Finding Beauty In Simplicity

Hawaiian Adventures Day 1


After four flights, twelve hours in the plane, and an additional twelve hours of sitting in the airport, I am finally in Hawaii. Let me tell you, Hawaii is nothing short of spectacular.

From the ocean, to the landscape, all the way to the small towns, everything just seems so simple, but yet so beautiful. Despite staying at a very nice hotel, a lot of the beauty that I have experienced has come from sitting by the ocean, and enjoying the nature around me.

We got in to Kona at 9pm local time on Saturday, and drove thirty minutes to our hotel. It was a very dark and windy drive, so we were not able to soak in any of the scenery. Waking up on Sunday, I didn’t really know what to expect. I threw some clothes on, and make a cup of coffee, and walked out on our balcony to the view below.

finding beauty in simplicity

How could a place be so beautiful?

After taking in the breathtaking view around me, my parents and I went to the hotel buffet for breakfast. Yeah, I ate enough food to fill me up for the entire day. The fruit was fresh, the fish was prepared perfectly, and everything just tasted amazing.

Following breakfast, it was time to throw on the swim suit, and soak up the sun for a few hours. We found a spot on the beach under a palm tree, and laid in the sun for four hours. Four hours of reading, staring at the breathtaking views, and getting sunburned. Even though I got burnt, it was well worth it.

Mid-afternoon, we decided to explore the island, and just drive. Not really knowing where we were going, we started at sea level, and drove up the mountain until we found ourselves in the small town of Waimea.

The town itself was not large at all, but there were so many breathtaking views along the way. But as we drove further up the mountain, the weather rapidly changed. It went from sunny with zero clouds in sight, to rain with thirty mph winds. The weather might not have been ideal, but it left this incredible rainbow.

After chasing the rainbow for thirty minutes, we finally realized that there would be no pot of gold at the end of it, so we decided to head back to the hotel. It was only 6pm, but we were exhausted from all of the travel the day before.

We got back to the hotel, dropped our things off, and went to Tommy Bahama for a bite to eat. To me, there are very few things that are better than enjoying fresh seafood on an island with the wind blowing the leaves of the palm trees, and inhaling only the finest air. Top it all off with a piece of key lime pie, and then it was time to hit the hay.

The first day in Hawaii was nothing short of amazing. Sure, we are staying at a very nice hotel, but for me, the real beauty wasn’t necessarily coming from the luxury of the hotel. I was finding more beauty in just laying out in the sun, watching the waves crash into the oceanside rocks, and chasing the everlasting rainbows. You know, the simpler things in life.

It was nice to just relax and soak in all of the beauty in the nature that was surrounding me. It made me realize that no matter where I am, there is beauty to be found. I just need to be willing to slow down, look for it, and take a minute to embrace it. Well, today, that’s exactly what I did. And it felt amazing.  

Michael Bonnell


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