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Hawaii pt. 1

So here’s the long awaited Hawaii post with enough pictures to crash your little pcs so be patient, sit back, grab a coke zero, and let these load up. :)

After our flight over to Oahu, where it was pouring rain when we arrived, we had a short layover and met up with the other couple we went with as well. We had previously planned to go see Pearl Harbor and grab a bite to eat in Waikiki. We grabbed our rental car and got a free upgrade to a Chrysler 300m instead of a ford focus. YES! All you have to do is ask. Seriously, it worked for us. Though I have seen Pearl Harbor before, it’s always sobering to see it and this time was no different. It is eerie and they have a movie and tour of the memorial. It was a great part of our trip and I’m glad we went to see it again.


Oil still leaks up from the Arizona, resting on the ocean floor.


The memorial from a distance.


In memory of those who lost their lives there.


The sunset in Waikiki where we got dinner and walked around for a little bit before we had to take our hopper flight over to Kauai, where it wasn’t raining!

After traveling for over 21 hours and not sleeping, we were all exhausted. We decided to sleep in and awoke to a wonderful sunny day. We decided to go to a Farmer’s market, see the local lighthouse and do some grocery shopping and ‘regain our bearings’ (Mr. R’s favorite saying…)


Here is the Kilauea Lighthouse. It was gorgeous. At the farmers market we got some delicious salsa, a wonderful organic pineapple and some banana bread. We stopped at a few beaches that day and just saw a few sights before going grocery shopping.

The next morning was Easter, and we decided to go to an early sunrise service on the beach pier in Hanalei. It was hard to get up early but it was worth it and gorgeous. How many times in your life can you say you’ve gone to Easter service in Kauai on a beach? After church we stopped by the overlook that was right across the main street from where we were staying.

The next day we wanted to go and see the other side of the island (Poipu) since we were staying on the Princeville side, and we wanted to see Waiema Canyon. This was an amazing day of sightseeing and driving. We also hiked to a waterfall.


The Canyon. It’s like a mini grand canyon.


The main lookout point where all the tourists go.


First of the waterfalls we visited along the hike. The book we were following told us it was moderately strenuous.


Well it was downhill one way and uphill the other way. Easy on the way down and HARD on the way up was a better description. Overall it was about 3 miles round trip. Claude went along for the hike!


A view from the end of the hike, we are standing on top of a waterfall.


On the edge by the waterfall! It was a LONG way down


The pegs got me there :)

Overall I would have to say that one of my favorite things that we did on our trip was the hike. It was something that I wouldn’t normally do and I really enjoyed it, even though the way up was a little tough. I realized I need to work my quads and calves more! :) I love going on hikes and am going to try to go on more around my home as well. It’s a great workout and so refreshing.

We had great weather while we were there and it was so relaxing and nice to be ‘away’. Even though it rained at night and halfway through our last day, it wasn’t a big deal. Kauai is my favorite island of the Hawaiian chain by far. It is so lush and really is very tropical. When I think of Hawaii, and how I always thought it would be, I always think of Kauai.

Tomorrow will be the other post with all the other pictures! :) Stay tuned!

Well it’s still blazing hot here in CA. I don’t know where this hot weather came from, but this morning on my run I was melting like a popsicle on a hot August day. It was only 6:30 in the morning. Not good. But, this morning I ran 3 miles and ran stairs in the middle. 75 stairs 5 times. I can already feel it in my quads and calves. Tonight Mr. R and I are going out to dinner to celebrate our one year and six month anniversary. Normally I don’t celebrate anniversaries or anything, but it’s fun and I got him a gift for no reason so now I have the opportunity to give it to him. I LOVE giving gifts. It’s my thing I think. And don’t worry, we are only going to CHICK-FIL-A!!!! Which is my favorite place, or possibly we might go to The Counter. Another great place. There are neither by my house and both by his, so I love going down to his place and getting chickfila for dinner.

I’m getting my endurance back! Just like you all said I would. Thanks for the encouraging words while I was in my rut. I am getting nervous about the marathon, but I know going in with the non-competitive mindset will be best for me for my first marathon and then afterwards I can take it from there and see what I want to do with races and different distances. I know I will be able to finish. I have a 20 miler scheduled for this weekend and once I’ve done that I know I will be set to go.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!


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  • Reply Adventures in Newlywed

    Wow, that looks like so much fun! Absolutely beautiful scenery, I can’t wait to go soon!

    April 21, 2009 at 10:25 am
  • Reply bri

    those pictures are gorgeous and so are you =) happy 1 year and six months to!

    April 21, 2009 at 10:25 am
  • Reply *~! megs !~*

    wow. jealous. love that i’m looking at these from behind my desk!!! hope you have a great nite and happy anniversary!!

    April 21, 2009 at 10:27 am
  • Reply Lacey Nicole

    WOW! what a great trip– LOVE the pictures and the recap!!!!!!!!!! iwanna go! :) i think this is such a wonderful thing to do with your guy and you guys are freaking photogenic!!!

