Days three, four and five of Hawaii have been paradise. Easy to say when you are in paradise!
On Saturday Meke, Kathy and I wanted to go on a hike! Meke suggested we hike up to what the locals call the PCC Falls, a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole tucked above the Polynesian Cultural Center. What we thought would be a quick hike ended up being the muddiest hike of our lives! Our shoes were being sucked off every step by the mud but we couldn’t help but laugh our way through it all. Once we reached the waterfall and swimming hole we hopped in and washed off all the mud only to get extremely dirty again on the way back down. Saturday afternoon Kathy needed to run few errands in the city but before doing so we stopped by The Valley of Temples to take a few yoga photos she could use for her photography class projects. The Valley of Temples was so calm and peaceful and I loved seeing all the beautiful Buddhist temples.
That Sunday Kathy and I spent the morning on the temple grounds before heading over to church. After church we jetted to the Honolulu airport to pick up Madie! I was so excited to have Madie finally arrive and join us in Hawaii. The three of us have been best friends since we were little girls and have remained life long friends ever since.
Once we got back into Laie we had a great big dinner, helped Madie unpack and then that night went crab hunting with Meke on Bikini Beach. As a born and raised Fijian, Meke is pretty fearless. He was sticking his hands in giant crab holes and pulling out huge crabs! I was nervous to even snatch the little ones in fear that they would clip me! We caught quite a few crabs and then released them once we were done.
The next morning Kathy had to head off to her classes at BYU-H once again. Madie and I decided that we wanted to go to her 7am folk dance class with her. She is learning all the different traditional island dances. Madie and I died laughing at how much we sucked. Those island girls know how to move their hips and our bodies would just not move like that! Straight talent I tell ya. While Kathy had to head to the rest of her classes, Madie and I jetted over to Waimea beach. The waves were INSANE. Originally we wanted to head to Pipeline to watch the surfers but all of Pipeline was closed because the waves were SO big!
It was so much fun to watch the surfers at Waimea. And it was my first real beach day at Hawaii so I was stoked to even be soaking in the sun and relaxing. We spent a good few hours at the beach but once Kathy was done with her classes we picked her up and headed again back up the North Shore. Something Kathy has been wanting to do with us was take us to her favorite paddle boarding spot. And Madie and I were nothing but down to go. Plus the paddle boarding was such a deal, $15 bucks for an afternoon of paddle boarding by a billion friendly sea turtles plus a free sno cone to accompany. And we found a rad rope swing along the shore!
That night we ended paddle boarding (after our new Patagonia photographer friend Dave took our picture) and headed back to Laie for a group FHE lesson Madie and I did on the importance of setting goals. Hint hint to Meke!