But Hawaii will never be Portland, and that is something that will take some getting used to. By far, all of my favorite Hawaii moments to date have come from something out in nature. This is an amusing irony. As one of my friends put it (although she tried to take it back), it's "a shame" that moving to such an outdoorsy place was "wasted" on someone like me.
So I'm not known for my love of the outdoors. But I'm digging them here. Here are a few of my favorite places thus far:
1. Iao Valley. Cute parks, a river, a little waterfall, swimming pools, a fabulous view of the landscape below. Absolutely stunning. I love this place.
2. Our favorite beach. I have seen so many amazing things at this place. Three weeks ago I watched tiny sand crabs get buried in their holes by waves, climb back out, and continue their searches for food. Last week we found a blue lobster shell and a large light bulb with barnacles growing on it. Today I saw a school of tiny fish jump from wave to wave, and we watched a sea turtle search the reef. I am in love with this place as well.
3. Mt. Haleakala. Watching the sun set at 10,000 feet was an incredible feeling.
4. Paia. Adorable little town. Cute shops and the loveliest little beaches I think I've ever seen. We would like to live here.
The jury's still out as far as I'm concerned. But this is where we are now, and I feel dedicated to learning to at least like it here. I like to find these little things to love. If I find enough, I think that a love for the whole island will begin to grow.