Last year my sister picked up and ran away to Hawaii where the sun is always shining and the water seems to be perpetualy warm. After months of her being thousands of miles away, I decided to use some of my frequent flyer miles to visit her.
So here I am, sitting on a balcony looking at the rain fall on Waikiki. Which is one of the weirdest parts of Hawaii: the weather. It seems to have no rhyme or reason. It’s always warm but you can be standing two blocks to the east and be under rain and then 2 blocks to the west it’s blazing hot and sunny as could be. Then the clouds reverse areas, drop a little more rain and then dissapear. Other days, it seems to be San Francisco cloudy (but still warm) but not a single raindrop falls. It’s confusing…
Anyways, weather aside, we’ve had a great time so far. The second day we were here my sister took me and Daniel climbing on some rocks. Apparently every hike, climb and adventure in Hawaii starts by crossing a “do not enter” line. So that’s what we did, we parked our car and ignored several “no passing” and “no climbing” signs and hopped over a rock barrier. From there we climbed across long, layered lava rock formations that led down to the ocean.
A few slips (mostly by Daniel), and we made our way down to the water. The black rocks slopped down to several inlets where the water slammed into the shore and turned into a tourquoise froth. Up along the rock walls, caves were scattered here and there. It was absolutely beautiful.
From there we took a winding drive, stopping at other random beachs and “no entry” signs where we hiked and wandered well into the afternoon. Tired and happy we headed to a sushi restaraunt as the clouds came and went, came and went.
A few miles down we saw a sign for “Animal Farm” and decided we MUST stop. So we begged my sister to pull over so we could feed some random pigs a little bit of hay. While we were busy naming animals and pushing hay through the fence, my sister called our attention to two ponies. One younger pony drinking milk from the mommy pony.
And then we knew our day was complete. We’d climbed illegal rocks and we saw ponies drinking milk. Life in Hawaii is good.
- Nikki Yeager is an entrepreneur, writer and artist. She has a terrible case of wanderlust and has dedicated her life to exploring as much of the world as possible while still reaching her professional goals. She recently moved back to NYC after stepping down from her role as Director of Sales and Marketing at EHR Tutor.