Jet lag is a real thing, guys. Which is part of the reason I’ve been MIA this week…I literally passed out on my computer while writing this post two nights ago. So, here we are. How are you? Are you having a good week so far? I know I’ll be having alll the coffee this morning.If you’ve been following along on Insta, you probably saw I was in Hawaii. My parents, my sister and I jet-setted to Honolulu and Maui for 10 days, and the trip was well worth its weight in pineapple soft serve and Spam (yes, I actually referenced canned meat in a blog post). Believe it or not, Spam sushi exists.
Here are 10 things I learned from my time in the Aloha State. If traveling to Hawaii is on your bucket list, be sure to take notes!
1. 30 SPF might sound like a good idea at the time, but mark my words: you will get fried. Does 100 SPF work? Is that a thing? If so, get some. Or maybe consider a full length body suit if you don’t mind stares or the likely onset of heat stroke. A wet suit might be more socially acceptable.
3. The next best thing? Coasting 22 miles downhill afterwards on a mountain bike. It’s part exhilarating, part relaxing, and it makes you feel lucky, free and so incredibly small. The world is a really cool place.4. Kona coffee is the best kind of coffee. It’s dark and rich and the perfect way to start a day with nothing on the agenda.
5. Don’t pack dressy clothes. Trust me, you won’t wear them. Dressing up in Hawaii usually means wearing a shirt over your bathing suit. It’s laid back in the very best way.
6. If you find yourself in Maui, you have to drive the road to Hana. It’s a long day (10 hours or so), but so, so worth it. You’ll discover hidden waterfalls, colorful trees and black sand beaches. A bit of advice: pack a bathing suit, bug spray and good shoes for hiking. And don’t forget to download this app. Also, make it a point to stop at any fruit stand you can find. I tried dragon fruit, lychee and dragon eye (a.k.a. fruit you can’t find in Ohio). 7. No one does Hawaiian Ice better than the Hawaiians. Order it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the bottom. You’ll realize you have to have it daily.8. Talk to the locals and listen to their stories. You’d be amazed how many interesting people you’ll meet. The type of people who take risks, sell everything they own and take a chance on moving 8,000 miles.
9. Go to a luau if you can. I’d highly recommend this one. Just prepare to eat, a lot. Like, four courses a lot (not including dessert).