May 3, 2016

I just spent a week on Oahu! I went to visit my friend Jenny and her family, and luckily for me, they still live in Hawaii.

Jenny and I love to do all of the same things and eat all of the same kinds of food, so it was heaven to spend a week with her. I am pretty sure we ate dessert with every single meal. Including breakfast.

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Jenny is the kind of friend that remembers your favorite drink and stocks her fridge with it when you come to visit. She’s the kind of friend that you can count on for honest advice. She’s the kind of friend that is always there for you, even before you know you need her. She’s the kind of friend that will make you laugh and who you want to stay up all night talking to, no matter how tired or jet-lagged you are. She’s a great friend to have and I am so glad to know her.

There was something pretty awesome about going to a tropical place like Hawaii and not feeling like I had to do and see everything. While of course there are so many things to see and do in Hawaii, I think that sometimes all you really need out of a vacation is to slow down, enjoy the sunshine and the ocean, and see where the days take you.

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Jenny and I went back to our old haunts, and even though I was tempted to stick with my tried-and-true favorite places, we even tried a few new things. You really can’t go wrong in Hawaii no matter what you do. We got up early to take long walks and drink iced coffee. We didn’t have a schedule but made sure to eat at our favorite places and go hiking. What else can you ask for in a vacation?

I lived in Hawaii for two years and I don’t think I ever took it for granted. I really think that I appreciated every moment I had. But after being away from Hawaii for a few months, I felt like I had a new appreciation for what “island living” really means. It was the little moments that I loved the most:
Sipping iced coffee while walking on the beach with the sun on my face.

The feeling of putting my feet in the ocean for the first time after a long, cold winter.

Wearing a tank top, shorts, and flip flops.

Stumbling across a waterfall I didn’t know existed.
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That first bite of my favorite food from my favorite restaurant.

Walking barefoot on the beach.

Waking up to sunshine and 80-degree weather.

Going back to my favorite places and feeling like I had never left.

Getting three seats all to myself on a 10-hour plane ride.

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Seeing a friend I haven’t seen in a while and talking about a million things at once, because there is just so much to catch up on.

Thank you, Jenny, for hosing me for a whole week in your island paradise!

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21 responses to “I went back to Hawaii!”

  1. Heidi says:

    Sounds like the perfect vacation. 🙂 So glad you got to go back!

    • Carolann says:

      Thanks Heidi! Hawaii is one of my favorite places in the world and it was so awesome go back and see my friend!

  2. Leanna Cherry says:

    She sure sounds special and it sure sounds like you had an amazing time together. So glad for you!!

    • Carolann says:

      Thanks Lea! I was really lucky to have her in Hawaii. It was great to go back and see her family.

  3. Emma says:

    Breakfast dessert with friends is THE BEST!

    • Carolann says:

      How did I only recently discover this?! We are adults, darn it, and we can eat cake for breakfast if we want!!

  4. LisaLDN says:

    Aah, how nice! I’m heading to Hawaii in October, and I am so excited to finally cross it off my bucket list! 🙂

    • Carolann says:

      That’s awesome, Lisa! What island are you going to? If you want any advice about things to do let me know!

  5. It sounds like you had the best time on your trip back to Hawaii! You really can’t beat the island life on Hawaii, and I know that it made it even better that you were visiting your friend while you were there too! I love that you got a row all to your self on the plane! That’s the best feeling when traveling!

    • Carolann says:

      Thank you Ashley! Hawaii is amazing but having time to spend it with a friend made it even better. Oh my gosh, having 3 seats to myself was complete heaven. I think it must be even better than first class! After I asked a few people if they wanted to move and sit in my row and they all said no, I just laid down! Best nap ever!

  6. Jenny says:

    Aloha!

    You’re too sweet! Im so grateful you made the long trek out here.We loved having you and let’s not forget how helpful you were! miss you and dessert with every meal already! Love, Jenny

    • Carolann says:

      I sure do miss you dessert with every meal, almost as much as I miss you already! Thanks again for an awesome week!!

  7. Caitlin says:

    She sounds like an amazing friend! Plus it’s always great to have a friend in a cool place so you can visit! I’ve been to Hawaii once and it rained the whole time I was there so I loved living vicariously through your post!

    xx, Caitlin
    http://www.wandererandwolf.com

  8. Emma says:

    It must have been so nice & strange at the same time!

    • Carolann says:

      It was both! I couldn’t believe how much had already changed, things like new businesses that popped up! But at the same time, it was like coming home.

  9. Lux G. says:

    Oh, this was nice. Not everyone finds a friend like that. It’s always good to visit friends especially from away from home.

    This makes me more excited for my getaway this weekend. 🙂

    • Carolann says:

      I know, I am so lucky to have her as a friend! Where are you going this weekend? I’m excited for you!

  10. Must have been SUCH a nice feeling returning Carolann, a place so full of so many special memories for you 🙂

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