Wednesday – I am not really liking today. Well, I suppose I shouldn’t say that. I like it, and I love it both at the same time. I know that I am on vacation, and that is exactly why I am currently have mixed emotions. The days here in Kona, Hawaii are getting less and less, and the longer I am here, the more I am becoming attached to this beautiful island. Seriously though, how can one place be so amazing?
The day started out more of the same. A quick two mile run, and a twenty minute gym session, followed by an incredible acai bowl from Juice 101. I guess I really am a creature of habit, even when I am on vacation. But when you find something you like, why not enjoy it while you can.
Late in the morning, we drove thirty miles into Kona. Nothing like a good old trip to Target while on vacation. But it was more than a normal trip to Target. It was another opportunity to venture off of the resort and explore the beautiful island.
On the way into Kona, I couldn’t help but stare out the car window the entire time to soak up all of the amazing views. Palm trees, lava rock, mountains, the Pacific Ocean, these are just some of the things that make this island nothing short of spectacular.
Following the trip into Kona, we grabbed some sushi and poke for a late lunch, and found ourselves enjoying the incredible weather by sitting in the sun for a few hours. I am normally the type of person who gets incredibly bored after five minutes of doing nothing. But recently, I have picked up the book The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris, and I can’t put it down. Time managed to slip away the deeper I fell into the book.
After a few hours in the sun, it was time to cool off in the ocean. If there is one thing that I would recommend doing no matter where you are staying in Hawaii, it would be to go snorkeling. Again, it is one of those things that I didn’t think I would enjoy because what twenty-five-year old goes snorkeling? But damn, I am glad that I did it. There is something about being able to go swimming with sea turtles. Believe it or not, I don’t get to experience that in Minnesota…
Another thing that I have never experienced before was a luau. After snorkeling, we had a few hours to relax in the hotel room, and then went to a luau as part of the conference that we are here for. The food was incredible, the desert was amazing, but the best part of the luau was the entertainment.
What made the luau so memorable, was the fire dancing. That was the one thing that I was hoping to see at the luau, and I got my wish. But aside from that, the hula dances, the traditional chants, it was all incredible. Truthfully, it was just interesting to see the pride and the amount of respect that Hawaiian’s take in tradition. Everything is professional, and everything is about respecting traditions.
I have fell in love with Hawaii from day one. There is something so liberating about being able to see the peaks of the mountains in one direction, and staring out as far as your eyes can see over the ocean in the opposite direction. I can’t help but wonder how can one place be so amazing.
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