Poppyversary 2015: Shopping on North Shore Oahu

When one thinks of North Shore Oahu images of surfers, musician Jack Johnson, beautiful beaches, farms and laid-back vibes come to mind and rightly so. In addition to all of these things, the North Shore offers beachy-chic shopping. Finding the perfect trinket to bring home is a goal for most tourists, and North Shore is the perfect place to do so. My husband and I had fun checking out these boutiques and shops during our recent visit:

(Click on images to visit each shop’s website)

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Noelani Studios


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Noelani Studios


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Island Vintage Coffee


Jennifer Poppy - North Shore Oahu

Guava Shop


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Guava Shop


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Greenroom Hawaii


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Number 808


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The Growing Keiki


Have you ever visited Haleiwa Town? What’s your favorite shop there?

Livin’ la vida aloha,
Jennifer

Poppyversary 2015: Cafe Haleiwa on Northshore Oahu

Aloha y’all!

This past April my hubby and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary with a trip over to Oahu. After an early morning flight, leaving behind a very rainy Maui, our boys and my mom, we arrived in Honolulu. Since the weather was so blah on Maui, we were nervous that Oahu would be the same. Thankfully, the sun was shining and while it was windy, we did not mind because the rain stayed away. After getting our rental car we headed straight to the North Shore.

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I love sleep because it’s like a time machine to breakfast.

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I quickly researched Monica Swanson’s blog for North Shore breakfast recommendations. Cafe Haleiwa seemed like it would the perfect way to kick off our Poppyversary 2015, with a surfy-vibe, delicious food and decent prices.

Jennifer Poppy - Haleiwa

Cafe Haleiwa was easy to find, which was nice because we were reallllly hungry! The beachy atmosphere was perfect for this ocean-obsessed girl. I enjoyed watching the tourists, as well as the locals enjoy their homestyle breakfasts and coffee. I ordered this plate of yum and was thankful that I did.

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Just looking at this picture makes me want to go there again. So delicious! Both of our meals definitely hit the spot and we will certainly return again on our next Oahu adventure. After breakfast it was an easy stroll down the street to do a little bit of shopping. Greg picked out a He>i shirt and we met the kind manager while we were there.

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If you find yourself on North Shore Oahu, be sure to check out Cafe Haleiwa for a taste of local culture and ono food.

Livin’ la vida aloha,
Jennifer

Travel Oahu Series: Pearl Harbor Pacific Aviation Adventure

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Aloha, my patient Island Gypsy Hawaii readers. Summer is in full swing in the Poppy casa and we’ve been the good kind of busy with beach days, hiking excursions, snorkeling fun and friends’ visits. But before I let another day go by I must share with you an amazing outing for the fam-bam when you’re on Oahu: The Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor - Jennifer PoppyLast autumn my youngest son and I embarked on our grand adventure to Oahu. One of the special outings we enjoyed was our tour of the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on Ford Island.

What a treat it was to see the many vintage World War II and modern aircraft! I had never been to Pearl Harbor before and when we pulled up in our little rental car, there was a definite shift in the atmosphere. Your spirit just knows that something tragic and life-changing happened from the moment you arrive.

Many people make an effort to see the USS Arizona Memorial while on Oahu. I’d also highly recommend taking time to visit the Pacific Aviation Museum for an even greater understanding of all that took place that fateful December day. I was surprised to discover that the attack on Pearl Harbor actually began on Ford Island. The bullet holes at Hanger 79 are still evident, preserving a piece of history from that day.

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Our host Anne Murata was an absolute delight and helped even my tired co-pilot re-energize with fun activities like getting to sit in a real cockpit!

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Pearl Harbor - Jennifer Poppy

Whether you are obsessed with aviation, history or just looking for an interesting tour while on Oahu, the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a top-notch excursion that has something for everyone!

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So many unique aircraft!

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Gabe getting to meet one of the wonderful museum actors.

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One of the many murals featured at the museum.

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Click here for educational opportunities for students at the museum!

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They are currently working on restoring this beautiful tower. The museum is a non-profit and it takes a lot of work to restore and preserve these pieces of history on Ford Island.

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I really liked this quote from the Women of Aviation exhibit.

Amelia Earhart’s 118th birthday is coming up! You can celebrate with a fun day at the museum: 11am to 1pm – Celebrate with cake and refreshments; 8am to 1pm – Free Admission, Free Shuttle for families with at least one person in costume. (Fun Fact: I dressed up as Amelia Earhart for a 4th grade presentation. I got to wear my dad’s leather bomber jacket from the 1970s – it was uber cool!)

Aviation Adventure: 

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Another fun event to look forward to this summer is the Biggest Little Airshow: Sat, Aug 15 to Sun, Aug 16 – Drive onto Ford Island for their 7th Remote Control Airshow…There will be music, food, drinks, retail and entertainment booths and exhibits, keiki rides and activities, and lots and lots of airplanes. Sponsors, vendors, and booth participants are invited to participate.

Be sure to check out their website for more information. There are kama’aina rates for Hawaii residents, so if you live on the islands like me, then take some time to explore this historic gem of the Pacific. If you’re planning a trip to Oahu, be sure to add this stop to your bucket list.

xoxo,
Jennifer
Island Gypsy Hawaii

(*The opinions in this article are 100% mine – I was not compensated for my visit to the museum.)