Habdash in Hawaii
Breanna here, wanting to share with you all some of my recent trip to Hawaii! It was an amazing experience not only because it was a lot of "firsts" for me, but also because I got to spend 9 days in paradise with some of my best friends.
My boyfriend (and frequent Habdash model, Tony) and I flew in on a Tuesday and stayed with our friends Yoni, Troy and his wife Jennifer on the marine base. We ate at Jimmy Buffet's the first night and tried to recuperate from the time difference (Hawaii is 5 hours behind Nebraska). On day two we relaxed on Lanikai beach, which was my favorite beach from the entire trip.
Day three came with a hike to Maunawili falls, through a very muddy trail. It was pretty hot and muggy on the mountain because it was raining on and off, but that made jumping into the falls all the more rewarding. Even though the hike showed me exactly how out of shape I am, it was a beautiful trip and a great reminder that the destination is worth the journey... or however that cheesy quote goes. Also, I think I had mosquito bites for the rest of the trip from this day.
Day four we made a new friend named Patrick. Patrick was born in the Dole Plantation, and spent the day with us at Turtle Beach before being cut up and eaten with dinner. If you ever get a chance to visit the Dole Plantation, I highly recommend you try Dole Whip.
Turtle Beach is named after the fact that there are sea turtles EVERYWHERE! We broke out the snorkel gear and got to swim with them. Don't let stereotypes fool you, they're ridiculously fast swimmers.
Day five we did some more snorkeling at Hanauma Bay Reservation, over a Coral Reef. Then we hit up Kona Brewing Co. for a dinner by the docks. Being a graphic designer, I have to give them mad props for their beautiful logo and the wooden menu.
Day six was a day of pleasing my inner child. We got breakfast at Crepes No Ka Oi in Kailua. Seriously, we got a crepe that was filled with ice cream, oreos, strawberries and topped with whipped cream and more oreos. FOR BREAKFAST! Sorry mom...
After breakfast we went to Kualoa Ranch for a movie set tour. A lot of movies and tv shows have been shot in this valley, including (but not limited to) Lost, 50 First Dates, George of the Jungle, Godzilla, Windtalkers, Pearl Harbor, Mighty Joe Young, JURASSIC WORLD, and JURASSIC PARK! Yes that is the tree from the original Jurassic Park, where Alan, Lex and Timmy hide from the Gallimimus flock! If you can't tell, I'm a huge J-Park fan. Before my dream was being a graphic designer and starting Haberdashery, my dream was to be a Paleontologist. Who says I won't do both one day?
Day seven was my 21st birthday. I could not imagine a better place to spend a birthday. In the morning we did the Pillbox Hike up the mountain behind Lanikai Beach. Seriously, it felt like the top of the world. My goal for the rest of my birthdays is to do something that makes me feel as incredibly small and equally as infinite as that day. This hike wasn't nearly as challenging or as long as Maunawili, but it was no less of an adventure. Plus we got rained on quite a bit, and nearly rolled down the last part of the hike because it was so steep.
The hike is called the Pillbox Hike because there are two little concrete rooms built into the mountain which were used in WWII as lookouts. Not only was the view on top of them incredible, but there was also a lot of awesome graffiti art covering both of them. It's interesting to see something that was once used in war be something that people now use for a relaxing scenic lookout, and to create art. Time surely changes things.
For dinner that night we went to Top of Waikiki, a revolving restaurant. Yes, they still made me sit in the middle of the backseat. After dinner we hit up Lulu's, a bar right off of Waikiki beach. It was a really cool bar, because it had no walls or windows on the sides that faced the beach. Also, I'm pretty sure we met Snoop Dogg.
Day eight Yoni took some couples pictures for us on top of a scenic overlook. Don't worry, I won't spam you with our cutesy pictures. However, I will post these pictures of the mountain because it was raining which made some amazing fog. Unfortunately we never got to see the temporary waterfalls that form on the mountains when it rains hard enough.
We went to a Luau that night at Paradise Cove. Sure it was probably one of the most tourist-y things we did while we were there. But the show was impressive, the food was delicious, and the sunset was BEAUTIFUL.
Day nine we kayaked to the Mokes (pictured above in the Panoramic picture). I completely understand why Hawaii has such a low obesity rate. It was probably the most challenging thing we did throughout the whole trip. It was 4 miles roundtrip, and on the way out we had to fight some pretty decent waves. I was terrified we would tip over, but we didn't until we were pulling back into Kailua beach afterwards. Of course I got caught underneath the kayak, which means I got a mouth/nose full of salt water and pants full of sand. Don't worry, I didn't drown. Na Mokulua is the island on the left when looking out from Lanikai beach, and the only island you're supposed to land on because they are both bird reservations. We "hiked," or rather climbed over giant rocks in our water shoes, to the back of Na Mokulua to a cliff jumping location/whirlpool.
After our kayaking adventure we got cleaned up and headed to Buca di Beppo for dinner. It's a family style Italian restaurant with seriously delicious grub. It was the perfect place for our last "family dinner" together.
Day ten we began our journey home, but not before getting some more delicious crepes! Then we headed to the airport to say goodbye and begin our 20-or-so hour trip home. Let me just say, LAX is a terrible airport, nothing like what I had imagined. Conversely, the St. Paul airport has a mall inside of it, plus a tram and like a hundred different places to eat. Okay maybe that's an exaggeration, but seriously there's a mall.
I had been looking forward to this vacation for almost 6 months, and now I can't believe it's over. Coming back to Nebraska after spending a week and a half in one of the most beautiful places on Earth is hard. Not to say that Nebraska isn't a beautiful place, but I miss the perfect weather, the lack of bugs, and the fact that anywhere you go and anything you do is accompanied by an amazing view. Also I kind of fell in love with the ocean. </3 Even though leaving was difficult, I'm so grateful that I had the opportunity to take this trip, and spend time with some of my favorite people.
I'm also extremely grateful that I got to come home to the rest of my favorite people, my very own business, and a place that's so full of it's own unique adventures. Whether you're able to travel far, or whether you're a tourist in your own city, do things that remind you why being alive is the greatest thing on Earth.
Peace and blessings,