C and I have been talking about going to Hawaii for years but never found the right time, especially given a >10 hour flight from the East Coast. But now that we live in SoCal, we took the opportunity of some cheap airline tickets to book a quick trip to Hawaii in early February. I also used it as an excuse to celebrate passing my boards. After 10 years of medical preparation tests, the MCATs, USMLE Step 1,2,3, and ABIM medicine boards, I finally completed and passed my final two medical board licensing exams and am now triple boarded in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Oncology!
Even though the flights were cheap (around $175 round trip), a trip to Hawaii still adds up with the airport parking fees, hotels (with hidden resort fees), and rental car fees. Still, we got in a few days of R&R, eating, hiking, and adventuring around the beautiful island. I hadn't been to Honolulu since medical school, so it was nice to go back, but it was C's first time. Next time, I want to check out Maui or Kuaui which are known to be much less crowded and touristy. Even though we had just gotten over the Omicron hump, there were still a ton of tourists everywhere, and the hotel looked mostly at capacity, so keep that in mind if you're planning to visit Hawaii. They have relaxed their visitation requirements as well, so you do not have to quarantine if you provide proof of vaccination.