December 6, 2010

Hawaii

It was lovely, I miss it already. We went for my good friend Michi's wedding, whom I met on Maui in 1997. We kind of bonded over photography way back then, so it was such a joy to take her wedding photos. This was our first time on Oahu & while it definitely has a different vibe than Maui (my favorite) We had a great time and made some new friends. Here is a short list of places we stayed/ate/lounged:

1. Aqua Bamboo Hotel, Waikiki - a modest, nicely decorated, super affordable hotel with kitchenette rooms if you want to stay in Waikiki. A block from the beach with a pretty pool surrounded by teak furniture and a few cabanas and beach toys & chairs for guests to use while they stay (it's the little details I appreciated at this place).
2. Cafe Kaila - Hawaiian sweet bread french toast & the veggie scramble
3. Diamond Head Grill - Blueberry & cream cheese scones and just about every other baked item. They had a bakery cart full of cookies & other goodies I was tempted to try.
4. Lanikai Beach - On the East side of the island, pretty and quiet. We picnicked for dinner there one night & saw the most gorgeous moon rising.
5. Kau Aina Burger - North Shore & Waikiki. The avocado burger comes with an entire avocado and I was obsessed with their salads. Yum.
6. Aoki's Shave Ice - North shore...who doesn't love shave ice? Ice cream at the bottom is a must.
7. The Growing Keiki - this children's boutique has been open on the North Shore for 24 years. The girls who work there are super happy & helpful. Baker did not want to leave the store and was begging for a pink Ukelele. Yep.
8. The Royal Hawaiian Hotel - called the "Pink Palace of the Pacific". And it is pink, and very pretty.  This is one of the oldest hotels in Waikiki, built in 1927. Forest and I kept talking about how serene & gorgeous the bay must have been back then before developers invaded. Nice to imagine...

Aloha!

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