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A few Photos in Hawaii

We’re still getting back to normal after a week of vacation/staycation, so here are a few photos from the past week!

We got things started with a “contemporary glamour” photoshoot for my mom. We scheduled a lady for hair and makeup, then took a whole lot of photos! It was really a lot of fun, especially after my mom stopped looking at us like “What are you crazy people doing?” and started enjoying herself. Isn’t she lovely?

After the photoshoot, we headed to a steampunk meet up at a local botanical garden. We went as photographers, not in costume, but it was “safari” themed and my mom, who’d been warned about the event, brought the perfect outfit! I came by my love of dressing up honestly. =)

In spite of some rain on Oahu before we island hopped to Kauai Tuesday evening, we managed to visit many Pearl Harbor area memorials and historic spots.

We also got in a hike up Makapu’u Lighthouse trail. We saw so many whales – it was better than the whale watching boat we took a few years ago! Unfortunately, we didn’t have the appropriate lens to try to photograph them, so here’s my husband whale watching. :-p

On Kauai, we were lucky enough to catch a couple beautiful sunrises.

And another sunrise that was dramatic, but didn’t have much color (which is funny because we actually walked about a mile each way to catch this particular sunrise!)

We visited a few favorite spots, like Hanapepe and its swinging bridge, the Kauai Coffee Plantation, and the glass beach. For my mom’s sake, we also took the twisty road up to see Waimea Canyon.

One of the nicest parts of the trip was a visit to Barking Sands beach, which is almost entirely on a Navy base. It’s about 18 miles long and absolutely beautiful! I found the cutest, tiniest sand dollar (okay, my husband found it and gave it to me).

You can’t drive all the way around the island (at least not that I’m aware of!). Barking sands is nearly the end of the road on one side, and we also went to Hanalei, which is almost at the end of the road the other direction. Of course we had to take some cell phone selfies just to be silly! {{Actually, a lot of the ‘out and about’ photos in this post are cell shots, so please don’t judge them too harshly! :-p }}

I basically can’t go anywhere without bringing a dress and trying to get a few cool photos, so while my mom attended lectures Friday evening we played at the beach. It was fairly cool (the lowest low we experienced was about 60º, which is pretty cool for Hawaii!) so there weren’t many people at the beach, and there certainly weren’t others wearing long dresses! We had lots of fun and I can’t wait to share more photos from this ‘shoot!’

Right before heading to the Kauai airport on Saturday, we stopped by a sweet local fabric and quilt store. They had lovely quilts on display and cute things like these bears:

We rushed out of the fabric store and didn’t stop by a local quilt show, to make it to the airport on time. Unfortunately, our flight to Oahu was delayed by two hours due to bad weather rolling across the state! We didn’t find out about the delays until we were already in line at the airport, and the Lihue airport is basically the airport equivalent of a fun-sized candy bar. We had plenty of time to chat, though, and took turns getting our steps in for the day.

On our final morning together, we braved the mud and spent about an hour and a half (round trip) hiking up a ridge for some breathtaking views of Kaneohe Bay. The weather was absolutely perfect and it was a lovely way to end our Hawaiian vacation/staycation!

We had an absolutely wonderful time, and I think my mom did, too. It was so nice she was able to visit and pretty incredible she’s able/willing to put up with our silliness for over a week! It will take a few days before things are back to normal, blogging-wise,  but hopefully by next week the schedule will be normalized.

What have you been up to lately?

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  • Duni February 13, 2017, 05:44

    Your Mom is beautiful! Looks like you had a great week with fun events and lovely sightseeing trips!
    I would really like to visit Hawaii again sometime 🙂 Thank you for sharing these gorgeous pictures!

    • Natashalh February 13, 2017, 06:47

      Thank you! It was a really lovely trip. I’m so glad she let us talk her into photos. We surprised her with some prints when we returned home Saturday evening and it was fantastic. =)

  • Marieken February 13, 2017, 05:49

    Lovely picture of your mum, and the party looks so fun. I never go to parties where dressing up is required, but I think I would really enjoy such events!

    • Natashalh February 13, 2017, 06:49

      Honestly, I usually try to avoid all parties! I really love costumes, though, so I know I’ll be back at a steampunk meet up event before too long. They typically meet each month somewhere different.

  • BeadedTail February 13, 2017, 17:17

    Lovely photo of your mom! The sunset photos are so beautiful and make me want to visit Hawaii again! If we do decide to go to Kauai next year I’ll be sure to get tips of where to go and stay from you. We’ve been to three other islands but not that one.

    • Natashalh February 13, 2017, 20:16

      Kauai is truly “island style!” It’s very laid back and there are some unique geological features. I’ve been four times now and really love it!

  • Julie February 13, 2017, 21:16

    Your mom is gorgeous! And check out those sunrises – what an impressive display from Mother Nature!

    Steampunk! I didn’t even realize that was the term for it until recently as Leroy was looking to move to Oamaru in NZ and that is apparently a massive thing down there!

    • Natashalh February 14, 2017, 07:29

      I’ve noticed a lot of steampunk photos from NZ and Australia. Is it particularly popular in that town? I don’t think I made it that far down the island when I visited..I think I just went about half way down and then looped up to Christchurch. I know I didn’t get to Dunedin. I was in the country nearly five weeks, but there’s so many amazing things to see there!

  • Tasha's mom February 14, 2017, 06:01

    It was a great week!
    Thank you both so much.
    The studio shot I appreciate….but the selfie, not so sure about! Kind of look my age there.

    • Natashalh February 14, 2017, 07:15

      But it’s fun! I could swap it for the one where I look like I have a giant alien head and then everyone would be too busy wondering what was wrong with me to even look at you. =p

  • Cynthia February 16, 2017, 05:01

    I enjoyed all your photos of your mom – I saw the ones on Instagram as well. She is beautiful and very photogenic! I remember Barking Sands … that was the first vacation my husband and I took before we were married. It was such an amazing trip – we also hiked the Napali coast, which was stunning

    • Natashalh February 16, 2017, 07:42

      My husband wants to hire the Napali, but I’m too chicken! It’s allegedly one of the most dangerous hikes in the world.

      The funny thing is, my mom kept insisting that she wasn’t going to be a good photographic subject, wasn’t going to look good, etc. Every single woman I’ve spoken to about photos says the exact same thing! I absolutely love photographing women and showing them the results. It is so wonderful to watch them realize how beautiful they truly are!

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