Shades of blue on a Hawaiian summer evening

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wearing: bold silver earrings / sun hat / sunglasses / summer lipstick / bold silver necklace / blue ombre dress (on major sale!) / floral blue scarf / summer nail polish / blue bracelet / woven handbag / ivory wedge espadrilles /

One of the beautiful things about Hawaii, is how blue the water is! At home, our skies are often overcast or grey, so the water doesn’t look very colorful. In Hawaii, the close proximity to the equator, coupled with the crystal clear water, creates the perfect environment for incredible shades of blue.

This blue ombre dress I picked up from Chico’s was perfect for a Hawaiian dinner near the water. It evoked the same shades of blue seen in the Pacific Ocean waters of Hawaii. This blue floral scarf paired with the dress gave the look it’s overall island vibe. This was my favorite outfit of the trip!

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I love blue, but I also love dressing in theme with my surroundings. This dress evoked the perfect vibe for strolling on the streets of Hawaii during sunset, as well as dining by the beach.

Since this dress mimicked the ocean blue hues, I wore it for our family dinner at The Fish Hopper. This incredible restaurant is famous for it’s clam chowder and Mai Tai’s. While I skipped the Mai Tai, I did enjoy a cup of clam chowder, which for the record, was out of this world!

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The Fish Hopper sits across the street from the beach just a few steps away from our hotel in Kona. It offered a beautiful view of the ocean, and an incredible menu. My scallop risotto was out of this world, and everyone in my family really enjoyed their meals.

As it turns out, they have a location in Monterey! Who knew! So we can re-visit this delicious Hawaiian meal back home. Yum!

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Beautiful white sand beach on the Big Island of Hawaii

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Our trip to Hawaii’s Big Island was filled with a lot of sight-seeing, but we also made sure we had time to relax on the beautiful beaches near Kona. Since we were looking for beaches which were both relaxing and beautiful, we did a lot of research! We learned that one of the most beautiful beaches in Kona is Manini’owali along Kua Bay. It has white sand, black lava, and promises turtle and dolphin sightings. The beach is relatively straight, and offers an incredible view of the crystal clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

This is a well maintained beach with restrooms, showers, and free parking. The sand is white, the water offers beautiful shades of blue, and the lava creates a fabulous contrast between the white sand, blue waters, and black rocks. The parking is along the road into the beach area, so be sure to wear flip flops or shoes from the car to the beach.

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There isn’t very much shade, but if you are lucky, you can grab a spot under the one tree we could find. It was directly in front of the picnic benches when you walk onto the beach, you can’t miss it! We sat there with two other families, and it was perfect!

The waves at Manini’owali Beach get stronger as the day progresses; so it’s calm in the morning, but after lunch, don’t try to swim or boogie-board unless you are an experienced swimmer. While there were plenty of visitors at the beach, I did not see a life-guard on duty. Make sure you can handle being in the water; especially with waves!

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While we didn’t spot any of the promised turtles or dolphins, there was a seal lounging on the beach, living his best life. The rangers even made sure his area was blocked off, so he could truly live the VIP life on the beach. Must be nice to be a seal! Haha

I was feeling a little bit tired, so while my husband took the kids swimming, I took a nap on the beach, under the tree. It was incredibly relaxing.

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Sometimes when you go on vacation, you just need to relax! That is exactly what we did at Manini’owali Beach. We swam, napped, and lived our best lives; just like the seal. We just didn’t have the roped off, VIP area like he did. haha

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The most beautiful beach on the Big Island

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One of the most beautiful sights to see in Hawaii is the large network of beaches. So when I was planning our family vacation to Hawaii, I knew I needed to research where to go, and plan ahead!

In the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, there is a beach which is not only beautiful, it is sacred ground filled with history. What we thought would be a hike through lava, turned out to be a short walk to a beach that was hidden behind a marina; and has to be the most beautiful beach I have ever seen in my life. Ai’opio Beach, you have to go there!

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After walking on a trail, and almost overheating, we suddenly came upon the beach. We knew it was there, but we had no idea how dreamy it would be. There was a hut, which we later found out was a sacred and historical fishing hut. In the water, there were what appeared to be short walls made from lava rocks. They turned out to be ancient foundations for sacred buildings and fishing huts.

There was also a short wall which was an ancient fishing area that fishermen used to trap fish, and then capture them with nets. It was a  beautiful little cove, and the ancient foundations and history made it all the more beautiful.

It’s always fun to learn more about the local history of the places we visit. It is not only educational for the kids, it helps us understand the local area; plus it’s super interesting!

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In addition to history, we had a turtle sighting! There were two swimming in the water where it was really shallow. One of the turtles stuck it’s head out when we were watching it; as if it were saying “Aloha!” We were so excited to see the turtles.

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If you are traveling to the Big Island, this beach is a must-see! You can park in the Marina, and then follow the signs to the shore which will lead you on a path to this amazing beach. It’s a must-do!

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