The standard vacation self portrait
Ok lets break this vacation down- first up is the food. Oh my god we ate real good...like really really good. The stand outs? Kilauea Fish Market (best fish wrap of my life- like a burrito but better), Moloaa Sunrise Juice Bar had amazing smoothies, Mermaid Cafe had good salads and wraps and Hanalei Taro and Juice Co pulled pork plate with taro mac and cheese was the perfect meal after surfing. The pineapple was sooo good so we made sure to get some of that while we were there. We even threw some on the BBQ when we made our BBQ salmon and veggie dinner (which was awesome...yay us!). Last but not least we got a coconut from the Coconut Experience...first you drink it then they whack it open and you can eat the inside. Drinking it was fine...the slimy inside was not my favorite thing.
Jo Jo's since it seemed to have a lot of good reviews and I think we all agreed it was not worth the hype. They did have a great sign though that I could relate to:
More dets on the surfing- Rebecca and I took a surf lesson with Titus Kinimaka's Hawaiian surf school on Friday morning and it was awesome. The conditions were perfect and we both hopped up and rode our first wave on our first try! Highly recommend them if you're a beginner surfer like us. Also I highly recommend the following: DON'T do a belly flop off your board (it hurts...trust me), DO buy board shorts (best last minute purchase of my life), DON'T get a spray tan before doing this (the white stripes running down my legs from where the board rubbed off the tan was SUPER attractive), DO try to relax your arms when you're standing up so you don't look like a little kid playing airplane (I need to work on my style).
Lastly, one thing I was not prepared for? The freaking chickens and roosters- they're literally everywhere. Airport chickens? Check. Secluded beach chickens (+ chicks)? Check. Chickens while you're trying to eat? Check. I tend to exaggerate but no joke you could not get away from these guys.
Ps. check out the American pride: