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Hi Running Buddies!

It's been almost two months since we went to Hawaii to run the Honolulu Marathon! You can read the race recap here. I can't believe that we've been back this long and I haven't blogged to tell you all about my trip. Better late than never, right? To fill you in on the long pause, I was waiting until my video projects were done so I could include them in this post and they are ready to go! The Hubbo and I and a couple of our friends, Blaze and Dave, went to Honolulu in December. It was ahhhh-mazing! We had so much fun that we didn't want to come back to Oklahoma. Before we even left we were already planning our next trip back. Until then, I'll just have to enjoy the memories we made while we were there.

Hiking Diamond Head Volcano

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The Hubbo and I ran the marathon on Sunday and then for some reason thought it would be a good idea to hike a volcano the next day with our friends. Usually I can barely walk the day after a marathon but we did a run/walk method for the race so recovery was actually a lot better than usual. 
We took a cab to Diamond Head and once we got the entry fee situation under control we were off! We had done a little investigating on Google before we went, so luckily we knew what to wear and about how long it should take. My friend, Dave, who went with us on the trip was super excited to power-hike up the volcano while timing us. We, on the other hand, were too busy taking pictures and enjoying the view, so Dave made it to the top before the rest of us. The Hubbo had the nice camera and decided to play a game of "Find Dave" by taking creepy far-off pictures of him like a paparazzi-style! See below.

If you are going to Honolulu you definitely need to do this. The views from the top were amazing! We spent more time taking pictures of all the wonderful views than actually hiking. The hike isn't too strenuous but it is not stroller friendly as there are a few sets of stairs and some pretty narrow passages. 

Check out the video below that I made for the AddadayGo website for their GearUp series! 

Pro Tip: If you are going to Honolulu and want to Hike Diamond head take cash! The fee into the park is very cheap ($1/person) but they DO NOT take cards. Also - do not wear flip flops. Tennis shoes are definitely needed for this ~30 minute hike. 

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Sarah, Dom, Dave, Blaze

Helicopter Tour of Oahu

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The four of us decided to splurge a little and take an hour long doors-off helicopter tour of the entire island. IT WAS WORTH IT! We got to see the entire island and experience the different micro-climates of Hawaii all in one hour. We flew over the famous North Shore and saw the giant waves crashing, flew over Pearl Harbor and got a bird's eye view of the still submerged USS Arizona and we even got to see the area where they filmed parts of Jurassic Park! 

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Diamond Head from the air.
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North Shore!

Beach Day

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We actually spent a lot of time on Waikiki beach in front of our hotel but we made a day of it one day and traveled to the other side of the island because we heard there was one of the World's Top 10 Beaches about an hour away. We couldn't pass that up! So we packed a beach bag and Howie, my dinosaur, and took the bus to the other side of the island and spent the day at Kailua Beach. It was so beautiful and peaceful. It wasn't super crowded or anything, but being as it was December, it wasn't terribly warm. It wasn't super cold either and it was the only day that I actually got in the water, but I wish it would have been a little warmer. 

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Kailua Beach
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Kailua Beach
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Howie The Dinosaur!
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Diamond Head from Waikiki Beach
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Love him!
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Paradise...

Question! Where did you go on your most favorite vacation?