The iconic Waikiki Beach! It’s definitely as beautiful as expected
Bathing suit available in-store at Kmart.
Inside the historic Moana Surfrider Hotel
The most gorgeous staircase at the Moana!
The view from the top of the hotel was to die for!
The beginning of our hike to the Diamond Head Crater
The view from the top of Diamond Head Crater
Our last night in Hawaii. We celebrated by attending a traditional Luau! I’m wearing a Seed Heritage shirt, One Teaspoon shorts, Hobbs wedges, and Gucci pouch.
On the second half of our honeymoon, my husband and I holidayed in Waikiki, a place I would argue to be one of Hawaii’s most iconic attributes! The vibe in Waikiki was incredibly different to that of Maui, instead of quiet serenity, it was Go,Go, Go!! There was so much to do, and so little time…
We stayed at the Westin Moana Surfrider Hotel, which we later found out was the first ever hotel to be built in Waikiki, and was originally meant for American personnel men only. The hotel was rich in history, opening in 1901, it boasted an abundance of historical artifacts, including, the gorgeous wooden staircase (pictured above), which was built in the original hotel building over 100 years ago! There was a constant hustle and bustle, with the hotel located on a main shopping strip and with the iconic ‘Waikiki Beach’ literally on it’s door step. Sitting on a wooden rocking chair in the backyard of the hotel, overlooking the beach at night was one of our favourite pass times.
An experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life was swimming in the iconic ‘Waikiki Beach’. I’ve seen thousands of pictures and videos of the beautiful beach in numerous pop culture, which I ultimately believe, influenced my decision to one day visit the island! It was divine, with crystal clear blue water, hot sand, those infamous skyscrapers and tonnes of people…. If I close my eyes, I could almost picture it!
Waikiki is full of adventure, and although there were so many amazing things we would have to loved to do, four days was just not enough! However we did hike the popular ‘Diamond Head’, which offers an amazing 360 view of the the island.. breathtaking is an understatement! The steep trail was tiring, especially in the Hawaiian sun, but it was so rewarding when we reached the top. On our last night on the island the hubby and I attended a traditional Luau, I mean… You can’t go to Hawaii, and not go to a Luau, and boy are we glad we went! The evening was an incredibly special and historical event, learning about the Polynesian culture and stuffing ourselves with traditional food. My favourite part of the night, was watching the gorgeous women dancing the hula.
Now, this honeymoon would not be complete unless we went shopping and Waikiki had the best shopping I have ever seen! We went to the ‘Ala Moana Shopping Centre’, which was the largest outdoor shopping complex on the island, with hundreds of stores ranging from; Louis Vuitton and Nordstrom, to Sephora and Bath and Body Works, to Gap and Macy’s. It was my first time visiting Sephora (we don’t have one back home in Perth) and I could have died… It was just so cool! I also stocked up on pumpkin flavoured candles from Bath and Body Works, which smell absolutely delicious!