No matter where you live, it's difficult not to pine for breezy 80-degree weather. When that weather is located on a sunny island in the Pacific— all the better. I'm talking about the only U.S. state located in Oceania, and a recent visit to the beautiful volcanic archipelago of Hawaii.
It was a simple trip to visit family that recently moved to the island of Oahu, the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands. I enjoy taking my time on vacations and just seeing where the roads take me. One afternoon, those roads brought us to Kuilei Cliffs Beach Park, where we found a small but beautiful beach. We took some photos here, enjoyed the ocean for a bit, and were on our way. When we saw something interesting (like a tiny shave ice hut), we made no hesitation to stop.
Another day we found ourselves downtown Honolulu and walked a few blocks to Iolani Palace, where the former monarchy of Hawaii resided. It is a surreal feeling to go from the hustle and bustle of a city center to see a preserved piece of a culture’s history.
No matter where we went on the island, we were surrounded by lush green with the ocean always nearby. One evening we drove to the North Shore of Oahu to get dinner at a little Thai food cart, eating by the light of tiki torches.
Needless to say there are many things people told us we had to do, that we did not. We explored when we wanted, but we also took it easy. As a student who sometimes gets the chance to travel, I find myself in interesting places at whatever coffee shop has WiFi, hurrying to meet a deadline.
All photos by the author, @WhirlingGirl