sending sunshine

Since it's the 2nd day of winter and we just made it through the shortest day of the year, I thought it would be a good time to share some photos of a recent trip to Hawaii. At the end of October, JC and I took a little trip to celebrate our birthdays (mine Oct 5, and his Oct 26), and also to take advantage of some great deals. He found a sale fare on Delta that we couldn't resist. The only slight catch was that we had to fly out of San Francisco. Since flights from LAX-SFO aren't that bad (and we needed just a one-way ticket because our return flight connected through LA), we decided to go for it. The trip was also a great way to take advantage of a promotion that Starwood ran which awarded us 3 free nights at any of their properties. We redeemed one night at the Ala Moana Surfrider in Waikiki, and then 2 of the nights at possibly the most luxurious, yet unpretentious hotel we've ever stayed in. Then we paid for the last night using dollars and points. And the entire trip was worth every penny and point. This was the view outside of our room at the St. Regis Princeville.

The gentleman who showed us to our room must have said something funny, which turned into my favorite photo of the entire trip. I don't recall what he said because #1- I didn't write it down and #2- I was still in awe of our spectacular view. I'll save the story of our epic 8 mile hike along the Napali Coast where I nearly drowned swimming to the waterfall for perhaps another time. This rooster shot is far more amusing.

There are plenty of roosters running around all over the island, and the smart ones head right for the sand. If you're a fan of ahi tuna, the best poke I have ever had is in Kauai. And it's from a grocery store. Foodland, located right around the corner was the best find, and for $6.99 for a bowl with rice, I couldn't resist having it twice in 3 days.

Supplies: grey frame - Daybook Bits, mulberry Lovely Thickers, yellow chevron paper, map washi tape, Crate Paper pad

Kauai definitely tops my list of favorite places in the U.S. - what are some of your favorite sunny spots? Or do you prefer the cold? Wherever you are, I hope you're surrounded by plenty of love and light.