On Monday my flight from Seattle to Maui touched down after 5 miserable hours on the Hawaiian Airlines jet. The first thing I noticed was the heat. It was about as warm as at home, but it felt much, much hotter. Washingtonians like me aren’t used to any sort of muggy or extremely humid weather, for the most part, especially where I live, which is in a suburban city in the Cascade foothills, far from the water.
Hawaii doesn’t have dry heat.
After spending an hour in the disgusting airport we took a smaller jet for the 25 minute flight to Kona’s airport on the island of Hawai’i, and guess what? It was raining. It was fun watching everyone at the rental car place run for cover when it was only a light mist. I guess I’m just used to the rain.
Other than that first day, my vacation has been amazing so far. My family is renting this massive estate for 8 days, It’s a five bedroom, 6 bath home with an endless swimming pool and lots of tropical plants, including a papaya tree. It’s just a few blocks from the ocean, and because its at the top of a small hill I can see a bit of the ocean beyond the palm trees, not to mention the sunset.
I’ve walked the streets of Kona, waded into the warm ocean waters until the waves crashed upon my chest, and I’ve swam for countless hours in the pool.
All of this fun in the sun is because of my graduation from high school earlier this month, and to celebrate the start of college.
I also got some exciting news this week, which I’ll just insert here while I’m thinking about it. I had a job interview last week for the college newspaper and on Monday I got a phone call offering me the position as Online/Social Media Editor for the newspaper. I am very exciting to start this next phase in my short journalism career (I’m not going to college for it, but at least I have 2 more years of it).
Next up in my vacation is more ocean fun, some jogging, star-gazing, and, of course, three hours of zip-lining this Friday. I’ll keep you posted on my island adventure. For now, here are a few photos. Credit to my dad because I haven’t uploaded any of my own photos to my laptop yet.