MAPLE LEOPARD: Oahu: The Ultimate Girl's Getaway

Friday, January 22, 2016

Oahu: The Ultimate Girl's Getaway

Aloha!


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Photography: Valerie Hansen                      

Got the mid winter blues?  I sure do! The rain here in the Pacific Northwest is not letting up. I think Mother Nature is paying us back royally for the balmy temps we had last year! 

To help chase away the blues, I started reminiscing  about my trip to Hawaii last June. I've been to Oahu 4 times : twice in June, once in July, and another in October.

 I recommend planning trip to paradise in the fall or winter.  Although it was super exciting to go the day school got out, a winter getaway would be the ultimate!

Doing Oahu in a week on a budget is definitely possible!  There is so much to see, and I always wish I could stay two weeks . We stayed at the Aqua Oasis on Lewers. It is in the heart of Waikiki, and only a 7 minute walk to the beach.  The stay was lovely, very affordable and newly remodeled.   

Sit back, grab your sunnies, and enjoy the ride! Envision your toes in the sand, and a Mai Tai in hand!  Enjoy my picture diary of style and wanderlust in Hawaii!


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My favorite spot on the island: Waikiki Beach

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   Shave Ice-yummiest hawaiian treat!




   From Where I Stand:  The lobby area in our Hotel-The Aqua Oasis


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   Waikiki At Dusk



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A Catamaran ride look so adventurous! On my list for next time. You can rent one close to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel


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 Smell the sea and feel the sky! 



Honolulu on the Hill:  Beautiful view walking towards Diamond Head Park


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 Breathtaking Views from the top Of Diamond Head.  A Must Do Hike!  The pain is worth the gain!


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Aloha Means Love! Be sure to lather up on this hike! I got a nasty burn and allergic reaction from the sunscreen. Word to the wise...do not use a spray sunscreen! A cream based sunscreen is best for the temperatures and sun on top of Diamond Head

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 Hanging out with the king

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Taking a coffee break in style!






   Perfect Combo: Romper and a Lei





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Last but not least, you must visit this " treehouse like " coffee shop: Island Vintage Coffee. It is located in the Royal Hawaiian Village on the Waikiki strip.  If you are looking for more tips for planning the ultimate Hawaiian vacay: check out this amazing guide posted on "Live Your Aloha."

Mahalo for visiting my blog today! I hope this helped to brighten your winter days, and perhaps inspired you to book an island getaway.  I am hoping to go in the summer again, maybe to teach summer school! 

Have you been on a winter getaway yet? If so please do share in the comments, have a great weekend!                                            
                                                                    Valerie xo

27 comments:

  1. Oh how I'm ready to go back to Hawaii! Thank you for sharing your pictures... Oahu is one of my favorite places!

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    1. Thank you Ashleigh, I wish I could go every 3 months....it is my #1 fav, and SFO is up there close!

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  2. This takes me back there! Hawaii is the best, and you really brought it to life! I need a tropical vacation....

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    1. Thanks Angie...I am hoping to go again soon!

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  3. I have never been to Hawaii... this looks like it was an amazing trip! The pictures are beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Lauren...you need to go! Although you pretty much have Hawaii in your backyard there in Florida...I've never been there, want to go to the Keys Bad!

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  4. I'm missing Hawaii and specifically Waikiki Beach! Your beautiful photos bring back so many memories for me of this tropical paradise. It's been about six years since I was last there. It's time for me to return for another great vacation. Thank you for sharing your family's photo scrapbook of your fabulous trip! :-)

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    1. I hope you can go again soon! I went this past June and had not been back in 6 years either. I am hoping to change that and go every year, thanks for visiting!

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  5. Hawaii....where I left my heart 10 years ago. My first time to ever surf and snorkel. I love Hawaii and and I am so glad you had a good time! I recently went to Tulum, Mexico...and I think I left my heart there too lol. I'll be posting a recap of it on my blog soon!!! glad to have found you.

    P.s. Google Tulum, Mexico!!!

    Chiara
    chiaramarie.com

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    1. Thank you Chiara! I have never surfed there, I need to learn next time I go! I have been to Puerto Vallarta, but have never heard of Tulum, I will check it out.! Thanks for the visit!

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  6. What a gorgeous place to visit, especially when winter starts dragging on and on.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I despise winter..I need to move..ha ha!

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  7. I love visiting Hawaii - thank you for sharing. There is nothing like a little sun and beach to cure the winter blues.

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    1. Hi Cecelia, yes I need a beach now...ha..no like winter! Thanks for visiting!

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  8. I was born in Honolulu. Oahu is definitely my favorite place on earth! Gorgeous anytime of the year! :)

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    1. Wow Joscely, lucky you!! I would love to live there for about 4 months a year! Thank your for commenting!

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  9. I went to Oahu for the first time last April and absolutely loved the island! Definitely agree, it's perfect as a winter getaway for nice tropical temperatures when it's so cold back home - I'm based in the Pacific Northwest too, haha.

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    1. Hey there neighbor!! Thanks for stopping by, didn't you just love it??! I am ready to go now!! Are you in the Seattle area?

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  10. Oahu is so perfect! I will have to try that coffee shop next time:)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Terumi, it is indeed! I hope you get to go soon!

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  13. I only spent one night in Hawaii on a layover from Australia. I would love to go back, especially with girl friends. The beaches are stunning and I bet we would have so much fun!

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    1. Hi Stephanie,

      I am dying to get back there , I hope you can go soon!

      xo
      VAlerie

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