Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Aloha Lanikai

I'm back from a Hawaiian adventure with Airplantman, illparagraphics, and friends. We had a great time in Lanikai/Kailua on Oahu, beaching, hiking, BBQing, drinking Lanikai Juice every day, and cruising around the island in our convertible rental cars. We also conveniently arrived just hours before the area's weekly farmer's market, where we stocked up on the best papayas, apple bananas, rambutans, and avocados I've ever tasted!

I am normally never a fan of graffiti, but it's a completely acceptable local art form at the WWII bunkers we hiked to above Lanikai, where it contrasts beautifully with the stunning island views and lush mountain greenery. I couldn't resist urging Airplantman to ask some awesome local Hawaiian boys to let us borrow their spray paint for a quick little tag of our initials. They generously obliged! They also let me photograph them in action:

I'm usually a bit of a souvenir hog but, since I was traveling with mostly guys (who were awesome BTW), and we were in a condo on a hotel-free side of the island, the selection this time is simplified... and also more locally supportive than some of my typical (imported) ABC store finds. (Not to say I don't love it all!)

Coconut hand sanitizer from Lanikai Bath and Body and Monstera Leaf earrings by Leighton Lam.

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