I officially live in Hawaii. How crazy is that?! So this week has been very exciting and a little bit chaotic because I officially made the move to Hawaii! After talking about moving for four years I finally packed up my life, hopped on a flight, picked up my car, and drove home to my little surf shack in paradise. I can not believe I get to call this place home! My mom and aunt made the trip over with me to help get settled and to explore the island a bit. My first week here has been amazing and I can not wait to see what this life on a little rock in the middle of the ocean will hold.
Hello Hawaii life. You’re pretty rad.
We arrived on Wednesday afternoon and didn’t have time to do much besides pick up my car, run some errands, and grab a bite to eat. We went to Lanikai for a bit but it was pretty windy and cloudy especially since the sun was already going down. Thursday was a beautiful sunny day so my aunt Lisa and I headed over to Kapiolani Beach Park to take a dip in the ocean and enjoy the views of Diamond Head and Waikiki. The banyon tree filled park and crystal blue water made for some incredible views. As usual, I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos of the palm trees. After that we decided to go to Haleiwa and Waimea Bay to explore the North Shore and to get some more beach time. Waimea bay was gorgeous as usual and we swam in the calm water and watched the sun go down. That night we had shabu shabu at Sweet Home Cafe which I am now totally obsessed with. I will very soon be a regular there. If you’ve never had shabu shabu you are seriously missing out.
Street art Hawaii style. Mural by Dface.
On Friday we headed back over to Lanikai to see that crystal blue water that it’s so famous for. It was absolutely perfect out so we swam, had a picnic, and had a quick jam session on the beach before getting rained out. That’s the thing about Hawaii – the weather can change in an instant. We packed up and drove up the coast to Laie to see BYU because my aunt spent a semester there in college. She hadn’t been back to Hawaii in 30 years so we took a little trip down memory lane. The north shore food trucks made for a perfect dinner with a view. One thing the north shore is famous for is its food trucks. They are everywhere and usually attract big crowds because the food is so freakin good. After grabbing a bite to eat we walked across the street to Shark’s Cove and had jam session round two while watching the sunset. That day was seriously the best. I was so lucky to have my family here with me to start my new adventure! These are the memories I cherish the most.
There’s really nothing better than swimming at Lanikai Beach.
Another incredible sunset at Shark’s Cove. The north shore never fails to deliver.
Our little spot on the grass for a ukulele jam session. You can see the food trucks across the street.
On Saturday we switched things up. My aunt flew home but my dad decided to hop on a plane and come over! We walked down to Waikiki and played tourist by having dinner and Mai Tais right on the ocean. Look how cute my parents are on the beach. 🙂 On Sunday we drove back up to the North Shore which ended up being an epic fail because it was absolutely pouring rain and my car broke down leaving us stranded! I had my uke in the trunk of my car so I sat back there and played/sang in a Foodland parking lot while waiting for AAA to come jumpstart my car. We made the best of the situation and still ended up having a fun day.
Hello Monday! Who says Monday’s are bad when this is your view? Today we had breakfast at the Royal Hawaiian as a last hoorah before my parents flew back home. This week was really fun having my family here and I will miss them a lot as I settle into this new life but I am excited for what lies ahead. My roommates arrive this week, school will be starting at the end of the month, and a million adventures lie ahead. I still cannot believe that I call Hawaii my home but I am so excited for this new chapter in my life. Cheers to new beginnings!