HONOLULU, THIS WEEKEND

WHAT I'LL BE DOING...

...going to the chapel! That's right, lovelies. I'M GETTING MARRIED THIS WEEKEND!!! (Which is why this HTW update is a few days early; I'll be checking out for the rest of the week in preparation for the big day.)

Destination weddings are an ordeal of sorts, so the we need the whole week to prep and celebrate! On the 4th of July, my maid-of-honor and best friends are throwing a low-key hen party for me (all I know is that Buho, brunch, and boats are involved...). On the 6th, in lieu of a formal rehearsal dinner, we're hosting a beer + pizza style welcome party on the beach. And on the 7th, we're doing get married! // SATURDAY, LA PIETRA SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO...

...catch a wave. With the weather calling for rain (let's not talk about it), the beach might be out, but surf is still very much in. Celebrate the release of the Vans Surf x T&C Surf's new summer collection at the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club. The launch party starts with tales from the ocean via pro surfers Rocky Cannon, Bill Kemper, and Nathan Florence and includes live music, a live auction for surfboards, and a screening of the film "Blue Intensity." Let's just hope it doesn't actually rain... // SATURDAY, THE SURFJACK HOTEL & SWIM CLUB
 

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BRUNCH + YOGA // SATURDAY, SALT AT KAKAAKO

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WHAT I'LL BE DOING...

...playing tour guide. With our wedding next Saturday (WHAT!!!), our friends and family are starting to trickle into Honolulu. After picking them up from the airport, my fiancé and I are giving them a grand tour of our favorite places: Scratch Kitchen and Meatery, Honolulu Museum of Art, and Ala Moana Beach Park included. 

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO...

...slide into summer. Take a trip to the Ward Village for Summer Slide, a new exhibit centered around the south's swell season from 1960-1980. Featuring iconic photos from David Darling, Steve Wilkings and Warren Bolster, vintage surf documentaries, and replica boards, the whole thing feels one part art exhibit, two parts time machine. // ONGOING, IBM BUILDING AT WARD VILLAGE

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INTERNATIONAL MAI TAI DAY POOL PARTY // SATURDAY, THE MODERN HOTEL 

Where to Go Out Every Night in Honolulu

If you're fortunate enough to be able to go out literally every day of the week, first off: I'm jealous. Secondly, you'll need to know where you're going. 

MONDAY

Head to Lulu's in downtown Waikiki. With happy hour from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and live entertainment from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., get there as early as you want and stay until closing. Pro tip: Capture your dance floor antics on Snapchat with a custom Lulu's filter. 

TUESDAY

It's #tacotuesday so naturally the place to be is Buho's Mexican Cantina. While it's true the restaurant offers $2 tacos, you're really here for the Buho's Margarita. Pro tip: Skip the tequila melon bowl...just trust me on this one. 

WEDNESDAY 

With maybe twelve seats in the whole place + the world's best Mai Tai on the menu, Wednesday nights are actually your best shot at getting a seat at the intimate cocktail bar, Bar Leather Apron. Pro tip: It's famous for it's cocktails, but BLA also has the most extensive selection of whiskey on the island.

THURSDAY

Trade Honolulu for Kyoto with a visit to the Shirokiya Japan Village Walk. The replica village features a Japanese beer garden complete with $1 beers. Need I say more? Pro tip: With a prime location near District,  the village can be your only stop of the night or just the first. 

FRIDAY

If you're going out on the first Friday of the month, you're headed to Hotel Street in Chinatown. If it's the last Friday of the month, you're on your way to the Honolulu Museum of Art for Art After Dark. Any other Friday? Consider your night out a warm up for the main event on Saturday. Start at The Study before circling the usual weekend spots like Rumfire or Sky. Pro tip: Purchase a museum membership; the one time contribution is only $5 more than the usual cover, but grants you free admission for an entire year and let's you skip the line to get in. And yes, you totally get to add "Patron of the Arts" to your LinkedIn bio.

SATURDAY

While Sky may have been optional on Friday night, it's an absolute must for any Saturday. If the dance floor gets too crowded, just head outside to take in one of the best views of Waikiki. Pro tip: Sky has one of the stricter dress codes in Honolulu, so it's better to be over dressed than undressed in this situation. 

SUNDAY

Spend the day recovering at Duke's. Pro tip: If you ask to sit outside, no one will question your oversized, very dark sunglasses...

HONOLULU, THIS WEEKEND

WHAT I'LL BE DOING...

