Aloha Fam! As soon as we moved to Vancouver, we were so excited to be close to Shay’s aunt who lived in the Hawaiian Islands at the time. We’ve visited a total of 3 times now and the beautiful islands has captured our hearts.
Shay’s Aunt & Uncle are retired from the Navy and lived in the town of Ewa Beach just a 10 minute drive south of Honolulu. Our first stop in Honolulu was Pearl Harbour. It was a beautiful and humbling experience. Knowing so many people perished at the site was very sad. The architecture of the monument was a beautiful place to visit to pay respect to the fallen victims.
It just so happened that day a Tuskegee Airmen veteran was available to chat with. Shay was really excited since she worked as a Roto & Matchmove artist on the movie Red Tails! It was an honour to meet the veteran and to chat with him about his experience versus what the movie portrayed.
The next day, Shay met up with a homie from college. Her husband is in the armed forces so they met up on a military base which features a sandy beach with crystal clear water. There is literally a beach, any where to go in Hawaii!
There were so many dope sites to see during our 4 day trip. We got to check out a really cool Buddhist temple called Byodo-In located in Kaneohe. A storm was approaching so the temple was practically empty. We had the entire temple grounds to ourselves.
Shay’s aunt surprised us with tickets to the Polynesian Cultural Center. We learned about traditional Hawaiian dance, singing, fashion and history. We ended the day with a luau at the dining area. The chefs prepared a traditional feast of smoked pig. This pig was just pulled out of the ground.
You can’t visit Oahu without stopping to the famous Dole Plantation. It was really fun and so touristy! We had no idea that pineapples sprout up from ground. Did y’all know that or are you just discovering hat now because we told you?
Shay’s uncle loves to hike. He was way eager to take us on a nice trail to see one of the local waterfalls. It was a short hike about 45 mins each way.
Later on that afternoon during the last day of our visit, the sky cleared up and we checked out the Blow Hole with the hole family. It was the end of whale season, and some people had their binoculars out in search of some.
Have you ever been to the Hawaiian Islands? If so, which island is your favourite?