Oh to be in LA again. I was actually supposed to be in LA a lot longer than I was actually there. But at the last minute, the VERY last minute, I postponed my flight to a few days later. But anyway, the trip was short and definitely well spent. Took the first flight out of Honolulu with my brother and landed just in time to grab not only In-n-Out for dinner but King Taco. Yea, the TWO things I miss about living in California: In-n-Out and Mexican food. The following day, my brother dragged me to grab breakfast at Fantastics for some breakfast burritos. I then drove ourselves to Downtown LA to grab coffee and desserts at Urth Caffe, drove home, went to Trader Joe’s to pickup my favorite candied pecans and then to Ikea for some stuff to buy for the house. We then grabbed boba at Cha for Tea and met up with a friend (Hi Diana!) and thanks to my tea, I could not sleep (in combination with the fact that I was on Hawai’i time), still couldn’t sleep and slept only two hours before I had to take my brother to LAX so he can catch his flight, drove home, got ready, went to my hair appointment to get my haircut, got my eyebrows “did”, went home and ate leftovers, met up with friends who then took me to have dinner with her family and then they drove me to see the Rubber Duck in San Pedro. I then packed the little stuff that I had to bring back to Hawai’i, caught a SuperShuttle with my mom to LAX and took the first flight out to Honolulu. Short and sweet.
At the moment, I won’t be flying to LAX next month since Charles and I have plans to travel somewhere. Where to? Who knows? We have an idea on where we are going though and we’re really excited about it. But I will be back in LA to work on a couple photo shoots in October. I’ll be contacting those who wish to do a photo shoot with me about my dates!
Disclaimer: The Road to Hana and the hikes (not just in and around Hana but throughout the state of Hawai’i) can be risky and dangerous. If you choose to do any of this, you do so at your own risk. Please exercise caution while driving on the road. Be respectful. Pay attention to the weather when you do hikes. Always prepare. And please, please, PLEASE help keep Hawai’i beautiful by picking up after yourselves!
The Road to Hana has many twists and turns and it has to be one of the most picturesque drive in the entire state of Hawai’i. It can rain off and on but it’s worth the drive. Some parts of the road, we had to drive on a one-lane bridge. We would honk at each bridge to make sure that there wasn’t a car going on the opposite direction already on it. The drive isn’t bad in my opinion (then again, I was just a passenger, thanks Charles for driving!). Just use common sense.
At first, the hike is a little boring. Well, not too boring but it’s a little interesting. The hike, I would say, just keeps getting better. It’s like that saying when people say to not give up, just keep going, it’ll be worth it. Yea, it’s like that. But anyway, you cross bridges and see small waterfalls. Then it gets interesting. You see the beginning of the bamboo forest but it’s not even the best part. It’s just the bamboo forest and a dirt trail. Then you get to the boardwalk and it’s absolutely gorgeous. The sound of the bamboo is soothing. I really felt like I was isolated from the world; birds were chirping, bamboos were swaying; the sounds of nature (despite the fact that there were people on the trail, you don’t even notice them because they too were in awe with nature).
Soon enough, you’re going to have to cross a stream. I’ve learned to never cross a stream when its raining (or when the water level is high); you risk being caught in a flash flood and being swept away. Even now, we stay away from the beaches and hikes if it’s raining. Better to be safe than sorry. At the time we were there, it was a small stream. We crossed the stream and seeing the falls in front of us was an amazing sight to see. There are signs to tell you not to get too close to the waterfall since you are putting yourself in danger by the falling rocks above. Mother Nature is not someone you want to mess with. There isn’t really a pool you can swim in but I don’t like swimming in pools anyway (not just in Maui but even here in O’ahu). So not only are you at risk from falling rocks, you are also at risk from getting leptospirosis. No thank you. I’ll just marvel at the waterfall from a distance; safe from the falling rocks and bacteria.
As we were heading back to the car, passed the bamboo forest, passed the small bridges, and waterfalls, it started to pour and thank goodness we were almost to our car as soon as it happened.
While we were heading back, I read that Coconut Glen’s was the place to go for coconut ice cream. I’ve never been a coconut fan until recently. I absolutely love coconut now so we had to stop by here. For all of my lactose intolerant friends, this place is the place to go for coconut ice cream because it’s dairy free! Nothing like eating coconut ice cream from a coconut and spoons made out of coconut in a tropical rainforest. While you are here, pick up some coconut candy! When you’re in Maui, I highly suggest picking up coconut candy if you can! It’s delicious!
Charles and I were on a serious budget for this trip since we were going to Hawai’i the following month and after strolling through Atlantis, taking the taxi to the port, and explored the town, we were heading into the ship to grab lunch in the buffet but we ran into our cousins (hey Aileen and Christine!) who then told us they were heading to a restaurant that was recommended to them with authentic Bahamian food and we couldn’t say no (who doesn’t want to try local food?!). Due to budget constraints at the time, eating at local place didn’t cross our minds but I’m so glad we tagged along! Always, ALWAYS try local foods wherever you go.
The walk is a bit far from the port but it was worth it. Located in The Fish Fry, Oh Andros is definitely a restaurant I would return to the next time I’m in the Bahamas. The place itself was small but felt very home-y. It wasn’t too busy when we were there. Charles ordered a bottle of Bahamian beer called Kalik and he enjoyed it. Along with trying local foods wherever you go, try the different local beers! Whatever we ordered as far as food was really good! The meal consisted of chicken, some rice with a kick (with a really good kick), corn bread, and something else that I don’t quite remember (note to self: always brings a journal so I can write it down). The next time I’m in the Bahamas, I’m definitely trying conch!