The day after Christmas, we woke up bright and early to catch our plane! I was so sick that morning and had gotten one of the worst nights of sleep ever, but I was so excited for Hawaii! We got all our stuff and sped off to the airport. We had a long layover in LAX, and thank goodness because it took us an hour and a half and like a mile of walking to get from the terminal we landed in to the one for our next flight! It was such a long process and I was tired, dramatic, and pregnant. So I wasn’t exactly the most pleasant person ever during all of this. I honestly don’t remember much. Just that I was so tired during the entire travel day, but I do remember the descent into Hawaii. Because of the major change in elevation and all the pressurizing of the cabin and my cold and inability to take medicine, when we descended into Hawaii, I was in so much pain! I legit thought that my eardrums were going to pop and I was like SOBBING (like not cute, ugly, miserable, awful sobbing) because of the pain I was in. I kept trying to distract myself, but then something would pop and the pain would be unbearable again. I was so happy to land in Hawaii and finally get off that plane, but my ears were so stuffed that it sounded and felt like I had stuffed my ears with cottonballs and put noise cancelling headphones on! It was awful.
We are such noobs with travelling and we didn’t pre-rent a car. We had thought about doing it the night before and it was looking like the cost of the car for our whole trip was going to be like $300 total. We thought “hey, let’s do it when we get to Hawaii because then we won’t have to pay convenience fees probably” … Well we were DEAD WRONG. We got there and the lines were like 50 people long and so then we went to look online and every single rental car was a minimum of $700 for our trip! HELLOOOOOO! We did not have that kind of money to spend. I was panicking and stressed and exhausted from our full day of travelling… I just kinda looked at Ruben and gave him responsibility for all of this because I wasn’t in a good state to take care of this and he was at least a little better than I was, lol. Luckily, he remembered (by a miracle that BYU has a partnership with Hertz and that you can rent at a discounted price and rent cars even if you’re under 25 from Hertz. It was the miracle of all miracles that we needed. He was not only able to get a car for LESS than the prices we were seeing the day before, we could pick it up within 15 minutes, skip the lines, and rent without the extra fee for him being less than 25 years old! H A L L E L U J A H !
Anyways, so we drove from Honolulu to Laie and the drive was gorgeous. It was rainy and moody and so green and we were loving it. We got to the house we were staying at and we were starving. We hadn’t eaten hardly anything all day and nothing for like 10 hours, so we needed food! We decided to go to Seven Brothers. I didn’t want to be lame and eat it at home. We were in Hawaii after all and I just wanted to take advantage of every minute we had there, but after we ordered Ruben was like “I love you, but you look exhausted. We need to get you home.” So we got our food to go, got back to the house, I ate like half my meal in like 15 minutes and then I crawled into bed and was OUT by 7 PM. And the best part was, I didn’t wake up until 8:30 the next morning! Praise be! I woke up feeling so well rested, my ears had popped and I wasn’t feeling even half as gross as I had all week. BLESS!
The next day, we woke up and didn’t really eat breakfast. We decided to go to the temple and walk around the grounds so I could be ready for my wedding the next day. While we were there, we ran into our best friends and decided to all go get lunch together. We were planning on seeing them later to go to PCC anyways, but we just wanted to spend as much time with them as we could.
We ended up meeting with not just our friends Kei and Brendan, but also Claudia, Kaika and Jon as well (who were all visiting for various reasons). We had Papa Ole’s (so good btw) and then decided to head over to PCC. Kei got us mad hookups and we got a tour guide who took us to all the good shows and made sure we got good spots for everything. And PCC is stunning! It was so fun to see what all our poly friends grew up doing at PCC. We walked around the villages, saw the canoe show, some village shows, and we also got to do the Prime Rib Buffet! I was a little disappointed because the prime rib was served medium rare and my pregnant booty can’t eat any kind of rare, so I didn’t really enjoy the meat. And then there was crab legs, but the smell was making me nauseous. I felt so bad because I felt like I was ruining the crab leg eating experience for everyone else. But also… Pregnant card lol. We ended the night by watching the night show Breath of Life. It was so cool to see and the best part was easily the fire knife dancing. It was incredible! We loved it!!
