Kings and Koi

May 24, 2013




My mom and I went on a lovely picnic the other day. We were already over on the other side of the island so we thought we’d check out Moanalua Gardens which I hadn’t visited since I was little. It’s famous for the massive monkeypod tree, now known as the Hitachi tree. It was bought a couple of years ago by the Japanese company and apparently this has made it quite the tourist destination. As we wandered away from the bus loads of tourists, we stumbled across this fabulous abandoned home. I fell in love with it and was so tempted to ignore the keep out signs. It turns out that it used to be the vacation cottage of King Kamehameha V, so it’s probably best that I didn’t sneak in! I’ve gotten so used to exploring places in Europe that I forget that there are so many interesting places at home too. Do you have any local hideaways that you love to visit?



The famous tree!


I’ve been keeping quite busy this summer with two internships and I’ve been loving every minute of it! I’m basically working my dream job with Hawaii Red Style, an online fashion magazine. We’re hoping to launch in the next few weeks! I’ve been doing some writing, photo editing, and assisting with street style shoots. I feel like I’m in the Carrie Diaries (why is this show so addictive?!). I get so stressed every time I get dressed for work, though, as I want to look “fashiony” enough, haha. My other internship is with Social Wahines, a women’s business networking group. I’ve been getting to do some graphic design work and learn the ins and outs of running a business. I’m also working on starting an community event with my boss from Social Wahines– more on that to come! And I’ve been doing some modelling on the side. When I type this all out it does look like rather a lot, but I’ve been enjoying it so much that I can’t complain! What I like best about all these jobs are the interesting and wonderful people I’ve met and work with. And I’ve managed to stay so busy that I don’t miss London too much!




I haven’t a clue why there’s just a topiary chilling in the middle of the park, but I like it :)


  1. Eeva says:

    I like the layout of your blog a lot – it’s fun and girly and it’s nice how your pictures follow the same shades in colors and everything. :) I must admit, I’m a little jealous at you! Working on an online fashion magazine sounds like a dream come true. Your intership with a women’s business networking group sounds like a lot of fun, too. And I can see you being a model, are you in an agency? :)

    xoxo Eeva

  2. Rakhshanda says:

    Beautiful shots <3 Love your dress!!!

  3. Marlen says:

    Aw a picnic with your mom, that sounds like that sweetest thing! And how cool you tried breaking into an old king’s cottage haha, I wonder how he spent his summers? And that last picture of the hedge gate is amazing. I want one of those bad boys in my yard ;)

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  4. Kristian says:

    No surprise you’ve been modelling on the side (on top of two internships! Wow!); you are so lovely!

    I like the Bardot vibe with the hair especially in these btw.

    Know what you mean about exploring places close to home. I realized I hadn’t been by the South Fork in donkey’s ears and it is right by our hometown. Fun backdrop potentials for shooting, in addition to fun outings too. Double bonus!

  5. iEmma says:

    omg !!! you are so beautiful ! <3
    love these photos, adorable outfit !

    Emma xx

  6. iEmma says:

    *ps I’m your fan on Bloglovin!!
    follow me back if you want to:)

  7. Aliya says:

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I’m currently in the process of rediscovering blogs after an extended hiatus from the blogging world and I must say yours is an absolute gem! And you are so pretty!!

    I know what you mean by forgetting about the interesting places close to home. We are all so caught up in dreaming of visiting that faraway land that we overlook all the beauty that surrounds us. I love visiting the little bushland reserves. I live in the hills so we are lucky to have so many speckled around residential areas!

    xx Aliya
    Hill Side Story
    Hill Side Story Vintage on Etsy

  8. Imogen says:

    What a sweet and fun thing to do. Beautiful pictures. The close up picture of the big fish is really cool too.

  9. christen says:

    that is such a cool tree! love the dress and jacket you are rockin too :)


  10. fra says:

    love this denim jacket and also your blog! It’s so nice!!! I follow you!
    Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad :D

  11. Kelli Murray says:

    Such pretty photos! Sounds like you are one busy bee this summer!

    xo Kelli

  12. Laura says:

    Thanks so much for your lovely comment. :)

    These pictures are all so pretty and your
    internship at that fashion online magazine
    has to be amazing. And I love what you’re wearing,
    you have such a great sense of style. :)

  13. Jessi says:

    How could you miss London when you’re in Hawaii? ;) I guess I can’t answer that, I’ve been to Hawaii a few times but never London. I always LOVE Hawaii though, like a home away from home… your jobs sound so fun! I’m a little jealous. And these photos are gorgeous!!

  14. Ema says:

    You have an amazing name haha :)
    Love this photos and post <3

  15. Leah says:

    beautiful pictures! love your dress x

  16. Mitha Komala says:

    love your jacket and dress! you look gorgeous! xx

    Letters To Juliet

  17. Fiona says:

    Lovely pictures! Good luck with your internships!

  18. daniela says:

    love your blog – the name and layout are so sweet! great post! xx

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