Before you stuff your face in the name of Thanksgiving, it is important to acknowledge what you are thankful for. Here in Hawaii, there are several things about living on these beautiful islands that we should all be thankful for, including these 26 things.
1) The best beaches in the world.
It is said that Waimanalo is the best beach in America, and other Hawaii beaches regularly top worldwide lists.
Rainbows never get old in Hawaii – and we are definitely thankful for their beauty, and the reminder to appreciate the little things in life.
3) Amazing hiking and even better views.
4) The Aloha Spirit.
5) Endless summer.
Because this is considered a chilly winter day in Hawaii.
6) We are thankful for our ohana...
7) ...And friends who quickly become family.
8) Shave Ice.
Is there really any better finale to a day spent at the beach than some delicious shave ice?
Because when you live on a tropical island, every day you are able to get out there and explore feels like a mini-vacation.
10) Island hopping.
A weekend of exploring another island or visiting friends is only a 30 minute plane ride away.
11) Fresh-picked fruit.
From mango, lilikoi, and starfruit, to guava, and lychee, it is easy to access fresh-picked, delicious fruit in Hawaii.
12) Warm ocean water.
What’s the point of living near the ocean if the water isn’t warm year-round?
13) Tropical flowers.
I can almost smell the delightful fragrance from here...
14) Locally-grown coffee.
Hawaii is the only state in America that can grow coffee, and it is top-knotch, whether you’re drinking a cup of famous Kona Coffee, or varieties from any of the other islands.
15) Palm trees.
Is there really anything more calming than palm trees swaying in the ocean breeze?
16) A melting pot of cultures.
We are thankful for the unique cultures that exist in Hawaii, and the amazing experiences that comes with.
17. The wildlife.
From the beautiful green sea turtle, to countless varieties of fish, we are lucky to live surrounded by amazing sea life.
18) Water sports of all kinds.
Kayaking, surfing, paddle boarding, canoeing, etc.
19) Mouthwatering Hawaiian food.
Do we really need to say more?
20) No snakes or rabies.
While this makes it a pain to transport your pets to and from Hawaii, everyone can be happy about living in a rabies, and snake free, state!
21) A relaxed lifestyle.
Everything moves a little slower in Hawaii, and that’s the way we like it.
22) Hawaiian treats.
Because there is truly nothing sweeter than hot malasadas, coco puffs, or chocolate covered macadamia nuts.
23) The most amazing sunrises…
24) … rivaled only by Hawaii sunsets.
25) Everyone wants to vacation here.
We get to live in this beautiful place people save for years to simply visit – that’s pretty amazing!
26) Hawaiian Santa!
It is now officially the start of the holiday season, and we love our barefoot, tropical Santa and Mrs. Claus.
What other reasons are you thankful to live in Hawaii? Happy Thanksgiving! Aloha!