Nuuanu Pali x Teva
Why do we love Teva?
They made it easy.
We’ve been to Hawaii three times, always searching for something new, and looking for places that get us far beyond the reaches of poolside fruity drinks. (Full discretion, we love poolsides and fruity drinks too, we’re totally up for more!) To get away from the resorts, to climb mountains and explore incredible volcanic coastlines, we need footwear that can handle the adventure. Hawaii is a proving ground when it comes to gear, and putting Teva’s claims to the pursuit of life unscripted is exactly what we’ve done in those three visits.
Our most recent trip had us battling downpours outside Hilo on the Big Island, and scrambling up the muddy trails above Oahu’s Nuuanu Pali Lookout; our Tevas did not disappoint! The morning we trekked out to Nuuanu Pali, Waikiki was basking in the warm Hawaiian sun. The trails above the lookout though were busy becoming slip-n-slides as we unknowingly drove into the gray sky in the distance.
But that’s what adventure’s about, right?
We parked in a cloud, the rain had subsided, so why not climb the mountain? Crawling over and around the bamboo criss-crossing our path ahead of us, I considered the sign warning hikers of the inherent danger involved with the trail; an unofficial welcome sign to a new adventure. Trees shook in the wind, dripping with the morning’s rain as we climbed higher, pushing our own levels of comfort as the weather toyed with our emotions.
In those moments, the ability to move forward is dictated by ability. Being physically able is one thing, but having gear you can trust as conditions shift is essential. To us, Teva is a brand true to itself, offering footwear that can go anywhere, sandals and boots that can take whatever you throw at them. With weather sliding from moderate toward terrible, our ultimate turnaround came from a lack of rain gear (hey, even veterans make mistakes) and fluctuating temperatures. Encouraging though, was that even with the mud, the water, and the traction-less chutes of bamboo littering the trail, our Tevas were bomb-proof.
On the cloudy drive back to Waikiki, we laughed about our slips and stumbles, snacked on pineapple bread and made our way to the Hilton Hawaiian Village we had been so quick to leave that morning. Muddy, wet, and Tevas still strapped to our feet, we decided to spend the rest of the day right there beside the pool; ordering the same fruity drinks we had tried to get away from and wrapping up our time in Oahu searching for the lobster-red tans we had managed to avoid the whole trip.
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