Hawaii: My Dream Bucket List Destination

Oahu, Hawaii

Since I was a little girl, visiting Hawaii has always been my dream. Finally, at thirty years old, I’m visiting my dream bucket list destination. Nothing is impossible. I waited a long time to make this dream a reality. Even after starting to teach full time, I knew Hawaii was out of my budget. Hawaii is a long way from Atlantic Canada. For years, I traveled to closer destinations within Canada and in the United States, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, and South America knowing that someday I would be able to start traveling to further destinations like Hawaii, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand (among others).  I knew that my dream would become a reality. Today, I am living a dream.

Oahu, HawaiiFor years of holding onto that dream, I am finally in the one destination I’ve always dreamt about. I don’t know why I’ve always had this obsession with visiting Hawaii (the popular movie Blue Crush might have had something to do with it), but I never gave up hope.  As my dear friend Lisa and fellow blogger of Lisa Johnson Sawyer said to me: “life doesn’t come to you, it is already here. You have to reach out and grab it. Life is free of charge.” Today I am enjoying life, grabbing life by the horns, and going full speed ahead. I’ve made visiting Hawaii a reality. Waiting to visit the one place I’ve always wanted to see has made me appreciate Hawaii so much more than I probably would have otherwise. The wait was worth it.

Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu, HawaiiAlthough it took me two additional days to get to Hawaii, I was determined to make it. Due to the fact that I was flying on a low-priority ticket out of the Los Angeles airport to Honolulu, I made 4 attempts to make it to Hawaii to no avail. I even tried to fly to a different Island in the hopes that it would improve my chances of eventually making it to Oahu. After 17 hours at two different airports in California, I had to make a decision: do I continue to try to make it to Hawaii or do I switch destinations to get out sooner? In a quick lapse in judgement, I snapped back to reality and made it my mission to get to Hawaii. It was my dream goal after all.

 

Oahu, Hawaii

 

Oahu, HawaiiI decided at the last minute while in the LAX airport to buy a confirmed flight (thank goodness the price was right) with Hawaiian Airlines for the following day. I had to make it to Hawaii and I was no longer willing to wait. At the end of the day, I am sure the flight will be worth every penny (actually Canada doesn’t even use pennies anymore), or nickel rather. By the time I get home, the extra money won’t even be on my mind. I was going to spend the night at the airport, but I figured I should splurge for a cheap hotel to get some rest after my stressful day at LAX to be ready to fully experience Hawaii. Spending the night in LA was unexpected, but as I mentioned in a previous post this week I have to just do with the flow when traveling.

Oahu, HawaiiAfter many online conversations with my mother while waiting for flights, she told me that she is proud of me and that I do so well under pressure. I don’t know if I believe her. I do the best I can in the situations that arise. I try to be open and to go with the flow. After being in so many unpredictable situations I try to stay positive the best I can (even through sweat and tears). I manage under pressure. Yet, my mother is one of the strongest people I know. She has been through so much, but through it all, she has remained positive and a light in my life. I don’t know what I would do without her. She is always there to listen to me vent when I am in a panicked situation. She does her best to comfort me, but always tells me that I will make the right decision. I couldn’t have a better mom! She has taught me to never give up and to fight for what I want.

Oahu, HawaiiFlying to Hawaii was incredible. Hawaiian is one of the best airlines I’ve ever flown with. Hawaiian leads U.S flight carriers for on-time performance and various consumer surveys rank Hawaiian highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawaii. With 83 years of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaii’s biggest and longest serving airline. As I entered the aircraft, “spa”-like music played in the background. The plane had more leg room than I’m used to, the Hawaiian staff were extremely friendly and accommodating, their uniforms are turquoise (I love it), the female staff on board wear an hibiscus flower in their hair (how unique), and Hawaiian is one of the few remaining airlines who offer complementary wine and meal service on all domestic flights during meal time. My meal consisted of a choice between red or white wine (or other beverage), water, pasta with spinach & mushrooms in a cream sauce, a small side salad, and a locally baked Punalu’u macadamia nut shortbread cookie. To top it all off, they provide real silverware! With numerous in-flight beverage and snack services, complementary in-flight entertainment, USB charging station at every seat for small hand-held devices, flying to Hawaii was a breeze! It’s easy to see why Hawaiian is one of the leading airlines. If flying to Hawaii, I highly recommend choosing Hawaiian.

Oahu, Hawaii

Thirty years later, I am in Hawaii. One of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I realize now why Hawaii has always been my dream bucket list destination. It might just be one of my favourite destinations yet. Hawaii is the dream destination; a must see location. At least once in your life you need to make it to Hawaii. Coast to coast, Oahu takes my breath away. I don’t know if I’ll make it back to Hawaii again (I’d love to see the other islands if I get the chance), but I’ll die knowing that I fought for something beautiful and inspirational. Hawaii makes me want to be a better person. Hawaii respects all forms of life, cherishes the sea, preserves its environment, relies on what’s local, and believes in its people. An internally beautiful turquoise destination.

I’m in Hawaii!

17 thoughts on “Hawaii: My Dream Bucket List Destination

  1. Definitely one of my bucket list destinations as well… Though I might also have to wait 30 years before I’ll draw a line through that number on my list! Glad you perused your dream, after all, what is life without dreams?

  2. LOOOOOOK AT YOU!!!
    Look at that rainbow FIRST. What a beautfiul GIFT.
    I would say, the whole trip was “meant to be”. Every single detail of your words describing your trip speaks volumes of WHO you are.
    YOUR mother has to be one of the proudest mothers on earth. She has raised such a worthy accomplishment. You are a phenomenal young lady and my bet is your experiences in LIFE are far from over!
    SEIZE IT ALL DEAR ONE!
    Thank you for such a lovely comment. In tears, I am humbled.

    • You are most welcome Miss Lisa. Thank you so much for your ongoing support, readership, and encouragement. My trip thus far has been a dream. I am beyond amazed by everything I see around every corner. So many amazing miracles have happened. I can’t wait for you to read more posts about Hawaii.
      And P.S. my mommy is one proud mama! I am flying home next week for my Master’s graduation which she will be attending! 🙂
      -Jessica

    • Hawaii has become a dream destination for a lot of people. I bet it has changed a lot since the seventies! Boy would I have loved to have seen it then! I’m steering clear of the touristy areas as much as I can. I’ve been hanging out on the North Shore and East Coast of Oahu where there is less going on.

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