I left the hostel at around 5am. The night before I had told someone to wake me up at 5:00 in case I overslept my alarm. I see a man sprinting upstairs while I’m in the lobby, by the time I put two and two together I’m sure he had already woken up my two roommates and made everyone confused... oops
After a 14-hour flight from D.C, I just started to notice the shimmering city below known as Beijing. I could see a thick blanket of smog rolling over the city.
I know what you are thinking, Waikiki is too touristy. You may be right, but we ended up having an awesome time here! I too was skeptical at first, but my mind was soon changed.
I had been to Hawaii about 6-7 times in my life and I had not once tried surfing. I always thought it was too difficult or frustrating to learn and never bothered to try it. Until today.
We had just returned from the mokes and we still weren’t done playing. It was a sunny day at Lanikai Beach and we wanted to make sure we really got use out of it!
Today would be a little bit different. We wouldn’t really be leaving Lanikai, but it could be considered one of our more adventurous days. First I would be canoeing in the morning and then swimming to the mokes in the afternoon.
My brother had just landed and that could only mean one thing; there were lots of hikes coming. We agreed to an apparently exhausting hike called the Koko Crater Trail. This was once a giant uphill train track, and now it provides just enough of a grip to ascend 642 feet almost straight up.
I woke up greeted by the beautiful Hawaiian sunset. There were birds chirping and the clouds were parting. I ate my bowl of oatmeal out on the deck with my family and we were all extra cheery this morning because it was my cousin’s birthday!
The morning after our whale watch, we all woke up with the urge to go on a hike through the forest. I had been dreaming about some of the bamboo forests in Hawaii and I really wanted to check one of them out.
Once we got settled in to our new living arrangements, we went upstairs to meet the whole family. My aunt and Uncle had been there for a little while. They are such an inspiration to me. They are recently retired and now they spend their time traveling throughout the world looking for rare and exotic birds. When they’re not in Borneo, Madagascar, Brazil or Sri Lanka they are in Florida rescuing sea turtles and helping with conservation research.