by Kaitlyn Raymundo
So school has officially started and I'm missing summer already. I was lucky enough to join my family on a blissful trip to Hawaii at summer's end and, like real bloggers do, documented the whole thing. Taking a step out of my comfort zone, I decided to string together a little video of our adventure-which admittedly took much longer than originally anticipated! Keep scrolling for the Youtube vid (like and subscribe to our channel!) and a good ole fashioned blog post detailing our antics.
Whew! That was the quick version. Now for the details and some great pictures!
We spent a total of 8 days on the beautiful island of Oahu. Those 8 days were filled with so much good food, good company, and plenty of new experiences. I went with my family- both my immediate and extended as you probably noticed from the video because no, I don't have that many siblings, those are my cousins. Being the foodie I am, I documented some of our more picturesque meals (scroll over the images for restaurant names!)
We stayed in Waikiki and honestly experienced Hawaii like tourists thanks to the Go Oahu card. Basically, we purchased the 3-day pass for a flat price and were able to then do as many activities as we wanted off of a set list. We hit it all- Secret Island (which is located in Kualoa Ranch where Lost and Jurassic Park were filmed), the Polynesian Cultural Center complete with a luau, surfing lessons, zip-lining, Waimea falls, Dole plantation. It was a great way to pack in as many adventures as we wanted!
Zip-lining had to be a highlight for me. It was full-service, so I didn't have worry about the breaks, and the employees were the raddest people (shout out to Jeremiah, Zach, and Ashley in case you ever find this- you were rad). We met a cool dude named Danny and he basically adopted us 6 Filipino kids as his own.
I know everyone says this but Lanikai and Kailua, beaches towards the eastern side of the island, were absolutely the most beautiful. Soft, white sand and gorgeous clear blue water. It was breathtaking and incredibly relaxing.
Surfing was another check off the bucket list. Guto and Jacob- again awesome instructors- really helped us through. I was stoked on being able to get up and ride 90% of the waves. I then felt significantly less proud after seeing the ripples that I was riding in the pictures. Here's some evidence of my prowess.
I was lucky to meet up with Sara (woot woot Through Her Lens reunion) and our roommate Katelyn and do the Koko Head Stairs of Doom which honestly, is a pretty accurate name. BUT the view was so worth it. And the food we consumed after.
If you made it this far well, congratulations. Hopefully I didn't depress you too much now that you might be back at work or school and summer's winding down but maybe, if you're planning on going in Hawaii in the future, this will be helpful? Maybe? Anyway, sending out good vibes to all our loyal readers- we love and appreciate you.
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