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Inside Oahu, Hawaii

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Summer is coming to an end soon, and most of us will be back to school or the nine to five. Although we are ready to embrace Fall, we can’t help but take a walk down memory lane to look back at some of the fun memories this summer –some casual and sweet, others more elaborate and adventurous. One of those great adventures was the amazing trip we took to Oahu, Hawaii this past April. For five days and four nights, we had the chance to experience the “Aloha” spirit and explore the island with all its sights and sounds. And what better way to celebrate this special trip than with a three part series to share our amazing Hawaii adventure.

DAY 1: ARRIVING TO WAIKIKI

We wanted to avoid wasting a full day on just travel so we made sure when we booked our travel arrangements that our flight out of LAX to Honolulu was an early one. Some might dread waking up at four in the morning, but as we made our way to the airport, the last thing on our minds was how early it was. We couldn’t wait to sink our feet in some sand and watch the amazing blue-turquoise waters. Maybe it was the excitement, but within the hour we were boarding our flight and about to embark on our fun Hawaiian adventure.

And it seems Hawaiian Airlines had the same thought because within the hour, our breakfast was served, along with a delicious Island-inspired cocktail and Sweet Maui Onion kettle chips  that had us all kinds of excited for Hawaii.

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The flight was just short of six hours so in no time at all we were off the plane and feeling the hot Hawaiian sun on our backs where we were greeted with a beautiful lei, scooped up by the shuttle bus service we’d booked and driven down to Waikiki Beach to our hotel. Thirty minutes later, we were right in front of the lovely Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel with our carry on luggage in tow. Boasting an impressive location just walking distance to Waikiki Beach and minutes from an array of bustling restaurants and shops, we immediately fell in love with the hotel and its contemporary decor.

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The staff were absolutely amazing as we checked in, making sure to go over all the great amenities at our disposal. Not soon after, we were in the elevator and sliding our key to our room.

The moment we stepped foot in our room we were impressed by how bright the room was with the light streaming from the window. It was spacious but still comfortable, and boasted a red and white color scheme that set us in the right mood for the days ahead. Also, laid out in the center of our bed was a black satchel with a card welcoming us to the Ashton. Inside we were pleasantly surprised to find a makeup bag filled with a selection of Coola products, a deck of cards, and fans as well.

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But the best part of the room was beyond a doubt the balcony and the fantastic view overlooking Waikiki Beach and downtown. No matter where we looked, every angle was Instagram worthy. We won’t lie. We may have taken a few… *cough*… a dozen photos out there.

With no activity planned for the day, we decided to spend our first day in Honolulu as relaxed and carefree as possible. And when you’re in Hawaii, the beach is the perfect place to unwind. But not before indulging in some good cuisine.

Fortunately for us, our hotel had a great restaurant called Tiki’s Grill & Bar, which had fabulous patio seating overlooking the ocean. Ready to have our first meal in Hawaii, we ordered the Tik’s Fish and Chips, the Da Kine Club Sandwich and because it wouldn’t be quite the Hawaiian experience without it, the Tiki’s Poke Bowl.

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The food came hot and plentiful. Unable to wait another second, we dug into our food, savory each dish family style. Definitely a recommended spot for anyone in Honolulu looking for great food.

After lingering for a good hour or so at the restaurant, we headed back to our hotel to unpack and change into our bathing suits. Moments later we were all ready and walking across to the beach.

Geared up with our straw mats and towels (compliments of the hotel), we settled down on the warm sand and made a beeline for the amazing Waikiki waters. Cold but comfortable, the waters were absolutely fantastic. We swam for a bit before leaving the water and heading back to our mats to dry off. Call us crazy, but although we have great beaches in Southern California, there is just something special about Hawaii beaches that just put you in that island mood almost instantly.

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Wanting to rest up before our big fun-filled day the next day, we packed up our things and headed back to our hotel to  relax for the remainder of the day. We did, however step out to the balcony later that evening to enjoy the sunset.

As we sat there watching the sun go slowly down, the reality that we were there in Hawaii finally hit us. Here we were enjoying this beautiful view and this wasn’t going to be the only one. We had four more days to experience all the amazing sights and tastes throughout the island. And wasn’t that an amazing feeling?

We couldn’t wait.

 

  • We went to Oahu a few years ago and it was amazing. I smile just thinking about it now! Before we went, I wondered a little if Hawaii was one of those destinations that gets hyped up a little too much and isn’t actually that awesome….but nope, it’s that awesome.

  • Francesca Nelson

    I want to visit Hawaii so much! How gorgeous that you sat and watched the sunset!! haha Love that you took so many photos of the Instagram worthy views too! Love the photos you have shared with us!

