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What do I have to say about our trip to Hawaii?

Do you have time? Cause I could be here for a very long time. Maybe everyone should just come over to my house, I’ll set up a slideshow of all my pics and just go over every single lovely detail?

One word describes it all – amazing!

You already know that I had an experience of a lifetime running the Honolulu Marathon with Saucony 26 Strong. That was Day 1-2. And if you followed along with me on Instagram and Facebook, you got a little taste of what the rest of the trip was like.

Day 3: Diamond Head

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Monday (the day after the marathon) was Kailey’s last day with us before flying home. We woke up starving (post marathon hunger was in full effect) so we left on a mission to find breakfast. Our original destination already had a long line. After standing in it for all of 3 minutes,  I knew I couldn’t wait any longer. I needed food asap! So we ventured on. I momentarily forgot about my hunger when a vibrant rainbow appeared. It seemed like there was a rainbow every hour on the hour during our whole stay. I loved it!

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After our bellies were full, we were ready to face the day. A hike up Diamond Head it was! We decided on hiking Diamond Head because that would be a great way to shake out our tired and sore legs. Haha. It was a “couple of miles” from our hotel so we didn’t think it would be a big deal to walk there, up Diamond Head and back. Walking there and actually up Diamond Head wasn’t too bad. The views and claustrophobia in a small tunnel made me forget about my achy legs.

Diamond Head | happyfitmama.com

Our “couple of miles” walk turned into over a 5 hour hike. Fun fact – I wore my Fitbit during the marathon. I tallied over 55,000 steps that day. On Monday, I walked almost 35,000. Take that post marathon soreness!

By the end of our walk, Kailey and I were seriously dragging butt. We just wanted to be off our feet! The rest of the day was spent napping poolside and relaxing in the hot tub before saying good-bye to Kailey that night.

Day 4: Pearl Harbor

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We ran into Morganne (a fellow 26 Strong Coach) and her husband, Matt, while leaving Diamond Head. They mentioned going to Pearl Harbor the next day. Ron and I had the same plans so we all went together. For the second day in a row, Morganne and I had the exact same outfit on. Great minds think alike!

Pearl Harbor was very special. It was quiet, peaceful and calming. I felt odd taking pictures of anything. Instead I just took it all in and teared up.

Honor. Respect. Remember.

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Day 5: Beach Day

We hit up a couple of beaches, played in the water, napped in the warm sun and just played beach bums all day until the sun went down.

Hawaiian Sunset | happyfitmama.comI swear the hotels pay SUP, surfers and sailboats to pass by the sunrise and sunset just at the right time just to complete all the tourists photo opps.

Day 6: North Shore

North Shore Hawaii Flippers | happyfitmama.com

Since we didn’t rent a car while on Oahu and wanted to make it to the North Shore, we decided to go through a tour company. The Surf Bus was the perfect fit for us. It was a tour but didn’t include any of the gift shop stops and just let you do your own thing. If I could have had our whole entire trip on the North Shore, I would have been happy. It’s laid back and not commercial at all. The Billabong Pipe Masters Surf Championships were being held that week but unfortunately were called off for the day we were there. The waves were too small. Although just standing on the edge of the surf made me nervous!

North Shore Hawaii  happyfitmama.com

We got to explore a bit with two sweet beach cruiser bikes. I haven’t rode on a bike that didn’t have shocks, gears or brakes on the handlebars since I was 7 years old! It was uncomplicated cruising fun!

Beach Cruiser | happyfitmama.com

After some time cruising, we were off to SUP (stand up paddleboard). Ron got all fancy and showed off his headstand skills on the board. He did that just to make me jealous. I can’t even do headstand on solid ground!

SUP headstand | happyfitmama.com

Day 7: Last day!

On our last day in Hawaii, we lounged around in the morning. Then Ron surprised me and asked if I wanted to go for a run. Say what? Ron NEVER runs (or at most will run a couple of miles every few months). How could I turn him down? We ran along the beach for about 4 miles. It. was. perfect. Although if you asked Ron, he’d say it sucked the whole time. 😉 Definitely my most memorable run of 2014.

Hawaii Run | happyfitmama.com

We then showered, checkout out of our hotel and just wandered. We ate lunch at Goofy Cafe and Dine where I had the most amazing meal of my life – Local Vegetables Bibimbap. Sooooo good! I need to recreate it asap.

Veggie Bibimibap Goofy Cafe  happyfitmama.com

The rest of the day was spent beach and pool side before departing for our red eye flight to Newark and then on to Manchester. After 20+ hours of travel full of delays and cancelled flights, we finally made it home, exhausted but unable to sleep.

But I can’t complain, I had just had a wonderful, relaxing vacation.

Can I go back now???

16 comments on “Hawaii

  1. Well, I was right…..I should not have read this post, I am now so incredibly jealous of yoooouuu! I have always wanted to go there, and your visit just confirmed that even more! Looks amazing, sounds amazing, and of course that was your word to describe! I WILL get out there someday…..34/50 states…. can hawaii be next? 🙂 *cough Steve cough*
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  2. What an amazing adventure.. .. my jaw hurts from smiling for you. As moms, going to the grocery store by ourselves is a treat, but having the opportunity to spend a week doing and being with the things and people you love is … well, there’s no words. Hawaii is one on my favorite places. I love the air there! As soon as I get off the plane my head feels clear– I was able to imagine what it must have been like, and I feel refreshed- haha. I’m so happy for you! Happy New Year’s Eve!
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  3. So glad you had such a great time in Hawaii!! And your hubby’s headstand is impressive. Holy cow! I can barely hold my own on the flat floor for yoga! IMPRESSIVE!! So glad I got to meet him too. He seems like such a down to earth truly nice guy!

  4. Oahu is my favorite place of all times!!! We went 5 summers in a row (thank you Space-A on the tanker) but haven’t been in several years and I’m dying to get back. I loved reading about your week there as well as following along on Instagram when you were there.

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