Shopping My Closet
October 5, 2016

Travel diary: Big Island, Hawaii // Style Me Wednesday

link-up, outfits, travel comment

Travel diary: Big Island, Hawaii |

Sunset – the most gorgeous colors!

Travel diary: Big Island, Hawaii |

The grounds at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

Travel diary: Big Island, Hawaii |

Enjoying a Hawaiian style breakfast

Travel diary: Big Island, Hawaii |

Travel diary: Big Island, Hawaii |

Bow tie top // Shorts // Flip flops

Travel diary: Big Island, Hawaii |

Akaka Falls

Travel diary: Big Island, Hawaii |

Trekking out to the black sand beach

Travel diary: Big Island, Hawaii |

Can’t forget the malasadas!

Travel diary: Big Island, Hawaii |

Enjoying the pool’s waterfall

Travel diary: Big Island, Hawaii |

Travel diary: Big Island, Hawaii |

Taking in the sunset

It’s been a while since we took a vacation and this one is the first long one post-baby. Let me tell you, it’s definitely a different kind of pace to travel with a small child but it was well worth it! We’ve visited Oahu and Maui before so for this vacation we set off to the Big Island. We wanted a place that was baby friendly so after much research we stayed at the Hilton Waikoloa Village hotel. Let me tell you – the hotel is huge. To get around the property you can walk, take a tram, or canal boat. There are plenty of pool areas for you to use and lots of food choices. You could come to the hotel and never have to leave!

One of things on our to-do list was to get some authentic food. Things I would recommend trying out:
Tex Drive In: great for breakfast or lunch. Also, try the malasadas.

Hawaiian Style Cafe: the portions are gigantic – definitely, order less and share!

• Shell gas stations or 7-Eleven: hear me out – they have onigiri style sushi. Reminds of when I was in Japan eating these! They’re the perfect size to grab for on-the-go trips and that means you can try different fillings.

Original Big Island Shave Ice: a small size is pretty generous, especially if you get snow cap toppoing. If you prefer extra fine shave ice, this is your spot!

Anunue Shave Ice: In contrast to Original Big Island Shave Ice, the shave ice here is the usual courseness. Tried the ube flavor ice cream under the shave ice – loved it. All under $5!

Unlike Oahu or Maui which are more commercialized, the Big Island has pockets of this. Thus, there was quite a bit more driving involved to get around. We did manage to drive the Kapoho Kalapana Road – a very scenic drive along the shoreline. We did get to see Kalapana black sand beach but not before taking a short hike from the parking lot to the actual “beach.” It was a very short shoreline and not exactly the kind you go and lounge around at. We did pass (but didn’t get a chance to stop by) the Mauna Loa chocolate factory. Hiking to see the Akaka Falls was quite short but it felt much longer due to the intense heat and humidity but the sight was quite beautiful.

The trip was very fun and relaxing, and I can’t wait for our next adventure!


Stripe top with shoulder bow tie detail (similar style here & here)

Yellow shorts (similar style here & here)

Blue and gold flip flops (got mine custom made in Sao Paulo) (similar colors here) (similar style here & here)

Shopping My Closet

Welcome to the weekly Style Me Wednesday fashion link-up! The Style Me Wednesday fashion blog link-up goes live every Wednesday and is meant to be a venue for you to showcase what you’re wearing or a favorite look. It’s the perfect opportunity to discover new bloggers (and friends!) and styles.

Simply follow the steps below to join Style Me Wednesday fashion link up!

1. Follow your host, Shopping My Closet, on Bloglovin’, Instagram, and Facebook

2. Link up using the widget below to your specific blog post (i.e today’s post), not your blog’s homepage

3. Grab a button to share on your blog post about Shopping My Closet’s blog link up

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Looks You'll Love

  • And I thought that an English breakfast was heavy! Lol! Great pictures!

  • Your pics are awesome….and Im starving right now so that breakfast looks amazing! haha

  • RedTagChicLA

    How lovely!!!!

    I am doing the second installment of my collaboration with fashion-forward brand STAYING SUMMER this week at blog & I know you’ll like it – don’t forget to drop by & let me know what you think!

    Happy Wednesday!


  • KhloeLo

    Looks like heaven <3
    Just discovered your blog and you are doing an amazing job! Keep up the good work.
    If you want to check me out, you can find me at : and we can became blogging besties :))
    xoxo,Khloe Lo

  • Thanks for taking us along on your vacation! Looks beautiful!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

  • Wow! How gorgeous! Lucky you!

  • Your trip sounds amazing and looks beautiful! Hawaii is on my must see list of places to visit. Beautifully Candid

  • WOW! What an amazing trip. These photos are spectacular!

    xx, Elise

  • Mallory Lynn Welch

    Beautiful pictures! It sounds like it was a lot of fun! Thank you for hosting!

  • lovely photos! Hawaii is so beautiful!

    stop by and chat with me 🙂

  • Glad you had an awesome trip.

  • Oh, what beautiful photos! Makes me miss Hawaii and I cannot believe my post is all about coats! 🙂

  • This looks absolutely amazing! My fiance and I are considering Hawaii for our honeymoon.

  • I have been to Hawaii many times and never the big island. Your photos looked gorgeous!!!

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  • Gorgeous photos! I plan to go in December, so I’m taking notes!
    Glass of Glam

  • irinadriga

    My favorite vacation spot!!! I love that they have everything you need in one spot: snorkeling, turtles, dolphins, sharks, boats and even slides. The only con is the limited number of restaurants on the resort itself

  • Wow, such beautiful pictures, wonderful location and amazing food. I love all your pics.

    Roxcii Boutique
    Formal Dress Shops Sydney