One of the places that I was most excited about checking out in person was Lanikai Beach. It is one of the most famous beaches in Hawaii. It was recommended to visit here for sunrise which means we had to be up bright and early to travel out to the East Shore. I was up very early every morning in Hawaii anyway since of the time difference with Toronto, but it took us a little longer than expected to get to Lanikai Beach. We missed the start of the sunrise but still managed to catch it as it came up and above the horizon. It was beautiful!
When the sun finally came up, we got to experience these pristine waters. It really is a beautiful beach!
We then travelled up to the Haleiwa in the North Shore for some of the good food I keep hearing about. We had to try some of Hawaii’s iconic foods so went to the famous Matsumoto Shave Ice, had some garlic shrimp at one of the food trucks, and some Kalua Pork.
We travelled further up the North Shore to Turtle Bay and saw these sweet turtles just hanging out by the shore. It was so fun to hang out with them on the bay! Can you see both of them? There are two here!
The North Shore is known for its surfing competitions and is truly so untouched and beautiful.
On the way back from the North Shore, we stopped by at Helena’s Hawaiian Food which is a family restaurant that has been around for generations and serves traditional Hawaiian dishes.
Although we visited Hawaii in the “winter”, one of the things I enjoyed the most was how colourful the flowers are! I loved it!
But I so loved the Beaches. I watched the sunrise over Diamond Head every morning from our hotel room balcony. But on a few occasions, we went out to the beach to see the sunrise on the beach. So nice!
We didn’t stay here, but was super excited to see up close! The Royal Hawaiian – the gorgeous pink hotel!
But where we did stay and really enjoyed is the Queen Kapiolani Hotel! It was newly renovated and very clean. It is located on the East side of Waikiki Beach and was quieter than the rest of Waikiki. I really enjoyed how it was close to most of the places we wanted to go to.
The best part of staying on the east side of Waikiki Beach is that not many people were at the beach than in the central area. We could go at sunrise/sunset and it was still pretty relaxing. Whereas, the rest of the beach was very populated.
This is the Queen Kapiolani Hotel at night! It was really so nice!
On our very last days, we went out to Waikiki Beach for some maternity photos. I really loved how in Hawaii it was nice and cool in the morning (but still warm enough to go out in a dress!) and really nice walking temperature during the day.
We loved spending time with each other in Hawaii!
One of my favourite places to eat breakfast was to head out to the Barefoot Beach Cafe which is located right at Waikiki Beach. It doesn’t get busy and is committed to being plastic-free. Prices are reasonable and that view! Ahhhh…
We tried a freshly made acai bowl and the macadamia pancakes which were both nice! Yum!
And that’s it! Those were our favourite highlights from Hawaii. If you haven’t been – I’d so recommend it!