Hawai’i – March 2017
Last fall in Spain, we had some guests over from the USA. Lilia and Kyle live on Maui, and Hawaiian Island. They invited me over and I didn’t have to think twice about that.
When you picture Hawai’i, you probably think about surfing, the unpronounceable singer Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (“Somewhere over the rainbow”) and surf legend Duke Kahanamoku, Hibiscus flowers, Aloha, Waikiki beach, dancing hula girls with coconut bikini’s, Disney’s Lilo & Stitch and the new released Moana (a.k.a. Vaiana), ukuleles, palm trees and crystal clear water. Well, you can find pretty much all of that everywhere in Hawai’i.
The moment I book my ticket to Honolulu, I know this is going to be just amazing. I mean, the name alone sounds tropical and makes you feel warm and smile.
After a long trip via London and LA (my flight is delayed which makes me miss my flight to Honolulu, but gives me the opportunity to spent a night in LA with my Argentinian friends), I take off to Honolulu. I cross the ocean and after 5,5 hours of just seeing ocean, a tropical place appears. I push my face against the plane window to watch the waves, super clear water and palm trees and I try to spot a whale. Clapping my hands and bouncing restlessly on my seat, I am excited as a kid. And that feeling stays with me the rest of the trip.
For the first few days I stay with a friend of mine in Honolulu who moved there from the mainland. I only met him for a few days in El Salvador some years ago but he insisted on picking me up from the airport and I could stay with him for the first days. He even got a day off to show me around almost the whole island. Such a warm welcome. I soon find out that people on Hawai’i are welcoming. I guess it’s the vibe of the islands. Both tourists and residents I meet are always happy, talkative, easygoing, helpful and open. I have been shown around some places by people who I just met when being picked up by them when I was hitch hiking, my brother’s friend took me to different places in Honolulu for a couple of days and friends of friends and almost everyone I just met were always happy to take me surfing, showing
me around or inviting me for any bbq or party. Everyone seems to have time, they live in the now and problems are not likely to exist, only situations to cope with. Even though I’m really easygoing, open and positive myself, I still learn a lot from the life perspective of the people here.
Most days I wake up early just after sunrise due to the enormous amount of roosters, feeling a breeze in my face when I open my tent, smelling the salt water of the ocean and always excited what this day would bring me. Some days I feel like exploring, some days I feel like surfing and chilling, enjoying a nice cup of coffee with the most amazing fresh organic vegan/vegetarian food in a nice atmosphere. Around every corner there is something to explore: hiking up green hills and mountains filled with exotic trees and plants with a breathtaking view at the top, snorkeling in crystal clear water with the most colorful fish and turtles, sunset at sunrise at the top of a volcano or driving on whichever (windy) road with beautiful views.
The water is warm so I can surf in my bikini. The vibe in the water is very friendly; surfers are always talking to each other, smiling and enjoying their time in the water. I have seen all kinds of surfboards, all kinds of ages and any time of day for either half an hour or 3 hours straight, people play in the water, as long as you have fun is all that matters. Big sea turtles pop their heads out of the water at Ho’okipa beach in Maui, green lush mountains make an amazing view from the water at Hanalei Bay in Kaua’i and transparent water makes the waves look like fluid diamonds shining in the sun at Makaha point in O’ahu. I have an endless smile on my face and experience jaw-dropping moments every day. This truly is paradise in all its forms.
I can write and talk endlessly about this place, show pictures and videos and all, but I guess you do need to experience this yourself at some point. Make Hawai’i the first place on your bucket list, really. Can’t go wrong here.