A Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride

Aloha! Welcome to my blog! This adventure was definitely one for the books, and I can’t believe it already came and went. The beautiful waves graciously took me by the arms, and the sun’s warmth felt absolutely amazing.

My boyfriend and I began planning this trip in January, saving every penny to make sure we could enjoy our time comfortably in our stay. How I was able to get the benefits is something I’ll forever be grateful for.

~Where It Started. . .

It started with me being a nanny in 2016 watching over two babies; one being 16 months, and the other only 6 months. After school I would drive 20 minutes to their house in Washougal, WA a few times a week to watch over them as their parents worked on their farm. There were tons of chickens, ducks, pigs, and little kittens. I always had my rain boots ready to play in the mud with these little girls, and as they grew older I had so much fun watching over them. Their mom and dad were always so kind to me, always treating me like one of their own. The dad was frequently away, being a pilot for the United Airlines.

These girls made my life so fun and exciting. They are the cutest, funniest, most lovable little girls I’ve ever met. Watching them grow throughout the years has been such a unforgettable experience. We’ve walked miles around the farm, picked so many blackberries, played with all sorts of animals, camped, and ate lots of good food together. At the end of 2018 their dad told me that I could enjoy flight benefits for an entire year. I am so grateful towards him and his wife; they really are the kindest people you will ever meet.

~Hawaii Here I come

It all started at 3:30 am and I was ready to leave towards the airport. My boyfriend and I arrived there at 4:00 am, and we got our boarding passes and were ready for flight. Because I was on standby we were on different planes, but they boarded us at the same time. They called out last names one by one to board those who were waiting on the benefits, and when they called mine I could finally sigh in relief. Though when I got to my gate in San Francisco, my name wasn’t called, so I had to find another flight. The parents who gave me these benefits helped me the entire time and found me a flight to Maui, and from Maui to Honolulu.

After 15 hours of traveling total, I was finally in Waikiki. It was definitely worth the flight. Hawaii is extremely beautiful with palm trees, blue water, and everyone wearing all sorts of floral patterns. As for me, of course I had to join in.

The luau was one for the books. We went to the Chief’s Luau at Wet’n’Wild Water park. The live music, and dancing was so fun to watch, as well as inspiring me to one day get back into hula dancing that I had done so many years ago. The skirts and tops that the dancers wore were beautifully bright in all sorts of assorted colors, and their head wear was just fascinating to see. But let me tell you about the food I had at this luau. A pig was first shown to the crowd and everyone got to witness their dinner on the platter. The kalua pork really was the best I’d ever have, also accompanied with salad, taro rolls, and pineapple cake for desert.

Us and the hula dancers at Chief’s Luau

Our family and family friends really spoiled us here, we ate so much good seafood with them. If you ever go to Hawaii never forget to eat their tuna, because it is so fresh and the flavor is unparalleled to anywhere else. These days with them were by far my favorite time there. Mahalo!

We really did swim to our hearts content. The water was so warm and clear, it’s hard to keep track of time when you are having so much fun in the waves. We even found a small cave where the water would come into; it was nothing like I’ve ever been in before. I don’t think I put on enough sun screen, because the sun really got us during this time, but it was worth it. We snorkeled around and found giant, beautiful sea turtles all around Waikiki. It was my first time getting so close to one, so let me tell you after the trip we both got reusable straws.

The time here was so memorable, and I’ll be sure to come back again. I just wanted to say thank you to those who looked out for us during the trip. I was always meant to be at some where it is warm and as friendly as it is here. Mahalo Hawaii!

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