I am pretty blessed to say that I was able to spend my 22nd birthday in Hawaii unintentionally. I intended to spend my birthday at the beach but I had my mind set to go to Puerto Rico on that specific occasion. Now that is a 360 degree change LOL, how does that even happen? Well as I said I had every intention of going to Puerto Rico but upon my arrival to the airport those Puerto Rico flights were completely full... (and I know you may be wondering well, so? Didn't you have you flights booked... no.. not exactly) the way I travel if you've never heard of it is called standby (if you're not familiar with it you should definitely look it up). Any who, their was no chance I was going to get to the Isla del Encanto, at least not that day and their was no way I was not going to be at a beach for my birthday (my birthday was the following day). So as I sat there looking for other options I looked up Honolulu and saw that the flight would be leaving in about 40 minutes and I immediately listed myself for that flight. To my good fortune that flight was actually departing from the same terminal as the flight to Puerto Rico! I rushed to the gate and the line for boarding was to its final passengers. As I walked over to the gate agent I told him my name and he automatically gave me and the person traveling with me our boarding passes, we were shocked haha. We went from a 4 hour flight to an 8 hour flight lol.... it was bound to be a long day!
My seat turned out to be a middle seat next to two older women who were very sweet. That specific flight to Hawaii was the first time I was on a flight that was more than 6hours... It felt ETERNAL! One thing I'll never forget was my movie selection, one of the many movies I watched was a movie by Nicholas Sparks, The Longest Ride... tell me why the older nice ladies were asleep the entire flight but they happened to wake up right when the intimate scene came up. Boy, was that awkward! It was equivalent to my mom and dad walking in my room when i'd watch The Notebook on that specific scene you all know which one i'm talking about LOL.
The view of crystal clear water as you are landing is just amazing. I was immediately thankful Puerto Rico was a no go. As soon as you walked outside the airport you were struck with the Hawaiian heat. It took us about 30 minutes or less to find a hotel and we called an Uber and made our way over. The hotel ( Maile Sky Court, in Waikiki beach) we stayed was a block away from the beach which was not bad for a last minute booking. However, what was bad was booking last minute through a third party.... not a great idea. When we arrived to the hotel they couldn't find our reservation so we had to wait. I was irritated, hungry, and tired all not good combinations.
After the hotel fiasco was settled we got settled in the hotel and we got ready to go out for dinner and to explore. We found this really cute restaurant with beach view and the food was awesome, overpriced but good! We walked the beach and saw the sunset that day which was stunning. I'm a sucker for a good sunset, that sunset was by far one of my favorites!
Theirs a 6hour difference between Hawaii and Atlanta so I was really really trying hard not to feel so tired.... but man, that jet-lag is so real! The original plan was to go back to the hotel and take quick nap to wake up around 9pm to go to the bar downstairs to celebrate my 12am birthday... but that did NOT happen lol. We stopped at the bar first, got one margarita made it back upstairs and set an alarm to wake up... needless to say I slept through it all. However, the following day I was up bright in early at 5AM! Ladies and gentlemen anyone who knows me knows that I am not an early bird... but I woke up everyday at 5AM and caught that Hawaiian sunrise, which was so beautiful!
For breakfast we decided to walk the strip that leads to the beach to go to this popular place everyone seemed to talk about. But on the way there a man with a cardboard sign convinced us to go down an alley to try this underrated place that apparently had better food options. It could of been a death trap and I could of been TAKEN (hence the movie, haha) but that was not the case. The food was truly so bomb!!! I wish I could remember the name of it so I can tell you folks to go, but FYI if you go to Hawaii listen to the guys with the cardboard boxes, they know where its at :)!
I've always said that I'm like a mermaid who damaged her fins (or whatever) because I can't really swim good, but I LOVE being in the water. I literally wanted to spend my birthday at the beach just tanning and swimming and thats what happened for the majority of the day. We tried the canoe ride with a group of ladies from Australia and they were so nice! They even sang me Happy birthday as we were paddling away haha. The tour guy was also really cool he was telling us to always keep the boat flowing and to paddle even harder when a wave came our way. The first wave that came was rather smoothly and we were proudly cheering away. Then came wave numero dos, and that shit knocked me right off the boat! This little mermaid with the broken fin was so close to being reunited with Flounder and Sylvester.. shit! haha but thankfully someone rescued me and I made it back on the canoe. Talk about a birthday scare lol. But the thrill of it was amazing, I'd do it again with no hesitation.
The remainder of that day consisted of eating and drinking. We went to a sushi place that had a really cute restaurant set up, no beach view but a nice clear city view and the sushi was great! Afterwards, I found the BEST the BEST I repeat THE BEST shaved ice in the entire world! I tend to exaggerate a lot, but this is not an exaggeration. I'd legit take an 8hr plane ride just to go to that shaved ice stand. It was a stand located in front of H&M and Kate Spade, I hope to go visit soon.... I have dreams about it lol, okay i'll stop with that!
We walked the strip a lot it was really cute. Their was a huge H&M, Forever21 and they had about every name brand store you could think of. If you kept walking further down you'd come across a market that consisted of a lot of souvenir stands and cute traditional Hawaiian dresses, unfortunately they only accepted cash so I made no purchases but it was all so neat and it was deadly hot outside too!
I didn't have a crazy Hawaiian night out like I wanted too due to my sleep getting in the way. So I am clueless on how great the Hawaiian night life is. Hopefully next time I visit I can get my sleep to adjust! I did however go to their mall and let me tell you those sales people actually do try to sale!! Literally making eye contact with someone on a stand meant they'd automatically try to reach you to sell you whatever it was they had.. like hand cream, muscle relaxers, you name it! I successfully turned all of them down... UNTIL I reached the hair straightener girl, boy did she get me lol! But to my defense that straighter works magically!! Ask my mom, she went to Hawaii and visited that same mall .. and she fell for it too lol, and I didn't even warn her about it, "like mother like daughter."
We originally were only going to be in Hawaii for three days but I didn't want to leave so we stayed an additional day!
The Hawaiian water is beautiful if you're ever looking for crystal clear water this would definitely be a great choice of travel. The only complain i'd have about that specific beach I visited was that there was a lot of rocks in the water, def made my toes hurt a couple times but since the water was so clear you could literally just watch your step! So it was bearable!
I've def made this a VERY long post, so if you're actually reading this last part THANK YOU! As ya'll can see I can babble on and on and on.
I appreciate you for reading my Hawaiian adventure, I could of done a lot more as far as exploring but I'm doing that the second time around.
Thank you for Traveling with Me,