Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I have love on the brain. By now, it is no secret that I am in love with Waikiki. You may find it hard to believe that someone living in Hawaii could find love amongst the millions of tourists, buses and the general chaos that can come with city life. I'm looking beyond all that and taking this place for what it is. The mix of endless shopping, world class restaurants, and pristine beaches make Waikiki one of my favorite places, hands down. Beyond the amenities, Waikiki is naturally a beautiful place rich in Hawaiian history and mid century nostalgia. The contrast of tall white buildings against the curved palm tree-lined shore and aquamarine sea is one of my favorite scenes. At sunset, a golden hue hits the city as hotel room lights begin to slowly flicker on one by one. I love walking through Waikiki during golden hour and watching the smiling, happy tourists taking photos and capturing beautiful moments that they will now remember forever. For a few minutes, the hum of the hustle and bustle seems to quiet, as a captive audience watches yet another breathtaking Hawaiian sunset. Waikiki, you have stolen my heart once again.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Photography by Jessica Tronoski and The 96815