Beautiful Hawaii - one of two inspiring destinations we chose to influence our summer collection. Here's a little about my connection to the Islands and how it has influenced us this summer.
Sea, sand, surf and bodacious botanicals - everything that epitomises summer. Hawaii had long since been on my dream destination list, probably having watched too much Magnum PI as a kid! So when my fiancé and I were planning our perfect honeymoon, we both threw ideas into the hat and agreed that this was a must if at all possible.... and as they say 'where there's a will, there's a way'. Needless to say that when we [eventually] got there - who knew it was quite as far as 7, 057miles??- it didn't disappoint! It was a place full of opportunities to see, smell and experience life differently. It provided such rich memories that have stayed with me after many years. It wasn't the best start when my brand new husband lost his wedding ring whilst surfing but there was too much to distract us with to let that dampen our stay! We made it to two of the Islands that make up the group collectively known as Hawaii; we were based on Oahu and also visited beautiful Kauai, known as 'The Garden Isle' (for reasons you can guess). The island of Hawaii had a very active volcano at the time (and I think it still is) so we gave that a wide birth and were awestruck from a safe distance. We are real movie buffs, so one stand out activity and fun way to get around was a film set tour of the island, which took in all the famous small & silver screen scenes, such as Jurassic Park & 'From Here to Eternity'. - cliched I know but they are all much better in real life! We were privileged to see some pretty amazing feats of diving at Wiamea Falls in the middle of a national park and botanical gardens. It's 'America' but not .... a different heritage, different culture & traditions, language and alphabet even. A place of such diversity that there really is somet