Sunday, January 17, 2010

Walking on Sunshine!

It was so nice to get back to all of my friends here in Hawaii, the warm weather isn't bad either! Our goal for this semester was to do a little more exploring of this beautiful island we are on. One of our first stops was Hanauma Bay Preserve. We were so excited to see this beautiful beach we had heard so much about. We went and bought snorkeling gear and then drove an hour to get there only to discover it had been closed for the day due to jelly fish!

Luckily, we were still able to go through the building that talks about all the different kind of fish that are there and the Volcano it was made from. Well we wanted to do something productive from our day and the drive over had been so beautiful that we decided to start heading back and then just stop when we wanted to on the way back. We found a cool little beach that you could go down on these rocks and climb around. After that, we kept on driving and found a trail that we were pretty sure led to a lighthouse. We parked and began the walk. We got a little nervous when someone finishing up the hike told us that it gets pretty steep and hard but we soon found it wasn't as bad as he had told us. It led to this spectacular lookout of the ocean.

Right below where we stood, was the lighthouse we had seen from the road. It was also exciting because it is whale season right now and there were a bunch of whales out playing. It turned out to be a spontaneous and fun day!

School has definitely started. I am getting homework but I am absolutely loving my classes and my schedule. I have plenty of time in the day to catch up on homework or some much needed beach time. I am so excited because I am going to be  doing after school tutoring at Laie Elementary school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I think it is going to be such a great experience for me. It will also help me to being more productive. I have definitely learned after last semester that even though I am in Hawaii, life still goes on and as much as you want to believe it, I actually am not on a permanent vacation over here-just on the weekends!

We love this weekend especially because we have an extra long weekend! On Friday night there was a dance on campus that turned out to be a lot of fun and good exercise! We were dancing for a good 3 hours straight! Saturday we woke up early, got sack lunches from the Cafeteria and headed to the town of Kailua for a hike and then to the beach. The hike was called Maunawili Falls and took us about 3 hours to do. It was actually quite crowded with people and tourists but still so fun. It was gorgeous, difficult at parts, but we made it.

At the end of the hike was a waterfall and you could go jump off a cliff into the pool of water at the bottom. It was the perfect way to start out our day. We then headed over to one of our favorite beaches we have discovered on the island, only to realize after an hour of sitting in the overcast that the sun wouldn't be coming out. So we packed up our things and headed back for a quiet night on campus!

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