While in Miami, I had the pleasure of meeting up with the lovely Paula, a Hana friend who grew up in Miami and happened to be visiting while I was there. We ventured to the Coconut grove neighborhood where she took me to the hidden treasure, Vizcaya. Vizcaya was the estate of the wealthy executive James Deering in the mid 1900’s. After his death it became a museum plush with lavish Italian gardens and perfectly preserved rooms that reflect the opulent lives once lived within it’s walls. We found canivalesque painted poles disintegrating in the mangroves, quinceañera princesses having their picture taken on the lawn, and hidden doors in the rock walls. It was the kind of place that inspires stories in the mind of the things that transpired there a century ago.Viscaya02 Viscaya03 Viscaya04 Viscaya05 Viscaya06 Viscaya07 Viscaya08 Viscaya09 Viscaya10 Viscaya11 Viscaya12 Viscaya13 Viscaya14 Viscaya15 Viscaya16 Viscaya17 Viscaya18 Viscaya19 Viscaya20

Miami – Playa

Miami_Beach01A few weeks ago I went to Miami with a friend and his slightly wild group. I was there for exactly 48 hours. We drank, we danced, we beached, and the Standard treated us well. This is a collection of photos I took when we ventured to South Beach. Growing up in Hawaii gave me an idea of beach culture that was not applicable in Miami, and I loved the difference of it. High rises contrasting with white sand beaches, people swimming fully clothes and practically naked side by side. Families lounging beneath colorfully striped umbrellas and 20-some-year olds drinking in the sand 10ft away co-existing happily. I could have stayed for days if not for the responsibilities I am still adjusting to with both pleasure and resentment. Miami_Beach02