My Mini-Getaway to Oahu!

Hi! I'm back from a short hiatus to bring you all the deets about my latest adventure. Since I work so much, it's hard to find a moment to relax sometimes. I didn't even get to go on a honeymoon with my husband after our wedding! That's why at the end of April, we decided to take a much needed break and fly down to Hawai'i, our favorite place on Earth. And of course, you already know we had to stay at the Aulani because Disney is our 2nd favorite place.

Let me give you a quick rundown of our trip!

The accommodations and hotel room at the Aulani were dreamy. We stayed in a suite and had a view overlooking the entire resort. 

 The cutest mickey shaped towel, ever.

The cutest mickey shaped towel, ever.

 And they gave us some Kukui Nut Leis when we got there!

And they gave us some Kukui Nut Leis when we got there!

Not surprisingly, the view of the resort during the day and and sunset were equally as captivating.

 The view from our hotel room.

The view from our hotel room.

 Sunset over Aulani.

Sunset over Aulani.

Being on a beautiful island like this, it's fun to explore outside the resort and see what the culture is like outside of the hotel. One of our favorite places in Oahu is the North Shore. They have some of the best shave ice and beaches! Chris and I ate more shave ice than we probably should have, but we knew we were gonna miss it once we left. So naturally, we had to eat enough shave ice for two months.

We hit up this cute little place called Aoki's first. It was super good, plus the decorations are too cute to miss. You can find Aoki's in Haleiwa (North Shore), or if you can't make it out there and still wanna drool over all their shave ice pictures, be sure to follow them on Instagram.

The next shave ice place we went to was the classic Matsumoto's. I'm sure everyone's heard of Matsumoto's at one point or another. I buy a new hoodie from there practically every time I go, and their shave ice is always awesome. You can find them on Instagram, too!

We went to a few more small shave ice places, saw some more shave ice decor, and took some more touristy pictures before we headed back to the hotel.

Back at the Aulani, we went to a luau at the resort. It was super fun, but we only got one picture from the whole night. There was hula, fire dancing, good food, and good music! One of the things I love the most about Hawai'i is this kind of atmosphere. 

 Chris and I lookin foine at the luau.

Chris and I lookin foine at the luau.

A couple of hours is probably already too long for me to be wearing jeans so the next day we headed off to the resort beach to kick back. We read books, enjoyed the warmth, and went in the water for a bit. You know, beach things. I read The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena, and it was riveting! And if you know anything about me, you know I can't live without my Essentia water. As soon as we touched down in Oahu I went to the nearest store and bought their entire stock. I'm not kidding.

 Me enjoying the beach and my Essentia!

Me enjoying the beach and my Essentia!

I saved the best part of my trip for last: THE FOOD. Although shave ice is delicious and refreshing, it isn't a whole meal. At all. You already know we had to chow down. My favorite type of food is Japanese food, and thankfully Hawai'i has a ton of Japanese influence. I also love Korean food and Hawaiian BBQ, which are also so common on the island. Let's just say I ate my heart out. 

I also found the cutest chopsticks I've ever seen. Here's a picture of me dramatically posing with them.

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You're welcome.

Anyway, as our time on the island came to an end, I started to appreciate the little things I saw around the hotel. I was so sad to leave but wanted to document every last detail about this trip to hold me over until the next time I get to go. 

I loved the foliage around the resort and this little statue of Stitch. Very appropriate. Bonus points if you can find Chris behind the giant leaf! Goof.

Out of all the things we did this trip, my favorite part of the trip was definitely spending time with my boo.

Thanks for tuning in to hear about my little island getaway. I hope I get to go back soon, but for now it's work until I can afford to buy a house in the North Shore and open my own shave ice stand. 

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