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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Stripes and tie dye swimwear for summer 2019

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From left: Eugenia Kim hat (old, similar here) / sunglasses / blue tie dye cover up / PVC tote / blue and white stripe tankini /

I’m ready for summer! Now, if only we could get a few days with summer weather! I’m so excited to have my swimwear for summer 2019 already picked out, now I am ready for a beach day!

Swimwear for summer 2019 is fun, flirty, and bright this year. Designers and brands have created a plethora of stripes, and tie dye swimsuit styles for the summer 2019 season. In addition to stripes and tie dye, we are also seeing solid colors in bright hues. It’s going to be fun to see everyone’s swimwear on the beach this summer!

I love the tie dye trend, so I found this fun cover up which can be tied around the waist as a skirt, or around the shoulders for more of a dress look. Cover-ups which can be tied different ways are always fun on summer days!

Stripes are also a huge trend this year. While stripes are technically a classic pattern, they really took the runways by storm for the spring and summer seasons; so they have entered “trend” territory this year. I love stripes! Since modest swimwear is my jam, I am excited to have found this blue and white striped tankini for the summer season.

My stripe tankini and tie dye cover-up will be paired with my huge floppy hat, and my favorite little PVC tote this summer for beach days, and pool parties. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up a bit!

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Have you shopped for your summer swimwear yet? If so, which trends do you plan to look for in your swim look? Do you prefer, stripes, tie dye, or solid colored styles?

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Summer swimsuit sales and deals 2018 | one piece steals

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from top left: white stripe suit / green suit / white swimsuit / black suit with rainbow grommets / white suit with rainbow details / black one piece suit /

There are so many fabulous one piece swimsuits on sale right now! Since swim season doesn’t really end until the end of October when temperatures just start to creep down, this is a great time to snag a new suit to carry you through early fall.

I love one piece swimsuits because I don’t have to worry about them when I jump in the pool with the kids. We can splash around, play, and do funny dives off the side of the pool into the water, and I don’t have to worry about my bikini top shifting out of place! Yikes!

When it comes to one piece suits, I am really picky. My one piece suit needs to to have high hips-but not too high; I don’t want to look like I stepped out of a 1980s clearance shop. My one piece suit also needs to support the, ya know, the girls, really well. No flimsy swimwear!

These summer 2018 sales and deals are so good, because you can never own too many swimsuits; and at these prices, it is hard to say no to a new suit!

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When shopping the summer swimsuit sales, it is fun to keep current fashion trends in mind. Rainbows are huge right now, so it’s fun to find a swimsuit on sale with rainbow details. White is hot right now too, so an all-white suit is another fabulous and fashionable find during the summer sales. Of course, an all-black suit with interesting details is like the little black dress of swimwear; you can never go wrong with black!

What are you favorite one piece swimsuit styles this summer?

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