Wednesday, May 22, 2013

hawaii | honeymoonin': on the beach

kailua beach
So...we'd planned a secret wedding, spent a week in Oahu, drove to the windward side, survived ingestion of the poop fish, hiked Mariner's Ridge, and gotten married. It was finally time for the honeymoon!
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We had three days to enjoy the island after the wedding...and it was delicious! It felt so great to have all the pre-wedding stress lifted and to finally be married. We had nothing to do but enjoy ourselves. Those three days were also not enough time - ideally, I'd suggest at least a full week of honeymoon after the wedding. But those three days were a pretty great start to married life! We spent most of our time at the beach and eating delicious food. We also squeezed in a couple of outdoorsy adventures, like hiking to Makapu'u Point and snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, and spent a few hours wandering around the town of Kailua:
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We spent one day at Kailua Beach and one day at Lanikai Beach. Both were amazing - great swimming, palm trees shading the beach, and views of The Mokes (Twin Islands).
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We spent a lot of time watching dogs play on the beach. I'm normally a stickler for leash laws, but all the dogs we saw in Hawaii were so laid back and well behaved off-leash. It was as though even the dogs understood how lucky they were to live in such a gorgeous place and appreciated the island pace of life.

Pug! Dachshund! Beagle!
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Great Dane!
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When we weren't watching the dogs, we were watching all the outdoorsy people kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and outrigger canoeing. Around 4 in the afternoon, it seemed that everyone got off work and headed to the beach to paddle. What a great lifestyle!
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2 comments:

Sarah said...

That bathing suit is freakin' adorable! I have absolutely loved this glimpse into your wedding & honeymoon, Rachel. Thanks for sharing! :)

Stefan Salvatore said...

Hawaii is really beautiful vacation and wedding spot. I think it would be one of the best location for beach wedding.
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