At first, the best part of Hawaii was getting to Hawaii. It wasn’t until I was on top of a volcano, looking down into a crater, that I fully realized how amazing this island was. Not only did it look picture perfect, but we couldn’t get over how awesome the volcano steam smelled. It smelled like 20 different herbs were cooking below the earth’s crust. We jokingly called it “earth curry.”
In total we visited 4 islands; Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai. Each having their own characteristics and vibe, it was like each represented a different element; earth, wind, water, and fire. Waterfalls, cliff jumping, beach strolling, all in a days hard work. Also, those Hawaiian macadamia nuts are like crack...couldn’t get me enough of those little morsels. We are so happy we moved to California, because now Hawaii is just a 4 hour plane ride away!
As we left the islands, the ship got shockingly close to a place where the lava was pouring into the water. It was one of the coolest things we have ever seen in our lives! Live flowing lava is sooooo beguiling and graceful, we were in a trance-like state while staring at this natural spectacle. Everyone needs to see something like that at least once in their life.