We survived the long travel day and made it to Hawaii Monday night. We had two flights, one two and half hour flight and one six and a half hour flight.
Claire was so excited about all the new things on the plane and crawling in her car seat that we brought for her that she only slept maybe an hour of all that flight time. She actually did awesome, but was really overstimulating herself. The last 35 minutes of the last flight were pure screaming because she was just so tired, but other than that, she was pretty much golden. It definitely went a lot better than I thought and we didn’t get any judgement or rude side eyes for bringing a baby 🙂
We got a rental car (Jeep Wrangler!), and schlepped all our bags into it and made it to the hotel in one piece. I kind of felt like I was hit by a bus from being at HIGH altitude all day (38,000 ft for one flight) and eating like total garbage. We got in at 6 pm Hawaii time, but it was really 11 pm Texas time and we didn’t go to bed until what was 2 pm our time. Crazy!
Our hotel is awesome though, right on Waikiki (the main really popular beach in Oahu). I can walk to the beach front area and tons of shops in minutes!
Yesterday, I had my first Hawaiian coffee (SUPER strong Kona, omg love) and breakfast on the patio right outside the hotel.
Breakfast was good but the hotel doesn’t have free breakfast and it’s rather pricey, so that will probably only be a once a week type of thing 😉
My husband had to go run some errands/check in with work, so it was just Claire and I for the day. We went back to the room to grab our essentials before heading out.
We walked down the street past all the shops and then got to beach. OMG. It’s just right there – this big beautiful beach! And even though there are hotels in front of the beach, the beach is not “private” or owned by anyone. You can rent surf boards, chairs, inner tubes and all kinds of stuff.
I definitely do not feel like I live here. Right now, I still feel like I am just on a vacation. I think once we start looking at homes or actually buy/rent our final home, it will really sink in, that I am living on this island! It’s totally crazy.
I’m so thankful that we chose to stay in the beach area/downtown so this part of the move does feel like a vacation. We can get the whole Waikiki/tourist thing out of our system and then in a few weeks maybe move into something a little more in-land and that has more space/is closer to where my husband works. (And apparently I love slash marks today).
I’m also so thankful that so many of you are interested in our new Hawaii life. I’ll be sharing more of what we’re up to, how our house hunting process goes, and the rest of our transition here.
Questions for You:
- If you’ve been here, any food recommendations?
- Have you ever lived out of a hotel/somewhere not your home for an extended period of time?