    April 21, 2009 at 10:27 am
  • Reply Alisa

    I heart Kauai too! We stayed on the Poipu side but drove all over the place. I’ve only been to Kauai once but the other islands several times.

    We kayaked a river and hiked to a waterfall when we were there it was so pretty, it poured that day but was still totally warm!

    My favorite spot on Kauai was hiking past Princeville, along the Na Pali coast. Definitely the prettiest part of the island. If we’re ever in Hawaii again, I would so be down for one of the booze cruises that cruises along that part of the island.

    April 21, 2009 at 10:29 am
  • Reply J

    Love the pictures! I want to go see Pearl Harbor so badly! I love your bathing suit in that one picture – the one with orange! Happy anniversary! I love giving gifts too, I love to see peoples reactions when they get something!

    April 21, 2009 at 10:35 am
  • Reply Tara

    beautiful pics! the hike looks amazing! happy anniversary! hehe :)

    April 21, 2009 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Lucky in Love

    It looks absolutely gorgeous there! What a wonderful trip! I can’t wait to see more :)

    I’m so glad you are getting your endurance back. I didn’t worry about you one bit though :) You’re a trooper!

    April 21, 2009 at 10:44 am
  • Reply LeAnna

    Oh, I am SO jealous! Looks like you had a great time and all of the picture are beautiful! I want to go to Hawaii so bad, but that want be happening anytime soon. Thanks for sharing.

    Oh, and Happy 18 months! :)

    April 21, 2009 at 10:47 am
  • Reply runsarah

    Wow- looks like an amazing trip!

    April 21, 2009 at 10:49 am
  • Reply runningcommentaries

    Great photos! I’m so jealous… and hiking is great cross training. There are some great canyons down in the OC and up in Malibu to trail run or hike.

    April 21, 2009 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Abbie

    Look at you and your cuteness! Love all of your great dresses. Looks like so much fun!

    ** I wish I had gone to Denver on Sunday, not Saturday, because I missed my Chick-fil-A run!

    April 21, 2009 at 10:57 am
  • Reply RunWithMe

    Beautiful photos. Never been to Hawaii, but one day….

    Enjoy Chick Fil A. Also one of my faves (except they don’t serve wine). Happy anniversary!

    April 21, 2009 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Tara Gibson

    LOVE the pics! Makes me wanna go back soooo bad!

    April 21, 2009 at 11:05 am
  • Reply LyndsAU

    Those pictures are great!! You look amazing! I have that bathing suit that’s orange blue and white :) I love it!
    Happy 1 yr 6 mo. :) Have fun tonight! Can’t wait to see more pics.

    April 21, 2009 at 11:09 am
  • Reply Nicole

    I LOVE the pics! I’m SOO jealous! I can not WAIT to go to Hawaii! You and Mr. R are so cute together! He looks like he enjoys taking pictures as much as my boyfriend does. HA HA HA

    April 21, 2009 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Denise

    Beautiful pictures! Sounds like a great trip!!

    April 21, 2009 at 11:15 am
  • Reply Becca

    I love the pictures! Gorgeous! I love all of your outfits as well!

    April 21, 2009 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Amy

    Beautiful, beautiful photos! You both look so cute and happy :)

    April 21, 2009 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Candice

    My internet is breaking down on me so I couldn’t get the pictures to load…sad! Either way I enjoyed reading about your trip, and I’m glad you had such a great time! Good luck on your 20 miler! I just did mine the week before last, and we run our marathon this weekend! You can do it!

    April 21, 2009 at 11:49 am
  • Reply

    love all the pictures!!! great post, looks like so much fun. im jealous.

    April 21, 2009 at 11:52 am
  • Reply The Happy Runner

    Terrific pics! I was envious before, I’m more so now! ;-)

    Glad you are getting your endurance back, too.

    April 21, 2009 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply The Shabby Princess

    Glad you had a nice time!! I LOVE Kauai too–we honeymooned there and I would LOVE to go back, but, flights from Dallas are not cheap. My sister in law lived on Oahu for 3 years and loved it–she’s trying to figure out how to get back there! Ha.

    Have a great anniversary dinner!! Chic Fil A is awesome.

    April 21, 2009 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply aron

    hawaii!!!! i love love love it there. i havent been to kauai yet but the next time we go we are going there!!! looks like it was an amazing time :)

    omgosh what is with this weather? i have been running in the morning too because its too HOT after work! yay for getting your endurance back!!! SD will be SO FUN!

    April 21, 2009 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply Mojito Maven

    ok these pictures are awesome…you look so beautiful. sigh, i’m jealous!

    April 21, 2009 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Marathon Maritza

    Beautiful pictures!!! Looks like you had an absolute blast!


    (Sorry you’re back at work now.)

