Friday, May 26, 2017

A Week in Oahu, Hawaii

Consider this post a late entry into my travel journal — a few highlights from my week in Oahu! I had a really fun opportunity to go to Hawaii with my fiancĂ© (do you ever get used to that word!?) and his family last week. It was one part exploring, two parts relaxing, and 100% a trip I'll never forget. Here are a few of my favorite highlights, in no particular order:

P.S. If you're not into reading, you can just look at my Facebook album of photos or my Instagram instead. But I'm guessing you're here expecting words on the screen, aren't you??

#VIEWS
Well, let's start with the obvious. Everything in Hawaii is gorgeous.


We stayed in Ko Olina and spent most of our time on that side of the island — it was beautiful. All of the greenery was even more lush than I imagined it would be.



HIKING DIAMOND HEAD
This is one of the things that was one of my favorites looking back on it. Ha! Diamond Head is a crater that was formed about 300,000 years ago after a volcanic eruption, and people hike it now for both its military history and the #views. From the top, you can get a bird's eye view of some of the prettiest parts of Oahu. The hike was only a mile, but it was pretty steep, about 560 feet from the bottom to the top. It was well worth the effort, though, and I would definitely do it again. If you go, I would recommend wearing sunscreen and tennis shoes with good grip on the bottom. And take it slow coming down — I ate it falling down a couple stairs. OOPS.



THE DOLE PLANTATION
Both Diamond Head and the Dole Plantation are things lots of Oahu tourists do, for good reason. They're fun! The Dole Plantation is like being a kid at the Willy Wonka factory, but with pineapples instead. They've got lots to learn about pineapples and Dole Whip, which was fun to try.
SPENDING TIME WITH MY FUTURE FAMILY
Stating the obvious here, but every vacation is only as good as the people you spend it with. And I seriously hit the jackpot — so thankful.
FOOD
Well, of course you knew I was going to mention the food. Some highlights in my book were Giovanni's Shrimp Truck, Monkeypod, Duke's and Scratch Kitchen. (I can't say enough good things about Scratch! Go there!) I also had a great macadamia nut latte from The Curb.

THE NORTH SHORE AND WAIMEA VALLEY
The North Shore is a really fun place to drive around and explore. The shrimp truck I mentioned is in this area, so if you're going to Oahu, I would definitely put it on the list of places to visit. Waimea Valley is gorgeous, and filled with every terrain you'd want to see in Hawaii.
 
GOING TO A SWAP MEET
It's called a swap meet, but no worries if you don't have anything to bring and swap. It's really an open air flea market with everything under the sun. And it's also literally under the sun, so wear sunscreen. Keep your eyes peeled for fun trinkets and the most gorgeous mangoes around.
And last but not least... WEARING A FLORAL CROWN
feeling like a Hawaiian princess is fun please don't judge me.
What a fun trip! Still pinching myself that I got to go, and I'm so thankful for the photos and memories I can hold onto forever.


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