Hawaii: 14hrs of travel away and I had 4 whole days of a packed work schedule there. Brutal. But I was determined to take in as much of the beautiful islands (Lanai specifically) as possible while travelling for work. Several times during the quick trip I would zone out and think: “I’m in Hawaii.” (*pinching myself*) While discussing technical details over a morning guava smoothie or lunchtime meal of my personal favourite – poke – my mind often wandered to the Plumeria tree nearby and the crashing waves a few hundred feet away. I’d never been surrounded by such beauty and expected to be productive (#firstworldproblems). How do people work in Paradise?
If I had to use one word to describe Hawaii, it’s just that: Paradise, with a capital P. It is no wonder that it has been, and continues to be, a hugely popular destination for travellers of all kind. Whether you want to surf, scuba dive, snorkel, hike, tan, or just simply laze away the days, Hawaii has something for everyone. Interested in food? Try the poke (pronouced po-keh). Want to see an active volcano? Head to Kilauea volcano on the Big Island. They even have the Stairway to Heaven (though officially illegal to climb, many people venture out there anyway – because obviously).
I had finally finished my work and had about an hour to spare before I had to head back to Honolulu. I wanted to see what Lanai had to offer, so I grabbed a golf cart (another reminder that I was definitely not in
Kansas Toronto anymore) and zipped down to Hulopo’e Beach to walk around the bay. It was partly cloudy as it had been for all but one day of the trip, but it was warm. I walked across the sandy beach over to the dirt path leading to Puu Pehe, known as Sweetheart’s Rock. I passed tide pools where kids had popped in for a dip, through mud puddles and tall grass, and then finally ended up on the rock. The steep cliff spread out far toward the East. I headed to the edge to get a better view of the other side and then decided to sit. Almost as soon as I sat down on the edge, the clouds broke and sun shone down on the bay, lighting up the volcanic rock cliff, sandy beach and blue-green waves below. A sign that I had found Paradise? It certainly felt that way.