Monday, November 10, 2014

Our First Year in Hawaii

Exactly one year ago, after several delays and a long day of travel, our family landed at the Honolulu airport. It felt like a dream. We were one of the lucky military families that was actually going to get the chance to live in paradise for the next few years.

Driving around, I was in awe of how beautiful the island of Oahu was. The blue water was some of the clearest I've seen in my life. Everywhere we stopped, the sand was powdery and white. The swaying palm trees against the background of the bright blue sky was unlike anything I had ever seen before.

Palm trees at the Koolina Lagoons, Oahu, Hawaii

In our first year, we've explored quite a bit. I've been able to knock a good amount of items off of my Hawaiian Bucket List, but we still have plenty left to do while we're here.

We spent 45 days living in the Schofield Inn, the hotel on post. It wasn't the greatest, but it could have been worse!

Our view at the Schofield Inn for 45 days

On one of our first mornings on island, we explored some of the beaches on the north side of the island.

Waimea Bay Beach Park quickly became one of our favorite hangout spots.

Waimea Bay Beach park

So far, I've been on one hike, the Makapu'u Point Lighthouse. The hike proved just how out of shape I am.

Makapu'u Point Lighthouse

We've been to two different luaus, which I still need to post a comparison of.

This sweet little bundle was born at Tripler Army Medical Center. Probably my favorite birthing experience out of the three.

We've had lots of family and friends visit, and we're still expecting a few more visitors before the end of the year.


  1. I can't believe it has already been a year! It is crazy how time flies.

  2. Oh now I really want to do that hike to the lighthouse. Love all those photos of the kiddos! I can't believe you've been here for a year already!

  3. Beautiful pictures! I loved the luau at the Hale Koa hotel.

  4. Love your pictures and Happy 1 year!! Time goes by very quickly on the island, we're nearing our two year mark in December!

  5. Can't believe it's already been 1 year. So exciting and soo pretty.

  6. What a wonderful experience! It is so pretty there!


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