So it’s been over a month since Hawaii, but let’s see if I can remember it all…
Saturday night (the same day as the half marathon) we head back over to Maui. It was a long day and sleeping on airport benches are not fun, but we got to our resort and went right to bed. Sunday was our planning day. We booked all our adventures for the week and we went grocery shopping (the benefit about having a kitchen was we didn’t have to spend a ton of money on eating out). We were having a contest between the girls and the boys. We were required to make dinner one night, the girls one night and the boys another, then the boyfriends parents were going to judge who’s was better. The boys had to make theirs the next night and we were scheduled for Thursday. Lucky for the guys, we didn’t have much planned for Monday. We were going surfing in the morning but had nothing else for the rest of the day. It took them hours to make dinner. It wasn’t bad, and you’d be surprised to learn that this
Surfing was so much fun! I’ve never done it before, and I was pretty nervous, but I picked it up fairly quickly. Tuesday we had planned to go to a luau for dinner, so Tuesday during the day the girls went shopping and the boys went golfing. I never really knew what a luau was, but it’s exactly like what I pictured. We eat dinner on the beach during sunset and they have a show of Hawaiian dancers and fire throwers. It was all you can drink, but with the boyfriends parents there I wasn’t going to drink too much.
Wednesday we drove to Hona which is an old traditional Hawaiian town. There is also a trail that you can walk that takes you through a bamboo forest and ends with a tall waterfall. It was gorgeous. We went into another town to do some shopping during the day and that night the boyfriend uncle made dinner for everyone.
So I haven’t mentioned what the boyfriend got me for our one year anniversary. At this point I was pretty upset. I tried to hide it, but as the week went on I just felt more and more hurt. Wednesday night after eating dinner, he pulled me aside and handed me a bag. I immediately started crying. This is very silly, but I was already so upset that it was 4 days after our one year I don’t think anything could have made me feel very good about the situation, and the fact that he handed it to me without a card/flowers/anything just made it worse. When I look back on the situation, I may have been a little tough on him and he did pick out a very nice gift. He bought me a gold Plumera flower ring with a small diamond in the center. The Plumera flower is the national Hawaiian flower. I realize now that it was a tough situation to be in. We were in Hawaii with his family so there really wasn’t the right time and place for a gift. And he did want to get me something from Hawaii for our anniversary, so I understand why he waited. I forgave him almost immediately after I let out my built up tears. He felt really bad and I felt really guilty for making him feel bad.
Now with that off my mind I was able to think more about the fun I was having. Thursday we went ziplining down an inactive volcano. It was the girls night to cook. Unfortunately we didn’t have as much time as the boys. We got back from ziplining around 7pm and everyone was starving. I sliced my finger open and the guys ended up helping us bbq while I tended to my finger. I’m biased, so I think our dinner was much better than the boys, even though we rushed.
Friday morning we went kayaking and snorkeling and we got to see sea turtles and some other water creatures. I could do that for the rest of my life, no wonder people move to Hawaii. That night we went to a restaurant called Mama’s Fish House and I don’t really like fish that much, but that was the best meal I had all week there. Maybe even on my top 5 list of best meals in my entire life. The fish in Hawaii is so fresh, it doesn’t taste anything like the fish you buy from your local supermarket.
Saturday was our last day. We did a bit of shopping in the morning and lounging by the pool in the afternoon since we didn’t really get a chance to do much of that during the week. And then we were off to the airport for our day long trip back home. We left Hawaii at around 10pm their time and arrived home at 7pm eastern time. It was a long day and I was jet legged for the entire week but it was definitely the best trip in my entire life.