FaceTiming with the BFF, Michael. She knew this was happening. She saw the ring before I did! Sneaky.

Hawaii Part I: Oahu

Date: December 17, 2014 at 9:04 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 51

A note before we get started: Thank you thank you thank you thank you for all the love and wonderfully kind comments on my last post and on Instagram. My mom is worried that I’m “going to want to invite everyone who liked my photos or commented on my post to the wedding.” And she is exactly right. I hope you can all come. SAVE THE DATES FOR EVERYONE. I love you.

I'm on top of the world HEY, I'm on top of the world, HEY. Something something something blah blah biddy blah biddy blah. You know, that song?

I’m on top of the world HEY, I’m on top of the world, HEY. Something something something blah blah biddy blah biddy blah. You know, that song?

SO Hawaii was pretty awesome. It was a trip two years in the making, and I’d say it was definitely worth the wait.

It’s hard to write a recap of the trip without just being obnoxiously cheesy and saying how much I loved the islands and loved the food and loved exploring and loved having my phone on airplane mode for most of it and loved completely skipping town with Brian and enjoying 10 full days together. My cheeks have been sore for about a week now because I’ve been grinning so hard, and I think my face is probably pretty punchable by now. I’m sorry. I am excited and happy. 2014, who knew you’d be so awesome?

We are ready to fly to Hawaii. SELFIE.

We are ready to fly to Hawaii. SELFIE.

Anyway.

I had never taken a vacation this long, and I knew we’d be doing lots of activities (Brian created a pretty extensive and well-detailed itinerary for us). So I took notes about them as we went along. And looking back, I’m quite glad I did, because now I actually remember things!

Rather than give you the exhaustive version of the trip, here are my exact (and semi-coherent) notes as they appear in my phone.

Chillin' on the beach WHERE THERE WAS A BLUE CRUSH COMPETITION NBD. Kate Bosworth crushed it. In the movie. She wasn't there in real life. #pipeline #hotelmaid #maidinmanhattan #differentfilm #academyawardwinnersbasically

Chillin’ on the beach WHERE THERE WAS A BLUE CRUSH COMPETITION NBD. Kate Bosworth crushed it. In the movie. She wasn’t there in real life. #pipeline #hotelmaid #maidinmanhattan #differentfilm #academyawardwinnersbasically

Monday, December 1: Woke up super early to run 5.25 miles in Central Park. So glad I did before the longest flight of my life. Took an Ambien that kicked my ass. Don’t remember getting served spaghetti and meatballs. Brian says I kept saying, “This shit ain’t right, it ain’t right,” but that seems made up to me.

"This shit ain't right." I would later repeat that when Brian proposed. Classy, classy woman.

“This shit ain’t right.” I would later repeat that when Brian proposed. Classy, classy woman.

The flight was so long and Brian slept the whole time and I was so bored.

THIS IS THE WORST. GET ME TO THE BEACH. GET ME TO THE POKE.

THIS IS THE WORST. GET ME TO THE BEACH. GET ME TO THE POKE. #beatsbydre #weirdarmpitskin

I watched “Friends,” Confessions of a Shopaholic, and The Fault in Our Stars, to which I sobbed audibly and disgustingly. (But still Lurlene McDaniel for life.) Eventually made it to Hawaii.

WE DID NOT GET LEIS WHEN WE DE-PLANED. I thought we would get leis, like in the movies. But we didn't, so I wore my very heavy bag around my neck. I was proving a point and making a statement.

WE DID NOT GET LEIS WHEN WE DE-PLANED. I thought we would get leis, like in the movies. But we didn’t, so I wore my very heavy bag around my neck. I was proving a point and making a statement.

Got our luggage and rental car, checked into hotel just as sun was setting outside our room! Ate at hotel restaurant — coconut shrimp, Hawaiian BBQ wings, shrimp stir fry, and ice cream for dessert. Passed out hard at 7:45 PM island time.

The view from the hotel room. Not terrible.

The view from the hotel room. Not terrible.

Tuesday, December 2: Brian’s birthday! Woke up ready to go at 4 AM. Ouch. Eventually fell back to sleep. Birthday boy woke me up at 6:30 to start the day. Got breakfast at nearby Goofy Cafe. French toast with berries for him, eggs benedict with “local veggies” for me. Then went on THREE hikes!

All fresh-faced and ready to hike. Because we hadn't yet gone knee-deep in mud.

All fresh-faced and ready to hike. Because we hadn’t yet gone knee-deep in mud.

First was so muddy…

Being a tree hugger. Because I'm from New Hampshire or something.

Being a tree hugger. Because I’m from New Hampshire or something.

…second was to an amazing waterfall…

BRIAN, PUT YOUR HAND ON YOUR HIP, IT IS FLATTERING.

BRIAN, PUT YOUR HAND ON YOUR HIP, IT IS FLATTERING.

…third was famous Diamond Head.

This hike involved a lot of stairs. I did a good job complaining the WHOLE way up. I am fun that way.

This hike involved a lot of stairs. I did a good job complaining the WHOLE way up. I am fun that way.

Got lunch from Ono’s Seafood. Poke was incredible!

THE BEST THING I EVER ATE: Ali in Hawaii Edition

THE BEST THING I EVER ATE: Ali in Hawaii Edition

Amazed by all the climate change here! Raining during hikes in rainforest, but hot and sunny at Diamond Head. So cool. Drove to the Dole Plantation so Brian could get a Dole Whip.

I don't like pineapple. But it wasn't MY birthday.

