In May I went on a trip with my family to Hawaii. That was the farthest I'd ever flown before! It took me 3 flights to get there: Halifafx to Toronto, Toronto to Vancouver, and Vancouver to Honolulu. I was in transit for about 24 hours in total, but it was SO worth it - Hawaii was my reward at the end of that long journey!
We spent our first week on the island of O'ahu and stayed in Honolulu and then Punalu'u. Then we "island hopped" over to the island of Kauai and stayed in Kapa'a. Both islands were so gorgeous and each place we stayed was so different from the one before. But everything was sunny and green and lucious... just incredibly beautiful.
One of my all-time favourite movies is Lilo & Stitch, and it felt like I was right in the movie! Everyone said "aloha" and "mahalo" and we started saying it, too, because it felt so natural after a while. We drove up Waimea Canyon and stopped at so many look-offs, we went on a 5-hour boat tour to see the Na Pali Coast and snorkeled there as well (we saw turtles!), my siblings and I took a surfing lesson one morning, we went zip lining down a mountain, we climbed Diamond Head, we visited the Pearl Harbour museum, I saw the sunrise almost every morning (thanks to the 7-hour time difference), we visited Sea Life Park, we spent a whole day at the Polynesian Cultural Center, we enjoyed a Luau, we visited the Dole pineapple plantation, and we swam at the base of a waterfall.
Oh man, it was just the best. Have I said that yet? I still can't believe I got to experience all that. And now I need to go back :)
Here are some photos from the trip!