Happy April! April is, in my opinion, one of the best months of the year. In places where seasons actually exist, this is the time of the year when the springtime feeling starts permeating the air. Flowers start blooming, the chilly winter air starts making way for the delightfully warm spring air, and back in Washington where I am from, the flowers start making their first appearances. But alas, here in Hawaii, the weather has been a consistent warm 80 degrees. Classic.
Winter in Hawaii brings lots of rain and a brief break from the hotter weather. And this Washingtonian sure does love her rain, lemme tell you. However, I am not complaining about the return of the hot summer sun for it means unlimited beach days & plenty of opportunities for adventure. This adventure was one that I had been eagerly awaiting since getting to the island.
China Man’s Hat is a small little island off the coast of the east side of the island and offers a spectacular view that is only a short hike away from the bottom! I have been very tempted to swim here on numerous occasions, but was deterred by the rumors of several sharks being spotted in the waters. Maybe not the smartest idea. So on a beautifully sunny, 80 degree Saturday afternoon an adventure crew was assembled and we loaded up our kayaks & paddle boards and headed to the east side.
It was a stunning trip. The waters were crystal clear which allowed the spotting of several honu (turtles)! Once we docked our boards on the island, we set up the mountain to do some brief rock climbing that awarded us with the panoramic view.
There was a perfect breeze when we reached the top, which was a sweet relief from the unrelenting sun that was beating down on us as we sweated our way up the mountain. But the view was absolutely worth it. I was once again floored that I get to call this place home.
The plunge in the ocean afterwards was heavenly, and we took our time floating around and playing in the waves. We made sure we got a water selfie (right after Ty fell off his board in attempts to do some paddle board yoga). We topped the day off with some delicious Mexican food (and I say delicious in terms of Hawaiian Mexican food), and called it a day. Thankful for such a fun day with amazing friends who are always down for the next adventure.
And so thankful that I can check this one off my Hawaii bucket list! I encourage you to get out there and do something you have been wanting to do, or something that has been silently sinking into the shadows of your bucket list! Life is too short to miss those opportunities. Embrace those adventures and say YES to exploration!