Sounds crazy but at this point, it's Day 5 I had been in Hawaii almost a week! And the best part, Starr was on the plane and headed our way at this point so it was almost full adventure mode. Day 5 started with a morning walk & this time (with Konabear of course), and then we packed our bags and headed to Bellows Beach! Bellows was another private beach located on a military base so literally, almost NO ONE was in sight!
On our way, a snapped a couple pictures from the car & we decided to stop by this little Hawaiian Plate shack to grab some lunch called Keneke's. BEST FOOD EVER people! Pulled pork, mac salad & rice with a snow cone to top it off. It was small, weathered & beat up but I would choose that food over and over and over (side note: mac salad is everywhere and all it is, is macaroni noodles, sliced carrots & LOTS of mayo). Something I've learned in my traveling lifestyle is that I attach to a certain food every country I go to & shaved ice was my favorite thing to get in Hawaii!
Now that we were full, back on our treck to Bellows. From the moment we drove on base, I knew this was going to be my favorite place on the entire island of Oahu. I sound extremely free-loving but I love trees & these trees were like nothing I had ever seen before. We got to climb on them, hang on them, crawl through them, take pictures with them....we basically turned into kids again. Being a photographer, I had this one shot in my head from the moment I bought my Eno hammock & having a trip already planned for Hawaii only made sense for me to pack it. So, along with our bathing suits, snacks & such, I packed my camera & Eno because I was bound determined to get that one shot.....and we did! Jordan did a FANTASTIC job at photographing it & I couldn't be more pleased. After we took that picture, I packed it back up and didn't use if for the rest of the trip - seems silly but I had a vision and it was created. After speaking with a fellow photographer who lives on the island, I've been informed that these trees are no longer there....so thankful I got to experience them before they were cut down.
From hanging out on the beach, exploring down the shore to the pier & taking TONS of pictures, it was definitely a relaxing day (FYI, lava rock & bare feet don't mix well at all - keep your sandals handy). The sand was the prettiest, whitest & softest sand I've ever seen. The colors were radiant & when you looked into the ocean, you could see every shade of blue imaginable due to the different depths and it was crystal clear. I fell in love. So much so, that I decided we needed to have another engagement session there that night! Of course Jordan was up for it but....try telling Zach (a man who's not fond of pictures) that we were planning another shoot.
All in all, day 5 was a HUGE success & back to the house we went to freshen up and then back to Bellow's with the hubs. Day 5 is very special to me & is still one of my favorite days I spent on the island. We saw the Stairway to Heaven hike on our way back to the house and before we called it a wrap on our final engagement session, WE SAW A SEA TURTLE at sunset! You can guess it though, if it was my favorite place.....we probably went back!
Stayed tuned for more Hawaiian Memories to come! And yes... that is an outdoor laundry mat on the beach. I love island life.
The shot I packed my Eno hammock for was a success!