For the Tourist in Me


I just got back from the most amazing trip to Hawaii. I went with my mother and sister, and we had a ball. My mom wanted to go early in the year before things got too busy for her at work. She planned different activities for each day. We arrived on Saturday after an 11-hour straight flight. We flew to Honolulu and stayed at the Waikiki Parc Hotel. I loved it; it was right in the middle of a shoppers town and very close to the beach. There was Fendi and Gucci right next to H&M and Forever 21. The shopping center was nice too, with restaurants and boutiques.

As for our activities, we didn't really do much on Saturday. That jet lag nearly killed us. The rundown of activities began on Sunday:

Sunday, we did the Grand Circle Island Tour. We spent the whole day on a bus tour around the island. We stopped at local tourist attractions and took tons of pictures. At the first stop, we picked up some souvenirs at a gift shop and met some bikers and a Samoan Chief. He came on our bus and told us what his tattoos meant and that he has 13 kids; 11 sons and 2 daughters. He looked at us and said, "When you're here, you're not Afro-American, you're one of us." Coolest moment ever!!! We ended the tour with snorkeling, which was really nice.


Monday, we spent the entire day at the Polynesian Cultural Center. That was an amazing experience. We learned different things about all of the islands that make up Hawaii and Polynesia. Each village represented a different country and had native activities for visitors to participate in. My sister even did a hula lesson performance :-D. We did a Luau Dinner with a live hula and tribal show. Then, at the end of the day, all of the employees put on a show that was like a circle-of-life depiction. Absolutely amazing!!!! There was fire and dancing and stomping and screaming, blew my mind!!!!



Tuesday was a rest day. We went to the beach in the morning and got hot stone massages afterwards. Then, for dinner, we went to the Top of Waikiki Revolving Restaurant. Wednesday, we spent the day hiking up to a waterfall at Waimea Valley. That was great too; the hike was very scenic. I'm a sucker for beautiful hibiscus flowers. The waterfall was nice too, freezing water and everything.



Thursday we got a private tour of Pearl Harbor because our extended family is the Captain of a battleship. Absolutely speechless!!! We were in awe of everything, just so overwhelmed. Then for dinner, we went on a sunset cruise on The Star of Honolulu. We were all dressed to die for and the food was decent. My mom picked the steak and endless crab legs dinner option. I'm also a sucker for crab legs :-). Friday was another rest day, we spent the whole day lounging around.




Saturday, we flew to Kona on the big island for a helicopter ride over an active volcano. O-M-G!!!!!! First of all, on the drive from the airport in Kona to the airport where the helicopters were, we saw snow capped mountains.....in 80 degree weather!!!! Once we got in the helicopter, my main concern was to not throw up. That volcano was like watching God work. The smoke, the lava, the heat we felt in the helicopter, just everything!!!!! We also flew over Rainbow Waterfalls, which was absolutely breath taking. We spent the night at The Holiday Inn Express, which was right off the beach strip in Kona. There were beautiful shops and restaurants along the water, and it was a much less tourist-y area.




We flew home on Sunday, back to the cold. I'm usually a very thankful and grateful person, but this trip had me in awe. This trip was everything to me. Well planned, well thought out, and well executed. I enjoyed every second of it. I would go back to Hawaii, but to the big island. Less tourists and warmer weather.

Nichole Naomi
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Nichole Naomi

I am a Brooklyn-born, Jersey-raised, very proud Jamaican American. I am a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies. I am also the CEO of Baseline Cosmetics, where make up meets music.

4 comments:

  1. Great photos! Hawaii is one of my favorite travel destinations
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  2. Wow!!! So beautiful trip!!! it seems really a marvelous place! Have a nice day, kisses and thank you very much for your friendship on IFB,
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