Hawaii, state fifty (holy moly, I actually made it…), by the numbers:
Total miles: 32 (I didn’t have a car, but got to borrow one for part of a day on Oahu to go to the beach.)
Total money gained: $300.14 (Bee farm family paid me after I finished my hours and a lady gave me $0.25 after I gave her $0.11).
Total money spent: $1,255.40 ($328.88 – Oahu) ($326.18 – Maui) ($600.34 – Big Island)
Transportation: $464.91 ($232.50 – Oahu) ($106.41 – Maui) ($126.00 – Big Island) (buses and flights)
Food: $309.23 ($60.66 – Oahu) ($145.28 – Maui) ($103.29 – Big Island)
Lodging: $69.63 ($0 – Oahu) ($39.63 – Maui) ($30 Big Island)
Attractions: $17.50 ($1 – Oahu) ($16.50 – Maui) ($0 – Big Island)
Other: $358.50 ($28.23 – Oahu) ($0 – Maui) ($330.27 – Big Island)
Sunscreen: $35.63 ($6.49 -Oahu) ($18.36 – Maui) ($10.78 – Big Island)
Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $1,857.05
Total under budget: $601.65
Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $0
North American Reciprocal Museum pass: $0 ($212.50 from $100)
National Park Interagency pass: $40 ($525 from $80)
Number of free meals: 12
Total nights spent with people I already knew: 0
Total nights spent with Couchsurfing hosts: 15
Total nights spent with non-Couchsurfing (WWOOFing) hosts: 47
Total nights spent camping: 2
Total nights spent in a hostel: 1
Total nights spent in the car: 0
Total nights spent in the airport: 0
Total number of hosts/homes stayed in: 5
Total number of Couchsurfing hosts/homes: 3
Total number of family/friend hosts/homes: 0
Total number of other homes: 2
Total dates: 2
Total encounters with Mrs. Meyer’s soap: 1 and it was basil!
Total unexpected, but awesome experiences: 40 (7 – Oahu, 12 – Maui, 21 Big Island (Hawai’i))
Total “Am I done yet…?” moments: 17 (5 – Oahu, 1 – Maui, 11 – Big Island (Hawai’i))
Total “This is so AMAZING, I can’t believe how AWESOME my life is!” moments: 68 (12 – Oahu, 25 – Maui, 31 – Big Island (Hawai’i))
OAHU – Ko Olina – I really enjoyed getting my beach on at the Lagoons so the waves weren’t constantly knocking me over, Ko Olina, HI.
OAHU – WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument – because, if we don’t remember our history we’re bound to repeat it, Honolulu, HI.
MAUI – Black Rock Beach – cliff jumping, swimming with turtles and if you go down far enough you can get away from most of the tourists…
MAUI – Ho’okipa Beach Park – either at sunrise or sunset to see all the sea turtles on the beach.
MAUI – Haleakalā National Park – I went at sunrise, but I feel like sunset might be better since you’re above the clouds, so if the clouds change colors…just bring warm layers – lots of warm layers.
MAUI – Road to Hāna – I wouldn’t want to drive it, but it was neat to ride along it – the views were spectacular.
MAUI – Waioka Pond aka Venus Pool – hidden gem of pure awesomeness, great cliff jumping and swimming spot, could tell you how to get there if I was with you, no idea how otherwise, sorry.
MAUI – Waimoku Falls hike – there’s just nothing like hiking through a bamboo forest.
MAUI – Black Sand Beach at Wai’ānapanapa State Park – because who doesn’t love a black sand beach? Also, there weren’t too many people there, so that was nice and the lava tube was sweet.
HAWAI’I (BIG ISLAND) – Ho’okena Beach – go snorkeling, especially early morning or later in the evening and you might get to swim with dolphins, if not, come back – it’s amazing, though still a good chance for some turtles, and lots of neat fish in the reef if you can’t…
HAWAI’I (BIG ISLAND) – Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park – I recommend the Kīlauea Iki hike across the crater floor – it’s pretty sweet and has some killer views on the way down. Also, go check out the view of the Halema’uma’u Crater – it’s also pretty cool. Oh, and the Thurston Lava Tube is neat.
HAWAI’I (BIG ISLAND) – Wainanalii Pond in Kīholo Bay – beautiful but the snorkeling is terrible, very secluded and not many people though so it’s awesome!
HAWAII THINGS TO SKIP IF YOU’RE CRUNCHED FOR TIME:
OAHU – Waikiki – also super touristy, though if you want to try surfing without taking a lesson, I suggest going there and just watching other people, there are so many tourists no one really cares if you suck.
MAUI – Wailea Beach Park and Kama’ole Beach – actually all the beaches I went to on the southwestern side of the island had super fine sand and were super windy which made the beach a nightmare and not enjoyable at all, so I’d avoid the area if I was there again.
MAUI – Red Sand Beach – more like reddish brown rock beach…kinda cool, but not enough to skip other things for it.
MAUI – Big Beach at Mākena State Park – literally treacherous waves, there are plenty of other beaches, go there instead.
HAWAI’I (BIG ISLAND) – Punalu’u Black Sand Beach – if you’ve already seen a black sand beach it’s nothing too special – though if you need a place to camp it’s pretty great.
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