  • I might be going to hawaii soon! I am so excited!! Did you guys visit other islands while you were there?

  • Beautiful photos! I hope to go back to Hawaii some day. I went with my parents when I was younger and it was beautiful. My husband has never been so we will likely use that as an excuse to go eventually! Lovely post. xx, E

  • Tania Potter

    I would love to go to Hawaii, the beaches look magnificent and if there is good food, well, what more could a girl want!

  • Hawaii is so on my bucket list! I can’t wait to get there and see it in person!

  • Alexis Taylor

    Always wanted to go to Hawaii.. Thank you for letting me live through your vacation, it’s beautiful!

  • Carrie Ford-Coates

    Love Hawaii! Did you check out the restaurant Dukes? Great place.

  • I am headed to Maui Tuesday, but have never been to the big island. Maybe soon! Why not?

  • Jaye Shields

    I just wrote a review of this place. I liked it but looks like you def got the special treatment because I didnt get any of those extras like the lei, ect in my room.

  • Sooooo gorgeous!! I want to go to Hawaii so bad!

  • It’s great that you had such a nice view of the beach! Tiki’s Grill & Bar sounds like a really nice restaurant.

  • my hubs has never been to hawaii and i am dying to take him! I think I’m going to send him this blog! 🙂

  • Abby Grajewski

    Hawaii is so gorgeous. I went as a child and would love to go back! Hopefully sometime soon!

  • Anamika Ojha

    Hawaii is on my bucket list! Hope to go there next year! Thanks for sharing about your trip! Looks like you had so much fun out there! I have pinned your post for my reference!

  • bc21578

    On my first day in Waikiki, I ate dragonfruit!

  • Looks like a lovely vacation indeed! Thanks so much for sharing. I love to see other people’s vacay photos.

  • Ashleigh

    Oh I just love Waikiki and Hawaii! I’ve also been to the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel and it was great! All your pictures make me want to go back. Thank you for sharing!

  • Looks so amazing! I’ve never been to Oahu but went to Kuwaii years ago. If I went though I’d like to stay here!

  • Barbara Chapman

    I love Hawaii. I just went to Oahu in March and stayed at The Royal Hawaiian. We also flew Hawaiian airline and had the same exact breakfast that you posted in your picture.

  • Abby Castro

    Looks gorgeous! I would love to visit Hawaii someday.. these photos make me giddy with excitement with my upcoming travel in November!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  • Carrie Chady Rundhaug

    Looks gorgeous! I have been here once but we only flew over for the day from Maui! I absolutely love Hawaii and we had so much fun!

  • Cecile Blaireau

    What a lovely place! I am so jealous!!!! The hotel looks amazing as well as the food there. I really hope one day I will be able to visit Hawai!

  • I have always wanted to go to Hawai, it would be an amazing place to visit and the views are exceptional.

  • Claudia H. Blanton

    great good, and a beautiful beach, what is not to love! Hawaii is on my bucket list, one of these days, I will ge t there, glad you had a chance to have this vacation. Blessings!

  • Imogen Clegg

    Hawaii is one of my ultimate bucket list places to visit! 😍

  • I love Oahu! It’s such a beautiful place, and it makes for such a relaxing vacation!

  • I would love to visit Hawaii – any or all of the islands. I am an ocean lover so I know I would be right at home.

  • Hawaii looks astonishingly beautiful. There’s just something about the ocean I love so much. Probably has to do with the fact that I’m land locked. Lol!

  • ccmaine

    That is one of my favorite hotels on the island. I’ve stayed there a couple times and always loved it…especially the free breakfast in the morning 🙂

  • Wow! What a beautiful view on the beach. I love the simplicity of the hotel room.

  • Going to Hawaii is literally on my bucket list! You are so lucky!

    Love,
    Ivelisse | CarnationDreams.com

  • Bree Hogan

    I loved Oahu and your article makes me want to go back again!

  • Beautiful photos, one day that will be me. xx

    http://www.annanuttall.com

  • Pack Your Baguios

    I’ve been seeing some cheap flights to Hawaii lately. Very tempting….

  • This is the perfect way to end the summer! This is paradise and it’s awesome that you got to spend five days of your summer here! I can’t wait to hear more about the trip!

  • Beautiful photos! I was just in Oahu and stayed at the Outrigger Waikiki this past Spring. I remember walking by the hotel you stayed at. Looks lovely! That food looks delicious there.

  • Amanda K

    This place is so beautiful! I would really love to visit someday! That food looks really good too!

    Xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  • Amanda Love

    Such a beautiful place to be in! This is where summer is supposed to be spent. I’m glad you had a great time there!

  • Anwar

    Wow it is soo beautiful because the foods looks delicious and your post is very informative thank you for sharing

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