It’s almost been a whole month since I’ve returned from a two week trip to Hawai’i. It was my second time there and I already miss hearing the sound of the ocean, the alohas and “E Komo Mai” (welcome in Hawai’ian).
And without a doubt, it’s been one of my favourite trips to date.
During my first week here, I was lucky enough to be accompanied by my parents. Even though travelling with one’s parents (especially mine in particular) can prove to be quite challenging when you’re prone to getting on each other’s nerves, I will always be thankful to have had the time and opportunity to show them this small corner of the world that I’ve come to fall so much in love with.
My parents have never travelled far before internationally (New Zealand probably doesn’t count haha). It was their first time to the States and I wanted to leave a good first impression. Together my parents and I went diving with dolphins and turtles, checked out pineapples at the Dole Plantation, and roamed the crowded tourist streets of Waikiki together for dining and shopping.
As the week drew to an end, my parents were ready to fly back home while I stayed back to continue exploring the same island in a different light. This time I had my friend Anuraag, to join my adventures with me.
Together we ate one too many sashimi platters and açai bowls, drove aimlessly around the island, and ticked off countless bucket list goals — leaving behind memories that would follow us for the rest of our lives (some of which include ascending to the Stairway to Heaven, and diving with dozens of sharks in open water) *eep!* 😳
It’s not hard to see why Hawaii constantly tops the list as one of my favourite places in the world. The beautiful beaches, bountiful marine life and the onolicious food. But for me, there’s so much more to it than that.
I love Hawaii because it was the first place I travelled to that really got me out of my shell, and sparked this desire for exploration and adventure. As a timid self-proclaimed city girl, never would I have imagined finding myself voluntarily jumping into shark-infested waters, diving off a cliff, or risk getting fined for illegal trespassing.
But something in the air here just makes me want to be adventurous. To push my limits — and face my fears unlike any other place that I’ve visited before. And I’m content knowing that my fondest memories of travelling will be of this place rather than of anywhere else in the entire world.
Brb, gone searching for dolphins 🐬💦
So mahalo for all of the good times as always, Hawaii. I’ll be seeing you again SOON 💫