From the Mainland to the Island: Oahu
The Island life is something I have always craved - in fact, it inspired me to create The Bronzed Sol. It wasn't until I went to the island that I realized how happy it truly made me. Every where you turn there is natural beauty; from the locals, to the beaches and even the mountains! It's really difficult to not have a beautiful time when you are exploring the Island of Oahu. Over the last week I have checked off a handful of things off of my bucket list - Surfing, Helicopter tours, Parasailing, Beach hopping etc.
I am so excited to show you all of my adventures on the Island of Oahu with you.
I remember writing down a list of all the things I wanted to do on Oahu & a Helicopter Tour was number one on my list. I decided that NoVicor Oahu Helicopter Tours was the best fit for the type of tour I wanted to do, and boy was I right! I was able to fly over the whole island of Oahu, see different mountains, sacred water falls and even flying over Pearl Harbor. If you are ever looking for a good tour company, be sure to check these guys out. Here are some of my shots:
Many Mahalos the the team at NoVictor, it was a pleasure meeting all of you.
Wakiki Beach (above) Haleiwa (bottom)
POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER
If you're on the Island and would love to learn about the different cultures of Polynesia, I would 100% recommend this to you. This was one of the most knowledgeable, moving & exciting experiences I have ever had in one. This 6,000 acre land brings you the many cultures of: Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, Aotearoa & Fiji. Sitting and watching all of the performances, cooking demonstrations, and history behind each Island was a big eye opener for me. Realizing how much history these cultures have as well as how massive our world made me realize why I have such a quench for travel. Here are some of my favorite shots from my day at the center:
One of my favorite parts might be something you have always been curious about: "Where did the shaka come from". Well the answer is, Hamana Kalili. Hamana was a Hawaiian fisherman who lost three middle fingers from his right hand during an accident at the old Kahuku Sugar Mill. Since he only had his thumb and pinky, we would wave his hand to let people know "He was good" - hence the terms "Hang loose" "Goodbye".
Hawaiian Parasail was the easiest thing to decide on while being here. I have read about it from previous articles on sites raving about their customer service a tour. Immediateley when I met the crew I knew I was going to have a rad expierence.
Staying on the Island of Oahu had a tremendous amount of activities to do, places to see and foods to eat! If you haven't been to Hawaii and are looking for a slightly more touristy expierence, I would suggest this island.
I hope you loved it just as much as I do,