Monday, October 17, 2016

Alohawaii




This summer I visited Hawaii with my family and my best friend Chloe, and we stayed for a week. It was absolutely stunning. Chloe and I had our own room and my dad, mom, and my little brother had their own. Every morning I would wake up and the view would take my breath away. I had never seen such beauty, compared to where I live Hawaii is paradise. One of our first nights we visited a little restaurant and I ordered an acai bowl with fresh strawberries and bananas. After that we took a peaceful late night walk on the beach and got the best snow cones from a little hut on the beach.The morning after this we were offered an amazing boat ride to go snorkeling out in the middle of the ocean. Of course we could never pass up this once in a lifetime opportunity. I saw all types of beautiful fish, and occasionally a grumpy one would come up and bite my toes, There were also stingrays, turtles, and a huge octopus. 
Hawaii is a huge time difference compared to where I live, so we had a hard time adjusting. We would go to bed really early and wake up at 3 in the morning wide eyed and ready to go. We also got the opportunity to paddle board, which is definitely not as easy as it looks. You have to have very good balance, and it took me and Chloe a while to get the hang of it. We went pretty far out and before we knew it we couldn't even see which direction we had came from, and the people on the beach looked like specks. We started to freak out a little bit. Chloe then lost her Go Pro in the ocean when she busted and fell off her paddle board, let's just say she wasn't to happy about it. All in all it was a good experience and we look back at it now and laugh. 
On our last day Someone recommended Hana Highway to us, which is a twisty, windy road with destinations at each mile marker. We all get car sick very easily so we decided to only go halfway. We stopped at a gorgeous waterfall, where I would drop my phone in the water and break my third phone that summer. My parents were definitely not happy with me. Even though I did break my phone, I was in one of the most beautiful places on earth, nothing could bring me down. We then stopped and took pictures with some parrots and decided to head back to the hotel. I never wanted to leave, but at the same time I was ready to sleep in my bed again and see my dogs. Hawaii is filled with the sweetest people, the prettiest views, and the best food. Although slightly far away from home, it is still one of my favorite places to visit. 
 

 Places I recommend:

  • Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade, in Kahului & Kihei, use locally sourced fruits to produce handcrafted lemonades. They serve their lemonade in their very own designed mason jars, which makes for a very artsy picture. Not to mention, their lemonades taste amazing! 
  • Ululani's shaved ice has special recipes for all of the shave ice syrups, and they are all made up of 100% pure cane sugar, natural fruit juices, and local ingredients. With over 50 flavors to choose from, and a handful of delicious add-ons, Ululani's is the best place. I had the best experience there and I highly recommend it. 
  • The road to Hana was one of my favorite places to visit in Maui. All the destinations along the way included: A black sand beach, waterfalls, food stands, and much more. I wouldn't advice you to go if you get motion or car sickness very easily. Maybe go halfway like I did. 
  • Maui's bamboo forest along the pipiwai trail is a gorgeous sight, and well worth the mile to get there. Along the way you will pass a lot of waterfalls as well. I would recommend you bring some water bottles and a few snacks for your adventure. 
  • The Maui Volcano Haleakala drive is a pretty long drive, so make sure to wake up very early in the morning to get there before the beautiful sunrise. You will never forget it, I know I won't. It's a once in a life time opportunity, that you will not regret.
   
Do you have one place where you can completely escape life to?