This time of year should be spent with family, friends, and food comas. So it only really made sense that we travel back to someone's hometown for the week. Yep, we're breaking our own rules - just call us your Crazy Aunt that wears too much lipstick & perfume, and won't stop asking about your new boy/girlfriend. See, it's starting to feel more the holidays already.
Tahiti Huetter currently lives in New York City working as a Production Coordinator for Photo, Film & Media, and like most New Yorkers is a transplant. She was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. As you can assume and be envious of, "it’s magical. Hawaii is all about the outdoors and the magic of nature... a strong source of good energy and healing power." See for yourself that her home-state has had a beautiful impact on her work and taste - clean, peaceful, natural, an emphasis on color.
Well, Tahiti is home for a visit and kind enough to share all of her favorite spots that hopefully don't make her too homesick. @tahitihuetter: "I have been home for less than 24 hours and have already traded my mostly-black attire for sundresses & swimsuits, my morning bagel for a green juice and my metro card for an electric vehicle. #antinewyork" For the week, we're with you on that.
Alohaaaaa! I’m so excited to be hosting this week I feel like I got handed the short end of the stick because Hawaii (especially Oahu) has so many amazing things to try Alohaaaaa! I'm so excited to be hosting this week I feel like I got handed the long end of the stick because Hawaii (especially Oahu) has so many amazing things to try wether you live here or are visiting. Even within the last 5 years, it's transformed into a bit of a food, drink and shopping mecca -- okay don't roll your eyes at me! I live in NYC so it's alright for me to say that! It doesn't compare to any major city, but we do have some amazing little places to eat and fun shops to explore. Especially in Chinatown -- this place seamlessly transforms day to night and is everything plus some that you would expect from your typical "Chinatown," for example you can go for dim sum and then stay for cocktails at any one of Honolulu's most popular bars. I love to take half a day to wander up and down each street to get the full taste of all that Chinatown has to offer. Throwing a curve ball with this first post aren't I? But you would be surprised to know that Asian cultures are heavily weaved into the island of Oahu, so if you were expecting my first post to be about something beachside, I'm sorry... That is coming later tho! @tahitihuetter
(at Chinatown Oahu, HI)
Eat here. People call me entitled, bossy, demanding. I say nay! If anything I'm opinionated about good food. Is that a crime? So be it. If amazing ramen, hand made gyoza, and delicious original cocktails aren't your thing, then I suggest you keep scrolling. Otherwise @luckybellyhnl is one of my favorite spots in Chinatown -- and it will quickly become yours as well. It's all in the name.
(at Lucky Belly)
When you've finished stuffing your face (no judgement) with thebestramenever (see last post) you're going to want to satisfy your shopping needs. In which case I will suggest my favorite little shop in C-Town called @owensandco! Packed with the perfect gift for that special someone... and if you are that special someone (treat yo self!), that is totally acceptable. Incase you were wondering, I'm eyeing that tropical gangster @samudra11 tote. *cough cough Santa, cough cough, mom.
(at Owens & Co.)
Sooooo this post is a bit biased but it would feel so wrong not to include Buzz's in the mix of my favorite places. Full disclosure: my family owns this restaurant, but I will let you and our customers (for over 50 years) be the ones to back me up when I say, that this is one of the best places to come on the island. It's just a tradition. My favorite thing is to sit outside on the deck, sip one of our cocktails (well this didn't happen until recent years when I became of age) and share appetizers with friends and family. I'm not sure if I'm going to get in trouble for this post but its worth it, as this place will forever remain one of my favorites and a must try suggestion for any visitor.
(at Buzz’s Lanikai)
I just got word that it's snowing in New York City, and I refuse to post anything sunny and beachy because that would be just cruel. I figured it would be best to talk holidays, and when I think of the holidays I think about shopping. And family, and like time of reflection, good cheer, and things like that... But mostly shopping.
One of my favorite places to shop for gifts in Kailua is @olive_boutique -- they always have the most darling displays and even more delicious merchandise. This store makes me want to do bad things to my wallet. Bad, bad things.
(at Olive Boutique)
Dude where's my shop? Kinda what men of Kailua were asking for a while before @oliverhawaii came along. This is the husband shop of @olive_boutique. It's located two doors down and is packed with goodies for that special man in your life. Hey, that special man can be your brother, dad, uncle, dog, that dude who you've been seeing on and off again for 8 months and refuses to commit. You know, whomever. I don't judge. It's a must stop-shop for any (cool) man wandering through Kailua.
(at Oliver Men’s Shop)
Took a break yesterday to get through (enjoy) Thanksgiving. But now it's back to the goods!
Hana Hou Vintage just opened and the minute I stepped in, it quickly became one of my favorites. It's packed full of beautiful vintage finds from the creator of @muumuuheaven. Pop in if you're in kailua and looking to play dress up.
(at Hana Hou Vintage)
Things I love about Hawaii: the sunset. Obviously. If you're against the sunset, something is wrong with you. One of the most overrated but best places to watch it is Waikiki beach. I know I know. As a local girl I'm going to get major flack for this, but it really is an unreal view.
(at Waikiki Beach)
Good morning locals! I want to close by saying, I wish I had had more time during this visit to share even more great spots with you, there are many. But if you do live here or visit you will learn that the moments, the nature, the sunsets, sunrises -- those are the true amazing parts of hawaii and what makes it truly unique.