...leaving on a jet plane. Last Wednesday, I flew to Seaside, California for a work trip and I've been exploring the west coast ever since. While I love a good trip to Cali (Fun fact: my first trip to California was to see the Spice Girls reunion tour!), I'm ready to get back to my island home. With that being said, I'll be on the first flight out of Monterrey on Saturday morning. // SATURDAY, SEASIDE, CALIFORNIA

P.S. THE SECRET TO SURVIVING TRANS-PACIFIC FLIGHTS

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO...

...order the Cubano. It's with the heaviest of hearts that I write about the closing of Grondin, the French-Latin fusion restaurant in Chinatown--and one of my absolute favorites places to brunch. While the owners are off to bigger and better things (a product line!), that didn't keep me from crying in my cassoulet earlier this week when I sat down for one last meal. Whether it'll be your first visit or the last of several, book a reservation. You won't get another chance. // SUNDAY, GRONDIN FRENCH LATIN KITCHEN IN CHINATOWN 

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Just the usual suspects! 

Honolulu, this weekend

what I'll be doing...

...recovering from Founder's Day. Each year, my Alma Mater gets together at locations across the world to celebrate our school. We tell old stories, meet other grads in the area, and then listen to the oldest and youngest graduate in attendance give a speech. It was a great time (with lots of cocktails and toasting) that ran pretty late into the night, so I'm laying low for most of the day. 

This evening though, I'm headed to the Honolulu Art Museum's "Art After Dark" event. The event, held every last Friday of the month, includes cocktails, DJs, and a chance to admire some of the best art on the island. // FRIDAY, HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART

 

what you should do...

...celebrate Easter--or simply your love of guava mimosas--with a brunch reservation at The Royal Hawaiian. Every Sunday brunch at the Pink Palace is extravagant, but the holiday spreads are truly magnificent. // SUNDAY, THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN HOTEL

 

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WAIKIKI BREWING COMPANY'S 3RD ANNIVERSARY PARTY // SATURDAY, WAIKIKI + KAKA'AKO LOCATIONS

Passport to Luxury with tory sport

Last Friday I was kindly invited by Tory Sport Hawaii to attend Passport to Luxury, a private shopping event at the Ala Moana Center. We're incredibly lucky in Honolulu to even have a Tory Sport (there's only six in the United States!) and I felt even more fortunate that I was invited to spend time with such a select group of clients.

The event, hosted annually by Modern Luxury Hawai'i', featured several luxury boutiques, each with their own in-store presentations.

Naturally, I spent the majority of my time at Tory Sport. I loved getting to know some of the women who work there, shopping the spring arrivals (give me all the green stripes!), and participating in the store's fun raffles. The boutique also served delicious bites from one of Honolulu's best restaurants, Yauatcha--which I'm craving now just thinking about!

 

While I love just about everything Tory Sport creates, the 2018 Spring Collection is my favorite to date! I'm naturally drawn to blues and greens, so I appreciate that the collection offers a spectrum of color and pattern options for both. And as always, the collection celebrates women embracing ambition; so the clothes are as functional as they are stylish.

I walked away with this anorak jacket and this adorable tennis themed key fob. I had originally planned on picking up a pair of these leggings too, but the store was sold out of my size by the time I arrived. Luckily, they're still available online! Side note: I already owned this performance cashmere sweater, but I can't suggest it enough. It's the most comfortable sweater plus it has a nice relaxed fit--perfect for on and off the court!

Ultimately, the evening was fun with a purpose as a portion of all sales were donated to this year's charity the Hawaii Community Foundation.

I can't thank Tory Sport Hawaii enough for the invitation, especially my girl Christine! (If you need anything from Tory Sport, I can't recommend working with Christine enough--she's absolutely fantastic. Just tell her I sent you!)

Thank you to Tory Sport Hawaii, Ala Moana Center, and Modern Luxury Hawai'i Magazine for graciously hosted the event. 

honolulu, this weekend

 

what I'll be doing...

...shopping for a cause. Tory Sport Hawaii graciously sent me an invitation to the Passport to Luxury event tonight at the Ala Moana Center. The annual charity shopping event benefits the Hawaii Community Foundation this year, so I'm excited to spend a few dollars tonight on some of my favorite brands. // FRIDAY, ALA MOANA CENTER

 

what you should do...

...celebrate Prince Kuhio. After the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani in 1893, Prince Kuhio dedicated his life to advocating for Native Hawaiian rights. This weekend, the islands honor the visionary leader with a commemorative parade, live entertainment, and several exhibits on Hawaiian culture and history. // SATURDAY, KAPI'OLANI PARK.

 

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HONOLULU MAGAZINE BRUNCH FEST // SUNDAY, SALT AT OUR KAKA'AKO