February 4, 2017
Being asked to be a part of a wedding is a huge honor. But being asked to be a bridesmaid in a Hawaiian wedding is on a whole different level. When Chelbie asked me to stand by her side to marry her high school sweetheart, I was over the moon.
Chelbie was Damaris’ (my sister) volleyball teammate in college, so I met her while visiting. I was still a high school youngin’ that didn’t know where I wanted to go to college yet. After meeting Chelbie, I instantly felt like I had another big sister. It’s no coincidence that I followed their footsteps and signed a contract to play volleyball at the same school they did.
When Damaris and I accepted Chelbie’s invitation to be bridesmaids in her wedding, we instantly looked into flights, hotels, condos, and fun activities to do while we were there. Damaris, my mom, and I ended up booking a condo in Hilo, Chelbie’s hometown. Hilo is located on the big island.
During our 1 week Hawaiian vacation, we saw things I never would have dreamed of. Here are a few of my favorite memories:
Being exposed to different cultures is by far my favorite part of traveling. We also learned that Hilo, Hawaii is one of the rainiest cities in the country. It rained off and on every single day that we were there, EXCEPT for Chelbie and Nolan’s wedding day. They could not have asked for a more beautiful day. I remember being a little bummed every time it would rain, but it usually passed within a few minutes. The funny thing is, when I look back on our trip, the rain is the last thing I think about. A little rain could never trump the amazing food, people, and experiences we were able to have.
If you don’t have a trip to Hawaii on your bucket list, I highly recommend adding it. It’s unlike any other place. The culture is so unique and the people are so proud to be a part of it.
Mahalo for the memories!