Tuesday, June 25

aloha!


School's out and we traveled to Hawaii last week to celebrate a milestone wedding anniversary for my in-laws and do some serious relaxing. We also surfed, snorkeled, hiked, swam, kayaked, and played endless rounds of Go Fish, on top of some long, uninterrupted nights of sleep. Below are a few pics and highlights. All in all, it was a wonderful family gathering and a slice of thank-my-lucky-stars-heaven!


Here are our kids and their cousins racing/chasing their grandparents (in the distance) to their favorite swimming spot on the North Shore of Oahu. Every afternoon several huge green sea turtles would beach themselves here for their late day nap, while others swam around us in the surf. The beaches on this stretch of coastline also have some of the biggest and most famous (and scary) waves in the world during the winter, but in the summer they are a placid swimmer's paradise.


The mountain landscapes on the rainy side of the island are Amazonian in their lushness. But Hawaii is so "new" and remote, the jungle is almost totally devoid of many of the animals and insects you typically find in the tropics. I am not a fan of snakes or biting insects, so I like this.


Here I am at Sharks Cove, where we snorkeled and saw schools of crazy beautiful and sometimes rather large fish. Thankfully, no sharks! Oh, and yes, I am wearing my Victoria's Secret bikini bottom! Postscript: Everyone is asking about my top, above, and kaftan, below. I bought them both a ways back, so they are no longer available, but here's one similar to the top, above, and a few others I love here, here, and here


This Clare Vivier canvas tote summed up my mood over vacation and happily accommodated all our gear, from sunscreen to sarongs to a growing shell and rock collection carefully curated by my kids.


We reigned over the deserted beach in our backyard from dawn to dusk.


We also hiked up to Waimea Falls for a dip in its pool. If it looks like the set of Lost (to which I was addicted), it's because it is--the show was shot here. Fortunately, we had more food than the Survivors, but we also struggled in vain to crack and eat/drink a coconut until our friendly neighbor, a local, taught us how.


Speaking of food, the best meal of the trip took place at Cafe Hale'iwa, where this painted fish welcomed us. The kale salad is off the charts, and though they don't sell wine, you can buy yours in the adjoining Bonzer Front, the only wine store I have ever been too that also sells surfboards. And the wine is good. And they sell clothes. I was both thrilled (as the retail establishment that can please both me and my husband is a rare find) and puzzled, until my husband explained that behind the Bonzer Front, is the Campbell family whose various entrepreneurial achievements include the invention 40 years ago of the Bonzer (surfboard), viewed by surf aficionados as one of the greatest design breakthroughs in the history of the sport.


We spent one night in Waikiki (above), so my kids and I could surf the beginner-friendly seemingly endless waves. It was barrels of fun, since I actually do enjoy surfing, just not shopping for surfboards, in case there was any confusion.
 

Me in my vacation uniform. In this case, it's a Turkish-inspired kaftan that I gave to my best friend and decided to take back. She was OK with it...



12 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous beach? Did you stay in a house or a hotel?

Marlien Rentmeester said...

we rented a beach house--the pictures of the sunset over the ocean and of the kids running up the beach are taken from the lawn.

Alexandra said...

What stunning pictures!! It looks like a dream vacation!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos-- looks Ike an amazing vacation! Would you mind telling us more about the top that you are wearing with the Victoria's Secret bikini bottoms, please?

Fashionista Extraordinaire said...

Beautiful! Loved all the pics! So ready for some sand, fun, and relaxation! Thanks for sharing yours with us!

Azra said...

It looks amazing. Thank you for sharing.

katie said...

Ahhh, such amazing photos- thank you so much for sharing! You look beautiful (love your swim cover, and will be picking up that bikini bottom this week! Thank you very much.)What an amazing vacation!! Aloha xx

Marlien Rentmeester said...

The top is Mexican, I believe, sourced from a vintage store in LA called Tavin. I bought it several months ago, but the store stocks pieces that are similar, along with loads of ethnic-chic clothing.

http://blogbytavin.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Can you divulge who makes the beautiful blue and white embroidered top?

Anonymous said...

thank you for these beautiful pics. Makes one want to fast forward to summer (not yet arrived in London) . Can I ask you where your Kaftan comes from?
Thanks

Marlien Rentmeester said...

The other print kaftan is by Taka, but I got it years ago, so it's no longer available. Here are some other kaftan/cover-up options that I love, similar to the one I was wearing:

http://bit.ly/18gjqGI

http://bit.ly/1370c4g

http://bit.ly/14xruh7

http://bit.ly/16zF8Sb

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the lovely pictures. I look forward to your postings daily. Do you mind telling me where you can find the Clare Vivier canvas totes? I have been looking and can't find that one. So fabulous. Thank you!