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Travel Tuesday: Hawaii

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer" -Anonymous

(and also me as I enter my credit card number to buy yet another plane ticket somewhere).

I caught the travel bug from my wonderful and worldly parents at a very young age. They would pack up my siblings and I and off we'd go to be tourists all over the globe. We traveled by plane, boat, bus and car, and made incredible memories along the way. I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to travel to some of the worlds most beautiful places and see things that are far beyond my town, state and country.

Since I am missing traveling right now, I wanted to start a summer blog series that mixes my love for fashion and my love for travel.

To start off this series, I picked one of my favorite places in the whole entire world, Hawaii. My wonderful husband and I traveled to Hawaii on our Honeymoon in 2018. To say it was a dream doesn't even scratch the surface. When I think of Hawaii, I think of things that are lush, green, tropical and truly heaven on earth.

Where We Stayed:

We were lucky enough to be in Hawaii for 15 days. We spent our first week there on the Norwegian Pride of America cruise ship. This was a really fun way to start off our honeymoon, as we got to visit all four islands! The cruise left out of Honolulu, spent two days in Maui, one day in Kona, one day in Hilo and two days in Kauai before it returned to Honolulu. After the cruise, we split our remaining days at Aulani, the Disney resort in Oahu and at the Hyatt Regency in Maui.

My Top Recommendations:

1. Take a bus tour of the Road to Hana (Maui)

The things we saw on this tour were unlike anything else I've ever seen in my life. The beautiful beaches, the incredible waterfalls and the rainbow trees were some of my favorites. I was very happy that we took a tour because I could not have pictured navigating those windy roads ourselves in a tiny car and our tour guide brought us to the most picturesque spots. My husband says that the best part of the whole day was the banana bread and shaved ice that we got from a little stand on the side of the road and honestly I don't disagree with him.

2. Go to the Smith Family Garden Luau (Kauai)

If you are looking for an authentic luau experience this is it! This was one of the highlights of the trip for me. The luau and cookout are located on a stunning 30 acre botanical garden. There are gorgeous peacocks that roam around as you take in the sights of the rivers, trees and plants that inhabit the garden. After your tour of the surroundings, you get to partake in a delicious buffet of traditional Hawaiian foods. The food and drinks are unlimited (I definitely had my fair share of Mai Tais) as you watch descendants of the Smith family sing and dance on the stage. After dinner is when the real fun begins, as you go to the theatre for the luau. It was an amazing story with incredible dancers and costumes! I enjoyed every second of this night!

3. Watch the Sunset Every Night

The Hawaiian sunsets are the most incredible sunsets I've ever seen. We made it a point to make dinner reservations on the beach almost every night around sunset and it was something I looked forward to every day. Sitting with my new husband watching the sunset with a delicious dinner and glass of Prosecco was an absolute dream.

My outfit inspiration for this post was the beautiful greenery of Hawaii and the colors that were everywhere you looked! The flowers were breathtaking and this outfit made me think of all of the beautiful views we saw on our amazing trip!

Hawaii was such a special place to me and I would absolutely love to go back one day. If you're reading this, I have so many more recommendations and tips! Feel free to DM me on Instagram or Email me at and I will be more than happy to send you over my itinerary!

Looking forward to traveling to some of my favorite places with you! Thanks for reading!


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