Goodbye for now, Hawaii! I'm a bit sad to leave, but also excited for the adventures I know are waiting me on the other side of the ocean. I'm happy for the friends I've made, and happy that many of those friendships will continue on. In a lot of ways, I also think I'm ready to move on. There are so many things that I learned about myself and so many ways I grew in Hawaii. But I also feel like that learning curve was starting to flatten, and that I was beginning to fall into normalcy and routine. Living a normal life in Hawaii is certainly exciting, but I'm ready to push myself further and see what else I can explore and how else I can grow!
Anyways, here's photos from the last week, plus a bonus one that I had to get scanned so it's a bit late:
August 22nd, 2021
It was a great week! My brother came out to visit me here in Hawaii, and it was an awesome way to cap off my time here. Next Saturday I'll be heading back to San Francisco for a short spell, then moving on with my travels. Here's photos!
August 15th, 2021
I'm back from big island! And with plenty of photos to share:
August 8th, 2021
My time in Hawaii is rapidly coming to an end. I'm in big island for the next week, then my brother will be visiting me for a week after that, and then I'll be leaving the following Saturday! The month will be over before I even know it. My plans after I leave will be to go live in San Francisco for a couple months, then back to Atlanta for the holidays, and then wherever the wind takes me after that. I'm in the early stages of planning a trip to visit a couple friends in France, but will likely kick it around the US for a bit more before then. Maybe New Orleans or Miami? Open for suggestions!
As far as what's been happening recently, the weekdays were mostly uneventful, although on Wednesday I went out to a really nice cocktail bar in Chinatown that specializes in smoke-infused drinks. Friday after work I flew to big island, the last major Hawaiian island that I haven't visited. I planned on not planning - just finding a rural place far away from any cities and seeing what happens. I initially settled on a self-sustained, off-grid farm way out in the country. It was really cool, with the owners giving me a guide to show me how to harvest tons of locally grown veggies and such for food while I was there. Unfortunately I ended up having some unwelcome guests in bed with me. I woke up the second night being bitten by something, to find both bed bugs and centipedes in the sheets. I was able to get a refund on that place, and found another farm that is much better maintained in the northern portion of the island. Anyways, you've caught me rambling. Here's a ton of photos to share!
And, by popular demand, here's some stuff from restaurants I visited:
August 2nd, 2021
It's been a couple weeks since my last update, and I have a ton of stuff to share. Between my birthday and some friends from the mainland visiting, I've been really busy. I had a couple parties to celebrate my birthday - one was a coordinated sunset boat cruise, and the other was a mostly impromptu BBQ with a smaller set of friends. Here's all the photos!
July 19th, 2021
Sorry, folks, but not a ton of pictures to share this week. And an extra special apology to my Dad, who was looking forward to some photos from restaurants I visited this week. Here's some photos I did capture:
July 11th, 2021
It's been a really busy past couple of weeks! Lots going on, including a visit from my sister Rachel, taking a trip to Maui, prepping for a trip to big island and also planning my return to San Francisco at the end of August. Hard to believe my time in Hawaii will be coming to an end soon! And with my birthday, the trip to big island and some friends from mainland visiting, the next month will fly by. Anyways, here's lots of photos from the past two weeks:
June 29th, 2021
Ugh, late again on the update! Things have been busy lately, but I've also just been slacking on getting on here to push things along. I've had a lot on my mind recently, both in the sense of some personal growth I'm going through as well as just general life changes. The big question on my mind recently is the rapidly approaching "leaving Hawaii" date, which is now less than two months away. I've talked with my manager, who has given me the thumbs up to continue working remotely indefinitely. So, I've now found myself with virtually nothing tying me to any particular geographical location. That freedom is awesome, and a great problem to have, but has also forced me to really start reflecting on what I actually want. Where do I want to live? What things are valuable to me, what isn't? What sacrifices and trade-offs am I willing to make? It's a lot to think about. Anyways, last week was great. I did some fun stuff, but once again didn't capture a ton of photos so it's largely undocumented for you folks. Here's what I do have:
June 21st, 2021
