Good day everyone. I am so excited that I got to spend some time with my best friend. Who ever thought that her ship would stop here in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and I would get to show her around the island. She wasn't here for too long but enough time for us to create memories. It has been 4 years since I last saw her. I remember when we were stationed in Ft. Campbell, KY and she was in MEPS in Nashville, TN and we went over there to say goodbye before she got sent off to basic training and here she is traveling around the world and getting far in her military career.
Her ship got to Pearl Harbor on Sunday and my daughters and I were super excited to see her. They have never met her but she did see me pregnant with my oldest before she left. That day when I picked her up I knew I had to give her a great aloha and show her around this gorgeous island. We first headed over to Kaena Point. We decided to walk around a little and let her enjoy the beach some. We then headed over to Hale'iwa. We stopped at Ali'i Beach Park to see the sea turtles. None were sun bathing but there was one little guy that kept swimming around. We then headed over to Matsumoto. They have the best shaved ice ever. It's like a little piece of icy heaven. We got lucky to not have a long line. Usually that line is very long reaching outside of the building and across the sitting area outside. We then headed over to Teddy's Bigger Burgers for dinner. It was delicious. I always get the fish sandwich with no onions and pickles. It was to die for. We then headed over to my home in Wahiawa and decided to do what all girls do best. Shots and girl talk.
Monday came along and we decided to go out for breakfast. I took her to Koa Pancake House in Wahiawa. She got the Red Velvet pancakes and I got the Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes. It was amazing, especially after a night of drinking. We then headed off to Waikiki to walk around a little before heading over to Diamond Head Crater. That way she can see Diamond Head from the other side. We did some beach combing and then headed over to Diamond Head.
I love Diamond Head. It's such a beautiful hike and not too rough. I was so proud of Bella (my three year old). She hiked all the way up without me carrying her. Let's just say that she beat me up them stairs at the end. She stood at the top yelling down to me, "Mommy, hurry up." She's such a silly girl. We all had a memorable time doing this hike. Amanda loved the view (my bestie). I'm so happy she got to do it before she left cause I know that was the first thing she mentioned to me that she wanted to do.
After the hike we decided to go to Leonard's Bakery about 5 minutes from Diamond Head Crater in Honolulu. It was the first time I went and I've heard nothing but great things about them so I knew we had to give it a shot. Well it was amazing. Especially the Malasadas with sugar and custard. Oh my goodness!!! My mouth is watering just writing about it. We decided to take our pastries over to Waikiki and watch the sunset. I knew that was another item on her list so we had to make sure to check it off before I had to drop her off at Pearl Harbor that night. The sunset was beautiful. Picture perfect. Then we were off to check off another item off her list.
We decided to go to the Mai Tai Bar in Honolulu over by the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. We got lucky to see a short luau while we were there. She ordered a huge pineapple drink. Literally a drink in a pineapple. Check! It looked amazing. I grabbed me a Mai Tai. I just had to try their Mai Tai's them being a Mai Tai Bar and all. We also enjoyed a delicious pizza and some good vibe music before heading out to Pearl Harbor again.
We had such a great time and I miss her like crazy already. The military life can be so hard having to be separated from your friends and family for so long. Months and even years. I wish I could just pack up all my family and friends and take them with me everywhere the Army sends us. I'm just happy that her ship stopped by here before continuing on their last few weeks of deployment. It wasn't for long but it was memorable and definitely worth it. We had a blast. Hoping that next time she comes to the great aloha state that it's for a much longer time so we can do much more.
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
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