The best place for a graduation trip? Hawaii.
Hawaii is the most isolated land on the face of the earth – 2,390 miles from California and 3,000+ miles to Japan. Aka, very very far away from school.
Well, at least that is what we thought. After spending years grinding through classes, assignments, hangovers, recruitment, and other challenges, our undergraduate years were coming to an end. We decided to celebrate accordingly and visit the 50th state of the U.S.
Graduating from USF on Dec 9th, 2017, I couldn’t have been more eager to leave on Dec 11th. The experiences we accumulated in those 8 days ranged from witnessing a meteor shower to getting stuck on a mountain after sundown.
Arriving in the airport, we were tired but I don’t think anyone could feel it. In replace of our jet leg, we were met with excitement at the airport as we saw the mountains minutes after walking off the plane.
Using Turo to rent a car, and AirBNB to stay in a local’s condo – we were ready to experience the true life of an islander.
We wasted no time the next day, visiting Diamond Head bright & early to hit the trail.
Conquering the trail, we were off to conquer our appetites. What better than seafood? This became my first time ever having raw fish (ahi poke) and it certainly wasn’t my last.
A typical day in Hawaii for us went something like this: Wake up early, make pancakes (traveling on a budget), looking up & picking out what hike/adventure we wanted to take on that day (with the maple syrup in hand) then packing the car full & heading out.
Our trip was quite spontaneous – I believe that is a reason it was so great. We did what we wanted, we tried new things, and experienced Hawaii as if we lived there. Additionally, we stayed out of the touristy areas (thankfully).
Best moment of the trip:
Sitting on the balcony with two of my friends, talking underneath a nighttime sky filled with stars. Rarely, if ever, do I get to see this. On top of that, it was a meteor shower that night and I witnessed multiple shooting stars. To me, space is very intriguing and to be able to relax and enjoy a rare showing of all the stars (and some shooting ones) on display, I couldn’t ask for a cooler experience.
While I only shared a few moments of the crazy experiences in Hawaii, I encourage you to check out some of the photos below!
Oahu is an adventure, and like any other trip, it is what you make it.
Hawaii was a perfect experience – I experienced many first, made lifetime memories, and saw more of our beautiful country & world. I don’t know if I will ever be back, as it is far, expensive and I have more of the world to see – but, I certainly loved it. If you haven’t gone: you should.
Thanks for reading! Till the next adventure.