Day 7/8: A hui hou, Hawaii!

Today. Yesterday? I’ve been awake the better part of 24 hours but I suppose it’s technically yesterday.. Anyway, my mom and I began our last few hours in Hawaii with massages as per a standing tradition we have.

If my dad tells this story, I’m sure it’ll make you laugh. He tells a tale of us coming back to the hotel room crawling on our knees because we were in so much pain. Supes dramatic but not totally wrong, lol.

I can only speak for myself, but I don’t get massages often and I made the mistake of telling the massage therapist that my lower back has been hurting so she mainly focused on that region of my body with some heavy deep tissue work. This hurt in the moment and yes, I felt like the hobbily old witch from Hansel & Gretel for about an hour afterwards, but I feel much better now.

If I can just make getting massages more of a habit than a once a year thing, I might get better results and loosen up my apparently really really tight hips. Our girl Shakira was right, hips don’t lie. HA. That joke was gold.

We hit up one more beach side restaurant recommendation at a place called Lulu’s Waikiki where the tables are tall in the chairs are short; the perfect combination if you ask me. This was one of my favorite places we’d been to and the aesthetic was really cool. Filled with all the nautical things of times passed like blue glass fishing buoys as lights, shipwrecked paddles on the walls, and old hand carved surfboards; it felt like a library I’ve always dreamt about having but in restaurant form.

Our flight wasn’t until 7:00 p.m. last night but that came and went quickly. We met a family from Louisville, KY and they were fun to listen to. The daughter/father combo made me laugh because it reminded me so much of some of the conversations my dad and I have had over the last week.

My brother and his fiance picked us up from the airport around noon today and we met up with my youngest brother at Sanford Hospital this afternoon to visit my grandma and uncle for a bit.

And I think that officially concludes my vacation.

One of my favorite parts about all of the traveling that I’ve done is to do a little reflection post-trip and put together a “What I’ve Learned” post. I plan to put that post together sometime this week but for now this is we’re I’ll leave you. Hawaii is so beautiful, you guys. My absolute favorite parts were snorkeling for the first time and just being by the water, feeling the warm sand between my toes. And the trees! Omg, the trees! A hui hou, Hawaii. Until we meet again.