Hi Mom – My trip to Hawaii has been like no other. I cannot begin to describe how beautiful the islands are and how much of a treat this vacation has been to my soul. I have been able to relax, explore, discover new things, people and places. And I have also been able to stay active while taking in all of the beautiful sites on Oahu. I found beginner hikes to Manoa Falls, Waimea Valley and of course Diamond Head Summit which is literally steps away from the Lotus Hotel. The hotel also has free bikes that I have taken out pretty much daily now. I have had a bunch of fun cruising around the cute neighborhood surrounding the Lotus. It’s also been great having Kapiolani Park as a front yard because I can easily jog or walk a few laps around the paved trail which borders the park.