I was on the Big Island of Hawaii and spent most of my time at Kua Bay beach. If you ever get the chance to go to Kua Bay, you may never want to leave. Kua Bay has been named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and I see why. It's definitely the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. I spent endless hours floating in that bright blue water without a care in the world, except for wondering if there was anymore papaya left for me when I got back to shore. Mmm.. papaya with a little lemon squeezed on top. Take me back.
VOLCANOS NATIONAL PARK
One of my favorite things we did on the trip was a 2 hour hike at Volcanoes National park. The weather was so beautiful and it was so cool to walk through active volcanoes. We could literally see the smoke seeping through the cracks.
My best friend Chrissy feeling small next to these ginormous craters.
We walked through a cave that was created by lava.
Chrissy's family lives on the Island so it was really cool to hang with the locals and see how they celebrate. New Years in Hawaii is a lot like 4th of July on the main land. I actually totally enjoyed a New Years outside with sparklers over any other way I've spent it.
OCEAN SIDE COFFEE AT DAYLIGHT MINDS
There was a little turn of events on my way back to LA. While sitting on my flight, I hear the pilot say that there was something wrong with the engine of the plane, obviously whenever you hear something like that you're thinking - k. cool. let me off. now.
After 2 hours of taxing, we were finally told we had to exit the plane. I was really bummed about this because I was so ready to get back home. All I could think about at this time was how I had been away from work for too long and wanted to get back to it. Because of this mindset, getting "stuck" in Hawaii was the best thing that could have happened to me.
Because Chrissy flies stand-by, she was on another flight back to LA, which meant I was going to be in Hawaii on my own. Since it was during a Holiday, I couldn't find a flight out for about 3 more days. During these three days I did a lot of exploring. I got henna, explored the Farmer's Market, and had some chai during sunset. While I was sitting and thinking I started to realize how fast I was moving. I wasn't being grateful for such a wonderful trip with my best friend, instead I was just in the mood to get back to work. I realized how important it is to be in the moment and to find the silver lining in every situation. Ya, I was "stuck" in Hawaii but there's really no other better place to be spending an few extra days.
I found an open flight and jumped on a flight back to LA, this time regrettably.
Cheers to a new year and to slowing down sometimes.
Lots of love,