Well, I’ve done a pretty miserable job at documenting my trip to Hawaii so far–I’ve fallen behind and I’m not very satisfied with what I’ve actually written. The truth is, I’ve never been good at narrative writing. I was always a good writer throughout high school and college–unless I had to write a narrative piece. Most of my friends could probably tell you that I’m not a very good storyteller. Informative research papers and opinionated essays are more to my liking.

Anyway, I say all that to say that I’m not going to try to give you a play-by-play of my trip anymore. If you want that you can go here–the blog of my friend Dana, who, along with her husband, joined us on our trip. I’ll still keep trying to upload pics to facebook, but don’t expect to see all 2,100 of them! Yes, you read that correctly, and we’re only halfway through the trip!

Now, on to what I really wanted to talk about…

Yesterday, the five of us took the road to Hana–a remote and rural community on the other side of the island, untouched by the modern distractions of resort areas and commercial districts. The trek and final destination are one of the single-most beautiful, awesome, and breath-taking sights you will ever see. I could use every other word synonymous with such adjectives, but they couldn’t even begin to describe the beauty that God has created here. The mountains, rainforests, waterfalls, and crashing sea against the volcanic rocks are just an amazing testament to God’s awesome power and love! To think that He created everything around us FOR US generates a feeling inside of me that is hard to describe. I feel very special and loved, but also small and insignificant in the vastness of God’s wondrous creation! It really helps me realize the beauty I take for granted in my life everyday–not just in nature, but in the people around me. He created each and every one of us in His image, and nothing can be more beautiful than that!

The only thing that could make this place any more beautiful is if all of you that I love and cherish could be here to share it with me! I really miss you all. Aloha for now!





These photos REALLY don’t do it justice!

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THE BEACH

Sunday, after an orientation breakfast and planning out our many activities for the week, the five of us made our first excursion to the beach–well, one of the many beaches on the island (between Kihei and Wailea, to be specific). I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves…







While we were there, we did quite a bit of exploring in the tide pools (you can see them among the lava rocks above) looking for some marine life. We saw a several small varieties of fish and a couple of different sea urchins–one of Dana made the mistake of trying to handle. One of the urchin’s spines broke off into her finger and released some black dye-like substance into her skin. She was in quite a lot of pain, so she and her husband went to an urgent clinic to get it taken care of. It ended up costing several hundred dollars for the procedure to remove the lingering spine. Don’t worry, she’s fine. Here she is showing off her wound.

There’s another, much funnier, version of this photo. I’ll let you guess what she’s doing in that one. ;-)

DA KITCHEN

For dinner, we went to a little place Rose McGee recommended to me: Da Kitchen. It was excellent (especially for the price) and the portions were almost on the ridiculous side of large. Anyway, I meant to get a picture of us enjoying our meal, but I forgot. Sorry, Rose! I did pick up a take-out menu though!

To be continued…

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Well, Saturday was quite literally the longest day of my life. 10 hours of flying combined with a 5 hour difference in time resulted in a day that was nearly 30 hours long! I guess you could, theoretically, work a 30 hour day, eh Kyle? We left Dallas around 12:30, only to arrive in Maui at 2:30–8 hours of flying but only 2 hours of time lost. Needless to say, this will screw up your internal clock.

My parents, my friend Dana, and I traveled together and met up with Dana’s husband, Todd, at the airport on Maui. (He had to fly in a day early in order to use the free airline miles they had accumulated.) We dropped off our luggage at the room and headed to Lahaina for dinner at Bubba Gump’s–delicious as always and the view is amazing as it literally sits right on the ocean facing the sunset.



Before we headed back to the room, we stopped for a few groceries and souvenirs. Anyhow, seeing that I had only had 1 hour of sleep in the previous 36 hours, I was out for the night as soon as my head hit the pillow.

To be continued…

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My feet are painfully white. So yesterday I decided that I needed some decent sandals/flip-flops so that they may see some much-needed sunlight.

I went to Kohl’s and found some really nice ones on sale. When I got to the register to check out I noticed that they now have a fairly large monitor facing the customer that displays all of the items that have been scanned.

As the cashier scanned the box containing my new flip-flops the following appeared, in fairly large print, on the monitor:

MEN’S THONG

I started laughing… mostly because there’s no way I could wear a size 9 thong.

Oh, and the next morning at church, I spilled grape juice all over the right one. Figures.

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I was talking to a friend of mine a couple of nights ago and he shared with me a great analogy concerning relationships…

In academia, there are basically two points-of-view in the realm of grading exams. The first is that all students begin the grading process with a zero. As each question is graded, points are accumulated for every correct answer and the final grade is determined by taking the number of points earned and dividing by the number of points possible. The second is very similar, but the perception is changed. In this scenario, all students begin the grading process with a perfect score. As each question is graded, points are deducted from the total for every incorrect answer and the final grade is determined by taking the number of points deducted, dividing that number by the total number of points possible, and finally subtracting that percentage from 100. Have I lost you yet?

Anyway, my friend has concluded that I fall into the former of the two when it comes to relationships. For the most part, it is an accurate conclusion. In my mind, most girls start out at “zero” and as I get to know them better I am able (though sometimes unable) to determine if they are someone I would like to date and, possibly, eventually marry. Though, there have been some exceptions to this for some reason unknown to me.

My friend, on the other hand, says he was the exact opposite (was, because he’s now married). In his mind, he wanted to date virtually every girl that he met. As he got to know them better, he would weed out those who were “undateable.”

So, what does this all mean exactly? It means I’m picky. Which can be both good and bad. Where do you think you fall in those two camps?

Meet my nephews, Jack and Reese–also known as Awesome and Adorable (both of which are interchangeable)!

I don’t wanna be in love,
Cause love is not enough.
I don’t wanna be in love,
Cause love just picks you up
And it carries you away.
Yeah, I don’t wanna be in love.

I don’t wanna be in love.

Oh, I just wanna be in love,
And fall asleep with you.
I just wanna be in love,
Cause love just picks you up
And it carries you away.
Yeah, I just wanna be in love.

I just wanna be in love.

Oh, I don’t wanna be in love,
And watch you walk away.
I don’t wanna be in love,
Cause love is not enough
To keep me warm at night,
And help me fall asleep.
You’re not here with me.

I don’t wanna be in love.
I just wanna be in love.
I don’t wanna be in love.
I just wanna be in love.

I don’t wanna be in love.
I just wanna be in love.

~Dawson Wells