Six years ago my brother and sister-in-law married each other on the beautiful island of Kaua’i. My family spent about a week on the island – exploring, swimming, getting sunburns, and soaking up the Hawaiian air. It was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken. I loved absolutely everything about the islands – I loved the people, the weather, the simplicity. And there was this feeling of magic in the air – the spirit of Aloha. Needless to say, I was hooked.
As we were waiting for our plane to depart at the airport to take us back home, I was so sad and felt such an immense pull to stay. I was in the midst of transition in my life at the time, and our cousin had relocated to Oahu just a month before, so as soon as we landed back on the mainland I booked a ticket to see her later that summer. I had intentions of visiting her and seeing if Kailua, the town where she lived, would be a good fit for me, as well.
So, I visited her and f e l l i n l o v e. Kailua is a small town, but its only about 30 minutes from Honolulu so its easy to get a taste of the city when the beach is too quiet. However, the beach became my sanctuary. I booked a one-way ticket to Kailua a month after visiting my cousin – I was ready for the change and needed somewhere to focus on my soul. . and this was the perfect place to do so. I came ready and rarin’ with a job, and eventually found a place to live a few blocks from the beach with a couple who are still great friends of mine today. I spent mornings before work at Lanikai beach, journaling, and feeling immense gratitude for this beautiful place that was simply handed over to me. I spent a lot of time making jewelry and felt more creative than ever before, and I met a lot of wonderful people.
Kailua was the most incredible place I’ve ever lived, but my wanderlusting heart felt the need to travel – being on an expensive small island is not the easiest place to fulfill my traveling soul! So after a year I made the decision to pack up and move abroad to work as an aupair in Sweden so I could travel around Europe a bit. I knew if I was ever going to come back to Hawai’i I needed to travel more so I could get my “travel bugs” out.
I still feel the love for Hawai’i every single day. It was an incredible opportunity to travel and live in Europe, and one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. But that pull to the islands is still awake inside me. I don’t know if I will ever live there again, but the Aloha spirit will always live inside me.
I made this smoothie after a day of missing the ocean air, smell of plumerias on my walk to work, and the friendly waves I received from total strangers while cruising down to the beach. Its refreshing, sweet, and completely luscious – just like the beaches and clean, clear water of Lanikai!
Hawaiian Love Smoothie
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/4 avocado
- handful of mint leaves
- juice from 1/2 of a lime
- 1 cup of coconut water
Simply combine all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend away! Add more coconut water if the smoothie is too thick.
Drink this with your eyes closed, imagining soft sand beneath your feet, a warm breeze on your face, and small waves crashing on the shoreline. I hope you can experience even the tiny bit of Aloha when drinking this smoothie – its especially perfect on gloomy days when you need an extra boost!
A hui hou ♥