our goofy delirium. 🙂
All these high temperatures lately makes me wish I was just laying on a beach again. Good times.
Have you guys been taking refuge inside or taking advantage of the hot weather? Do you like to see everything while on vacation or lay low?