We woke up at 4am after spending the night in Ewa so that we could reach Wahiawa for breakfast to fuel our early start.
Getting up at such a ridiculous hour guaranteed us a prime parking spot at the Surfing World Cup up at Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu. We crowded into the beach for sunrise and spent the next nine hours tanning on the beach while enjoying the crowd vibes and watching world champion surfers take on the waves to compete for three world titles. Gabriel Medina and Julian Wilson took home the big trophies, which basically made for the coolest day ever.
This little tree house perched on the top of Tantalus looks out over Waikiki and the surrounding area with stunning views of the Diamond Head Crater. The climb is scary and the route across to the platform is nerve-wracking, but the view is well worth it.
We drove back down through Tantalus and stopped in at Puu Ualakaa State Park with gorgeous panoramic views over Oahu. The view was similar to the Treehouse, but there was much less obstruction of vision and the almost 360 degree views of the island were jawdropping.
I had an evening flight booked out of Honolulu so that I could make the most of my last day. Incidentally, as I was flying out of Oahu, President Obama and his family were flying in on their holiday! My week was an absolutely wonderful time and I am so grateful for the chance to explore such a beautiful place. The people I met were so laid-back and the whole place inspired me to eat healthy and be active and go exploring and adventuring. Hawaii, I’ll be back.
*Including photos by Celine