10 Things Loved in May

May started out with me coming home after working for a few weeks in Portland. It was great to be there and to see my favorite people and places, but it was even better to get back home. You don’t realize how much a place has become your home until you’re gone for a bit. Flying back into HNL on this trip really, really felt like coming home, which was a great feeling! Here are 10 more things I loved about May:

1. Stumptown Coffee – my final stop before leaving Portland. I bought so much, they said I could pretty much take anything else in the store that I wanted, including this cold brew.

2. Home (sigh). No, this isn’t the view from my home – I wish! But this is the beautiful windward side where we live.

3. Lazy weekends at the beach.

4. Our first trip to the Big Island. Look at this adorable horse I found on the way to South Point. I tried to convince him I was his paniolo.

5. Seared ahi at Merriman’s Market Cafe – yum! This was PERFECT. (I get very grumpy when I order seared ahi and it comes out cooked all the way through.)

6. Driving up Mauna Kea – 13796 feet!

7. Seeing the lava glow from Halemaumau at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

8. Snorkeling with a pod of spinner dolphins – they just showed up.

9. The Painted Church at Honaunau – amazing.

10. Spending five days in Volcano and hiking almost every day! It was chilly up there in the mountains, which reminded us of Oregon. <3

So, what do you think?