Hawaii, HI

Happy summer everyone! I hope you’re all having as great of a break from school as I am! Right after school ended I went to Kansas City, Missouri with my basketball team and had a great weekend in a warm city to really get myself in the summer mode. Two days after I got back, my dad surprised me with a trip to Hawaii (a.k.a. me tagging along on his business trip). Needless to say, I was thrilled and was pinning things to do in Honolulu left and right– if you guys would be interested on a post about what to pack to a beach destination let me know!

Trying to get to Hawaii wasn’t a walk in the park. My flight was supposed to leave at 11:30am, and we took off. Everything seemed to be going according to plan and I was finally on my way to Hawaii (I was flying alone because my dad was there while I was in Missouri too), that is, until one of the engines failed. The pilot said it basically consumed itself and we had to turn around and make an emergency landing… I was on the news! Anyway, I was waiting around in the airport for the rest of the day, watching as my flight was being delayed longer and longer. Finally, at 9pm they cancelled it completely and I went home. Luckily, I had reserved a spot on the next flight and they opened up two planes instead of one. The next morning, I went through all the same motions, and got to the airport and got on my flight, but this time, I was BLESSED. All three seats, besides mine, were empty becuase there was a whole other flight! It goes without saying I was spread out the whole flight and slept pretty much all 7 hours, so it wasn’t too hard to find the silver lining in my United nightmare.

Once I got there my aunt and uncle met me and gave me a lei, and once I got out of security, my dad met me with another lei! Everything was so lush and beautiful and our hotel was literally across the street from the beach! Since I was only with my dad we were more worried about adventuring than taking pictures, so I don’t have too many, but I truly had an incredible time! I learned how to surf, boogey boarded, hiked, found some swimming holes and tide pools, etc. My dad also became part of a club that had a private beach, yummy breakfast food, and boats to borrow! It was so beautiful and a nice place to get the tan on in a more private area. There’s so much to do there and I definitely want to come back and explore another island. Hope you are all living your summer out to the fullest!

P.S. I’ve gotten a few questions about what to do over the summer and I want to share a life lesson I’ve learned the hard way over the years. You can’t let other people stop you from doing what you want to do. If I relied on my friends and family to come up with everything I do this summer I would be pretty disappointed, so for all of you who are always complaining that your friends don’t want to do anything fun, go out and do it yourself! Sometimes you need to just go have fun for yourself, don’t let anyone else dictate what you act like and what you do.

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