The Perfect day in paradise - MilkyWay Serenade

make a playlist with Hawaiian Music

When packing your bags before coming to the islands make sure to include a blue tooth speaker and create a Hawaiian music playlist. Music will elevate your experience while exploring the island or when chilling on the beach after the sun has set. Bringing an ukulele to the beach is wonderful too if you know how to play … if not drop in beginners lessons are available in Hanalei at Strings + Things in the Ching Young Shopping Center.

Hanalei Bay Sunset from Kapuna Road in Princeville

Hanalei Bay Sunset from Kapuna Road in Princeville

Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay

Head to the beach for sunset, bring your beach chairs and something to drink. Light a bon fire if you feel adventurous - but even without a fire - there is nothing like a Hawaiian starry night on the beach. After the sun has set and most people left the beach simply remain seated + stay … you will soon be sitting under the MilkyWay and there is nothing more relaxing or awe-inspiring than sitting on the beach, looking at the stars, and waiting for night to fall. If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to hit play on your music device

Haena Beach Park - the little beach to the left over the rocks

Haena Beach Park - the little beach to the left over the rocks

Since we are located so close to the equator it gets dark very quickly in the islands - shortly after the sun has set the first stars begin to illuminate the sky. And before you know it it is pitch black. Bring a flash light ( they make great gifts) - small pocket Hawaiian style LED lights can be bought at any ABC Store in Kalapaki Bay or Kapaa. Or at my other favorite Whalers General Store in Poipu and Anahola. Both sell also super cool Hawaiian Beach Towels!

Tunnels Beach also known as Makua in Hawaiian + Bali Hai or Makana Mountain

Tunnels Beach also known as Makua in Hawaiian + Bali Hai or Makana Mountain

Any beach will do for stargazing - but Ke’e, Tunnels, Haena Beach Park, the little beach across the rocks to the left of Haena Beach Park and Hanalei Bay and the famous Hanalei Pier are epic, ideal, safe and easy to access.

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Make it a habit while you are in Hawaii to watch every sunrise and every sunset, not only will it reset your inner clock and slow down your heart rate it will also make you feel like a local. After 28 years I am still heading out watch every sunset I can.

Insider Tip - look for the green flash. As the very last rays of the sun disappear on the horizon you can sometimes see a green flash. Consider yourself lucky if you see it. And if you stay out long enough into the night you might also see Moonbows - yes, they do exist!

PS: You are never to old to go skinny dipping. Now is the time. It is liberating !!! - You will feel so giddy + happy that you did. Forget that you are a mom, dad, grandma etc - be wild - go skinny dipping. And maybe, just maybe the water will glow while you have a splash.

Here are some of my favorite Hawaiian tunes:

Kamaka Kukona - Album Hanu A’ala - Song Hanu A’ala

Josh Tatofi - Album Pua Kiele - Song - Ku’u Leo Aloha + Melia

Hapa - Album World - Song Ku’u Lei, Ku’u Ipo

Duke Kamoku + His Islanders - Album - Golden Hawaiian Hits

Dennis Pavao - Song - Hanalei Moon

Makana - Album - Ki Ho’alu - Song - Ku’ulei ‘ Awapuhi

Keali’i Reichel

IZ Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Willie K. Oh holy night (the most beautiful rendition of this Christmas Classic)

Nani - Aloha ‘Oe

Makaha Sons

Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom - Aloha No Kalakaua + Palehua

If you haven’t already download the Shazam App - sometimes you hear a song on the radio and need to know what it is - voila - hit Shazam and you’ll know and it automatically saves it into your library.

Aloha Nui Loa,

Nikki