I’m preparing for a trip to Belize at the end of this month, and it’s giving me major nostalgia for a tropical getaway I took this summer to Oahu, Hawaii! I went to Oahu with my photog Hanna + my summer intern Becky, who has a little surf shack just minutes away from the world famous Pipeline. From the second we landed, I was in love. Hawaii is an absolute dream, looks like Jurassic Park and even the airport has outdoor hallways filled with palm trees 🙂
We stayed on the North Shore, which, as you may be able to guess, is on the norther coast of Oahu, Hawaii. Once we landed, it was about an hour drive from Honolulu Airport. Not too bad considering the drive included some of the most amazing views I’ve ever seen.
I fell in love with Hawaii quickly and for so many reasons. First, it’s freaking gorgeous, that’s obvious. But Oahu specifically was such a magical place. It had such a local culture, a rich history that you could see woven into local restaurants, beaches + buildings. We stayed near the surf mecca of Haleiwa, which used to an old plantation town. Now it’s filled with yummy spots to eat, trucks serving fresh acai + Hawaiian shaved ice and shops filled with surf photography, vintage archival images + local art.
During the winter, the North Shore is known for crazy big waves. But in July, the water was calm and perfect for swimming + snorkeling. Plus it was bathtub warm and had a fun little shore break to sit in and squeal as the water rushed over us!
Another aspect I loved about Hawaii? The weather! Every morning was hot and sunny, with a warm ocean breeze coming off the water throughout the day. Almost every afternoon before sunset, puffy grey clouds would form and a summer rain would start to fall. There are few days I’ve had more peaceful than the week we spent watching the rain fall on Becky’s tin roof after a long day of swimming + sunning.
As y’all know, I love exploring different tropical destinations. So far, Hawaii was my favorite. Driving past plantation fields, hiking down to the beach, strolling along the main road, you can feel the soul + spirit of Hawaii and its people. It’s got a true, genuine magic in the air. I love you, Hawaii.
What’s your favorite place to visit?! Let me know in the comments below.
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