What do you do in Hawaii? This.

So, I went to Hawaii...

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 love taking trips and try to do many cheap ones close to home. (see: San Clemente, Vegas, Santa Barbara)

I tried to take a lot of photos with Canon G7 X my vlog camera, my Sony Alpha A100 DSLR (w/ 50mm lens), and my iPhone 5 , with the Watershot Underwater Housing for underwater shots.

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.

Lanikai AirBnB

We stayed at an AirBnB in Lanikai… and so did everyone else, it seemed.

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!

Honey in the Sun

So, my figure isn’t perfect, but being out sure made me learn to love me for me again…

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.

Haleiwa Joe's Date Night

We had date night at Haleiwa Joes, one of my favourites!

Here’s a quick recap of the week we had. Enjoy!

 

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