Monday, July 11, 2016

Hawaii Days 1 & 2

Happy Monday y'all! I'm so excited to be back to writing new posts for y'all- I took last week "off" and pre-scheduled all of my posts since I was in Hawaii.

Last week, my family and I traveled to Hawaii for our big vacation of the summer and it was a blast! It was my first time there and we just had the best time. Since we did so many fun things and I took so many pictures (not even kidding, I think I have over 250 from just this trip on my phone right now), I wanted to share with y'all a day by day recap instead of including it in a My Chic Week post like I typically would.

Our flight was pretty early Friday morning (July 1), resulting in an early wake up to get to the airport on time. Once we got there, we went through security and then grabbed breakfast at Starbucks before getting on the plane.


Since Hawaii is such a long ways from Charlotte (10 hours of flying to be exact), we had a layover in Phoenix on the way out. In Phoenix, we ate some burgers and fries even though it was 10 am there before getting on another flight.

We landed in Hawaii around 2 PM local time, which meant we had time to hang out by the pool in the afternoon. We went up to our rooms, unpacked, and then headed to the pool and the beach. We spent the rest of the night at the pool and at the beach and ate dinner at the restaurant that serves food by the pool!


The Kona side of the Big Island is super rocky and looks like this- totally surprised me once I got off the plane

The lobby of our hotel- the ponds had turtles in them!




The first few mornings in Hawaii were a bit rough as you typically wake up very early since you're not adjusted to the time change yet. Luckily, I managed to sleep in till 7:30 (haha that's sleeping in?) though. On our first day there, my dad was dying to go to a local restaurant called Hawaiian Style. My parents typically go to Hawaii each February for a work function and this place is my dad's favorite! They have what's called a Loco Moco not to mention the biggest pancakes ever! I had the coconut pudding pancakes, which were so good! I would highly recommend if you're on the Big Island!

The view from my hotel room!



After breakfast, we headed back to the resort and my mom, sister, and I went for a walk around the property. Our hotel had the coolest path that wandered through the beach and led up to these big rocks looking over the ocean.





After our walk, we spent the rest of the morning and afternoon at the pool, which I will never complain about!

That night, we went over to the neighboring hotel, the Fairmont Orchid, for a Luau. Despite a bit of a snafu regarding our tickets, the event was really fun and it was so interesting to learn a bit more about the native people of Hawaii!


Stay tuned for an outfit from my trip tomorrow and the recap of Days 3 and 4 on Thursday!

50 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a great time! I look forward to seeing the rest on Thursday!

    Ashley // MyWellDressedLife.com

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    1. Thanks Ashley! Can't wait to share it with you :)

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  2. I am so jealous! Hawaii is beyond gorgeous. Looks like such a fun trip!

    Mackenzie | www.mackenziekendall.com

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    1. Thanks Mackenzie- it was my first time there and I absolutely loved it!

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  3. I've never been to Hawaii but I would love to go. This looks like fun! (Loving your Clemson shirt, btw!)

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    1. I would highly recommend, it's so gorgeous! And thank you :)

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  4. This looks so fun! I can't get over how yummy those pancakes look....and that gorgeous view! I've never been to Hawaii but I've always wanted to go!

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    Cristina
    cristinawashere.com

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    1. Thanks Christina! And believe it or not that's actually only one pancake, it was huge!

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  5. Hawaii looks beautiful and the pancakes definitely sound awesome. Looking forward to seeing your outfit

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  6. Looks like you had a great time in Hawaii. Looks beautiful!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

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  7. That looks like such a fun trip- that sunset pic is gorgeous! I went in 2013 and I loved it!
    Kate // This Side of Paradise

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  8. Your post makes me miss HI so much! Those pancakes look delicious btw. :)

    Alix | www.apintsizedlife.com

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    1. I'm already missing it too haha! Thanks Alix, they were amazing!

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  9. What a gorgeous hotel room view! I wouldn't mind seeing that right about now!

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  10. I have never been to Hawaii but I so desperately want to go!

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    1. It was amazing! One of my new favorite places!

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  11. This looks like SO much fun! I've always wanted to go to Hawaii, but I'm not sure if I'll ever get my hubby to commit to it!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

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    1. It was a great trip! I would DEFINITELY recommend going!

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  12. I was so jealous of your recent trip- Hawaii is on my bucket list!! Your first couple of days look wonderful.

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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    1. Thanks Annaliese, it's such an amazing place!

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  13. nothing beats a Hawaii sunset. I've been twice and can't wait to go back.

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  14. Amazing photos! I LOVE Hawaii! My family is talking about heading there for Christmas!

    xo Ashley

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    1. Thanks Ashley, that's so exciting!

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  15. SO JEALOUS! It looks gorgeous over there! Can't wait to see more pics!

    xo Jen
    Skirt The Rules

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  16. Hawaii is so beautiful! I want to go so badly after reading this!

    Tori
    www.mooretori.com

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  17. I always have to have a Starbucks at the airport! Great pictures, Katie!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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    1. It's essential for flying haha! Thanks Morgan!

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  18. Oh my goodness!!!! SO fun. I'm jealous. That hotel looks amazing.

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

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  19. You are so cute!! Looks like a blast and I just love the photos!

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  20. Wish I would've made it to big island looks like I will just have to go back to Hawaiian islands!

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    1. Any reason to take another trip ;)

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  21. Omg! Looks like an amazing trip!! Definitely want to go someday :)

    XO,

    Hannah from HMS Jewels
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  22. Hawaii is so much fun, I am totally living vicariously through your trip! I love tropical vacations!

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    1. I absolutely loved it there, it was so gorgeous!

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  23. Loved reading about your trip! I remember struggling with the time difference the first few days too when I went to Hawaii!

    Kristin
    The Blush Blonde

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