Left Hawaii after putting a mimosa down and picked one right back up upon my arrival home. I think champagne tastes better on the islands, but this will have to do for now.
Can't wrap up my Hawaii posts without giving a HUGE shout-out to Outsite. Staying here played a major role in making the trip so incredible. See a full review on my blog, but long story short, I highly recommend Outsite Hawaii if you're ever in Oahu and I will absolutely be checking out their other locations whenever I get the chance!
For my last night on Oahu, I hung out with some locals in Waikiki who spent the night giving me too many convincing reasons to stay on the island forever. Ended the trip the right way with a passionfruit mimosa. 'Til we meet again, Hawaii!
First of all, can we talk about this amazing koozie my brother and his girlfriend got me for Christmas? Second of all, how gorgeous are these views from the Lanikai Pillbox Hike?
I had a bit of a temper tantrum (alone in the car) because I was tired, hungry, slightly hungover, and spent 30 minutes looking for parking, but forced myself up the trail and it was well worth it.
Shark's Cove in Pupukea, HI
Snorkel outing with the Outsite fam! Totally felt like a mom standing onshore (or rather, on lava rocks that we're NOT soft) taking photos. There weren't any sharks in the water, don't worry — apparently the cove is shaped like a shark if you look from above, hence the name.
Haleiwa Joe's in Haleiwa, HI
I may not have a Valentine but I did have heart-shaped mint in my mojito and that's kinda the same thing. The sun reaaallllyyy struggled to come out this day but once it finally did I got to have lunch with a view. Good food, great drinks, and the best company.
Sunrise Shack North Shore in Haleiwa, HI
Did I go to Sunrise Shack two days in a row? Sure did! Skipped the coffee this time in favor of my favorite hangover cure of all time: the antioxidant-rich smoothie.
Volcom Pipe Pro 2019 in Haleiwa, HI
Got lucky enough to take cover from the rain before the Volcom Pipe Pro with some bullet coffee from the Sunrise Shack. Heard the islands are getting hit pretty hard with another nasty storm — sending good vibes and hoping they're able to withstand the winds and waves!
North Shore Coffee Bar in Waialua, HI
My second week on the North Shore was full of rain — which is okay, because that made it easier to get some work done! Plus, Hawaii wouldn't be so freaking green without the rain, right? Anyway, stayed dry in this cozy coffee shop!
Uncle Bo's in Haleiwa, HI
The worst part about making new friends while on a trip is having to say goodbye at the end of it! But nothing a good lycheetini can't remedy, amirite?
Ted's Bakery in Haleiwa, HI
I have people wanting to hold my drinks for me now, does that mean I've made it? Went in on some breakfast at Ted’s Bakery — perfect for pre- or post-beach carbs.
Mauna Loa Helicopter Tours in Honolulu, HI
Got in the chopper and explored Oahu from the air. Can't even describe with words what an incredible experience it was so I'll let the photos do the talking. If you get the chance, take a tour with Mauna Loa Helicopters!