Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary

2.18.2014

Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary I just returned from spending 6 days in Honolulu, HI for a family wedding. My husband’s youngest brother was getting married, and Lil Tot was to be the ringbearer on this special occasion. We just happened to leave the day before Portland received a record amount of snowfall (the most snow since 2008!!) and we arrived back the day it melted. C’est la vie, or how they say in Japanese, shouganai. We had to be content with sun, surf, and sand instead. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have been seeing my updates. Here are some of my photos from this trip, which was packed every day from morning to night with family obligations and events: Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary We stayed at the Halekulani hotel in Waikiki, a beautiful location right on the beach. Our room looked out on the pool and ocean:

Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary And we had a nice view of the catamarans docking in front.

Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary The food was delicious. Left: Haupia (coconut)-stuffed French toast, Right: chocolate mousse cake with lilikoi (passionfruit) syrup.

Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary I decided to splurge and get my nails done at Azumi Nail for the wedding to match my dress. Azumi herself did my extensions! First, she did a clear acrylic extension (top left), followed by a layer of clear gel (top right). Then, another technician did criss-crossing layers of gray sparkle and translucent neon yellow gel – exactly what I asked for! Then in the center of the cross she added tiny gold square studs. I couldn’t stop staring at my nails – I’d never seen them that pretty! If you’re in Honolulu, I HIGHLY recommend Azumi Nail!!

Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary For the rehearsal dinner Friday night, I added thick eye makeup and false eyelashes to complete the nails. Plus my favorite KAMALIKULTURE All-In-One minidress in blackHawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary (with one sleeve tucked inside to make it one-shouldered), and an ASOS Ultra Skinny Metal Belt (so affordable compared to the B-Low the Belt version!!)Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary The wedding took place on Saturday outside on the lawn of the Halekulani.

Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary The bride looked gorgeous of course!

Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary Hula dancers performed at the reception.

Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary I was struck by the diligence of this elderly gentleman raking up the flower petals after the ceremony.

Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary What I wore: Kate Spade Boxed Drop Earrings, H&M Rose Gold collar choker (similar here), ASOS Slit Front Contrast Maxi Dress in Gray/ChartreuseHawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary , Nordstrom Ombre Scarf, Charming Charlie glitter cuff c/o, and ASOS Ultra Skinny Metal Belt . Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary At the wedding the food was gorgeous. Dessert was a chocolate lava cake with gold flake, wine-poached pears, and mac nut ice cream. After the wedding, for dinner we went to Gyu-kaku and barbecued our own meat-heavy dinner. Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary The next day we headed out to a favorite spot of my Hub and mine: Keawaula Beach. It’s quite a drive from Waikiki all the way to the leeward side of the island past Makaha.
Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary But it’s so worth it for the beautiful, serene beach that is almost deserted and gorgeous, pristine ocean waters.
Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary Making a “rainbow” with little feet in the sand.Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary Lil Tot practicing his golf swing, pretending to hit the golf ball-like structures on top of the sheltering cliffs.

Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary I found a dried-up sea star washed up on the beach! I’ve never found one before in my life.Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary On the way back, you just have to stop at L&L Drive-In for the full Hawaii experience. Of course I ordered the Hawaiian Plate: shredded Kahlua pork and cabbage, a scoop of rice, and a scoop of mac salad. And of course a Hawaiian Sun Guava to top it all off!Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary We didn’t try this (maybe we should have…?)

Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary In Waikiki, the sights pretty much remain the same.

Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary Ahhhh, the trip was way too short! Hopefully we can go back soon again (we lived there 4 years and our son was born there, so it holds a special place in our hearts:-)

xo
Carly




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5 Comments on Hawaii Trip February 2014 Travel Photo Diary

    • carlyjcais
      2.19.2014 at 8:53 am (10 months ago)

      I know! Plus, pretty cheap, considering it’s Hawaii. ;-)

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  1. Adventures in Dressmaking
    2.19.2014 at 7:28 pm (10 months ago)

    Fun fun!! I loved Waikiki when we were there for our honeymoon. A tropical vacation is so wonderful this time of year!
    That hotel looks super cool, and cool that you ate so many local dishes! So funny that they eat mac and cheese next to their pork… I’ve had the pork/cabbage here before, pretty tasty!
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    • carlyjcais
      2.20.2014 at 9:10 am (10 months ago)

      Well, technically it’s macaroni salad – mac and mayo with some chopped veggies – I guess it’s been around quite awhile in the islands! I always love the kahlua pork, so salty, so tasty! :-)

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      • Adventures in Dressmaking
        2.20.2014 at 11:37 am (10 months ago)

        Haha! Funny that I got those mixed up. I’m a little behind on my pasta culture… haven’t had either in 4+ years. Last time we were in Hawaii I was raw vegan so I didn’t get to try any of the local meat dishes, hope we get to go back sometime and I can experience more!
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