We woke up at 3AM to go do the stairway to heaven hike. It's illegal and there is a guard that gets there really early, so you have to try and beat him there. Once you get to the location you have to hike for about a mile to get to the actual trailhead. We ran into a couple people who had already been turned away, but they told us we could probably make it around him since we didn't have flashlights. Boy, were they wrong. The guard was strategically placed right under the freeway so there was a huge lame post shining down and there was no way for us to sneak around him. He was really nice and gave us some other good hikes. On the way down we ran into another group that asked if we had tried bribing him, we didn't even know that was a thing. He said he would try it. I wonder if they made it through. We were pretty bummed, I wanted to do the hike so bad and now it was like 5AM and we didn't really know what to do with ourselves. We got some breakfast and got to Hanauma Bay by 6 and were able to get in free. Any other day 6AM is nice and warm and the sun is out, but not this day. There was some kind of storm going on and it was windy and cloudy and pretty chilly. We only stayed for a couple hours (one of those hours was just hanging out on the beach waiting for it to warm up). There were lots of cool fish and one nearly slapped me in the face, it freaked me out so bad because it came out of no where and was so close to my face.
The one on the far left is kinda hard to see, but it was my favorite fish. I followed it around forever. It gave me the heebie jeebies a little though, so I tried to keep a little distance between us.
We left at about 8AM and had already been up way too long so we went back to the hotel and read and rested for a while before our parasailing appointment. I found a groupon for half price parasailing, and I thought it was probably going to be our only chance for that in our lives, so we went for it.
I was expecting it to be thrilling and scary, but it wasn't. It was exhilarating but the thing that surprised us was how peaceful it was. It was so quiet up there and we were just gently flying through the air. We got pretty dang high, but I never even got scared, and we kinda wanted to unhook and drop in, but decided against it.
First you start lifting off the boat and it's a little scary and then you get dipped in the water before the chute takes you really high. That little dip was my favorite part, I wish the whole ride would have been like that. By the end we were high, like 500ft up or so. It was such a cool way to see the ocean and island, I'm really glad we did it, even though it was not was we were expecting at all.
Here we are on the descent, just talking about how we wish we would see a shark or a whale, or how bad we wanted to unhook and drop into the ocean.
Boat rides are my favorite.
After this little adventure we hung out in the water for a while and then decided it was time to see the jungle. We went and hiked Manoa Falls. It was my first time seeing a jungle in real life and it was honestly one of the most incredible things I've ever seen. I was way too obsessed and I wanted to stop and take pictures of every single thing. This hike was where a lot of Jurassic Park and Lost was filmed. The very first thing you see when you walk in is Jurassic Park to the max. Such huge trees and green everywhere, it literally took my breath away. (Either that or Nate singing Jurassic Park theme, both were awesome)
So, funny story about this picture. Behind us is on of the most beautiful places on the hike, as we were walking by we noticed some people who needed someone to take their pic, so I took a couple of really awesome ones, getting all the incredible trees and everything in the background. Then the lady asked if we wanted one, so we said sure and she started talking about how it was going to be the best picture we've ever had and all that. Well usually you give someone your camera where you want them to take the pic and then you walk over to where you would like to be for the pic, right? Well this lady kept getting closer and closer to us, all the while saying this would be our favorite picture ever. Soon she was about 2 feet away from us and we were laughing so hard, because what the heck?? The weird thing is she had just been talking about how amazing the trees were and how big they were and all this stuff. I don't know if it was some kinda prank or what, but I want to start taking pictures for people like this. Thanks for taking a pic that we could have taken on our own. Good one, lady.
Next we went and checked out the only palace in the U.S. and wanted to go inside so bad, but unfortunately the tours were over for the day. We talked the guard into letting us peek in and it just made us want to see more. Next time, palace.
After that we got dinner at Zippy's (a local joint that someone suggested to us) I hated it so bad that we had to go get another dinner at Jack in the Box. This was the most tired night of my life so we went back to the hotel and I fell asleep by like 8 or maybe even 7:30 I can't remember.
We started the day by hiking the Diamond Head, which is another WWII bunker site.
After this hike, we decided to go for round to and hiked to Maunawili Falls. It was the muddiest hike ever. It took so long to get to the falls because almost ever step you had to pull your foot out of 6 inches of mud. It was nearly impossible to hike without a walking stick.
Jumping in the falls.
The second muddiest we've ever been.
After this we went down to the beach and cleaned up and then went to Maui Tacos for lunch. After that we went and checked out the Bydoo-In Temple.
Such a beautiful place, I loved it. Unfortunately our camera died at this place and so the rest the day is undocumented. The last thing we wanted to do was to swim out to Chinaman's Hat.
It's shallow enough to walk almost the whole way. It took forever but we finally made it, it was super fun, but I was pretty scared of sharks the whole time. Later we went and met up with some people from Nate's ward and they told us that that portion of water is breeding water for hammerhead sharks. YIKES. I am so glad we didn't see any. We found an awesome food truck later, probably the best food we had the whole time. We even got a second dinner for later.
We got home pretty late that night, we packed up and went to bed. The next morning we caught our flight out and cried a little.
See ya Hawaii.
Some of the best things about Hawaii:
-No allergies, I didn't sneeze once the whole time. It was awesome
-My hands and all my skin was so so soft. I could not stop caressing my hands all day everyday.
-Nate turning up the music super loud and saying, "If this gets too loud, you can just plug your ears" (Such a sweetheart)
-It never got colder than 70 degrees.
-Everyone is so chill and friendly