A vacation to Honolulu leaves an impression that is hard to forget. Warm ocean breezes, crystal clear water, lush backdrops, and the welcoming spirit of aloha make it difficult to leave and return home. Fortunately, there are many ways to bring the beauty and vibe of Honolulu home with you. Here are three ways to make your home feel like this unforgettable tropical paradise:
Learn Hawaiian Cuisine
One of the best ways to bring Honolulu into your home is to enjoy the distinctive taste of the islands in your own kitchen. Although it can be difficult to replicate the fresh taste of authentic Hawaiian pineapple or daily-caught seafood at home all year long, there are some recipes that are easy to recreate at home. Grilled Huli Huli chicken is simple to make on your own and will surely remind you of your time in Hawaii. The sauce is simply a mixture of brown sugar, ketchup, soy sauce, chicken broth, fresh ginger, and garlic. This marinade works the best on chicken thighs but can also be used on breasts or even on pork.
Source: The Recipe Critic
Keep a bit Honolulu around your home all year long by redecorating your home to fit a Hawaiian theme. Try for a more earthy style of interior design that reflects the natural beauty of the Hawaiian islands. Add plush throw pillows, sustainable furnishings, bamboo plants, and sleek glass vases. You can even decorate with room fragrances — for best results, use green scents with herbal, woody notes. Lava rock from Diamond Head and fake hibiscus flowers piled on a charger make a great table centerpiece. Or use your lei necklaces from the Royal Hawaiian Center to drape elegantly throughout your bathrooms. Seashells gathered from the beaches of Waikiki can be scattered on your tabletop or mantle.
Refresh Your Landscaping
Depending on the climate of your hometown, you can even landscape your yard to reflect the Honolulu vibe. Planting layers of plants and flowering bushes will create a lush landscape that is reminiscent of Honolulu. Orchids are an ideal flower to plant if you are looking to create a tropical oasis in your own yard. Tiki torches and water features are the finishing touches on your Honolulu-themed outdoor paradise.
Even if you cannot be in Honolulu all year long, you can bring the magic of this oasis back to your home. With a little creativity, you will be saying aloha every day.
If you can’t wait to get back to Hawaii, check out our suggestions of things to do in Hawaii to inspire your next vacation!