Here we are on graduation day. The girls and I all shared a house and the fella is our buddy.
I really do miss Honolulu and a good portion of my heart is still there. I've never before felt so "home" in a city. Here are just a few of my wonderful memories and favorites from my time in the islands:
Lanikai was always my favorite beach. The huge waves on Northshore were fun and all... but you could always count on crystal clear calm waters at Lanikai. It was also pretty out of the way, causing you to find little side paths that lead up to the water which meant it was usually less crowded. The sand felt like talcum powder... so very soft! I have a wonderful memory of the girls (and John!) piling into a car, stopping at a local grocery for fresh bread, cheese, and cold beers and then having a glorious beach picnic.
My good buddy John and I relaxing in the shade at the beach... can't
remember where exactly but I believe Makapu'u perhaps.
Oh and Andy's Sandwiches and Smoothies. This place had the best sandwiches I have ever tasted. They made their own poppyseed dressing which was used on each sandwich. And they always had lots of sprouts and veggies. There was some mushroom and cheese sammy that just cannot be topped.
And last but certainly not least... here I am dancing for the University of Hawaii's dance program. I was very close to getting a double major in dance performance but in the end, decided to settle for a minor. However, the dance department was my second home during my college days. I was lucky enough to perform in several of their shows and the one pictured above was my favorite. The show was student choreographed and I was in a quartet piece of my good friend Mayuko's. She is a gorgeous dancer and I was honored that she asked me to do this. The piece was very dramatic and fun to perform! Keeping up with my ballet technique classes is something that means a lot to me and I took at least one every semester.
The warm and humid air in Cincinnati these past few days has been feeling a bit tropical as well! I do love the summer. And this weekend should be a blast, we are driving up to Cleveland for my bridal shower! This evening was filled with lots of cleaning, packing, and a bath for the pups.