Shop Aloha Lovely: Retro Vibes and Cheeky Type

Shop Aloha Lovely

A project months in the making is about to launch. I am so excited to share a little preview of some of the pieces from the Aloha Lovely Spring 2017 Collection. Starting next week you’ll be able to explore the newest extension of the Aloha Lovely brand at “Shop Aloha Lovely”

You’ll find a direct link to the Shop in the main menu above. The Aloha Lovely Spring 2017 Collection includes retro vibes and cheeky typography. Fun, lighthearted and always island inspired.

Beachy Keen Mug    Stay Humble Tee

Live Aloha Tank    Tropical Vibes Tank and Aloha Leggings

Take Me to the Ocean Tote    Beachy Keen Tee

I decided to start relatively small with only 12 pieces. There are tees, tanks, totes and mugs. I hope to add other items and designs in the very near future but didn’t want to get too crazy as the retail world is new territory for me. Please let me know what you all think. Much Aloha!

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Hawaii Hikes: Hanauma Bay Ridge Trail

Checking out Hanauma Bay is often on a visitor’s list of sites to see while on Oahu. What many might not realize is that there is a great hike just above, that offers an amazing downward view of the bay and gives you a pretty decent workout. Hanauma Bay Ridge Trail is one of my go-to hikes on the island. It offers varied terrain, unique landscape views and makes you sweat.

Hanauma Bay Ridge Hike
Hanauma Bay Ridge Hike

The last time we hiked this trail we brought along our rhodesian ridgeback. Although this trail is dog-friendly, make sure you feel comfortable with your dog’s fitness level. Our pup is pretty active, and even he was a bit sore after this hike. Although he is kind of a baby.

We park on Nawiliwili Street, which is a side street off of Kalanianaole, and walk a short distance towards Hanauma Bay. We then take a right up an access road towards the trail. You’ll see where you can cut through some tall grass to meet up with the paved portion of the hike. Its an easy incline up the ridge, you’ll see people of all ages hiking this part of the trail.

Hanauma Bay Ridge Hike Tall Grass  Hanauma Bay Ridge Hike Paved Portion

As you hike you’ll enjoy some amazing views from all sides. Koko Head Crater is behind you and Hanauma Bay is on the left. Oh, and more beautiful coastline can be found on the right.

Hanauma Bay Ridge Hike View
Koko Head and Bay View
Hanauma Bay Ridge Hike View
View to the right

So this is the easy part of the hike. The challenge comes when you trek down the ridge to the left. There are two main ways to make the decline. The first is a bit steeper then the second and I prefer to be hiking up a steeper part on the way back rather than down it. Here is an idea of the two options as well as where we park.

Hanauma Bay Ridge Trail Map
Where to park and decline options (Kaihuokapua’A for an easier decline)

Take your time walking down. The landscape here is very different from up above. It’s almost like you’ve landed on mars by the time you get to the bottom of the trail.

Hanauma Bay Ridge Trail
Bottom of trail, Mars?
Hanauma Bay Ridge Hike Bottom
Looking to the left
Hanauma Bay Ridge Trail
View towards the right

Not far from here is a spot thats known as the “Rock Bridge” Many people try to get a photo while standing on the rock bridge. I don’t really recommend it. People have been washed off of it by rogue waves.

Hanauma Bay Ridge Trail Rock Bridge
Hanauma Bay Ridge Trail Rock Bridge

The hike takes about 2 hours at an easy pace. Be sure to slather on the sunscreen because the hike is completely exposed. Bring lots of water and enjoy the raw beauty that is Hawaii.

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New Year’s Gift: Free Art Prints for Download

The New Year is almost here and I’m thinking of goals I have for 2017. Family goals, personal goals and professional goals are all vying for top-of-mind. Thinking of goals (and the work it will take to achieve them) makes me think of ways to stay motivated.

While there are many ways to plan and organize, I wanted to share something else. Some visual motivation and encouragement if you will. So here are four art prints I designed that you can download right here. For free, high resolution and ready for you with no strings attached. Happy New Year. I hope its filled with inspired thoughts and achieved goals!

Good Vibes Only Print
Good Vibes Only Print DOWNLOAD


Stay Humble Hustle Hard Print
Stay Humble Hustle Hard Print DOWNLOAD


Shape Your World Print
Shape Your World Print DOWNLOAD


Opportunity Print
Opportunity Print DOWNLOAD


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