To Surf is to Live…A Private Surf Lesson with Zack Howard Surf

“To surf is to live” – or something like that…I came up with that quote but I’m pretty sure that most surfers would agree. This past summer I had the pleasure of joining my friend Courtney on a private surf lesson with Zack Howard Surf.

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This is my pre-surf-lesson face. Focused. Ready. Let’s do this with the longboard.

It was a cloudy day and the waves were pumpin’ on the Westside. Courtney and I met up with our surf instructor Caleb and began the lesson.

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First step: Pose with the longboard. Just kidding, this is post-surf sesh. He gave us a thorough lesson and encouraged us that he would be with us each step of the way.

I had a blast out on the water, and felt totally comfortable, thanks to Caleb’s instruction on how to paddle out, and tips for actually catching a wave. He was fun to watch, too, as he’d do this move IN THE WATER!!!

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Owner Zack Howard is a world-class professional surfer and has traveled all over the world in places such as South Africa, Costa Rica, Brazil, Tahiti and Indonesia. You can book private lessons, group lessons or even guided tours here on Maui.

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If you’re looking for more one-on-one attention when learning how to surf on Maui, then I definitely recommend checking it out. For more information: Zack Howard Surf or Maui Vacation Advisors. It was a lovely way to kick off my summer, that’s for sure!

xoxo,
Jennifer Poppy

The Modern Honolulu: A “Get Away” with Chic and Simple Vibes for the Sophisticated Traveler

In a word you could say I’m slightly obsessed with THE MODERN HONOLULU’s uber-stylish design, and I have no less than forty-two photographs to prove it, too.

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From the crisp white furnishings, to the natural wood elements and orginal art, to the pops of happy color that remind you that yes, you are indeed in Honolulu, Hawaii, it’s no wonder that THE MODERN has been ranked at the top of several travel choice magazines. Greg and I were fortunate enough to spend the night there to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary, and it did not disappoint!

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Our ticket to modern luxury in Waikiki…the room key.

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Lunch by the pool. Yes please!

We started with a tour of the hotel, followed by a lovely lunch by the pool. #MoreOfThisLessOfOtherStuff

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We were oh so happy with our lunch!

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Sunrise Pool: Fried Calamari – a must try!

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Sunrise Pool: Soft Tacos, oh so ono!

After lunch we went up to our magical suite. Umm…y’all, I could not get over the beautiful dream-come-true view we had of the marina. If you love boats and the ocean like I do, then do yourself a favor and get this room! I may have about 2.5 million photos of the marina stored on my laptop.

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May I just live here, please?

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The city at night, as seen from our bombdotcom suite!

More beauty from around this top-notch boutique hotel:

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The glorious bedroom with a marina/ocean view.

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All cozied up in the hotel robe…missing this about right now!

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Morning coffee in my happy place…

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Until we meet again…

Greg and I were refreshed after our luxiourious stay at THE MODERN HONOLULU. Have you stayed there before? The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival has THE MODERN HONOLULU slotted to take center stage on Day 6 of this year’s festival. For more information and to reserve your tickets check it out here.

xoxo,
Jennifer Poppy

*While our lunch was complimentary, we paid for our stay at THE MODERN HONOLULU, and the opinions stated in this article are 100% mine.

Coffee is for Lovers: A Morning at Honolulu Coffee Company

As Greg and I were planning our 12th wedding anniversary trip to Oahu, we knew that a local coffee shop had to be part of the itinerary.

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Coffee is for Lovers!

You see, it was at a local coffee shop back in Texas way back in the old days, okay, it was just 2002, that we fell in love. Well, Greg fell in love. I still had him in the “friend zone” but he knew he wanted to marry me!

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The Honolulu Coffee Company located at the historic Moana Surfrider

The Honolulu Coffee Company seemed like a good choice to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary. We took a walk from our Waikiki hotel down to the Moana Surfrider location for breakfast and coffee.

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If you have a chance to walk at Waikiki Beach, do it! It’s such a great spot to people watch and soak in all of that Hawaii big-city goodness.

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I loved the gifts and coffee mugs at the shop. It’s a great spot to pick up vacay souvenirs.

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We enjoyed a cold treat that morning – the Nutty Hawaiian with whip, of course, you must get the whip cream #treatyoself.

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Couples who coffee together, stay together. <3

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Happy 12th Anniversary to us – coffee really is for lovers!

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Yummy fresh fruit cup for breakfast!

The baristas were top-notch and made our coffee dreams come true. We decided to explore the location a bit more…have you ever enjoyed a cup o’goodness from The Honolulu Coffee Company? They have several locations, so be sure to check them out when you have the opportunity. Remember #treatyoself #yum ;)

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The Moana Surfrider

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A grainy, yet happy picture of us at the Moana. #poppyversary

xoxo,
Jennifer Poppy

(Wanna read more of my Oahu adventures? Go here.)

*While we did enjoy these coffee treats complimentary of Honolulu Coffee Company, the opinions in this article are 100% mine, and I was not financially compensated for my writing.