We arrived in Hawaii after what felt like a 32 hour flight (it was my first time not time-warping aka falling asleep during traveling). Mister's parents picked us up and took us to our living quarters in Kihei, our home for the month of March. We were also told we were being lent their adorable vintage convertible bug (yessss). We were greeted by their pug, Ruby, and puppy Australian Shepard, Kaila. It reminded me that I hadn't seen Yoshi in 12 hours, but I'm an adult so I only cried for a few minutes. After my napless travel day we retired to bed to rest up for the following day of EXTREME RELAXATION.
The first week in Hawaii was spent working on my beautiful golden tan by going to the beach nearly every day. But by beautiful golden tan, I mean a lovely shade of lobster red. We unfortunately grabbed a bottle of natural sunscreen which appeared as though someone replaced the contents with Elmer's Glue. It was the worst. Jerrad nicknamed me Lobster Baby - because I'm both red and a big baby. The upside to constantly being burned is that it makes the green in my eyes really pop. So there's that.
The beach days weren't all fun and games though. There was some serious boogie boarding to be done too. I had never gone before so like everything that's new to me, I half expected to die. Luckily, I survived to tell the story of how much fun boogie boarding is. I giggled the entire time. Even after a few crashes that left my leg, knee, and hip areas thoroughly exfoliated, I kept going back for more. It was so much less scary than I thought it would be. I even told Jerrad I was ready to try surfing the following week or so. I'll make sure to report on how that goes, if I don't die.
Besides beachy days, we did plenty of yummy snacking. We had a few mom-cooked meals - ahi steaks for flesh eaters, and salad/pico/guac/rice for the vegetarian. Another night we had homemade sushi. Jerrad's mom loves to cook and we love to eat, so we all benefit in the end. We also grabbed pizza one night at a place called PIZZA MADNESS. They have sculptures on the wall of sea animals eating pizza, so clearly we'll be going back. Next was mexican food at Polli's in Makawao, which had plenty of vegetarian options.
To end our week, Jerrad and I took the bug on a day trip to Lahaina and ate delicious shaved ice from Ululani's (I got tamarind/leche/passion fruit and Mister got vanilla coconut/pineapple/sour apple). They were delicious until all the flavors combined into a nightmare gazpacho in the end (I'm not going to lie... I still ate all of mine). After shaved ice we walked around Lahaina a bit, visited the Banyan tree, and ended our day with dinner at Star Noodle for, you guessed it, noodles.
Things I learned this week: Wear sunscreen and reapply every 23 minutes (go for the heavy chemical stuff that works, not the natural glue variety), start boogie boarding immediately, cover yourself in eucalyptus to avoid being eaten alive by bugs, prepare yourself for the monstrosity which is FLYING COCKROACHES, watch the sunset as much as possible while here because HOLY CRAP IT'S PRETTY.