I’ve only been to Hawaii once, and I’m a total cliche: I LOVED it and couldn’t get enough.
It was an extra special trip, because SVV and I were reuniting after seven months apart. When we said good-bye in Copenhagen the previous June, I didn’t think I’d ever see him again (we hadn’t discussed the future, not even a tiny bit). Then, he invited me to his cousin’s wedding in Hawaii on a whim.
The wedding spot was gorgeous, some Buddhist peace gardens (hippie much?) perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean.
Complete with a Hawaiian ukulele player.
We all got lei’d upon showing up at the wedding.
The best part of the trip was I finally got to meet his sister and her fiancee at the time (now husband), some extended family and his best friends, Danny and Jill.
And who knew Hawaii could be so cheap? We found a two-bedroom condo right on the Kona coast (from where the picture above was taken) in high season for a meager $175 a night (split six ways). This was our resident Fatty. We named him Chubs.
It was also my first attempt at snorkeling. This was nearly a year before I started SCUBA diving, when I was still terrified to put a toe in the ocean for fear that a shark would bite it off. SVV held my hand the entire time to calm my nerves.
Apparently the only photos I took on this trip were crappy sunset ones.
I’d really like to go back to Hawaii maybe in the fall, and um take some actual pictures of something other than the skyline, especially since it’s such a cheap and easy flight from San Fran. What’s your favorite island? Anyone have any can’t-miss diving spots?
**Still pre-DSLR days, Canon Powershot A520.