Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hawaii- Part 1 {Beach Days}

We're back! Hawaii was amazing and we are sad that we had to leave and return to reality. I took far too many pictures of this trip so sorry-not-sorry for all the pictures. I am going to break this trip up into a few different posts so hopefully it will not be too overwhelming.

We found out way back when Richard started graduate school that one of their annual conferences was going to be held in Hawaii in 2014. Ever since, we have been dreaming of those sandy beaches. Richard headed to Hawaii with a few of his friends in his program early to attend the conference. At the conference, people present research and hold other types of informational seminars and what not. I know nothing of what they really do, all I know is that my husband was able to meet a bunch of really cool people and present some of his own research as well. I came later in the week so that I would miss less work since I knew Richard was going to be busy at the conference.
I was able to attend the closing ceremony where they have a get together of whoever wants to come and this year they had a luau. I did not really watch the luau much since I was busy talking with a bunch of people Richard was introducing me to. I was able to see a few faces that I have met before, but have not seen in a while and meet some of the people Richard work with at his internship. After the luau, we went out for dinner and drinks with Richard's coworkers from his internship. It was really fun meeting them and hanging out.
Once the conference was over, it was time to enjoy all that Hawaii has to offer! We stayed in a condo in Honolulu with some of  friends so there was a total of seven of us together in a two bedroom condo. It ended up working out perfectly for us.
We did a few excursions, but I will save that for a different post. We mostly we just got to see this view for 10 days which was awesome.

The drinks in Hawaii were amazing and fun. This drink was called the Tropical Itch and we were all surprised to see it came with a back scratcher.
One of the days we rented a mini-van for the seven of us to drive to the north shore of the island. Everyone kept recommending that we go up there since it was so gorgeous and they were not wrong. One of our tour guides even mentioned that we could go snorkeling up there at this time of year and he said it was only three month out of the year you could do that because the rest of the year that waves are too large.
Richard, Evan, Claire and I bought snorkeling gear to go snorkeling around those rocks out there. It was amazing. We were able to see a bunch of different fish. There were some bright neon colored ones, some huge funky looking fish and at one point we even saw a huge school of fish that had hundreds of fish. Evan and Claire were even able to see three turtles swimming while Richard and I were snorkeling somewhere else. And the sand was the best sand we have ever seen. It was larger pieces which made it really easy to get off your legs and towels. We kept joking that it was like sesame seeds on a bun. It is way nicer than the other super fine sand that gets everywhere.
Richad and Evan Snorkeling
We decided to switch beaches halfway through the day just to see what else the North Shore had to offer. We found Sunset Beach which is where they usually have surf contest since the waves can get huge through there. But since we were in the off season we did not see any huge waves. However, the waves were still big and they created a strong current. I got knocked over quite a few time and we had a blast just sitting in the shallow water letting the waves push us around. Although the snorkeling on this beach was not as nice, Claire had the brilliant idea to put on her snorkeling gear and just float in the waves. Evan and Richard decided to join and they were out there for over an hour just floating and letting the waves pull them in and out. Since we spent the entire day in the water we got sun burnt pretty bad which for me luckily turned into a nice tan. However, it made the rest of the trip in the sun more difficult since my skin was super sensitive after that day. 
After the beach we explored the nearby town a little bit and we stopped at a shrimp truck so those who eat seafood could try it out.
On the other days of the trip, we did some shopping since they had a better variety of stores than in Louisiana, we ate at so many different restaurants, hung out at the hot tub and just enjoyed hanging out and doing nothing. The food there was amazing and there were few places that any of us even disliked. Even me, the pickiest eater on the face of the earth. 

I think this post is full enough now, but there are more Hawaii updates to come!

update:  Part 2   Part 3

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  1. It looks beautiful!! We're going to Oahu for a few days in July--I really can't wait, but I'm definitely going to be bringing sunscreen because I don't want to have to deal with sunburn--ouch!


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