The next day was wedding day and it was chaos! It was great, but it was just a whirlwind of a day. It had rained ALL NIGHT the night before and it didn’t let up until late that night. I didn’t get like any pictures of us because it was obviously our job to be photographing/filming the wedding. It was a long day, but so worth it. We just wanted the bride and groom to remember all the happiness and blessings of the day rather than remember and focus on the rain that wouldn’t let up all day.
Our next day, I got literally no pictures at all, but it was a good day. We slept in and then decided to try and make the most of the day and do something. So we kind just got in the car and started driving. We decided to go to Turtle Bay and spent about an hour there. It was such a nice beach, but it was a little crowded and we just weren’t in the mood to be around a lot of people. When we got hungry/thirsty, we packed it up and headed to Ted’s Bakery. A bunch of people had recommended it to us, so we thought “Why not?” It was actually really good! We loved what we got and ate it there. After that, we had been texting our friend Kaylee about beaches to go and she told us to go and meet her and her fiance. So we headed back toward’s Laie and went to the beach with them. It was a bit of a walk, but it was really cool the area that we were able to hang out. The water wasn’t super deep and it was so calm. There were a few families, but overall it was mostly hidden. We spent a while there with them and then we all decided to head out. We went home, showered, and changed and then headed to PCC to their restaurant’s to get dinner. It was a fun little date night after a great day.
The next morning, we slept in again and decided to go to the beach (probably for the last time). We honestly didn’t do all that much beach time while in Hawaii just because the weather wasn’t 100 all the time and also because I know Ruben isn’t the biggest fan of beaches and I don’t want to put him out too much. But he was a good sport about going when I wanted to and I was a good sport about not making us stay too long, lol. We had the beach all to ourselves and it was nice. We didn’t get in because it was kind of chilly, but it was nice to walk along the beach and watch the waves and just talk and hang out. It was a perfect morning.
We spent that afternoon taking bridals for my bride and groom. The rain was so bad on their wedding day that we honestly got 0 pictures of just the two of them the entire day and I didn’t want to leave Hawaii without getting pictures of them to have FOR THEM. So we kept our schedule pretty open the entire time we were there and we were “on call” for whenever they had time and wanted to take pictures. The weather on Sunday was absolutely perfect and we got the most beautiful pictures ever with them! I am so happy they were willing to shoot on a Sunday and get back in their wedding gear when I know they just wanted to relax and just be married already lol. But for real. It was a glorious night! Funny story tho, we were just at the temple, taking pictures, when out of the corner of his eye, Ruben spots this guy he trained on his mission in Brazil! It was the smallest world and they were able to connect and exchange info so we could meet them the next day.
The next morning, we had to head out pretty early to give ourselves enough time to drive to the airport and check our car in. But luckily we got up pretty early. I wanted to try and catch a pretty sunrise, so we woke up early enough and the weather looked decently clear, so we went over to the beach and plopped down on a towel and watched. It wasn’t anything spectacular, but it was nice and peaceful. It was so funny though because we were just sitting there and then all of a sudden we felt a little sprinkling and then within like 1 minute it was POURING and we were running for the car! It was actually hilarious and we couldn’t stop laughing. After, we went back to the house we were staying at to clean up and pack up all of our stuff and then we left to meet up with Ruben’s old mission companion and his girlfriend. It was a nice, quick breakfast at McDonald’s (listen, we tried to go somewhere local, but nothing was open, lol). It was cool to hear their mission stories and catch up on life between when they last saw each other (like over 3 years ago). Then we left for the airport.
It seemed so wild that our time was already coming to a close, but I was so thankful that we were able to go to Hawaii to capture the most beautiful wedding. I can’t wait to one day go back and really plan the trip and also be able to take our Bubba Boy with us! We’ll be back, Hawaii!