• Aloha! Welcome to Hawaii!

    February 18, 2013

    We made it! Twenty hours of travel and we’re here! I AM SO PSYCHED! A HUGE thank you to the Oahu Visitor’s Bureau for sponsoring my trip and making one of my dreams come true.

    Aloha Honolulu airport

    Yesterday started bright and early at 4:00 AM. Mal and I spent the night at the Hilton Airport Hotel, which is literally right next door to the airport. We actually walked to our terminal via skywalk the next morning. We didn’t even need to go outside! How cool is that? It definitely made our early-morning travel a zillion times easier.

    Skywalk Hilton Airport Boston

    At the airport, we whizzed through security and grabbed breakfast, which included a stop at Starbucks where I ordered my decaf iced latte next to Aly Raisman, one of the “Fab Five” gymnasts, who competed in last summer’s Olympics. I actually recognized her voice first and then another woman in line said something to her about the Olympics to confirm. She was also wearing American flag TOM-like shoes to show her spirit for the USA.

    I usually manage to muster up some courage to say hello to famous people—it’s usually a once in a lifetime opportunity—but I chickened out yesterday morning. I dunno, it looked like Aly was on vacation with her family, so I didn’t want to bug her. It was still really cool to see her in person!

    Rise and shine Logan Airport

    Our first flight of the day took us to New York City. We had a quick layover and then we were off to Los Angeles.

    This is New York City JFK airport

    Thanks to multiple episodes of Homeland (love it!!), I kept myself entertained on the long flight.

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    A bunch of Biscoff cookies kept me happy too.

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    Mal and I had a nearly 3-hour layover at LAX, so we sat down for lunch at Skewers. I ordered chicken skewers with white rice and veggies, and it was awesome. Sticky white rice is the bomb. It’s sweet rice cooked in a rice cooker, right? Mal and I Googled it while we were eating lunch because we want to try to make it at home.

    Lunch at LAX Skewers

    Are we there yet?

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    Our final flight took us from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Again, I watched multiple episodes of Homeland, ate a bunch of Biscoff cookies, and before I knew it, we were preparing to land in Honolulu. (It looked like LOST as we approached the island.) We made it! It’s definitely the farthest I’ve ever traveled from home.

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    Mal and I have a busy day ahead, which includes some hiking and a surf lesson. Stay tuned for more adventures!

    What’s the farthest you’ve ever traveled from home?

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health February 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Yay, you made it! The farthest I have traveled is to Paris which was about a 9 hr flight. My boyfriend has flown to Beijing which was close like 22hrs in the air. No thanks! We live right outside San Fran so Hawaii is only a 5hr flight from here. Ahhh, must go to Hawaii!!


    Randee February 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Hey Tina.
    Welcome to Hawaii! I have been reading your blog for over a year now and I am so excited that you are visiting the island that I live on! I work at The Wine Stop, a boutique wine and spirit store in Honolulu. We have free tastings every saturday from 1 to 5 if you happen to be in town then!

    Enjoy your stay!


    Tina February 19, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Thanks for the invite! If we’re in the area, we’ll definitely pop in! :)


    Janny February 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    My first international flight ever, was to Italy… which was about a 12 hour flight! Holy moly was it long and tiring! Have a blast in Hawaii!


    Niven February 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Homeland was our pastime on the long flights and train rides in Prague and Berlin last December! It’s hands down the best way to travel (with TV and an iPad). I’m jealous you’re in Maui! It’s dreary and overcast here in Portland.

    Make sure to eat Polynesian food! It’s SERIOUSLY good.

    Niven at Pancakes & Cardio!


    Beth @ Running with the Sunrise February 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I’m amazed and impressed that you were able to find a relatively healthy lunch in an airport. That’s always a challenge. I hope you enjoy your stay in Hawaii! The farthest I’ve ever been from home is Australia.


    Nic February 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I’ve been following your blog and was ecstatic to see that you’re in my home state! Have fun and enjoy the weather, scenery and experience. Farthest I have ever traveled was from Hawaii to Germany. It was such a long flight but well worth it. :). Aloha!


    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 18, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I hope you have SUCH an awesome time! But then again, it is Hawaii, so how could you not?? :)


    Melisa February 18, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    You are going to love Hawaii!


    Angela February 18, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    The farthest I have gone is Italy! What did Aly order? Random question haha


    Tina February 19, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I’m not sure. Sorry! She had a bunch of stuff for her family.


    erica February 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    welcome to hawaii!
    the farthest i’ve traveled was hawaii to europe!
    which was insanely long! i just came back from florida, which was actually pretty long as well!

    hope you enjoy your stay!


    Nina A. February 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    My furthest flight was to Tokyo, Japan. We were stationed there for three yrs with US Navy. Quite an experience. 16 hour flight from Detroit.


    Babs February 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    The furthest I ever traveled was when I flew to Australia for the first time in 2005. Little did I know that 6 years later I would move there. Life can certainly take you on some crazy adventures.


    Kate February 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Where is that grey sweatshirt from?? It’s adorable! Have so much fun!!


    Tina February 19, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Thanks! It’s from http://www.albionfit.com/


    Erika February 18, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    The farthest I’ve ever traveled is London. I went the summer after my freshman year of high school. I’m really hoping to make it to Ireland and/or Scotland before I turn 40. I have ten years to make it happen :)

    Hope you’re enjoying your time in Hawaii!


    Danielle February 18, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Did you dye your hair? Looks fab!


    Tina February 19, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I did! I went darker! :)


    Aurielle @ Will2Wellness February 18, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    How exciting! I definitely want to travel to Hawaii one day. The farthest I’ve ever traveled from home was last year to Neuchatel, Switzerland. It was absolutely beautiful!


    Alyssa February 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I’ve been to several cool and faraway places, but Hawaii is one of my favorites!! If you feel like committing “glutenicide”, you MUST get a Puka Dog :-) You won’t regret it!!!


    Tina February 19, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Thanks for the suggestion!!


    Monica February 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Wow-you mentioned three of my favorite things in this post! Homeland (we JUST watched the first season this weekend), LOST, and Biscoff cookies. Hope ya’ll have a blast!


    Ryan @ Pause The Moment February 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Wow, congrats on the trip to Hawaii! Can’t wait to read all about it.


    AJ February 18, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    YAY! Glad you made it safely! I’ve been to Hawaii, but it was for 3 days for work. Obviously it wasn’t NEARLY enough time so I totally want to go back. But flying to Japan was my furthest trip away from home…and it was SO worth it!



    honeywhatscooking February 18, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    OMG.. so exciting. can’t believe it took 20 hours to get there, i’m sure you appreciated it even more. hmm.. furthest I’ve been from home is India to visit my relatives. it’s a 14 hour flight nonstop from JFK, but 17 hours with a layover. :-)


    Nicole February 19, 2013 at 10:12 am

    HOMELAND IS THE BEST!!!! Ah your going to be obsessed (can you tell I am??) have a fabulous time in Hawaii!!! :)


    anne February 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Umm, Homeland is my FAVORITE TV series in all the land! I hope you’re enjoying it…Well, I hope you’re enjoying your vacation more! Cheers!


    Zoe Stern February 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Tina this rice is “instant” so I am not sure it is what you would want but it is the best sticky rice I have found! And so easy!


    Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} February 21, 2013 at 11:41 am

    The farthest I’ve traveled is to Europe. Well worth the long travel time! I would love to go to Hawaii, it looks so beautiful. Have a fabulous trip!


    Mama Donnie February 26, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Tina, I’ll show you how to cook sticky sweet rice. Do you have a rice cooker?


    Tina February 26, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I don’t, but I’m willing to buy one! :)


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