I don’t like pineapple. But it wasn’t MY birthday.

I got some candied macadamia nuts. Yummmm. Drove to the North Shore. Saw big waves. Stumbled upon the Vans Triple Crown Surf Competition AKA BLUE CRUSH LIVE. Picked up rental bikes! Got drinks at hotel bar, brought them to room while we got ready. Dinner at Alan Wong’s. Got the Chef’s Tasting Menu. It’s what Obama gets when he’s in town!

Wednesday, December 3: Slept in until almost 8:30. Cloudy day, no rush to get up. So rainy! Got hotel buffet breakfast. Mmmmm fruit and also mmmmm bacon. Went for a tiny walk around the resort, checked out gym, lifted some weights, eventually ran 6.2 miles around a nearby park. Got a bit lost and just ran in the rain. Got soaked. Walked through downtown Honolulu to Marukame Udon. Soooo tasty.

Udon noodles. Sexy.

Udon noodles. Sexy.

Walked back, quick shower, off to the Polynesian Cultural Center for a luau! Luau was hilarious and the host was amazing and by amazing I mean horrible. But culture is good. Good to learn.

I got my lei!

I got my lei!

Thursday, December 4: Up at 6 AM to get to Pearl Harbor! Spent several hours at the USS Arizona Memorial and doing an in-depth tour on board the USS Missouri. Really interesting stuff. Learned and saw a lot!

On board the USS Missouri. This long stretch on the ship is called Broadway. So I did my Broadway jazz hands.

On board the USS Missouri. This long stretch on the ship is called Broadway. So I did my Broadway jazz hands.

Got lunch to-go from Helena’s Hawaiian Food, where the cute owner is roughly 129 years old and served us our food. (Served Brian our food. I waited in the car.) We got Kalua pig, ribs, rice, onions with Hawaiian salt, and macaroni salad. It was all sooo good, and we ate it on our balcony. Splennnndid. Laid on the beach for an hour or so, then went on my most amazing bike ride of all time.

Just cruisin' on my rented Specialized Ruby. Which I want as my new toy. Brian did wear a helmet, but took it off to look cool in the photo. Luckily I look so cool in a helmet. #watts

Just cruisin’ on my rented Specialized Ruby. Which I want as my new toy. Brian did wear a helmet, but took it off to look cool in the photo. Luckily I look so cool in a helmet. #watts

We rode 27 miles and they were so fast and some of it was along the Honolulu Marathon course and we rode around Diamond Head and to Cockroach Cove Beach and saw so much beauty. I won the ride. It’s always a competition. Then we showered and got a good dinner at one of the resort restaurants. Then we got waffle cones. Then fell asleep watching Peter Pan Live!

There was so much Christmas in Hawaii. They love it there. Decorations and Santas and reindeer everywhere. Not real reindeer. But yes real Santas.

There was so much Christmas in Hawaii. They love it there. Decorations and Santas and reindeer everywhere. Not real reindeer. But yes real Santas.

Friday, December 5: Up at 4:45 AM for a sunrise hike. So dark on the way up! Got to the top, saw sun rise over the Pacific Ocean…

"LET'S TAKE A JUMPING PHOTO, THAT'S WHY I HAVE THIS CAMERA SET UP, ALI."

“LET’S TAKE A JUMPING PHOTO, THAT’S WHY I HAVE THIS CAMERA SET UP, ALI.”

…GOT ENGAGED…

6 AM. Workout clothes. A little bit sweaty. Sounds about right.

6 AM. Workout clothes. A little bit sweaty. Sounds about right.

…called people we love…

FaceTiming with the BFF, Michael. She knew this was happening. She saw the ring before I did! Sneaky.

FaceTiming with the BFF, Michael. She knew this was happening. She saw the ring before I did! Sneaky.

…hiked down, got breakfast buffet and 90-minute massages at the lovely Turtle Bay resort, where they filmed Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but did not see Sarah Marshall there.

"I live for the massage, massage, massage. Live for the massage sage, live for the massage sage." —Lady Gaga

“I live for the massage, massage, massage. Live for the massage sage, live for the massage sage.” —Lady Gaga

Hung out at the resort for a bit, drove along North Shore, got cheeseburgers and shaved ice, drove back to hotel for quick outfit change, then dinner with lots of champagne at Michel’s. Best day ever ever ever? Yeah, probably.

"OMG we just got engaged" dinner. I don't remember the food, but I know there was champagne.

“OMG we just got engaged” dinner. I don’t remember the food, but I know there was champagne.

Then we flew to Maui.

My suitcase was 68 lbs. It cost me basically as much to ship my suitcase through each airport as it did to ship ME around Hawaii.

My suitcase was 68 lbs. It cost me basically as much to ship my suitcase through each airport as it did to ship ME around Hawaii.

Stay tuned for part two if you’re so inclined.

Some light plane reading! These magazines are terrifying, FYI.

Some light plane reading! These magazines are terrifying, FYI.

Oh, and a popular question I got on my last post was, “Was Brian going to propose when you were supposed to go to Hawaii last year and then waited a year and a half to do it?” Um, no. Not even a little bit. Waiting a year and a half? That’s quite the secret to keep! But no. That was not the plan. Last year’s Hawaii trip was supposed to be for a wedding (not ours). #themoreyouknow

A closeup. You asked for it. Pretend my nails look good.

A closeup. You asked for it. Pretend my nails look good.

“Hawaii. Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do. Hawaiiiiiiii.” Something like that.

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Well done, little GoPro. Really well done.

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