growing up in seoul and new york, hawaii was a common and convenient family destination for us. some of my fondest memories of the move to seoul as a child was when we went to hawaii for the first time—we had just left new york and spent about a week in honolulu with grandma. (appa, if this was a way to ease your pre-teen daughters into the idea of moving to a completely foreign place, well done! it was a lovely experience.)
having visited the beautiful islands a handful of times in my teens + early 20s, i was excited to return after a 9 year hiatus with my husband (first timer on the hawaiian islands!) + immediate family again. visiting any place with paul is always an adventure—while i’m inclined to share what’s familiar to me with him, he thrives on exploring unchartered territories together.
most of the trip was spend touristing around with the family + we got to check out some off-the-radar spots. all in all, a very short but worthwhile trip. still can’t get over how short the flight is from san francisco. hopefully we’ll be back at least once / year.
the most satisfying lunch after spending the entire morning on the beach. ethel’s grill: fried chicken, loco moco, and tuna tataki sashimi.
appa, the avid hiker leading us through the kuliou’ou ridge trail. the hike was more strenuous than we were expecting—took us about 4 hours at our leisurely pace. temps were upwards of 90ºF that day but the majority of the hike was under the shade of beautiful trees so it was actually quite breezy.
the mountain was divided by thick clouds + the clearest sunny skies at the top.
glad i (finally) invested in a pair of proper hiking boots before this trip. these ones by asolo are completely waterproof as well so i’m hoping to get some decent life out of them in a versatile range of terrains. they're definitely on the heavier side, but i prefer the super thick sole + ankle support as my joints are on the weaker side.
we stayed primarily in waikiki for this short trip. food faves while touristing:
- kona coffee purveyors, which now sells b patisserie pastries!
- matcha stand maiko, for the yummiest matcha soft serve
- marukame udon. maybe not worth the long wait, but great if you like udon
- island vintage shave ice in the royal hawaiian center
as a maui first-timer, it was interesting to finally see the beautiful island for a couple of days.
a welcome calm scene after 2 days in waikiki: peaceful waters on our hotel beach.
morning snorkeling in molokini with pacific whale foundation. the crew were all recent grads of various marine biology programs across the country and had all moved to maui to pursue their dreams of swimming with marine life.
post snorkeling replenishment at barefruit bar. half pineapple for me + guava pineapple shaved ice for paul.
big thanks to teresa for recommending the old lahaina luau. the food was as delicious as the show was enchanting. the storytelling aspect of the show and focus on the rich history of hawaiian culture were the highlight of the evening.
can’t wait to come back, hopefully much before another 9 years fly by.