A House in the Hills contains some contextual affiliate links. An affiliate link is a link in which advertisers have agreed to pay a commission should a purchase be made from that click-through. I do not post anything that i haven't or wouldn't purchase myself.


All images on this site are taken by myself or Lou Mora, unless otherwise noted. We're happy for you to share for any non-commercial purpose but please make sure to link back to the original post and give credit where it's due. Conversely, should we feature an image of yours that you see mis-credited or would like taken down, please let us know and we'll take care of it right away! Good interweb manners are always appreciated. Cheers!



When I made my first trip to the Hawaiian islands I realized I'd spent a good chunk of my life TOTALLY MISSING OUT!  I very quickly worked to make that right, thoroughly exploring every island, many of them multiple times. It fast became my go-to when I need to check out, relax, and get some quality vacation time in.  I love the islands for their warm turquoise waters, the lush tropics, and the variation of experiences available. There is truly something for everyone!  Today I'm busting out some of our old vacation snaps, many of them taken long before this site was even a twinkle in my eye.  I'll be waxing on about a few of my favorite things to do on the islands, and hopefully inspiring your next vacation!  xx- Sarah  Brought to you by The Hawaiian Islands 

The first days of any of my visits to Hawaii are dedicated to planting my feet in the sand, reading a book, soaking up the sunshine and keeping cool with lots of ocean swimming!  I can practically smell the air and feel the sand between my toes just thinking about it.  The Hawaiian islands have some of my favorite beaches, some with more adventurous swimming (which for me means waves!), and some that are a little more protected and calm. I don't discriminate though, I love them all equally.  And of course, snorkeling is always involved.  Nothing quite like seeing the fishies you're swimming around with!  {so much more after the jump!}

Sailing on any of the islands tops my list of MUST DO'S.  Wind blowing through your hair, the sounds of sails flapping, DOLPHINS + WHALES, OH MY!  There are so many options for boating excursions, if sailing isn't your jam there are other types of boat adventures to get your feet off the land and your eyes seeing the islands in an entirely new way.  I cannot recommend getting out on the water enough!  For those who won't go near boats due to sea sickness, you're in luck- there are helicopter tours to show you the islands from a different vantage point!  I've never been brave enough myself, but I'm sure I'll build up the courage on one of these trips! 

After I've thoroughly exhausted myself with beach days I like to head inland.  There's insane-good hiking, waterfall exploring, and sight seeing to be had!  It's basically a real life choose your own adventure book.  Pretty amazing, right?  Hawaii, I loved you the moment I first stepped off the plane and was so kindly greeted by the smell of clean island air.  And I've loved you every day since.  You are my happy place.  Thanks for being you.

References (6)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.

Reader Comments (23)

your photos are absolutely beautiful. looks like the most amazing place ever. I wish I were there right now!

02/20/14 | 6:59 AM | Unregistered Commenterdana

Oh! this place is WoWWWWW! lovely photography and the blue of the sea is amazing!

02/20/14 | 7:12 AM | Unregistered CommenterVicky

beautiful! i've always wanted to go to Hawaii!

02/20/14 | 7:12 AM | Unregistered CommenterBriseidy

gorgeous! i am from hawaii and there is definitely some major diversity of the islands!
ladies in navy

02/20/14 | 7:20 AM | Unregistered Commenterkelsey

gorgeous photos! i have always wanted to go to hawaii- how lucky of you to have traveled there several times!

02/20/14 | 7:24 AM | Unregistered Commentercaitlin

Yeah....I would be very very happy here as well!! Good choice!

02/20/14 | 7:31 AM | Unregistered CommenterJessica Rose

gorgeous! where is your bathing suit from?

02/20/14 | 7:48 AM | Unregistered Commenterali

these are so fun! i haven't been to hawaii in forever -- might be time to head back.

the sail + dolphin photos are amazing, btw.

02/20/14 | 8:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterValerie C | Lily on Fillmore

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>