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!
My favorite spot on the island: Waikiki Beach
Shave Ice-yummiest hawaiian treat!
From Where I Stand: The lobby area in our Hotel-The Aqua Oasis
Smell the sea and feel the sky!
Honolulu on the Hill: Beautiful view walking towards Diamond Head Park
Breathtaking Views from the top Of Diamond Head. A Must Do Hike! The pain is worth the gain!
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
Hanging out with the king
Taking a coffee break in style!
Perfect Combo: Romper and a Lei
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.
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