I know some of you are wondering why I am even in Hawaii.
I decided to come to BYUH for a semester.
Mostly because I wanted a change.

I am learning a lot of things out here.

One of them is not letting yourself get talked into body-surfing by boys at Pounders beach.
Appropriately named Pounders (pictured above)
Another thing is learning how to kill spiders, lizards and giant moths without flinching.
Another thing is missing your friends and family so much your heart hurts.

I am learning that I love palm trees and sunshine and fresh fruit stands.
And that reading Tennyson on the beach is extremely pleasing.
And that hearing a loved ones voice on the phone makes everything better.

And that adventures like this show us who we really are.


Olivia Rae said...

what an amazing adventure. i want to come!

Elise said...

Yay for Hawaii! I was away from home for a year and while there were some tough times when it came to missing family, what I got out of being away by myself outweighed the homesickness 100%. It was the best thing I could ever have done for myself and I'm sure it's going to be for you as well!

drewandlacey said...

pounders is REALLY scary. i should have warned you.....

Leon said...

Pounders looks beautiful. There's a Hawaiian restaurant in Logan named Pounders -- at least now I know where it got its name.

siovhan said...

You are such a rockstar for going and leaving the mainland. I always wanted to do a semester at BYUH but they didn't have my program...so it was futile. I shoulda gone anyway.

Ela said...

I can't even imagine you hurting a fly let alone killing those things, LOL.
Hopefully time will fly, Mandy. You'll be home before you know it :)

Cat said...

what a big change! i bet you're going to love it there!

manda said...

How fun! My sister lives there in Hawaii and just loves it. Good luck on your new adventure :)

Lizzy said...

you killed lizard?!!! Do you remember who your best friend is?!! I'm going to cry.

p.s. you said you would be calling me either two days ago or yesterday. So far no ringin phone. I need some updates!