One month in Hawaii

One month in Hawaii

The challenges of paradise on the Earth

So, this summer I had the chance to see one of the wonders of our planet, which would be the Hawaiian islands. Among all the places I have visited Hawaii might be the best, everything is just about perfect there. Since I was alone and mainly taking care of myself, things didn’t sometimes go the way I expected, but isn’t that what travelling is about?

This here is “Little beach”, right next to Big beach – one of the most dangerous beaches on Maui. The waves break with such force, that they can actually snap your spine.

You can almost feel the culture hit you in the face right after you get off the plane. All personnel including security was wearing Hawaiian shirts and smiling from ear to ear. I was in the states for 15 minutes and I already found a picture of Donald. My host family met me at the airport and handed me the traditional Hawaiian necklace called a Lei.

Here is my favourite beach, only 7 minutes away from my school. One time my love for ice cream forced me to walk barefoot to an ice cream shop, which was over a mile away!

Unlike themovies

In the first few days I realized how different Hawaii is compared to our European expectations. Every nationality is a minor here. Everyone is happy and extremely friendly. If you think that Hawaii is full of hula dancers, natives and all the other traditions they show in the movies you would be really disappointed. It’s actually a well developed country with modern cities and mind blowing architecture.
I was there just in time to celebrate the Independence Day. The fun thing about it is that some people celebrate it and others protest. Nothing violent but its amazing to see people having such different opinions while being part of a single nation.

On one of our many stops we encountered this waterfall. I decided that the best picture-spot is across a shallow river full of slippery rocks. I must say taht the audience enjoyed watching me trying not to lose balance.

What amazed me

I met so many people during the one month I spent there. People just casually start talking to you like they’ve known you for ages. Next thing is the nature, the breathtaking views from the volcano, the beaches, the flora, it is like an endless stream of beauty.

Thanks to all the volcanoes, Maui is full of rocks and caves, that are free to explore for anyone who finds them. This one can be found right on the side of the black sand beach.

Maui is one of the prettiest islands there. The main city is more like a town compared to Prague. My best experience was probably the trip around Halekala with a bunch of friends I had made. One side is an actual rainforest, full of waterfalls and life and the other a total desert. I would certainly recommend snorkelling, probably my favourite part.

This is my lovely host family, along with two other students and their adorable dog called Aira.

Some travelling advice

Be sure to get familiar with the basic laws of any country you visit. Stupidly enough, I didn’t. I got charged 30 dollars for crossing the street while looking at my phone, which is apparently illegal there. Secondly, ALWAYS have some backup money. My wallet got stolen and I was left 12 000 km away from home with 20 bucks. No card. No extra cash. It took quite some skill to work out a way to get me money, but in the end it all worked out. Never panic, there is always a way out of any trouble. Finally, never be afraid of travelling! It’s the best way to widen your horizons and learn English of course…

This is me with Adam – the school director, who fell in love with my 4th of July outfit. Half of the school, including the teachers, remembered me by this overall I bought at Target.

 

Text & photography: Tereza Stejskalová [2.D]

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