Hawaii One-Four

MCCS Kaneohe

Sometime in August, Bethany, my close friend of ten years, invited me to Hawaii. She and her husband and sons, plus her sister-in-law and SIL’s boyfriend, had booked a beach cottage on the MCCS Marine base on Oahu (where they have friends), and there was an extra spot. I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii, and this was a fantastic opportunity – super cheap lodging and wonderful travel companions. Plus, I had some discretionary funds from the new roof I no longer have to buy. I thought about it for two days and then I booked my plane ticket for a week in Hawaii in September. Best decision ever.

MCCS Kaneohe

MCCS Kaneohe

Our beach house had a large back patio overlooking the mountains, rainbows, and ever-changing waters of Kaneohe Bay. We had a beach across the street, and our own private tide pools at the bottom of the hill. I spent several afternoons clambering over the rocks, sometimes sitting quietly, sometimes playing chicken with the waves (spoiler alert: I lost), sometimes channeling Ariel.

part of your world
PART OF YOUR WOOOORLD

Early on, when we struggled to sleep past 5 am, Bethany’s SIL Melody and I got up to watch the sun rise over the beach.

Oahu sunrise

Oahu sunrise

Oahu sunrise

Oahu sunrise

We ate Pineapple Whip at the Dole plantation in Wahiawa, malasadas from Leonard’s Bakery in Honolulu, ahi tuna and lilikoi popsicles at the Kailua farmers’ market, shaved ice at Matsumoto’s in Haleiwa, and moonfish at Duke’s Waikiki.

Dole Plantation

Leonard's Honolulu

Matsumoto Shave Ice, Haleiwa

Waikiki

We hung out with Bethany’s friends at one of the world’s largest sandbars, in Kaneohe Bay.

Kaneohe Sandbar

Kaneohe Sandbar

Kaneohe Bay

We visited Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

We went to the Paradise Cove Luau.

Paradise Cove Luau

Paradise Cove Luau

Paradise Cove Luau

Paradise Cove Luau

We puzzled over whether the little guy on the sign was really running toward the tsunami.

tsunamisign-kaneohe

When I accepted Bethany’s invitation, I had no idea how much I would need this trip. It would have been a dream trip at any time, but it was especially restorative so soon after the loss of my cat and in the midst of other stresses and tough things. I’m so grateful.

Bethany is a fellow Floridian, in reality as well as at heart, but she says Hawaii is her true home. After being there with her, I understand and somewhat agree. The unrelenting beauty and peace of Hawaii are unlike anything I’ve experienced anywhere else. I can’t wait to go back.

Kaneohe

Stay tuned for posts on our DIY LOST tour of Hawaii – and the story of the permanent souvenir I brought home!

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Christian. Memphian. Reader. Writer. True blue Tiger fan. Lover of shoes, the ocean, adventure, and McAlister’s iced tea.

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6 Responses to Hawaii One-Four

  1. Carol says:

    I am SOO glad you decided to go. Hawaii looks too beautiful to be real, and I love all your pictures that capture that. I can’t wait for you upcoming posts!

  2. violetvale says:

    Wow, such gorgeous pictures. You looked lovely; I can tell how much it suited you to be there!

    Also, your blog looks really nice; I hadn’t visited in a while, so I was surprised by the new look.

  3. Laura says:

    What an awesome trip and pictures!

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  5. That looks absolutely amazing. I’m so glad you were able to go! What an exciting trip. I really want to go to Hawaii. I’ve never been.

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