Our Hawaiian Vacation

  • Aloha Vaca 2013 | Part 1

almost overwhelming to try to put our whole trip into one post. Our vacation to Hawaii was simply amazing. It all came about in August at Brendan and Jenna’s wedding (which is featured in The Knot VAMDDC Magazine right now! Woohoo!). Josh and Mandy were in the bridal party and so was Michael. As they were sitting around the table, they casually said “Hey! We’re going to a wedding in Seattle after Christmas… anyone want to meet us in Hawaii?!”. Michael and I looked at each other and the wheels started turning.

Michael did his traveling magic and before I knew it, we were booked. Instead of staying in Wakiki at a hotel, we decided to be a bit more adventurous and rent a house in the North Shore area. We rented a car for the week and lived like locals for 5 days!! Now this is Part One because I don’t have enough time to tell you about EVERYTHING today! My dad is in the hospital recovering from hip surgery and I’m blogging from his room and keeping the family company! :) I’ll be sure to share more in depth about all of our adventures next week!! Enjoy this post of DAY ONE and DAY TWO!!

This was our first morning! We woke up and hadn’t seen just how incredible our view was!! Because of the time change, we woke up before sunrise and I’m SO GLAD we did!! 

And this is outside of the house! WHAT A VIEW!!!!

One of the most gorgeous spots on the island was right outside of our front door! 

And then the sun started to come out! ahhhh amazing! 

We ate breakfast at the famous Hukilau Cafe! The “Hungry Hawaiian” was definitely a group favorite! 

Our trusty Jetta! She took us ALL OVER the island… multiple times!

Pineapple fields! 

Shaved ice!!


All of this took place after our massive Costco run our first day there! We bought a bunch of food and saved money by not eating out all day everyday! We also made a stop by the farmer’s market! 

Then we hung out at the house before we fixed dinner! 

Our house! 

Living the life!

Then we drove to Wakiki for NEW YEARS!!!

Talk about a crowd!!


A great way to begin the day! :)


LOVE these trees! 

Sawyer and Kate’s waterfall from LOST!!!! 

We swam in it!!!!! 

And then we read that you can get diseases from the water… great. 

There was a long list of movies filmed at this location!

Then, we headed into town for some amazing burgers! 

Last but not least, Josh rented a surf board and surfed at Pipeline! No big deal!! 


Cute little Mandy! 

“He did it!” 

Amazing sunset! 

This was one of our BEST pitstops! 

Thank you Josh for our shot! :)

More pics coming next week! Day 3,4 & 5 were the BEST!!!! :) 

xoxo, Katelyn
25 Comments Personal, Travels
  1. Carrie Logan reply

    WOWWWWW! Makes me wanna board a flight somewhere tropical now a I sit and look out the window at snow piling up outside. ;) Also, pineapple on a burger? GENIUS. Looks amazing!!

  2. Rebekah Hoyt reply

    WOW this is totally making me want to go to Hawaii! It’s definitely on my dream list of places to visit in my lifetime. your pictures are so beautiful!

  3. Lauren Swann reply

    Oh my gosh, Morgan and I just finished watching Lost on Netflix!!! Looks like y’all had so much fun! Can’t wait to see the rest! Xo!

  4. Shannon Bishop reply

    My family lives on Honolulu and we just returned from a vacation out there too. It really is breathtaking. Waikiki is definitely a tourist stop…a very nice one…but living like a local really gives you a completely different perspective on life in hawaii. Definitely a place we will go back to! Great photos!

  5. elizabeth reply

    SUCH gorgeous images!! So glad you all had a memorable trip. =) Looks like you had a blast! Blessings. =)

  6. katie reply

    Ahh! So many beautiful places/things/pictures!!! We just got an authentic Hawaiian Ice place down the road from our house, its fun but not as fun as your Hawaiian ice experience!!

  7. ashley link reply

    ahhhhmazing! gah! all of these are so beautiful and fun! i would love to go to hawaii one day! thank you for sharing your adventure! this makes me want to make this bucket list item happen even more! :) can’t wait to see the rest of your posts!

  8. Elise reply

    Oh KK this looks so fun I can’t even stand it! So happy for you four!

  9. Gabrielle c reply

    So glad you guys had this opportunity! Looks like a fantastic trip! A couple friends and I went to Hawaii the summer after high school and we also stopped at Matsumotos. Soooo good!:)

  10. Kristina W. reply

    These look fantastic…this seems like a dream vacation! And you say the next couple of days were the best? I can’t wait for tomorrow’s post!

  11. Siri Salonen reply

    OK, please come take pictures of my vacay to Mexico in the spring! I guess I can make do myself but I have a legit question for you…what camera do you take on trips like this? I am a pro and I just can’t see taking my 5DM2 all over the place if it isn’t a working trip! I’m just curious how others handle this dilemma:)

  12. Abby Grace reply

    Every time you post a photo of that adorable couple, I can’t get over how much he looks like Orlando Bloom. Gorgeous images!

  13. Brooke reply

    Love these!! It looks like the four of you had a great time!!

  14. Becky reply

    LOVE your pics!!! Makes me miss hawaii…blessed to live there for 4 years and dying to take my husband who has never been!

  15. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    Absolutely amazing…I think I’ve decided where I should go on my next vacation. ;) I’m so glad you got away for some much-needed R&R! Can’t wait for the next posts!

  16. Rhema Peterson reply

    Oh my gosh! I’m so jealous you got to go to sawyer and Kate’s waterfall!!! Eek! What island is it on?!

  17. Robyn reply

    Beautiful shots! Glad you had an amazing trip!

  18. Elizabeth reply

    Wow! It looks like y’all had an amazing time!!! Looks like so much fun! :)

  19. Annetta reply

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful vacation.

  20. Johane reply

    Hi, lovely vaca pic!!! Which lens did you bring with you? thanks!

  21. Mary Marantz reply

    So So gorgeous!! Looks like an amazing time!!

  22. Anna reply

    Beautiful photos! I really want to go to Hawaii! My husband used to live there :)

  23. Charlotte Jennings reply

    Oh the sunset silhouettes! All beautiful, but those are AMAZING!!!

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  25. Allie reply

    Hi Katelyn, Your pictures are so beautiful! I love Hawaii! Just wondering if you have a link to the house you rented? I am looking for somewhere on the north coast for spring break! Thanks! :)

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