I just got back from Oahu last night. I was a little sad to be leaving the beautiful island, but work is fun too, so I’m not upset at all 🙂
This was a half work – half vacay trip, which are always the best kinds because I feel like I get 2 things done with just one flight! Great for someone like me who despises planes and the act of traveling. Although, the flight was actually very nice. The plane was supposed to be filled to 220 or so passengers, but there were only 70! Got to spread out and lay down! Oh and I finally got to watch “JOY“. Have you seen it? It was inspirational, BUT I felt like they could have gone soooo much deeper. I wanted to get to know Joy Manzano (inventor of Miracle Mop) as a person and as an inventor better. Read reviews later and learned that the real Joy is a private person, so I guess that’s why I felt like I wanted to know so much more.
I want to share with you what I did while I was on Oahu, in case some of you are planning to go to Hawaii in the future! Ready? Let’s get started!
As soon as we got into Honolulu, we rented a car and drove straight to our hotel – The Outrigger Reef. The hotel is LITERALLY right on the beach. This is the view as soon as you step out of the hotel. YAH. Seriously.
As I mentioned, this was a work-vacay, so the first duty was to teach a big POP Pilates class at the local 24 Hour Fitness to welcome POP into all gyms in Hawaii! Look at all the POPsters who showed up! Everyone was so kind. And I’m not just saying that…literally Hawaii has some of the warmest, sweetest people I’ve ever met. It’s in the Hawaiian blood!
Sweaty selfie post class! I was a sweaty mess too. It was increds.
Thank you to everyone who gave me a lei and gifts. I usually never get gifts at meet ups, so it was such a warm welcome onto the island! After the meetup, my Program Director and Master Trainer, Jules, led our POP Instructor workshop and got this fine group ready to TEACH! Welcome to the POP Army Hawaii!
After the class and training day, we were ready to start the vacation part of the trip!!! I had to get my macadamias to prepare for island beach snacking of course. Onion & Garlic is my fave flavor, but it leaves your breath pretty stinky and not nice for kissing, so have a mint on hand.
I could tell you about all the beaches we went to, but this place stood out the most to me. This is the Lanai Lookout. It’s about 15 minutes north of Hanuama Bay (which is so incredible for snorkeling, very commercialized, but amazing nonetheless).
Technically, you’re not supposed to go out after the mini rock wall that gates this beauty from the parking lot, but we saw people doing it, so we did it too! The view is just breathtaking. These pics do NO JUSTICE to what you can experience with your eyes and your body. You need to go here.
Another MUST-SEE spot is the Waimano Waterfalls. It’s not easy to get there though. The hike I mean. I read on a blog that it was considered “Beginner” but I have to honestly admit that it felt more like intermediate-advanced to me! I think I will do a whole blog post dedicated to the hike because IT IS WORTHY. For now, I’ll show you what you will see when you get there.
The falls has 3 pools. The first one is shallow with the huge waterfall, probably about 30 ft tall or so. Then there’s a mini pool in the middle, about the size and depth of a hot tub. And at the final and lowest pool, YOU GET THIS. TARZAN ROPES!!!! All the water is fresh and no there aren’t any weird fish or bugs! Just tiny baby fish but I didn’t encounter any Lochness Monsters, so I think you’re pretty safe here 🙂
OK, can we talk food please? All my friends told me we HAD to go to Gionvanni’s Shrimp Truck on the North Shore, so we trekked there to see what all the hype was about!
I got the Spicy Shrimp, and within a minute I regretted it. On the menu it said something along the lines of “This is VERY SPICY. We will not offer refunds!” I was so cocky, I was like yeah, whatever, it’s gonna be a piece of cake. Honestly guys, for a girl who puts habanero sauce on her salads at lunch, I was DYING. THIS IS SPICY!!! Very spicy!!! Luckily Sam got Garlic and Butter shrimp (the most popular dish) and I traded him some of my shrimps so that I could survive.
So did it live up to the hype? Yes, it was yummy! But have cash on hand! There’s an ATM machine at the McDonald’s across the street though if you forget, like me.
When in Hawaii, you MUST have an Acai Bowl! This one is from Nalu Health Bar & Cafe which is in Kailua, HI. There are plenty of places to choose from (just Yelp it), but make sure the fruits they put in your bowl are FRESH! I bought another bowl from another place the next day, and it seemed that they were using pre-frozen fruit over pre-blended acai. Not cool. You can significantly taste the difference. This one had bee pollen crunchies on top and it was spectacular.
Obscene much? Yes. Very very much. If there’s one thing you don’t know about me, it’s that I am very egotistical when it comes to bragging about how much food I can eat in one sitting. I LOVE watching food eating competitions – it’s just so fun! There’s one food challenge that I’ve ALWAYS wanted to attempt, and that’s the Macdaddy’s Pancake Challenge at MAC 24/7 in Honolulu. The challenge is to eat this ENTIRE stack of pancakes in under 90 min and you get a free t-shirt, your face on the wall of fame, and your pancake bill paid for. I believe these were about $25.
I went in thinking I could totally take it down – easy peasy.
BUT BOY WAS I WRONG.
I FAILED SO HARD.
GUYS IT WAS EMBARASSING.
I ate way less than a quarter and nearly passed out.
Nope. This was my first food eating challenge and I am officially going to say that there is no need to ever attempt any food challenge again.
So those are the highlights from my Hawaii trip! You can see more of my pics on Instagram @blogilates. Like I said, I will blog entirely about the hike because I think it is something you guys will TRULY enjoy. So stay tuned for that!
Have you been to Hawaii yet? Do you plan on going?
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