My husband and I boarded a plane on a chilly October morning. It was the day after the first snowfall of the season and we were happy to be headed off to a much warmer destination. My in-laws take frequent trips to Hawaii and, every couple of years, we join them. This year we decided to fly out a day early to spend some time enjoying the island, just the two of us.
We stayed in a little yurt on the North Shore near Haleiwa. Andrew bemoaned the outhouse-style toilet and lack of air conditioning….wimp! I, on the other hand, was obsessed! From the outdoor shower under the mango tree, to the birdsong all around us, it felt like our own little slice of paradise and was a dream come true. This AirBnb had all the thoughtful touches, romance, nature, and beauty that one would hope to find in a tropical getaway and I can not recommend it enough!
The next morning we woke up before the sun and went on the hunt for coffee and good food. We happened to find both at Kono’s Northshore. After eating our breakfast burritos at the cafe-style tables outside the restaurant, we took our coffee to go. We drove over Rainbow Bridge and found a little stone wall nearby where we sat, drank our coffee, and soaked in the cool, early-morning sunshine. After finishing our coffee, we got back in the car and decided to explore the rest of the North Shore. While driving, somewhat aimlessly, we stumbled upon Ka’ena Point State Park.
We raced down to the beach, both eager to plunge our feet into the waves. While there are many wonderful features of Colorado, the ocean is not among them. As Pacific Northwest natives, and having grown up on Vashon Island myself, we both had been craving the feeling of sand and surf between our toes. We spent the rest of the morning enjoying the beach and reveling in the relaxation and romance of Hawaii.
Frolicking on Oahu’s North Shore
The next day was Andrew’s 26th birthday. It feels like the years have just been flying lately and it was nice to be able to take a step back and reflect on the past year of his life, over Mai Tais at the beachside bar. As I have mentioned in the past, I am all about intentional living. A big area of growth in my journey to more a conscious life, has been learning to take the time to notice and appreciate the now. It is so easy to get bogged down in an unending list of to-do’s and upcoming moments, and completely miss the unique sweetness of the moment we are in. There is nothing quite like a celebrating a birthday in Hawaii, and this was not lost on either of us. There was much gratitude felt in those moments of reflection. We watched football, went out to dinner with his family, and spent some quality time soaking in the sweetness and beauty of another year of life and growth.
The first few days of vacation were pretty low-key, but that did not last for long! We were lucky enough to enjoy a multitude of activities. One of the biggest highlights for me was snorkeling on a catamaran cruise surrounded by the coral reef fish. I also went parasailing with Andrew and my mother in law, kayaking with my sister-in-law and her boyfriend, hiked Diamond Head and even went on a ghost tour! All these activities made the rest of the vacation fly by.
Views From Diamond Head Hike
Leaving Hawaii never gets any easier. I do , however, always leave feeling refreshed, ready to get back into my routine and full of happy memories made with some of the people I love most in this world. I am so thankful to be able to spend time with Andrew and his family in such a beautiful place. I look forward to the times that I will spend on the beautiful islands of Hawaii in the future. In the meantime, I intend to treasure all the memories I will make between now and then. Aloha and mahalo, Oahu!
Hawaii October 2019