Last week, I took a week’s vacation in Hawaii just to see the place again, revisit some favourites, see family, and reunite with an old friend. Sadly, I didn’t get to see everyone that I wanted to, but it was still a great time.
I stayed in Lanikai
Within walking distance of both Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach, it used to be one of my favourite spots to hang out in. I often visited back there because it was just my type of neighbourhood. Sadly, it’s not the same as it used to be anymore, and I may be moving on from staying there.
It’s gotten too crowded and it’s lost the small town feel that I used to love. I used to work in the area, which is what got me started spending so much time there.
I went to the beach daily (um, Hawaii, after all!)
I got (almost) the tan of my dreams, but I did look a little orange because of my blonde hair. I’m in transition to a (hopefully) mermaid color, which is why I stopped at the blonde before going on my trip. I knew I would be spending a lot of time under the sun and in the water, and I didn’t want to ruin an expensive hair change.
Anyway, one of the biggest changes that I didn’t expect was how busy the beach had gotten! I last visited about 4 years ago and often walked on to an empty beach no matter what time of day. On this past visit, you’d have to get there before 930am to have a beach with less than 50 people! I do realise it has its pros and its cons, but it truly defeated my purpose in choosing Lanikai while in Hawaii!
I didn’t eat at a lot of places
I tend to travel cheap as much as possible. I’m not a foodie, although I do love food. However, I’m more of a grocery and home cooking traveller, than an out-in-the-town diner.
I ate at 4 places: Haleiwa Joe’s (Haiku Gardens), Kailua Town Pub & Grill, Egghead, and Moké’s Bread & Breakfast. I’ll leave those places for a post on their own. I will say that I enjoyed them all.
I normally make time for one (semi) fancy dinner when I travel. While Haleiwa Joe’s is actually quite casual, we made a date night out of it. I wore my blue dress Von Vonni Samantha High-low Infiniti Dress, which I had wanted to wear to the beach.
Here’s a quick recap of the week we had. Enjoy!