Hawai’i V

I literally can’t believe more than three weeks passed since my last blogpost. Time is going by so fast. I guess it has to be this way, since I’m leaving Hawai’i in about 4 weeks. At the end of a stay it all gets more and more beautiful, you don’t want to leave and make the best memories – right? I feel like it’s always like this, whether you’re on a 3-day trip or a 2 week vacation, or you stay somewhere for a couple of months… time seems to fly when you have to leave. And then you don’t want to leave. Even if you miss home, your friends, your life back somewhere, you don’t want all these experiences to end. I’ve read this quote the other day, and it totally matched my thoughts right now. It goes like this: Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying sorry, I would stay and love you, but I have to go. One the other hand, if I had more time in Hawai’i, I would probably miss home way more and the desire to be with your loved ones would be more present. Confusing, isn’t it?

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Happy times  (photo by Amadeo Agis)

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Sunset at Pipeline Beach in North Shore

Some friends and I went on a beautiful hike called the Maunawili. Although I got about 50 mosquito bites (I’m serious!) on that day, it was totally worth it. We walked through rainforest and got to a waterfall in the end. The water was ice cold but refreshing after hiking through the muggy forest. After months in Hawai’i I should be used to the tropical nature, but it still fascinates me every day. Huge trees, plants with leaves of a size way bigger than a human and various beautiful colors. Can you imagine Mowgli coming out of the bushes? 🙂

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Rainforest

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Maunawili Waterfall (photo by Amadeo Agis)

Most of the time I’m at the beach, enjoying the sun before I’m back in cold Germany. One of my favorite beaches is Cromwell’s Beach, it’s not too far from my home and as I don’t own a car here it’s easy to get there by bus. Sunsets in Hawai’i are always magical, sometimes the whole sky shines in purple colors and that’s definitely one thing I’m going to miss a lot.

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Sunset at Cromwell’s beach

Another beach I really like is the Kuilei Cliffs Beach Park, even if it’s pretty rocky and you can’t really walk into the water, it’s never crowded and I’ve spent days there sketching and reading. When you get off the bus at this part you get a breathtaking view over the ocean. I love this lookout, and it reminds me that I wake up in paradise every morning – in one of the most isolated spots in the pacific ocean. Some days, after quiet a while on the island, it still feels unreal to live my life in Hawai’i. I’m unbelievably blessed and grateful that I happened to be here.

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The view at Kuilei Cliffs Beach Park

Last but not least, one of my favorite spots to watch sunset is Tantalus. It’s a lookout up in the mountains next to where I live. To get there you need a car and you drive up a curvy road through huge trees. Once you’re there the view is absolutely amazing. To the right you can see the airport and watch planes fly into the sky. I love to follow the lights of a plane until it vanishes in the clouds and the night sky.

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The park at Tantalus

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View over the city lights and the airport

About two weeks ago my roommate Stefon moved out. He found a new apartment by himself and Melissa, a Hawaiian girl, moved into my apartment. I’m so glad I met her! She’s a musician, photographer and artist, and a beautiful human being. We spent nights talking until 4 a.m. and I love listening to her playing the guitar or Ukulele. Philip and Felix, two guys from Germany, who spent a semester abroad in Bali also stay in our flat right now. They rented a car and drive around the island for 3 weeks. They both surf, and as the waves are the best in and around Honolulu right now, they stay with us most of the time. It’s nice to have some more people in the flat – we went thrift shopping, watched sunset a couple times, had a beach barbecue at night and went swimming in underwear. Some nights we chilled out at a skatepark next to the street we live in, and last week we went to see Jack Johnson who played in Waikiki. The concert was beautiful. Anyone feels like banana pancakes now?

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Philip & Felix

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China Walls – another spot to watch sunset

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Shot by Alyssa Rodrigues

Another hike I loved is the Hamama Falls Trailhead. Similar to the Maunwili, we walked through rainforest, found some tasty mountain apples and eventually arrived at a huge waterfall with water so cold you can’t stand under it longer than a few seconds. Again mosquitos attacked us like crazy. That night we stayed at a flat share of friends and had some cocktails.

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Hamama Falls

The upcoming week I have my final exam in visual arts, and after that 3 weeks of relaxing and exploring! I’ll probably move in with some friends and I plan on seeing another island. College students get the opportunity to fly standby for about 45 Dollars – which is super cheap compared to normal prices. I’m also about to organize everything for my road trip in California, I’ll stay at Yosemite National Park with a friend and we have to reserve a camping site. So excited for everything happening in the next month, and to be honest I also can’t wait to see my friends in Cologne. Mahalo!

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