Doris Duke’s Shangri-La

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Shangri-La

[shang-gruh-lah, shang-gruhlah]

noun
1. an imaginary paradise on earth, especially a remote and exotic  utopia.
2. a faraway haven or hideaway of idyllic beauty and tranquility.
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We recently had the opportunity to experience a true hidden gem on the South Shore of O’ahu.  Doris Duke’s Shangri-La is one of the most amazing, breathtakingly beautiful sites to see.  Doris Duke visited Hawai’i on her honeymoon with James Cromwell in 1935.  She fell in love the people, the culture, the spirit and the land.
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The 4.9 acre property they acquired boasts sunset & Diamond Head views and fronts the ocean including the well-known swimming hole “Cromwell’s”.  Doris Duke was said to be friends with the famed Kahanamoku ‘ohana and had a deep love and appreciation for the ocean.
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Doris’ love of Islamic architecture, style, color, history and culture  is infused in almost every aspect of the home.  The collection of cultural and historical items are meticulously displayed throughout and this famed collection is said to be the second largest collection of Islamic Art in the United States, right behind the MET in New York. Details small and large speak volumes to the amount of time, energy, money and imagination that went into every aspect of this estate.
2015-04-09 14.59.04While it was a very private personal residence during Doris’ life, in her later years, she proactively began to prepare it to be a museum of sorts that would be open for generations to come after her passing.  There are a plethora of opportunities to visit the home.  The tour guides are charming storytellers who are passionate about Doris, her legacy, Islamic art and sharing these magical moments with anyone willing to listen.  For more information, visit the Honolulu Museum of Art’s side here: http://honolulumuseum.org/385-about_shangri_la
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While some definitions of shangri-la refer to an imaginary or far away magical land – Doris Duke’s Shangri-La is real and closer than you think.

Shop Around The Corner: The Coziest Tropical Nook You Ever Did See

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Got a chance to recently visit one of Waikiki’s newest hotspots – Urban Outfitters!  It’s Hawai’i’s first UO and not only is it filled with it’s share of local designed goods, it’s got the coziest little corner nook that was worthy of a spot on this here blog!  It’s modern rattan furniture, wooden plant stands, funky pillows & rugs and tropical fauna make for the perfect little corner.  Not to mention the glass windows that front Waikiki’s infamous Kalakaua Avenue which make for the ideal people watching perch.

URBAN OUTFITTERS, WAIKIKI

2424 Kalakaua Avenue

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DIY: Fall Plant Stakes

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DIY Fall Plant Stakes :: #hawaiianstylehale

Here’s a festive, inexpensive way to get into the Fall spirit.

What you’ll need:

Printable ombre words (Download here: thankful, blessed, fall )

Skewers

Double sided tape

Gold paint pen

DIY Fall Plant Stakes :: #hawaiianstylehale

DIY Fall Plant Stakes :: #hawaiianstylehaleColor/paint all of the skewers gold in color.  Situate the circles at the top of each skewer (one on each side) and secure with double sided tape.

DIY Fall Plant Stakes :: #hawaiianstylehale

DIY Fall Plant Stakes :: #hawaiianstylehale

DIY Fall Plant Stakes :: #hawaiianstylehale

Happy Fall!!

Printable: Hawaiian Style Hale Recipe Cards

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2014-09-02 11.48.52 With all the technology available, there are a few things we like to do the old school way. Filing recipes is one of them! If you’ve got butter fingers like yours truly, all electronic devices should remain far, far away from the kitchen rather than front and center in the confetti of flour and coconut.

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There is something nostalgic about a hand written recipe. Whether it was passed down from your mom, dad, grandma or grandpa, it’s a piece of history that you can recreate. Grandma’s andagi. Aunty’s chicken long rice. Mom’s legendary pumpkin crunch. Whatever it is, let’s keep these tasty memories going for generations to come.

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Print them up for your own use, or as a gift. Handwrite some of your own special recipes for a new bride or a include in a gift basket along with the ingredients needed. Most importantly, do all your cooking with aloha and your kitchen will always be blessed.  Find the free download here! Recipe Cards 3×5

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Mya’s DIY Ombre Beach Art

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We LOVE when our readers share their DIY projects!  Our 10-year old friend Mya shared these photos of her ombre canvas beachy wall art pieces.  Please send us pictures of your Hawaiian Style Hale DIY projects, we’d love to share them here.

They look fabulous up in your new bedroom, great job Mya!  You can find the link to the DIY tutorial here.

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DIY: Ombre Canvas Trio

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 2014-07-12 17.25.29These beachy canvas wall art pieces are simple, colorful and a wonderful way to brighten up any space!  

What you’ll need:

Any size blank canvas (you can create a collection of similar sized pieces or mix it up with a variety of shapes and sizes.  We found ours at Ross)

Water based acrylic paint

Paint brushes

Paint palette  (or plastic plate)

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Start with a blank canvas.  To create the ombre background, start with the base color (darkest color)  first.  Once you paint the first color, add white to your palette to lighten the color.  Paint your next layer.  You can use a bit of water on your brush to help the colors blend and transition smoothly.  Continue to add white to the same palette creating a lighter and lighter shade.

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Once your background has dried (maybe an hour or so in a well-ventilated area) start on your main image.  For this set, we did matching whimsical mama and mini sea urchins, cone shells and starfish with plain white paint.  Be creative and make them your own.  These are going to look fabulous up in our guest bathroom!

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