A note before we get started: Thank you thank you thank you thank you for all the love and wonderfully kind comments on my last post and on Instagram. My mom is worried that I’m “going to want to invite everyone who liked my photos or commented on my post to the wedding.” And she is exactly right. I hope you can all come. SAVE THE DATES FOR EVERYONE. I love you.
SO Hawaii was pretty awesome. It was a trip two years in the making, and I’d say it was definitely worth the wait.
It’s hard to write a recap of the trip without just being obnoxiously cheesy and saying how much I loved the islands and loved the food and loved exploring and loved having my phone on airplane mode for most of it and loved completely skipping town with Brian and enjoying 10 full days together. My cheeks have been sore for about a week now because I’ve been grinning so hard, and I think my face is probably pretty punchable by now. I’m sorry. I am excited and happy. 2014, who knew you’d be so awesome?
I had never taken a vacation this long, and I knew we’d be doing lots of activities (Brian created a pretty extensive and well-detailed itinerary for us). So I took notes about them as we went along. And looking back, I’m quite glad I did, because now I actually remember things!
Rather than give you the exhaustive version of the trip, here are my exact (and semi-coherent) notes as they appear in my phone.
Monday, December 1: Woke up super early to run 5.25 miles in Central Park. So glad I did before the longest flight of my life. Took an Ambien that kicked my ass. Don’t remember getting served spaghetti and meatballs. Brian says I kept saying, “This shit ain’t right, it ain’t right,” but that seems made up to me.
The flight was so long and Brian slept the whole time and I was so bored.
I watched “Friends,” Confessions of a Shopaholic, and The Fault in Our Stars, to which I sobbed audibly and disgustingly. (But still Lurlene McDaniel for life.) Eventually made it to Hawaii.
Got our luggage and rental car, checked into hotel just as sun was setting outside our room! Ate at hotel restaurant — coconut shrimp, Hawaiian BBQ wings, shrimp stir fry, and ice cream for dessert. Passed out hard at 7:45 PM island time.
Tuesday, December 2: Brian’s birthday! Woke up ready to go at 4 AM. Ouch. Eventually fell back to sleep. Birthday boy woke me up at 6:30 to start the day. Got breakfast at nearby Goofy Cafe. French toast with berries for him, eggs benedict with “local veggies” for me. Then went on THREE hikes!
First was so muddy…
…second was to an amazing waterfall…
…third was famous Diamond Head.
Got lunch from Ono’s Seafood. Poke was incredible!
Amazed by all the climate change here! Raining during hikes in rainforest, but hot and sunny at Diamond Head. So cool. Drove to the Dole Plantation so Brian could get a Dole Whip.
I got some candied macadamia nuts. Yummmm. Drove to the North Shore. Saw big waves. Stumbled upon the Vans Triple Crown Surf Competition AKA BLUE CRUSH LIVE. Picked up rental bikes! Got drinks at hotel bar, brought them to room while we got ready. Dinner at Alan Wong’s. Got the Chef’s Tasting Menu. It’s what Obama gets when he’s in town!
Wednesday, December 3: Slept in until almost 8:30. Cloudy day, no rush to get up. So rainy! Got hotel buffet breakfast. Mmmmm fruit and also mmmmm bacon. Went for a tiny walk around the resort, checked out gym, lifted some weights, eventually ran 6.2 miles around a nearby park. Got a bit lost and just ran in the rain. Got soaked. Walked through downtown Honolulu to Marukame Udon. Soooo tasty.
Walked back, quick shower, off to the Polynesian Cultural Center for a luau! Luau was hilarious and the host was amazing and by amazing I mean horrible. But culture is good. Good to learn.
Thursday, December 4: Up at 6 AM to get to Pearl Harbor! Spent several hours at the USS Arizona Memorial and doing an in-depth tour on board the USS Missouri. Really interesting stuff. Learned and saw a lot!
Got lunch to-go from Helena’s Hawaiian Food, where the cute owner is roughly 129 years old and served us our food. (Served Brian our food. I waited in the car.) We got Kalua pig, ribs, rice, onions with Hawaiian salt, and macaroni salad. It was all sooo good, and we ate it on our balcony. Splennnndid. Laid on the beach for an hour or so, then went on my most amazing bike ride of all time.
We rode 27 miles and they were so fast and some of it was along the Honolulu Marathon course and we rode around Diamond Head and to Cockroach Cove Beach and saw so much beauty. I won the ride. It’s always a competition. Then we showered and got a good dinner at one of the resort restaurants. Then we got waffle cones. Then fell asleep watching Peter Pan Live!
Friday, December 5: Up at 4:45 AM for a sunrise hike. So dark on the way up! Got to the top, saw sun rise over the Pacific Ocean…
…called people we love…
…hiked down, got breakfast buffet and 90-minute massages at the lovely Turtle Bay resort, where they filmed Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but did not see Sarah Marshall there.
Hung out at the resort for a bit, drove along North Shore, got cheeseburgers and shaved ice, drove back to hotel for quick outfit change, then dinner with lots of champagne at Michel’s. Best day ever ever ever? Yeah, probably.
Then we flew to Maui.
Stay tuned for part two if you’re so inclined.
Oh, and a popular question I got on my last post was, “Was Brian going to propose when you were supposed to go to Hawaii last year and then waited a year and a half to do it?” Um, no. Not even a little bit. Waiting a year and a half? That’s quite the secret to keep! But no. That was not the plan. Last year’s Hawaii trip was supposed to be for a wedding (not ours). #themoreyouknow
“Hawaii. Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do. Hawaiiiiiiii.” Something like that.