It’s the island life for me….

The many faces of Hawaii are absolutely incredible.

Maybe I’m jaded, or naïve but I was expecting beach and mountain. That’s about it.

On Friday we drove into Honolulu and grabbed some lunch at Helena’s Hawaiian. I am not one to try new foods, I am super picky and they make me nervous but Friday, I figured, why not? We were with another couple who’s vehicle had just arrived and we went them to pick it up and then we rented a car so we could have some wheels for the weekend. We were all starving and had no where to go so I opened up my Yelp app and picked a top rated place nearby called Helena’s Hawaiian.

I had the short ribs, and they were amazing. Wes tried some raw tuna that he said was really good, but grabbed an order of the short ribs to go. We also tried Poi and Haupia. I’m glad I tried them both, but I will be fine with never eating Poi again. As for the Haupia, I am not a huge coconut fan but I would eat it again.

Poi is: A Hawaiian dish made from the fermented root of the taro, baked and pounded to a paste.

Haupia: Haupia is a traditional coconut milk-based Hawaiian dessert often found at luaus and other local gatherings in Hawaii,

After lunch we drove East and hugged the coast on our way back to KBay and stopped at some really cool places along the way. First we hit up the Spitting Caves. There was an access road in a residential neighborhood so we got to check out some amazing houses too.

The cave is really cool. As the water rushes in when the waves crash it builds up pressure and the cave blows the water back out, it was really cool to see. Plus there was a great view all around. You can see in the photo the burst of water starting come out.


We also stopped at the Makapu‘u Beach which is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. It was gorgeous, the view on our way down to it was phenomenal and the beach itself was breath taking.



We saw a Sea Life Park we will definitely been checking out sooner rather than later.

On Saturday we cruised from Kaneohe Bay, through the center of the island to the North Shore then back down the coast on the windward side.

Just our view heading West on H-3 is absolutely amazing. We still look at each and say, how the hell did we get here? I can’t believe we moved here…for work. It’s just so crazy!

It was absolutely incredible. From gorgeous impossibly steep mountains to beautiful greenery with insanely huge Banyan Trees to desolate farms and low hills covered in dry brush, it was amazing.

We blew right past the Dole Plantation (to be visited at a later date) and headed towards the North Shore.

We checked out Sharks Cove where they supposedly have some awesome snorkeling. Definitely not a beach-beach at all, it’s far too rocky but the water was really clear and just by standing on some rocks near the water you could see pretty clearly around you there would be some cool wildlife to check out.

Then we headed further North/East to Eukahi Beach Park which is right between the Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach. The waves were insane and the beaches were very pretty. We were surprised that there weren’t a whole lot of people out and about, we thought for a Saturday it would be totally packed, and were very grateful it wasn’t.

After that we hit up a shrimp truck to get Wes some fresh shrimp and to get me some fresh pineapple. We both left happy campers…minus the fact my tongue really hurts after about three pieces of pineapple. I had about 6….

As we wound our back to K-Bay I SWEAR we must have driven by where they filmed part of Lost, or at least where they got some of the background and scenery from it. That was near Kahana Valley State Park ( I think) so we will have to go back and investigate…plus I’m going to go and start googling. I have a sudden urge to rewatch Lost, but I know it would just make me crazy and angry with all those unanswered questions.

We mostly just cruised around to check some stuff out but we made a little list of must do’s later: the Dole Plantation, Waimea Valley, surfing at Sunset Beach, Turtle Bay Resort, the Polynesian Culture Center and Valley of the Temples.

We’re still trying to beat the jet lag so Sunday we plan on hitting a beach on base and relaxing, then we are headed to a Luau on Sunday night. I absolutely love it here, and I can’t believe we got this lucky!

The voyage to Hawaii…..

Talk about your long days….

We started off at 4am after just 2.5 hours of sleep.

First plane flight left a 6:59 am. No biggie right? Add in two very tired adults, 11 bags and a pissed off rabbit….ouch.

Yes I said it, 11 bags. Three suitcases of varying sizes, two seabags, two garment bags, a rolling duffle bag, a cardboard box about my size for Trigger’s cage, Trigger himself, Wes’ back, my laptop bag and my purse.  So technically that’s 13 if we’re going to count Trigger and my purse….good times right?

So Wes has to drop off the rental car so he unloads all the bags, puts some on a cart and get a guy with a funny hat and big cart to help me out. So the guy wheels all our stuff to nearish the ticket counter, drops it and leaves….gee thanks.

So I have to wait for Wes to get back to get us all checked in with our crap load of stuff. And people were looking at me like I’d completely lost my mind…

So we get all our crap up to check in and they charged us not only $200 for Trigger, but $200 for the box his cage is in, saying it was oversized. Boo. And yes, we really love our rabbit that much – don’t judge.

So the guy takes forever getting all our stuff checked in and walks us up to security so we don’t miss our flight. Halfway through security they ask Wes to come with them to pull Trigger out of his carrier so they can scan the carrier and then put the little guy back in.

Once our flight took off it was pretty easy from there. It’s about an hour and a half flight from Reagan to Atlanta and we both slept the entire way, thank goodness.

We had to switch terminals in Atlanta but we had a two hour layover, so we had tons of time and were able to grab a snack and some water.

We also saw one of the baggage guys on the runway completely tip over his load by trying to take a turn too quickly. And yes a bunch of our bags were in there…hooray.

Then came the big mama, a 10 hour flight.  And of course Wes and I were in the middle row, where there are four seats…and we had the two middle spots.

It actually wasn’t too bad though. We had screens in the back of the seat in front of us so we could watch TV and movies there. We both slept on and off for the first half of the flight and then the last four hours we played cards and watched movies.

I watched two episodes of The Walking Dead, I’d never seen it before and I heard a lot of great things about it so I thought I’d try it. Seemed pretty good, obviously I was lost picking it up in the middle of the series but it was good. And creepy.

Then I watched Hunger Games for the rest of the flight…now that’s what I call a good plane ride! 🙂

Once we landed, the fun really began. We corralled all of our bags got them loaded up into the truck of the very nice Marine who came to pick us up. Then we went to get Trigger out of the quarantine office….when I realized I left my brand new Kindle on the plane. Oops.

So Wes left me to deal with the bunny and head back towards the plane to see if he could save the Kindle. Then I found out they wouldn’t release Trigger to anyone but Wes because he had checked him in….so I waited. And waited some more.

Wes finally came back Kindle-less and we saved the poor little bunny. Who was soaked and had no water left.

As we were heading back around Delta called to say they found the Kindle so Wes ran back in to get it, the day was saved!

After about 2 hours of being stuck in traffic we finally arrived at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay.

What I got to see of the base is gorgeous! The housing on base seemed really nice and it was so cool to see a ton of families out and about trick-or-treating with their children, and people set up chairs in their driveways to visit and enjoy the beautiful night and all the festivities.

So far, I love it here.

More to come later. Aloha!