Travel Diaré: Yes Way Hawaii
As far as travel destinations go to enjoy a rosé-filled getaway, Hawaii is about as good as it gets. Each sunset offers a memorable moment for a glass. And since our wine is widely available across the islands, said rosé can be Yes Way Rosé! We recently traveled to Oahu for the first time to meet with some of our retailers, host an event at a local Target, and shoot a dreamy summer campaign that captures YWR in all of its gloré. It was a tough job that someone had to do and we think we did just fine! Here are our highlights from an amazing trip to paradise. Aloha!
1. Waikiki Beach
Waikiki was our home base throughout the trip and we found that the hustle and bustle did not take from the relaxed island vibe. The sand was lush and the calm waves perfect for swimming. We sipped oat lattés from Olive & Oliver at the Surfjack Hotel, ate lunch at Bills Hawaii, and after an exhausting day of shooting had a hearty meal at classic Roy’s. We couldn’t believe that so much high-end luxury shopping was in such close proximity to the beach and we checked out every Hawaiian shirt store on Kalakaua Avenue.
2. Sunset at Diamond Head Beach
The first night we took in the sunset at Diamond Head Beach. Our photographer’s grandparents had carved their names in a tree there when they were stationed in Hawaii for WWII and she wanted to try and find it. As soon as we got there and saw hundreds of trees we realized finding it would be impossible, but that with its breathtaking views and tide pools romance is definitelé in the air.
…with its breathtaking views and tide pools romance is definitelé in the air.
3. The Royal Hawaiian
During the early days of Yes Way when our world first started to become very pink, we discovered – via Instagram – The Royal Hawaiian. We decided then that it was a place we would have to visit at some point in our lives. We were thrilled to be able to finallé cross it off our bucket list! Opened in 1927, the iconic resort, known as “The Pink Palace” has a storied history. In modern times it’s become a choice locale for fellow rosé-pink lovers across the globe. We relished our stay there and indulged in the guava raspberry pancakes and countless photo opportunités.
4. Lanikai Beach
At Lanikai Beach in East Oahu’s Kailua the water is clear, the sand is pristine, and there are no hotels so the crowds are minimal. It is absolutely stunning. We traveled here to get the money shots and boy did we ever.
5. Yes Way Poké
For lunch in Kailua we picked up poké at The Hibachi, a little market where the fish is very high qualité and wonderfully inexpensive. Then we took our bowls right back to the beach for a delicious picnic that paired perfectly with a can of Yes Way.
6. The Laylow
The Laylow is one of them most well-branded hotels we’ve ever been to. They certainly have consistencé down with a vibrant floral motif that’s used for their beach towels, flip flops which guests can take home and wallpaper. They also have a great coffee stand and outdoor patio restaurant, Hideout, with gorgeous cocktails.
7. Origin Hawaii
On the scenic drive to North Shore, we passed by a large pink shipping container in the Waikane Valley and immediately turned the car around to check it out. What we discovered was Origin Hawaii, a plant shop and bakery started by Andrea Hidano and Jeremy Rousselet, a couple who had recently moved to Hawaii from NYC where they both worked at Le District. This is a very special place, sweetly located in front of Ms. Hidano’s grandmother’s orchid nursery. We ate croissants and a pain au chocolat that was Parisienne-bakery-level good made by Mr. Rousselet, a French pastry chef, and met a few Japanese journalists who took our photo for a culinary magazine.
9. Waimea Valley
For a break from the scorching hot sun, we took in the flora and fauna at the Waimea Falls Park + Botanical Gardens. While we didn’t make it to the waterfall because we were short on time, we did see rare Hawaiian plants, tropical flowers, and encountered the most insane peacock! While sneaking a pic of a bottle we were spotted by an awesome fan of the wine and had a great conversation with her. It was an incredible experience for us to connect with someone on a trail in Hawaii because of Yes Way Rosé.
10. Sunset Beach
It’s all in the name. We had a brief swim and siesta on this famous North Shore beach waiting for the sunset to arrive. When it did, we were ready to accomplish what we came for and Got. The. Shot.
All photos by Sara Kerens.