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!