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6 Tips for Documenting Your Trip to Hawaii

Author 09-15-2023

Welcome to Hawaii! We understand getting here is no small feat. Some plan for years before ever being able to make the trip. So, congratulations! Between the stunning waters, lush landscapes, and beautiful local culture, there’s a photo op at every turn. But capturing your Hawaiian journey is about more than just snapping a few pretty pictures. Of course, the Insta-worthy shot is a given, but it’s not the only way to immortalize your trip. In this blog, we’ll share six essential tips for documenting your trip to Hawaii in a way that will make your memories as vivid as the islands themselves, all while making everyone wish they were there with you!

1. Take Lots of Photos 

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Capture the moments you want to remember by taking plenty of photos throughout your Oahu adventure. Consider mixing posed shots at iconic locations like Diamond Head or Waikiki Beach with candids of your North Shore surf lessons or hiking adventures in the Ko’olau Mountains. Don’t forget the busy cityscapes of Honolulu, which offer a vibrant contrast to Oahu’s natural beauty. Capture the essence of the local culture by photographing the diverse food markets or the intricate hula performances at a local festival. Whether it’s a family selfie in front of the Iolani Palace or a candid shot of your first taste of poke, these images will become treasured keepsakes.

2. Record Videos

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Videos are a great way to capture movement and sound, adding another dimension to your memories. Consider taking videos of your family exploring new places, trying new activities, or just having fun together.

3. Keep a Travel Journal

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Writing down your experiences and thoughts about your trip can be a great way to remember details that might otherwise be forgotten. Include information about the places you visited, the things you did, and the people you met along the way. 

4. Collect Souvenirs

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Bring back small souvenirs like postcards, ticket stubs, or maps to help jog your memory and remind you of the places you visited in Oahu. When looking for keepsakes to bring Hawaii into your home, consider locally made items such as a ukulele, Hawaiian jewelry, or traditional Hawaiian quilts. You might even want to preserve your flower lei in a scrapbook as a lasting memento. However, it’s important to note that taking natural items like shells, sand, or other elements from the environment is discouraged and, in some cases, illegal. Respecting Hawaii’s natural resources ensures that its beauty will be preserved for generations to come.

5. Create a Scrapbook

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Speaking of a scrapbook, once you’re home, it’s the perfect time to compile all your captured memories. Use your photos, videos, and travel journal entries to create a vivid keepsake. Add in your favorite souvenirs and special details to help you relive your Oahu trip for years to come.

6. Share Your Experience

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Share your vacation photos and stories with friends and family. You can create a photo album or slideshow, or post updates on social media. Sharing your experience will not only help you remember your trip but also allow others to share in your adventure.  

*Pro tip: download the app Timehop. Each time you open the app, it will show you the pictures you took on that date in years past. It is a great way to re-live your trip! 

Now that you’re armed with these six tips, documenting your Hawaiian adventure should be as breezy as the island’s trade winds. From snapping photos at iconic spots to keeping a travel journal, you’ll create memories that let you revisit Oahu’s magic anytime you wish. But before you get to documenting, you need the perfect setting for your island story. To experience Oahu in ultimate comfort and style, be sure to book your vacation rental with Marina Hawaii Vacations. With us, you’re not just getting a place to stay; you’re securing a home base for all the incredible experiences that await you. So go ahead! Start planning, and we’ll see you in Hawaii.