As much time as Derek and I spent counting down the weeks until this trip, I must say, Hawaii did not disappoint. My excitement climbed to a new level as soon as we boarded the plane and were handed a platter of fresh fruit and Hawaiian chocolates (the little things I tell you)! And even though we had to endure a ten hour flight, I couldn’t really complain after gazing out at the views from our window.
Coming from two people who have to rely on public transit every day, we were both on cloud nine when we were handed the keys to our rental car for the week! We had forgotten just how nice it is to not have to worry about dealing with the headaches of the subway…on a daily basis!
After driving up the coast of the Big Island, we had finally made it to the retreat we would be staying at for the week in a little town called Hawi. And man, what an amazing first impression it was!
The retreat even had my favorite baby succulent plants all over the landscape. I was instantly in love!
I don’t think I could ever get over this pool.
Or these views.
While we did spend much of the week trying the local cuisine (pretty much stuffing our faces), we also were able to squeeze in quite a few excursions!
For instance, paddle-boarding and snorkeling.
And attending an authentic luau!
We were kind of obsessed with stopping at ever local coffee shop we passed!
And there was literally fruit everywhere!!
Even pineapple rows (above) and fresh coconuts (below)!
While I’ve been extremely blessed to have been able to travel to so many places already in my life, nothing has really compared to some of the exquisite scenery we took in on the Big Island. From all of the ginormous waterfalls we hiked, to even the steam/smoke holes at the Volcanoes National Park, we saw so much variety in vegetation, each having its own uniqueness. Everything was absolutely breathtakingly beautiful!
Since it rained periodically throughout the days there, we were able to encounter many rainbows!
And more food, of course!
Lastly, we were fortunate to meet some locals near the Kona area who showed us a perfect place to jump off some cliffs. As crazy as it sounds, this has been a forever been a to-do on my bucket list. So while Derek had much hesitation, I decided to just take the leap!
Ah, I miss you already Hawaii. And your killer sunsets. One day, we’ll meet again.