MAPLE LEOPARD: How to Make the Most of Your Hawaiian Vacation

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How to Make the Most of Your Hawaiian Vacation













Hawaiian Sunsets are the most beautiful sight to behold!












Hello friends, the middle week has arrived and the long weekend is almost here! Summer is in full swing now, and that means mostly everyone is planning a vacation or mini getaway.  This past week was my 4th time to visit the island of Oahu.  It never disappoints and I always discover something new that I didn't see in former visits.  It was a great time celebrating my daughter's high school graduation.

Swimming on Waikiki beach is always the highlight of my stay in Hawaii.  The water is the perfect temperature, and you can walk pretty far out and the water never goes above your waist.  Choosing where to swim on the long strip, is key.  I have ventured to other parts of the beach, and the location right in front of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel is where we like to hang out.  There are no rocks on the bottom to cut your feet, and the waves to body surf or boogie board are fabulous!  Stay away from Queen's surf down by Diamond head, unless you like to swim in hiking boots!  Also make sure you lather up with a high SPF sunscreen lotion.  I used sunscreen spray on this trip, big mistake.  I ended up with quite a nasty burn.






If you are a fashionista , the endless selection of stores on the strip will keep you entertained for hours.   There are many specialty boutiques, fast fashion retailers, and several luxury chains as well.  If you are a bargain shopper like me , no worries at all.  There are many stores to accommodate deal seakers such as H& M, Forever 21, Ross, Macy's and too many more to mention.  There is also a huge outdoor mall, Ala Moana, that is a short shuttle ride away, as well as the huge flea market located at the Aloha Stadium

One of my favorite things to do in the early a.m. was to discover all the quaint coffee shops tucked away from the hum and buzz of the strip. Oh yes I was up with the birds every morning at 5 or 6 am, dang time change ha ! My internal clock is set to pacific time, and Hawaii is 3 hours behind Seattle time.  Anyway, this visit I discovered Island Vintage Coffee, tucked up high in the palm trees. It had a "tree house ambience", and the cup of jo was pretty good too!  Another great coffee stop is connected to the Moana Surfrider Hotel, the Westin Resort just down the road from Cheesecake factory.  It has all the feel of a luxury plantation.





To top off your stay in Waikiki, make sure you reserve a spot at a Luau, it is the ultimate Hawaiian experience.  This visit was my first time to attend one.  The food was a fine selection of Polynesian cuisine, the pulled pork and mahi mahi were to die for!  The Diamond Head Luau was superb and a very affordable price. This Luau also includes fun activities to make lei's and head pieces, as well as the cultural presentation showcasing the island dances.  My daughter and her friend managed to snag a Hawaiian hottie for a picture!

If you've never been to Hawaii, I hope this has inspired you to make a visit soon!  If you have been, please do tell your favorite spots and activities, maybe I will discover something new once again!


25 comments:

  1. I love visiting Hawaii and am trying to do all the islands (a nice goal don't you think) I think the sunsets in Hawaii are the most beautiful I have ever seen. Maui is my favorite island for adventure, although we have done a helicopter over Kaui and the big island. Hiring a harley on the big island to explore is one of my favorite memories.

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    1. Hi Sue, I think that is a fab goal, I hope to do that too! I have been to Maui once for just the day. I loved the calm serenity there, but have to say I like Oahu better, I am all about the buzz and business..lol. Wow that is kewl you have done the helicopter tour, I would love to do that. I keep trying to comment on your site, it just won't let me :/ Love your blog!

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  2. What a fabulous trip you had! Great pictures! :)

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    1. HI Aishwarya, It was a great trip and thankful I got to go, I hope to go again for fashion week in November! Thank you so much for visiting!

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  3. Fun trip...We love Maui and can't wait to head back

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    1. Hi Lynda! I like Maui, only been there once. I do like Oahu better though. Maui is great if you just want beach and relaxatioin..I have to have that and shopping, buzz and excitement too...ha :) Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  4. We're heading there in August. Thanks for the tips!

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    1. Good for you Carol, I hope you have a great trip! I hope to get back there for fashion week in November. Enjoy! Thanks for visiting!

      Valerie

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  5. What wonderful pictures and memories!!! You look so cute, I really love those neon flip flops!! One day I shall get there and I'm saving this post for the tips! Hope you're having a beautiful day! :-)

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    1. Awe Andrea thank you sweet lady! You will make it there..keep the faith! You should come meet me there, I want to go to Honolulu Fashion Week in Nov, If not this year, I will go next year! Always look forward to your visit to my blog!

      Enjoy your holiday weekend ! Hugs

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  6. I love your Hawaii roundup! My boyfriend and I are planning our October trip soon. We are so excited to go again. Thanks for sharing your tips and the beautiful pictures!

    xoxo
    Brenda
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    1. Brenda thank you for the nice comments! It is such an exciting trip to look forward to! I wish I had gone half way thru summer though, so I would have something to break the summer up! October is a great time to go, I went in that month for my first time there. I hope you have an amazing trip!!

      Valeire
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  7. I love hearing about your Hawaiian vacation. I'e been to Maui, but always wanted to visit Waikiki. This makes me want to visit even more.

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    1. Thank you Tirralan! I've been to Maui once for a day trip. It was breathtaking, but have to say I like Oahu better! Maui is great for chillin on the beach all week or for a romantic getaway. I think I would last there about 4 days and then be bored out of my gourd..lol! I need action and shopping, along with the beach. Oahu is the perfect combo of all those! I do hope you can make it to Oahu someday soon! Have a nice holiday weekend!

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  8. I'm so glad you had a great time. Hawaii is so amazing :-). You know all the times I've been there I've never found some quaint coffee shops off the beaten path. That's a great idea! Hope you found some cute clothes shopping!

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    1. Hey Angie! Thanks for stopping by again! I found a few more than I did last time..one of my fav things to do there..ha ha ..a true Seattlelite! I did find some cute clothes at a shop called Pineapple county, I told them I am a blogger, and will do a post on their shop, they gave me a discount then! :)

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  9. Quaint coffee shops? I'm there.

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    1. HI Rachel..right?!?! LOOOVE Coffee, thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Wow! Hawaii looks beautiful. You make me feel like hopping on the plane and taking that trip right now. Well summer is here....a great time to do so!

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    1. Awe thanks Keesha!..I sure hope you can hop one soon! I am going to wait longer in the summer to go next time though. I went during peak season....school out and everyone heading there...highest airfare! I will go in Aug next time! You will not want to come back! That's a promise!

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  11. Love the pictures - I've always enjoyed the beach for summer vacation. Never been to Hawaii so that is definitely on the bucket list!

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    1. HI Jeanine..thank you so much! Yes the beach rocks, and there are not many warm beaches here in Seattle! :/ I don't think I'd want to live in Hi year around, but 3 mos of the year would be awesome! I hope you get to go someday. Go during non peak ....I went as soon as school got out.....airfare too high....Aug next time!

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  12. Oh my goodness, this just makes me want to head back to Hawaii...it's been too long since I've been there! Thanks for linking up with Travel Tales!

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    1. Thanks Julie, I missed this comment..so sorry...glad I saw it so I can visit your site and link up again...take care! Happy New year...Valerie

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