Hawaii packing research 101

With our honeymoon booked and a lot of the “what-do-we-want-to-do” research out of the way, I can focus on my favorite part: shopping packing!! Or rather, planning for packing.  Time to bust out the research books. Hawaii is a LOT more casual than we’re accustomed to here in New England and a lot of the best beaches and waterfalls require a bit of a hike, so I’m thinking more simple shorts/sneakers and bathing suits, good sun glasses, a sturdy tote bag that can double as a carry on, and less filmy cover ups and resort wear! But it’s my honeymoon, so I’ll probably bring at least a few pretty dresses in some bright colors.

We also learned that Hawaiian shirts, oraloha shirts,” as they are referred to in Hawaii, are the go-to for all but the most formal occasions. Traditional men’s aloha shirts are usually adorned with traditional Hawaiian quilt designs, tapa designs, and simple floral patterns in more muted colors than what you’re probably used to when you hear “Hawaiian shirt.” Malahini (newcomers) often wear designs of many bright colors while Kamaʻāina (or those who have been living in the islands for a long time) prefer less busy patterns.

Fabulous. They even make dresses for the ladies:

The jury is still out on whether either of us will take that plunge, but we both scooped up some deals over the holiday weekend and the colors are BRIGHT! We hope this doesn’t brand us tourists.  For a color-phobe like me, this tangle of suits and shirts below is completely out of character, but Brian is in his element. That man loves pastels and brights.

Tocca Cosmetics bag / here *on sale for $18

Anyways, while I’ve been stockpiling SPF 70 kidding, it’s just SPF 30, and all the ikat and neon I can get my hands on, my incredibly thoughtful groom picked me up a little pre-nuptial present to pack for our trip. I’ve been drooling over this Tocca cosmetics bags for years I tell you. If only I had stockpiled mini-versions of all my favorite products, I’d be all set and ready to go. But I’m sure I’ll fill this baby and then some, no problem. My suitcase will be begging for mercy, I have no doubt.

Another cute little something I am pretty excited about for our trip is this sweet little luggage tag my mom found for me:

And this “Mrs.” necklace from Kate Spade. Yes, I have fallen victim to it: Absolutely everything with “Mrs.” and “Bride” on it is irresistible these days.

We still have to actually pack, but we’re having fun with our research and shopping excursions!!

1 Comment

  1. Yay for bright colors! The sun’s rays in Hawaii are pretty strong because you’re closer to the equator. I would recommend packing some SPF 50 as well, especially since Brian has such fair skin! 🙂

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