A little late on the update this week, sorry folks! It was a really good week, but unfortunately I did not take many photos at all. I went to Koko Crater and beat my previous record by a full minute. 14:56, which means there's only one person I know of who can beat me! But he's does multi-day marathons and is in really good shape - able to do it in 10 minutes and some change. Crazy! Other than that, spent most my week just hanging out with friends - nothing extraordinary, just kept it pretty mellow. Here's a couple photos:
June 13th, 2021
This week was pretty fun, but not a ton to say. I had some friends over for a BBQ, went to some birthday party fun over the weekend and snuck some beach time in, as well. Here's some photos from this week's shenanigans:
June 6th, 2021
Alright! It's been two weeks since I provided an update. This recent weekend was pretty relaxed, but the weekend before that I had some extra time off and went to Kauai with a group of friends. We had a great time, and there were a lot of photos to sort through. Here's the huge collection of photos, distilled into the highlights:
May 23rd, 2021
It was a pretty fun week! The top highlights for me were a BBQ I hosted on Thursday, and going paintballing with some friends. A buddy of mine also celebrated a birthday, which was a ton of fun. After the party died down, a couple of us ended up going to the beach late at night to play guitar and hang out. We just so happened to attract a few other random beach goers, some of which also played guitar and we ended up jamming for a few hours. That was a ton of fun.
Here's some photos from the week:
May 16th, 2021
I forgot to update last week! I didn't realize until mid-week, and then decided to just roll two weeks of updates into today's. Things have been more and more routine, but not in the dull sense. Still working hard, playing hard, etc. Going on a lot of hikes, hanging out with a lot of fun people, trying not to party too hard. Unfortunately, I've been really slacking on taking photos of anything. I promise to do better next week. Nevertheless, here's some pictures I did snag:
May 2nd, 2021
Not a whole lot to say for this week. Keeping busy, and excited about the direction things are going. I just finished up performance reviews at work, and got some great feedback which was a nice highlight of my week. Here's photos:
April 25th, 2021
Good week! I'm starting to get better at finding a healthy balance of staying active, having fun and getting some relaxing introverted time in. My sleep schedule hasn't been consistent, but I've been getting enough which is good. Here's some photos from the week:
April 19th, 2021
A little late on the update this time around - I'd like to say Sunday was especially busy, but in reality it just slipped my mind. Last week I made more of a focused effort to dial back a bit - I was overcommitting and over-exerting myself, as mentioned a few times in the previous entries. Nevertheless, still manged to have some fun. Here's some photos from the week:
April 11th, 2021
It's very hard to believe that I've been living in Hawaii for almost two months now. It seems like simultaneously a lifetime ago, and just a short while. I feel like I've grown and changed a lot, and excited for more adventures to come! This week was kind of rough, though - I've been slowly slipping from my normal eight hours of sleep into around five, and that hasn't been sustainable. My body, as it turns out, really does need sleep! Aside from that, I had three friends who all left Hawaii this week, which is kind of a bummer. Meeting lots of new people out here is bittersweet, since almost all relationships are ultimately transient.
Aside from that, had some good times as well. Went to a few going away parties, and went on my first camping trip since being here. As usual, here's photos:
April 5th, 2021
I had a really busy day yesterday, so this update is going in on a Monday. Last week was really good - work was kind of frustrating as I've been spinning my wheels on an issue that has proven to be more trouble than it's probably worth. I also really wore myself out with activities - not getting enough sleep and probably over-exerting myself physically. But I still had a ton of fun! I went out on a sunset boat with a group of friends, went to a couple really cool hikes and found some really good restaurants. Here's photos:
March 28th, 2021
What an awesome week! Work has been going really well, and I had a three day weekend so I was able to cram a lot of fun in. I've been skating more and happy to find that things are slowly coming back to me. Definitely not "like riding a bike" but I'm picking things up quicker than I would have otherwise. Aside from that, I went on what was hands-down my favorite adventure so far: a kayak and hike on Chinaman's Hat. On Saturday night, I also bought some board games and had a couple of friends over, and we had some really interesting discussions. They're all world travelers, and were born in countries outside the US, so it was really interesting to have a few drinks and get into some deep conversations about life.
