Just landed back in LA in the wee hours of Sunday morning, and already missing Maui. It was a sweet departure full of rest, exploration, and perfect weather. Just wanted to share a few shots from my little trip.
Our first destination after landing in Maui was Paia, a little hippy town near the airport. We went straight to Flatbread Company, where a co-worker had recommended we try the Kaluah pork flatbread. It was the perfect welcome to the island, and remained one of my food highlights of the week. (Another was Mama’s Fish House — I tried the lobster guacamole and stuffed Mahimahi). The next morning, we woke up early and drove up Haleakala to see the stunning sunrise over the clouds.
Almost every day, we spent time at the beach, whether it was just outside out Kihei condo, Kapalua Bay, Big Beach, or somewhere a little more off the beaten path. I got a nasty wana (sea urchin) sting on the second day, but luckily swimming was much easier than walking, so it didn’t disrupt a Molokini snorkeling excursion. [A few words of advice on those little bastards, because apparently it's a super common injury: Use a needle or pin to try to get the spines out, because they break down like chalk if you mess with them too much or try to tweeze. You probably won't be able to get it all out, but you can soak the wound in vinegar to disinfect and help break down the spines until they can be absorbed by your body.]
Other adventures included checking out Iao Valley, seeing the lava fields at La Perouse, and driving the winding Road to Hana, where we explored a rainforest, black sand beach, and the seven sacred pools along the way.
Last weekend I popped down to San Diego just for the day for a little birthday barbecue, and it could not have been a more perfect summer picnic. Lovely whether, grilled tacos, cold beers, and a few darling pups for company. I love California.
A few weeks ago, a friend introduced me to the gorgeous hiking spot Malibu Creek State Park. There are a few serene watering holes along the trails, some rocky jumping pools, and others calmer lily pad lagoons. It helps to go with someone who’s been there before, because the latter is a bit off the beaten path–and thus feels all the more special.
$12 all-day parking.
As long as you want. It’s not strenuous at all, so you can cover a lot of ground and take a few dips in a few hours.
Parking lot, $12 for the day.
[photos from instagram]
I always drool over Rachel‘s instagram feed, but I especially love her recent snaps of Amsterdam. So many great tertiary colors!
I made an impulsive vacation decision recently, and although my trip is months out, I’m already itching to pack my bags. This Hawaiian getaway wishlist, with the breezy fabrics and luxurious basics, marks my top new wants for the adventure. It’s terribly indulgent, so I may be look-for-lessing a few of these lovely things….
No. 1. Aloe sunscreen will both heal and protect during long days in the sun. ($19) // No. 2. This fuss-free ring is simple enough for everyday and inexpensive enough for me to not mind too terribly if I manage to lose it. ($8). // No. 3. I have a major hankering for some black crewmaster-style sunnies. ($21) // No. 4. I’ll need a swimsuit study enough to survive potential high cliff jumps. ($50) // No. 5. This silky cover-up is pretty enough to go far beyond the beach. ($170) // No. 6. A drapey kimono jacket walks the relaxed-glam line where I’d love to live (especially on vacation). ($80) // No. 7. Perfectly broken-in white sneakers are my most wanted shoe right now. ($55) // No. 8. I haven’t had a backpack since middle school, but this one is so grown-up that I’m tempted. ($60) // No. 9. Beachy waves will be tamed by coconut hair oil. ($10) // No. 10. A turkish beach towel is so thin that it won’t take up much room in my bag. ($55) // No. 11. Soft, feminine shorts would be my lounging uniform. ($30)