Oahu, Hawaii

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Last year during Mardi Gras, I was in Key West. This year, the day after Ash Wednesday, we hopped a plane to Honolulu and didn’t look back. Escaping the madness for a tropical locale is kind of the best thing ever and might be my new yearly ritual. I didn’t even realize how badly I needed to reset until I was actually sitting on the beach.

This vacation I got lots of reading done, spent time with my family, and had two full days to relax on Waikiki Beach. I loved Hawaii! It was my first time visiting, but everyone I encountered was really happy and friendly (granted, we were in mostly tourist areas for a lot of the trip, but it was a good vibe around the island). Honolulu seemed like a pleasant, walkable city. I didn’t realize until I visited that the city demographic is 55% Asian, which was cool for me – I’ve never been around that many Asians before! I’ve been saying I want to for years, but I need to actually visit Korea and explore more of my mom’s culture.

Anyway, back to Hawaii – Justin and I would love to go back and explore more of not just Oahu but the other islands as well. One of the interesting things we did this trip was venture out to the Polynesian Cultural Center, where I learned a lot about the different cultures present on the Hawaiian islands and watched some really great live performance art (check out this video I took of the Canoe Pageant). My other favorite thing was hiking to the top of Diamond Head crater, which offered a great workout and view to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Here are a few pictures I took, although I didn’t take many as I had my nose in a book throughout most of the trip. Some of these were taken with my phone and have already been posted on Instagram. Happy Saturday!

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