Lots of photos to share, here we go:
March 21st, 2021
What an exhausting week. I had to cancel some plans I had today just so I could catch up on some chores around the house and relax for a bit. When I first came out to Hawaii, I made a lot of effort to meet new people, get involved in regular activities, etc. Now it feels like I have the opposite issue - trying to juggle everything at once and manage my schedule has been getting difficult. But, it's hard to complain too much, especially coming out of a year of social distancing and isolation, it's nice to have lots to do. I've made friends with another group of people who like to play board games, one of my favorite lazy night social activities. I wasn't able to bring any of my games with me, so I'm happy to have met up with some people who can supply the games.
This week I finally made my way to North Shore to go hiking at Ka'ena Point Trail. Here's some photos from the week:
March 14th, 2021
The time change is upon us! Hawaii doesn't observe Daylight Savings Time, and so virtually everyone else in the mainland jumped forward an hour today. I'm now back three hours from the west coast, and six from the east. The bad part is having to get up earlier for work, and coordinating times with people is now harder (especially you east coast folks). The good part is I now get done with work earlier, and have plenty of daylight to burn. This past week I joined some friends for a fancy Japanese steakhouse, did some hikes, explored some side streets...the usual! The weather out here was especially terrible this week, though. We've been under flood watches and warnings all week, with some folks outside Honolulu having to evacuate. Luckily, I'm in the city and on a high floor, so it's not a huge safety concern. But the near-constant rain was a bit of a bummer.
Anyways, here's some pictures for the week:
March 7th, 2021
Writing this one on the verge of sleep. It's been a busy week, and I was out a bit later than planned last night having some drinks with new friends. That did not mesh well with getting up at 5 AM to go hiking. I'm having a great time meeting new people, adventuring around and exploring. On Thursday I was invited to a friend's birthday party, and requested to bring over my guitar and entertain with another guy I met out here - he's also on the tail end of a break up, moved from the east coast, is an engineer at Google, plays blues guitar and is named Aaron. What are the odds of that? On Saturday I went out snorkling and sailing on a catamaran, which was great fun. We saw some pretty coral reefs, some fish and a couple of sea turtles. I don't have any pictures at the moment, waiting on the person I went out with to send them over. Here's some other nice photos from this week:
February 28th, 2021
A great week! It was my first one back at work, which felt strange...somehow both working and still on vacation? I can't complain, though! I managed to stay productive, and working on California time means I've been getting up early enough to see the sunrise from my apartment, as well as getting done early enough to still have lots of daylight to burn.
I've been staying busy outside of work - exploring a lot on my own, but also meeting people along the way. I've been lucky enough to be welcomed into the social group of some guys I stayed with my first week out here, and have been playing soccer with them on Thursdays. I also met a really nice group of people on a website called Meetup, and have been going to the beach to play Spikeball on Wednesday and out hiking on the weekends. Lots of photos to share:
February 21st, 2021
It's been a busy past couple of weeks! The move to Honolulu was mostly smooth - a few bumps along the way, but that's to be expected. I rented an AirBNB for the past week, and just settled into my own condo yesterday. I've already met some really interesting and nice people out here, and got a lot of exploring in.
This is my first experience traveling alone, and it's been both freeing and crippling at the same time. Lots to do, nobody to share with! I'm enjoying myself, though, and excited about the things I have planned for the next few weeks: hiking, scuba diving, surfing and soaking in the sun! Oh...and maybe working, if I find the time.