Kaua'i is definitely my favorite island out of the four I've been to. It's been left untouched enough that it's still got that natural vibe, but there's enough tourism to give it a modern touch. It's gorgeous and the atmosphere is so chill.
Waikiki Beach has become incredibly ugly over the years- it's a troll trap with a couple of bright points. (The Honolulu Night Market on Cooke Street once a month is SICK. Like a Hawaiian version of Off the Grid. Try the Ahi Katsu at Fresh Catch. Seriously.) The juxtaposition of the homeless and starving next to some of the wealthiest in the world vacationing is ironic in such an ugly way. The next time I see O'ahu, I don't want to set foot on Honolulu unless I'm coming or leaving. North Shore is the place to be on that island.
It honestly drives me crazy to stay in Hawai'i because all I can think about is the what-if's of if I had picked University of Hawai'i over UC Santa Barbara. I see so much of myself in Hawaiian culture (and I would fit in with all my fellow brown people.) But it's not hard to imagine going insane being stuck on the island too. I try not to think about it because it bothers the hell out of me.
Anyway, this was a really nice trip, despite the typical family arguments and the fact that the local radio stations play the same five island jams over and over all day. I love being mistaken for a local there, even though it's mostly because of my tan. In another world, I could see myself living in Hawai'i. Maybe someday.
Check out my flickr album to see the tons of pictures that didn't quite make my blog cut and keep an eye on my youtube channel for more GoPro videos.