Here is a painting I did earlier this year. It’s one of my favourites and now I suddenly feel like painting again. I love painting black women because when I was younger every museum or art gallery I’d visit only portrayed paintings of European women & I always wondered (obviously as a black child) why there weren’t more paintings of PoC let alone women of colour.
Then one summer a couple of years of ago I damaged my knee and found myself stuck indoors during summer in a knee brace. I started painting, A LOT. It was only when I started posting my paintings online and on Instagram did I discover how much people around the world really appreciate my art, which is humbling! 💛
Feel free to look at more of my art on my Instagram 💌
– Chichi Nyangoni ⭐️️
Here are 5 random things I found interesting during my visit to Hawaii
- People assumed I was Australian due to my accent… I guess the Kiwi and Aussie accents sound similar to everyone else around the world.
- I’d heard that Hawaiians were friendly but I wasn’t expecting just how generous, happy and helpful that literally every local I spoke to was! If I needed directions, they didn’t just point the way, they’d walk with me wherever I was going and chat with me! They even appreciated my piss poor & embarrassing efforts to say basic Hawaiian phrases and words to them.😅
- The sheer amount of homeless people from Mainland U.S. living on and around the beaches of Waikiki. It obviously made me sad for them due to the vast amount I met, but I suppose that at least they are living in paradise.
- No matter how much melanin my skin or any other black or brown people’s skin possess, the sun will fry you. Luckily having grown up in New Zealand where UV levels are extremely high, I brought along my sunscreen.
- Just how ridiculously popular mai tai’s really are with everyone here. It might just be a tourist thing as most of the people I met who raved about them were tourists. I must be the only person not into these.
– Chichi Nyangoni🌺
Four of my favourite photographs I took in Hawaii with their descriptions below 🌴
1. A homeless man walks around Waikiki with his two parrots and for a tip, you can take some photos with them. Good on him for making a living whatever way he can💰
2. The giant banyan tree on the Kuhio Beach Park. I used to be obsessed with climbing trees as a kid back in Zimbabwe that I had to withhold myself from climbing this tree in public😩
3.I think I was in an uber when I took this photo of a man crossing the street. I’m one of those weirdos who always make up narratives in my head about literally almost every person I see or meet and I like to imagine he was going home to see his wife for lunch lols.
4. This was actually the very first photograph I took in Hawaii when I had just walked outside the airport. The warmth that hit me was so good, and the air felt so warm and fresh I won’t forget that anytime soon.
– Chichi Nyangoni🍨
My family and I are pretty spontaneous to the point where we never really plan an activity itinerary before our travels. But when we got to Waikiki, we realised that plans were needed in order to make the most of our few days on the South shore of Honolulu.
Kuhio Beach Park Markets
THINGS TO DO IN WAIKIKI, HONOLULU
- Absolutely nothing! Have a beach day full of swimming, drinking smoothies and sleeping under palm trees or umbrellas.
- Explore a market, there are a couple in Waikiki alone, including the International Market Place and the Kuhio Beach Market
- Enjoy the many festivals that happen in Waikiki on Kalakaua Ave all year round. These are not only incredibly beautiful, but they are also a free cultural experience
- Watch the Kuhio Beach Hawaiian Hula Show, these Hulas which are performed on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday Evenings are free to watch right on Kuhio Beach!
- Shop till you drop. I couldn’t believe the fact that retail stores in Waikiki close at midnight most evenings! Some at 1am! Out of my entire US trip, shopping in Hawaii was the cheapest and best shopping I did. Try shopping along Kalakaua Ave and the Ala Moana shopping centre, be warned; this mall will take you 2 days to get through!
- Go out for dinner or to a bar and meet other tourists and locals. I wish that I had documented some of the crazy conversations I had with people in Waikiki. It attracts people from all walks of life.
Although this is a small list just for a few Waikiki activities, you’ll be surprised at how time flies!
Good luck everyone!
– Chichi Nyangoni
We found the best place to stay in Waikiki thanks to Air BnB! Not only was the view beyond incredible, but the apartment had three bedrooms a communal pool and most importantly AIR CONDITIONING! With temperatures that were over 31°C (89°F) air conditioning kept everyone from being miserable.
This apartment was located in the best area that allowed city and sea views from our 21st floor and was a 5 minute walk to the beach, 2 minute walk to a food-store and only a minute away from public transport! With accommodation prices being a little cray-cray in Hawaii’s favourite and most tourist friendly location, the prices for the apartment were pretty decent!
5 minute walk from the beach to the apartment
shameless beach selfie
fourth floor pool
Here are a few things i found useful in order to find your best Air BnB accommodation in Waikiki:
- REVIEWS, read all the reviews before you book and save yourself from dismay
- For us Kiwis who aren’t used to driving on the right hand side, stick to a place close to public transport!
- If you’re unsure about the photographs or information provided by the owner, make sure you call them & ask for recent photographs.
If all else fails and you end up at a dud place, AirBnb allows cancellations within the first 24hours, within certain rules. (Rules which we would need in Los Angeles a week later…)
Happy Travelling! x
Aloooha everyone! No one could’ve prepared me for how unbelievably gorgeous Hawaii is and just how much awesome and crazy stuff can happen; even within the tourist destination of Waikiki. At the end of September, my family and I spent a week in Waikiki in Honolulu and I had such an epic time even though it was way too brief. Seriously, just look at these photographs I took… I felt like I was walking through a post card or a screensaver 😂 I’m already saving up to get myself back there again next year!
That post card life…
Views from the pier
With only an 8 hour flight to Oahu from Auckland, you’d think the trip would’ve been a pretty easy one. However my two siblings and I ALL FAINTED during our flight!! As our flight was around midnight during the remaining weeks of NZ’s winter, I think we were all a little too layered up and underestimated the heat you feel as you draw closer to the equator! Luckily for us the Hawaiian Airlines crew took such good care of us!!
– Chichi Nyangoni