My trip back home in pictures!

The problem with visiting Hawaii is that it usually takes me a month to get over being homesick. My mom moved to Washington a couple years ago after spending most of her life in Hawaii and made the same comment on this trip… so at least it’s not just me.

But back tracking to the beginning of the trip, I sprinted off the plane and hightailed it to downtown Honolulu for my Aunt and Uncle’s surprise 50th wedding anniversary. Holy heck that’s impressive! #RoleModels

They aren’t big fans of their pictures up on social media sites so I cropped them out of the below shot, but wow they looked GOOD! I think they are drinking the Benjamin Button cool-aid or something where they get more awesome looking as they age (although I’m sorry but that Button movie was one of the most boring things I ever had to sit through…)

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My grandmother’s situation being what it was, I didn’t have days upon days free, but there was more than enough time to visit with family, high school friends and college friends (now residing in Hawaii).

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I’m absolutely in love with my college friend’s children. Wonder if she’d mind me keeping them…

There was a buzzfeed article titled 38 Problems Only People from Hawaii Will Understand that circulated around facebook this week and problem #5 related to giving directions with a joke about using the third mango tree and menehune (think Hawaiian leprechauns) as part of the description. But this is so true! Our instructions for finding each other for our picnic at Kapiolani park included things like – “second mauka parking lot by the big bathrooms and then down to the large trees…” Not sure if there was a point to this story. To summarize, I am going to kidnap my friend’s children and not entirely related to that, buzzfeed had a funny but accurate article that I have read no less than 6 times since Monday.

Now you can’t expect me to not post pictures of food right? That’s not me at all.

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ANGER!!!! As I finished up my post and was about to press publish, Tumblr decided to erase half of what I wrote. So that was fun. But here’s hoping I’ll be a little less long-winded the second time around (I wouldn’t count on it).

Upper left: Shrimp scampi from Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck – their main menu has 4 items and 3 are shrimp. Go there. Eat the shrimp! Nuff said.

Middle left: Fukuya’s – Ryan’s favorite place ever. I took the picture to send to him as a taunt. He was not amused.

Lower left: fabulous in-laws served up Hawaiian food for me while graciously letting me stay with them. The lau lau (protein wrapped in taro leaves) is not super photogenic, but was so good!

Upper right: Mitch’s sushi – possibly the best sushi on the island. This photo was not of a multiple-person-sharing plate. This was mine. Not everything I ate made it into the picture. In other news, I was shocked to find out I gained weight on this trip.

Lower right: Kokonuts shave ice – best place on the island for shave ice – Obama approved.

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Scenes of Hawaii (last pics I promise!):

Upper left: my running route

Lower left: these warning signs are no joke as i snapped this picture right after the lifeguard had to save a girl who didn’t realize how strong the under current was and was not able to make it back to shore.

Upper right: view of Kaimana beach during my dinner in Waikiki.

Lower right: a stop at Kailua beach park in order to gorge myself on my last meal of the trip (pancakes from Boots and Kimo – amazing!) led to me also watching the start of a men’s canoe race. A perfect ending to the trip!

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