Come May, we will turn our plane nose towards Hawaii and land blissfully in Honolulu. Honolulu is the vacation equal to a deep breath and a good book. The city is relaxing and bright, pulling you into the romantic allure of its happenings with ease. The breeze feels different, flowers pop out everywhere, and it even feels like the community moves a little slower there (did you know: honking is culturally forbidden in Honolulu)? It’s no New York, people! Keep those horns quiet! That’s why we love it so much and can’t wait to start flying there starting May 19th through August 19th. Summertime long weekend for mai tais and paddle boarding anyone?
This spot is the ultimate hang out in Honolulu. The coffee itself is beautiful and the breezy location will make you want to hang out with your laptop or a good book for an entire day. They also serve some loaded avocado and berry toast that will take your breath away (before you eat it with pleasure, of course).
This beautiful spot will keep you hiking and happy for hours. The trees near the water here are perfect for lounging on (seriously), and the backdrop looks like a scene right out of Jurassic Park. Be sure to try and spot Chinaman’s Hat. A lot of people that visit Kualoa say they’ve never “seen a Hawaii like this before.” The sun hits the land just a little bit differently here.
We hope you like espresso. This spot serves their coffee in the most adorable photographable cups (and their pink walls are pretty adorable too)! Oh, and you can get some shopping out of your system. Their equally adorable boutique sells beachy accessories that will be great for a keepsake take-home.
The North Shore in Hawaii is, by far, one of the most magical things about Oahu. We know that may be biased, but you’ll have to try for yourself. The drive there from Waikiki is beautiful. The shores are full of deep chestnut sand and the waves swell up to your chest before crashing to shore while surfers carve waves in the distance. The sky looks deep and dark, a color you’ve never seen, creating such a magic allure you’ll want to stay forever. This part of the island is also calm and hyper-local (has great shops and restaurants to try). Quick tip: make this one a day-trip, it’s worth it. You’ll want extra time to stop at Matsumoto Shaved Ice, trust us.
Because who doesn’t want to spot a hidden beach in Hawaii? This one in particular pops all of the rainbows and crazy sunsets. And, it’s “hidden” so this spot is private and the best for a moment of true zen.
Seriously, if just for the picture. You can basically create your own postcard.
Kaka’ako, Honolulu’s urban lifestyle neighborhood, is a hip area known for its vibrant food scene. Think all things juice bars and casual eateries serving craft beer and Hawaiian farm fare. The Kaka’ako Farmers’ Market sells coconuts and local coffee (well, yum). Not to mention, the Kaka’ako Waterfront Park has a lot open space with room to roam or have a picnic. A few quick tips: we hear the Shaka Guava Gingerblossom Tea is a good find while you’re milling around this part of town. Also, grub at the Highway Inn (order the teri-glazed pork chop moco with roasted asparagus and cauliflower) is something you can’t miss. The neighborhood is also full of beautiful murals like these to check out.
Well, you could hike Kaena Point, too but we love some vacation R&R. The very western tip of the island of Oahu is known as Kaena Point. Although it was once accessible by vehicle and there’s still a road, it’s no longer open to traffic, but you can walk to the point by foot to enjoy the stunning scenery.
This magical little spot on Oahu is stunning to discover. It is covered only in shells and turquoise waters. A lot of locals and tourists have already visited the sea cave but it’s still considered to be an off-the-map treasure. The cavernous setting with holes of varying sizes is half-submerged along the west shores of Oahu and looks out into the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a must-discover while you’re there. The cave is located only 5 – 7 minutes from the parking lot of Nanakuli Beach Park. Head to the rocky side of the beach and look for a large gaping hole to the left. If you see a mermaid, call us.
The Pitaya Bowl at HEAVENLY served with Big Island bee honey and Hawaiian granola and Hawaiian local fruit and coconut milk is a must try. We’re hungry just thinking about it.
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