I miss the ocean. I miss the waves crashing over me. I miss my little fish friends frolicking in the sea. I miss sitting on the sand and breathing it all in.
Going back in August, I felt like I really needed to see one last time if we could end up living there again. I've still had this lingering thought in the back of my head since we moved back to Utah, that maybe we didn't have to say goodbye to Hawaii completely. Maybe we could somehow pull off moving to Laie or Hauula? Just because moving to the Big island wasn't the best match for our family, maybe, just maybe we could live on the east side of Oahu, where real estate is still sort of low compared to the north shore, and my husband could teach at the church college, and we could live a very simple, ocean-loving, frugal-saving, semi-life of poverty where we'd have the entire ocean in our front yard.
So, this past August we rented a small studio in Laie for 10 days, and got to see what life was like living in L-town.
It was a busy, jam packed ten days full of snorkeling, swimming, bodysurfing, seashell hunting, hiking, surfing, hanging out with my Dad, seeing old friends, and driving all over the island for many adventures. It was awesome!!
We had to take breaks from the beach every day or so because my kids would get body chaffing so badly that they couldn't walk anymore. All that sand and salt water and sunshine in their shorts really wiped them out!
One day we went to the Polynesian Cultural Center with my Dad. Another day we got to go to Sea Life Park again with my Dad. One day I took the kids hiking up Diamond Head for another view of the island. On Sunday we visited the Laie Temple grounds and visitors Center. Of course we hit up all my favorite old beaches I grew up at: Three Tables, Sharks Cove, Waimea Bay, Ke'iki Beach, Temple Beach, Hukilau Beach, Sunset Beach. It was magical for me to see my kids playing at all the places I loved to play at as a child. One my favorite memories is when Zadok and baby Malachi came with me to Temple Beach early one morning to swim, just like I used to do with my mom when I was little. Another good memory was walking around the Temple View Apartments in Laie with my little Jonah. We found sleepy grass and mangoes and ran around like little kids, just like I used to do when I was a kid. We loved the PCC with Grandpa Bill. The kids haven't stopped talking about the hilarious Tongan Drum Show or weaving fish out of palm fronds. The luau food was amazing. Grandpa Bill is always super fun and entertaining!
I was so happy we got to have all these experiences with our family, but after our ten day stay I was anxious to get home and get back into a good routine again. It was a long, adventurous summer of traveling, and this mama needed a vacation from our vacation!
Thoughts of moving back is out of my system now. I can officially stop wondering or wishing or thinking about all the maybes and know for sure that we won't be moving back anytime soon. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't imagine our family living there. There are good and bad things about anywhere you choose to live, and sometimes you just have to trust that you are right where you need to be!
Once again, I bid aloha to my little fish friends, until we meet again.