Aloha Hawaii

Yesterday I had the difficult task of saying goodbye to Oahu.

I think the island itself is a magical place, and full of wonderful, warm people and scenery.  It baffles my mind to think that people who have the opportunity and funds to live there don’t move there immediately.

I am excited about saying hello to New Zealand, but Oahu is a place I could easily see myself living once I finish this traveling stint.

I am posting my last few pictures from Hawaii here to round out this section of the trip.  These were photos taken during Kurt’s photography lesson that I liked.

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More rocks on the shore

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Secret beach

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Next post will be from New Zealand!

Tidepools

We woke up early to see the sunrise.  The colors of the sunrises and sunsets on this island are spectacular.

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After sunrise, Kurt and I hit possibly every beach on the way to the northern tip of the island.

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We went to Shark’s Cove in Pupukea.  Shark’s Cove is a popular snorkeling destination on the north side of the island.  It also boasts very cool tide pools and smaller ecosystems.

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We saw the beach where Lost was filmed, as well as the tree that was used on the cover of Jack Johnson’s album In Between Dreams

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Hawaii and photo bootcamp

Today was my first full day in Hawaii.  I felt very fortunate to have my cousin Kurt and his girlfriend Helena as tour guides.  They went all out to make my first day on the island a spectacular one. We spent the morning hanging out on the beach just outside his and Helena’s apartment.  While snorkeling, we saw a rad turtle who wanted nothing more than to be left alone.  After the swim, Kurt gave me some lessons on photography, and we made challenges to try to best capture certain subjects.

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Kurt took me all around the island today to visit many of the famous beaches, as well as give me some greatly appreciated photography lessons.  The island itself is indescribably beautiful.  It has misty, green mountains, white sand beaches, and colors that have to be seen to be believed.  I can see why it draws so many people to move here.  The most popular beach we saw today was Lanikai.

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Kurt and I also drove to quite a few scenic overlooks on the east side of the island.  This was my favorite shot of the day, utilizing some of the techniques he taught me a few hours earlier.  It was fun to spend the day getting to know my cousin, as well as seeing his passion for both Hawaii and photography.IMG_20180922_170831-01.jpeg

Kurt and Helena have been very welcoming and wonderful hosts.  I feel lucky to have them as family.  I learned some new Brazilian songs, I ate a great breakfast burrito on the beach, and I gave a two-year-old named Noah a cracker.  What else could you want from life?

Back in the U.S.

I got off the plane this morning around 1am in Fort Lauderdale.  I told my friend to pick me up a little later, as I wanted to take a nap and get some work done.  In the Fort Lauderdale airport, I found some comfy seats, put my jacket on with my hood blocking the lights, and slept until about 5 in the morning.

I worked on my blog a bit, as well as tied up some loose ends on the Kenya trip.  By the time all was said and done, it was 10am.  My friend J picked me up, and we went to one of his friends houses in Hollywood, Florida.  We walked up and down the Hollywood beach broadwalk, grabbed a beer, and took a swim in the ocean.

Afterwards, my friend J took me to the outskirts of the Everglades, as he was intent on me seeing an alligator.  No such luck, but we did some some wide open fields.

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We are going to try again tomorrow.  I am writing this around 7:30pm, and I am about to crash hard.  There have been talks of a bike ride tomorrow, so it should be a fun day!

Neil