My name is Taylor and I will be guest blogging for the next few months.
I am a recent college graduate from Bentley University in Massachusetts. Yes, like the car brand but sadly, I didn’t receive a Bentley upon graduation.
After a great 4 years on the east coast, I have moved back to Honolulu (home!) to begin my next adventure.
This summer I have the wonderful opportunity of interning for Starwood Hawaii, based in the Sheraton Waikiki (shout out to my Field Marketing team :)).
I’ve always had an interest in the hotel/hospitality industry, so this has been the perfect experience to dip my toes in the water.
I was born in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, and grew up on the east side of the island in the city of Kailua.
I love outdoor activities and being active including hiking, snorkeling, playing soccer, dancing, kayaking, and going to the beach – learning to surf is a current work in progress!
Living in Hawaii the past 22 years, I thought I had seen and done it all – visited the best beaches with the clearest water and softest sand, conquered the hikes with the best views, and tried all the ono local dishes.
But what I’ve discovered is the island has so much more to offer that I didn’t even know about!
Follow along on my summer adventure as I discover and explore new places, try new activities, and give you the real inside scoop on what Hawaii has to offer.
With the south swell this past week, surfers packed the ocean to take advantage of the big surf.
Now, I’ve only gone surfing a total of two times and even then my boyfriend pushed me onto the waves but there I was changing into my bikini and grabbing my board to go surfing with two of my co-workers (cue panic attack).
If you’re wondering how I don’t know how to surf when I’m from Hawaii, it’s not uncommon to find among locals although we do spend lots of time at the beach.
It’s a pretty difficult activity to get the hang of, despite how effortless surfers make it look.
Going out, I prayed that I would catch at least ONE wave. Time passed and I was still waiting for that perfect wave.
I had already fallen off many times, even without being on a wave, and my arms were beat.
But by the end of our surf session I had caught not one, but two waves on my own!
Jumping in the water and having some fun was just the break I needed from work. The view from the water wasn’t too bad either.
If you’re thinking of going surfing, Waikiki is a great spot for surfers of all levels.
Quick tip: check the conditions before heading out! There’s a live ocean view webcam from the Sheraton Waikiki that’s perfect for scoping out the waves!