Hawaii is one of my favorite places to be. Every semester I count down the days that I get to go back to the 50th state. Despite the seemingly endless traffic and outrageous cost of living, Honolulu has my heart. I decided to share some of my favorite stops on the blog.

1. North Shore
The North Shore is hands down my favorite place on the island. With the surf competitions, shrimp trucks, turtles (honu in Hawaiian), and the famous town of Haleiwa, the North Shore offers so much. The last time I was there with my sister, we stopped at Haleiwa Bowls, one of my favorite places to grab açaí (coming from an açaí aficionado) and headed to San Lorenzo to bikini shop. We stopped on the beach for pictures and ended up catching a surf practice.

2. Kaena Point
The westside is truly the best side when it comes to Hawaiian beaches. Kaena Point is a real gem. It's the westernmost tip on the island and I've found it's the perfect place to catch the sunset. While it's a bit of a ways from Honolulu (it takes about an hour from where I lived to get there), the views are worth it.

3. Kailua
Kailua is one of the cutest places on the island to go. Located on the east side, Kailua has lots of restaurants, cafes, little boutiques, and also has one of the top ranked beaches in the world, Lanikai. My family's favorite restaurant in Kailua is Cinnamon's which was actually on the Food Network once when Rachael Ray went there. The famous Lanikai Pillboxes are there, too. Right before I left, my mom and I tried out a tea place called Anuenue Tea that's located right next to Cinnamon's (convenient for us!). 10/10 would recommend.

I've caught many sunrises on the beach in Kailua, drove with the windows down while singing at the top of my lungs to The 1975 with my friend Peyten in Kailua, and ate my weight in guava chiffon pancakes in Kailua. Truly a gem of a place.

4. Downtown Honolulu
While I love the beach and truly believe life is better in a bikini (who wants to wear pants all the time anyways???), I am a city gal at heart. Over the summer I interned with a communication firm in the heart of downtown Honolulu. Everyday I took public transportation downtown and had a local Starbucks I sat at (they knew my name and my order of a grande matcha green tea latte with coconut milk and a warmed croissant. rest in peace to my bank account). Downtown Honolulu is filled with lots of shopping, cool places to eat and drink, and is within walking distance to the beach. I can't ask for more in my life.

If you want to read more about my favorite food places on Oahu, check out this post I wrote a few years ago.

All the love,