Today is the first day of school – I can’t believe it! I’ve also been the worst blogger. After recruitment and bid day, I was going to go to Hawaii but then I still felt sick and it was rainy outside, and I just couldn’t fathom hauling my butt over to the airport in the wee hours of the morning. So I ended up staying in Seattle that weekend but this past weekend, I was determined to make it out to Hawaii, even if it meant going alone. I’m so glad I did! The weather was a solid 85 degrees with some clouds but mostly sun. Perfect.
I flew out on Saturday morning at 8:30am, packing only a towel, swimsuit, and book (Crazy Rich Asians), glasses, waterbottle, and wallet. So yes, I packed pretty light. The flight was about five and a half hours, and I ended up reading the whole time. By the time I landed in Honolulu, it was close to noon and I was starving.
I took an Uber to Ono Seafood to grab some poke – unfortunately, it was closed! My Uber driver was nice enough to drive me to Foodlands, the grocery store on the island instead. I bought a poke bowl from there for pretty cheap with a generous amount of spicy ahi and rice. Then I booked it over to Leonard’s Bakery to try the Malasadas: Portugese donuts. The line was out the door, but I was determined to get some. You see, I just wanted to eat poke and donuts on the beach – is that too much to ask?
I walked about half an hour all the way to Queen’s Beach, sweat dripping down my back and my arms full with food. I immediately plopped down near a beach volleyball game and dug into my food, praying my ahi hadn’t gone bad in the sun. Needless to say, all the food was delicious. I people-watched and did some more reading and sunbathing. I even got hit in the head with a volleyball! The Oahu experience, everyone.
After laying on the beach for three hours, I got up and walked around to explore the coast. There are so many stores for shopping! I didn’t want to take anything back so I just window-shopped, but there ended up being a block party that day too so tons of food vendors were setting up. I walked to the north end of the beach and decided that I needed some more sun so I set out my towel once again and relaxed for another hour before dinner.
(Sidenote: the struggle is so real when you’re alone on vacation but want a photo, so you result to selfies.)
For dinner, I knew I wanted to go to Marukame Udon since I knew it was highly suggested and super cheap. I got there around 6pm and there was already a daunting line out the door, but I wasn’t too hungry yet and had time before my flight, so I waited. I only had to wait in line for 15 minutes before I got in. I didn’t realize it was like a “fast-food” place. I literally ordered my udon and got it in three minutes. If you’re from the Seattle area, the setup is exactly U:Don. I got the Tantan Udon and it was to die for, and it was only $7 for a good portion.
That pretty much wraps up my 10-hour trip to Oahu! I headed to the airport after that and took the red-eye home to Seattle. I walked to my gate with sand still on my feet and between my toes (and who knows where else). My last trip of the summer, a true send before the start of senior year.
Look out for a summer wrap-up/internship reflection post to come soon! As always, thanks for reading.