Of all the times I've travelled to Honolulu, I have only seen Diamond Head from a distance. It's a tourist hotspot, but I've never had any inclination to see it up close. On this trip, Samuel wanted to see a volcano, and a helicopter tour was in place. Little did I realize, he actually wanted to hike up the trail. I'm definitely not an outdoorsy type by any means, and I was a tad nervous, but I, too, wanted to see what all the hype was. And since this was only this third time in Honolulu, I thought it would be nice for him to pick out activities that interested him.

We arrived in Honolulu a little before noon, and after dropping everything off at our beautiful hotel, we grabbed a quick lunch at one of my favorite spots in town, Furusato Sushi. My parents discovered this restaurant about six years ago, and we have been hooked since then. Japanese food is one of my favorites, and this place serves the best udon I've had outside of Japan.

After slurping down some udon and rolls, we hailed a taxi to Diamond Head.

I'm going to be totally honest: this hike wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. The path was more rugged than I had imagined and there were so many steps. Once we made it up, the view was unbelievable.

On one side, we were treated to palm trees, the beach, and a lighthouse. On the other, we had a panoramic view of the city.

It felt incredible to be at the top and look out into the distance. Everywhere I looked, there were lush green mountain ranges. And to top that off, the weather was surely showing off for us that day. I couldn't have imagined a better way to work off that jet lag and enjoy Hawaii.

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