    April 21, 2009 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply The Rest is Still Unwritten

    Hey! I came over from Mrs. Jimmy Choos’ page! Love the Hawaii pictures! I just got back from Maui myself…still haven’t posted many pictures though.

    April 21, 2009 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply kristen

    Thanks for the pics. I agree – Kaui is my absoulute FAVORITE island. I think my hubby and I will go back for my graduation present.

    p.s. GO MARINERS!!

    April 21, 2009 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Chad in the AZ Desert

    Ha, you didn’t crash my machine…oh, wait…#$%#

    I love the photos!

    April 21, 2009 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Susan

    Gorgeous pictures!! I definitely want to go to Pearl Harbor (and the rest of Hawaii!) one day.

    Happy anniversary!

    April 21, 2009 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Milltini

    it all looks amazing! thanks for sharing some pictures!

    April 21, 2009 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    O my goodness your pics are beautiful I want to go. Your legs are in super good shape by the way.. I hope that mine will look like that when I get more into running long distances

    April 21, 2009 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply aNd!

    I have that almost exact same picture of the lighthouse, lol. Kauai is my favorite of the islands so far. I hope to visit Mauai next. Not too impressed with Oahu.

    April 21, 2009 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply RunToFinish

    ohh how beautiful! i haven’t ever been to Hawaii but this is yet another post to make me want to go.

    i love the self portraits we do lots of those!

    April 21, 2009 at 5:03 pm
  • Reply RoadBunner

    Awesome photos. You have totally made me homesick.

    April 21, 2009 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Legallyblondemel

    Gorgeous! And you two are stunning yourselves.

    Happy half-anniversary!

    April 21, 2009 at 5:54 pm
  • Reply That Pink Girl

    Gorgeous! Looks like y’all had an amazing time!

    April 21, 2009 at 5:55 pm
  • Reply Marlene

    Love the pics so far! That looks like a beautiful place. The hike sure looks worth it – although I feel a little queasy looking at the one from the top!

    April 21, 2009 at 6:28 pm
  • Reply Wearing Mascara

    A few of things:

    – I’m jealous
    – I love how you said to drink a coke zero as the pics loaded.. it’s my fave (oh and the pics loaded nicely for me!)
    – I’m a huge fan of big sunglasses and I love yours
    – The pictures are amazing and you look SO happy :-)


    April 21, 2009 at 7:30 pm
  • Reply Sharneysrun

    Your trip looks amazing! What breathtaking pictures. Thanks for sharing the pics… you guys are such a cute couple :-)

    Good luck on the 20 miler! I have no doubt in my mind that you will rock it, girl :-)

    April 21, 2009 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply Tetvet68

    Remember Pearl Harbor — Keep America Alert!

    America’s oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, living his 100th year is former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Ordnanceman (ACOM), later wartime commissioned Lieutenant John W. Finn, U. S. Navy (Ret.). He is also the last surviving Medal of Honor, “The Day of Infamy”, Japanese Attack on the Hawaiian Islands, Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941.

    ‘Navy Centenarian Sailor’, 103 year old, former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Radioman (ACRM, Combat Aircrewman), later wartime commissioned Chief Warrant Officer Julio ‘Jay’ Ereneta, U. S. Navy (Ret.), is a thirty year career veteran of World War One and World War Two. He first flew aircrewman in August 1922; flew rearseat Radioman/Gunner (1920s/1930s) in the tactical air squadrons of the Navy’s first aircraft carriers, USS LANGLEY (CV-1) and USS LEXINGTON (CV-2).

    Visit my photo album tribute to these veteran shipmates:

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    April 21, 2009 at 7:51 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    Beautiful pics – can’t wait to read more!

    I have never been to Kauai, other islands, but not Kauai – someday! :)

    April 21, 2009 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply Glenn Jones

    Grat pics Danica! Looks like you had a wonderful time.

    April 22, 2009 at 5:46 am
  • Reply emily_howard

    Love all your pictures from Hawaii-seriously I am sitting at my desk daydreaming about going there :) Glad you had a good time!

    April 22, 2009 at 6:52 am
  • Reply Shannon

    I was just in Kauai last week too and went to the exact same places, so funny! Your pictures are beautiful and definitely make me miss the islands!

    April 22, 2009 at 9:11 am
  • Reply Rachael

    Ohhhhhh, how beautiful Danica!!!!!

    April 22, 2009 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply Mrs. D

    Your pictures are amazing!! :)

    April 23, 2009 at 12:05 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    Gorgeous pics!!! Chick-Fil-A is my fave, too. I could live on their spicy cool wraps and sweet tea. Also, I love your sunglasses as well! Mine just broke so now I’m in the market for a new pair. –Bonnie

    April 23, 2009 at 8:46 am
  • Reply Joey

    i went to the USS Arizona memorial when I was in Hawaii too. It is really moving.

    Oh and go mariners!

    April 23, 2009 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    Beautiful beautiful pics, thanks for sharing your vacay with us!

    April 23, 2009 at 3:35 pm
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