HAWAII RECAP PART 1 (AND A LITTLE VIDEO)

Finally! A little recap of our Hawaii we took a few weeks ago! We had been planning this trip since last summer, and been wanting to go to Hawaii together for years, so to finally go (and without kids!) was such a dream — also, a huge thanks to my mama who held down the fort at home with our boys.  It was my first time to Hawaii, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. We spent seven days in Oahu, and spent the first half of the trip on the North Shore basking in the peace and quiet and unbelievable scenery, and then the second half of our trip down in Honolulu where it was busy and crowded and noisy and gorgeous in a completely different way. Since we took a bazillion pictures, I’ll split it up into two posts and share the second one next week. So here’s a few pictures from the first half of our trip on the North Shore at Turtle Bay, and then a fun little video we made with our GoPro my parents gifted us for Christmas, and edited by my amazing assistant Olivia
Day 1 // we arrived in Honolulu in the morning and drove straight to Pearl Harbor. It was a windy day so they weren’t taking the boats out to the memorial, but we watched the movie and walked around for about an hour. So beautiful, so interesting, and so moving. 
That afternoon we drove up to the North Shore and ate dinner at the big wave shrimp truck (amazing), and then drove to Turtle Bay and explored around the hotel for the rest of the evening.
outfit details: floral kimono made by me (similar here for only $20! and here) | striped hoodie (on sale for $10!) | dittos jeans | karen walker sunglasses
Day 2 // We spent the morning at the beautiful Turtle Bay Resort beach and had lunch right on the water (the fish tacos were totally disappointing, but at least the pineapple juice was good). That evening we went to the Polynesian Cultural Center. I’ve been hearing about this place my entire life and it was better than I could have imagined. 

outfit details: nanette lapore swimsuit (on sale!) | swim cover up made by me (tutorial here, similar here) | karen walker sunglasses | coral blouse (sold out, similar here) | dittos denim | tassel necklace made by me (tutorial here)

Day 3 // We woke up early and spent the morning at the beautiful Hawaii LDS temple. The rest of the day we packed with beach exploration, tree swinging (a random find on a deserted beach!), another shrimp truck for lunch (so garlicky but so delicious), drinking coconut water out of a coconut (disgusting), sharing a giant shave ice (unbelievably delicious — and of course we got it with ice cream on the bottom), hiking up to a waterfall, meeting a turtle, spotting a humpback whale jumping completely out of the water (top 10 coolest experience of my life), hiking to the famous banyan tree from LOST, watching a beautiful sunset, and eating at the bar after dark. 

outfit details: pink skirt made by me (similar here) | j.crew eyelet blouse (sold out, similar here) | forever 21 romper

Day 4 // We had a lazy morning sleeping in, then brunch by the pool, which seemed like a good idea until we left the table for a second and a flock of birds swooped in and carried away every last bit of our breakfast! We spent the rest of the morning at the Dole Pineapple Plantation going on the Pineapple Express train, getting lost in the pineapple shaped maze, and sharing a pineapple dole whip. Then off we went to south side of the island. I’ll share the rest of our trip next week!

outfit details: jcrew tee (similar) | pom pom shorts made by me (tutorial here, similar here and here) | karen walker sunglasses 

And here’s our little recap video. Enjoy!

video by philip + me, edited by olivia tanner
song: moments like this by the afters