In the weekends counting down to our trip to Hawaii (and me being going for a month!), Josh and I tried to have special weekends before that. One weekend we had a BBQ at Thousand Hills Park with Eoin, Eppie, & Tess... who we should have left home b/c 5 min after getting there she rolled on dead fish
I also finished up the fellowship the 2nd week of June! Zach finished the week before that, then moved to Springfield MO, but came by with the fam to say goodbye
We headed for Hawaii... Honolulu specifically for a much needed vacation and to check out the area. I'm thinking of doing my residency here, so we gotta make sure we both like the city. Here we are just about to land on Oahu.
We stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach. It had its own lagoon! We spent a lot of time chilling right here
One night we went to Hilton's Starlight Luau. It was an impressive hula and firedancing display, with awesome food... though a little tacky being on top if a parking garage
Wednesday we hopped the Surf Bus to the North Shore. We snorkeled at Shark's Cove, then took a bike ride to Waimea Beach for cliff-diving and Haleiwa Town for kayaking!
On Thursday, we explored Waikiki, ending up at Ala Moana, the largest open-air mall in the world! I know its open air b/c I got rained on in the middle of it. Here is Josh at the top level, with a view of the city.
The next day we headed over to Hawaii Kai to visit Sea Life Park. We got to play with dolphins, penguins, sea lions, rays.... and baby turtles! Oh, and Josh even pet a shark.
We loved exploring the beaches! Here we are at Makapuu Beach, where the waves are killer and the volcanic rock is very treacherous and pointy!
At the end of our week together in Honolulu, the Hilton had fireworks on the beach! Sadly, Josh had to leave me the next day. Where did the time go??? We had such a wonderful time!