If you’ve been following my Facebook and Instagram pages you have no doubt noticed that we were in Hawaii for a couple of weeks (and if you haven’t, go follow me right now). Hawaii was incredible, every bit as beautiful as I imagined it would be. I always get a certain joy from traveling to places whose beauty was not exaggerated in movies and photographs. It really is that gorgeous everywhere you look.
I was having a hard time deciding which part of our vacation to focus on for this post. I always feel like pictures tell a vacation story much better than words can describe. I finally decided to write about something that has really touched my heart while we were in Honolulu visiting Iolani Palace, the residence of Hawaiian royals including the last Hawaiian monarch, Queen Liliuokalani. Queen Liliuokalani’s story feels much more poignant and personal when you’re walking through her palace-turned-prison. It is a history I knew very little about before traveling to Hawaii.