I'm Allison. Lover of Jesus, Disney season pass holder, and monogrammer of all things. 
   First and foremost, thank you so much for checking out my page! I am beyond excited to share my experiences and very thankful for everyone who has been following my journey thus far. This blog is about my life, my travels, lessons learned, laughs shared, and adventures of making my way in the Big City. My hope is that this blog encourages you and inspires others to dream as big as me.
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August 12, 2018

Hawaii – Oahu and Maui

Ever since I was little, I always dreamed of going to Hawaii. The image of the Pacific Ocean tangled in views of volcanic mountains and palm trees sounded like my kind of vacation. We had been planning as a family to make the trip since my senior year of high school, but between moving to Boston for college, summer gigs, and a brother starting pharmacy school, the trek to the tropical islands made its way to the back burner. So after some coordination and impulsive planning, we finally picked a date for our Hawaiian week. It’s been almost a month since our trip, and we are already working on going back in December. Here are some of my favorite moments from our adventure.


We stayed at the Marriott Waikiki Beach and loved seeing this view every morning.

Our first night was spent drinking mai tais at the Royal Hawaiian’s beach bar.

Pearl Harbor was one of the reasons we wanted to visit Oahu.

The memorial is moving, heartbreaking, and humbling. So happy we visited for a few hours.

We rented a Jeep and drove around the island, finding the best eats and pretty beaches. Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck and the acai bowl shack next door were our favorites. 

And, of course, shaved ice at Matsumoto in the North Shore.

But the Dole Plantation was my absolute favorite treat stop. I LOVE pineapple, and this is the best kind in the world. *pineapple emoji*

The golden hour in Hawaii is so beautiful. Which called for a photoshoot.

Mama Janet is the best person in the world.

These sunsets.

Possibly the best breakfast ever? At least best mimosa and banana pancakes. (And fried rice and french toast and omelettes and did I mention I love pineapple)


We stayed at the Grand Wailea in Kihei and absolutely loved it. They have eight different pools on the resort property. 

Our first night in Maui was at a luau in Lahaina. 10/10 recommend hula dancing freestyle.

We tried to fit in with the Hawaiian flower theme.

How cute are they?!

We snorkled the next morning around the island of Molokini and Turtle Town (which happened to be next to our hotel).

And, of course, Maui didn’t lack in breakfast and sunsets.


We had two more days in Oahu, so we decided to take a sunset cruise around Honolulu. We were actually excited about the rain because that gave us the chance to see the Hawaiian rainbows.

And this guy had the idea to cliff jump in Waimea Bay. Which is where the following picture was taken. 

*video of me losing my mind is on my instagram*

Before flying out, we had a surf lesson on Waikiki Beach.

Our instructor Ronson was a rockstar and helped these Florida kids catch a wave or two (but no more than two).


These islands are magical, and I can’t wait to go back. It was everything I dreamed, and better than I imagined. As always, thank y’all for following along.

xoxo, allison

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