While we find ourselves anxious to travel again, we wonder how we can bring travel to us! One inspiring destination that Tea Drops love is Hawaii. From the history to the culture and lifestyle, Hawaii is a favorite amongst travelers from all over the world and the perfect relaxation place to bring into your own home.
Hawaii, “The Aloha State,” is comprised of eight major islands: Oahu, Hawaii (also known as the Big Island), Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe. Together, the Hawaiian islands are known for their natural beauty, year-round sunny climate and the “aloha spirit” of Island residents.
Today, The spirit of aloha – being in the presence of and sharing the essence of life – teaches us lessons of peace, kindness, compassion and responsibility to future generations. These lessons are expressed through chant, music, hula, art and other cultural practices, and through the warm, genuine greetings that are a staple of Hawaiian hospitality.
Join Tea Drops on the Ultimate Hawaiian Staycation with some tips on how to turn your home into your next vacation.
- Go screenless, turn off your cell phone!
- Have a spa day. Relax and treat yourself to some self-care.
- Go outside! If you have a yard or space that allows it, set up a hammock, fire pit, patio furniture + enjoy the outdoors.
- Don’t have a yard? Sit out on your balcony, set up a comfy corner in your house with plants + flowers and make you own little getaway!
- Give yourself a day without chores! What’s something you’ve been wanting to do, but chores are in the way?
Make A Cocktail (or Mocktail if you exclude the Rum!):
Aloha Pineapple Chamomile Pina Colada (Makes 4 Servings):
- ½ fresh pineapple, peeled, cut into 1½-inch pieces
- 4 Aloha Pineapple Chamomile Tea Drops
- 6 ounces sweetened cream of coconut
- 2 ounces unsweetened coconut milk
- 8 ounces white rum
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 ounces dark rum (optional)
- Maraschino cherries and lime wedges (for serving)
- Place pineapple pieces in a resealable plastic bag, laying them flat. Freeze until solid, at least 3 hours.
- Dissolve Tea Drops in 3 ounces of hot water.
- Shake cream of coconut and coconut milk in their cans before measuring. Purée pineapple, Tea Drops mixture, cream of coconut, coconut milk, white rum, lime juice, and 3 cups ice (about 15 oz.) in a blender until smooth. Transfer blender cup to freezer and freeze until mixture is thickened (it should be the consistency of a milkshake), 25–35 minutes.
Blend again until mixture is the perfect slushy frozen drink consistency. Divide among glasses. Top off each with ½ oz. dark rum, if using, and garnish each with a cherry and lime wedge.
Have An Iced Tea (Boba or No Boba!)
Hibiscus Milk Tea Recipe
Check out this recipe for Hibiscus Milk Tea made with GLOW (Hibiscus) Tea Sprinkles-- Easy and quick to do at home!
Here's what you'll need:
1 Packet of Glow Tea Sprinkles
1/2 cup milk
3 oz hot water
1 cup ice
Dissolve Tea Sprinkles in hot water, pour over cup of ice. Top off with milk, add boba and stir. Enjoy!
Meet A Hawaiian Based Artist + learn about life in Hawaii:
Meet Kim Sielbeck:
Kim is an illustrator, painter, and surface designer. She was born in Alaska, and moved all around the U.S. in a Coast Guard family. Kim was greatly influenced by her few years living in Hawaii as a child, and recently moved back after eleven years in New York City.
When not creating colorful, fun art, Kim is traveling to new places far and wide, playing surf guitar in her band Puppies, reading, hiking, or trying to figure out how to get on a sailboat. She really misses the pizza of New York City, but can't really complain because... Hawaii.
Your prints are very inspired by the life and scenes of Hawaii, what is most special to you about this place?
There’s obviously a lot of natural beauty and I draw a lot of inspiration from that-- the colors, the flowers , and plants that only grow here in Hawaii. But also the culture here is so special and unique and to be in a place where the culture is so prevalent and a melting pot of other cultures. So a community that supports each other and thrives is a very unique experience.
What is the Aloha Spirit to you?
It’s a really positive and accepting space on the Islands. You always have reverence for the culture-- for what’s around you, when you have respect for the world around you, it fills you up. I’ve been lucky to experience so much love from the people here, it’s just something in the air.
Movies To Watch To Set The Mood + Feel Like You’re In Hawaii
How To Live With Aloha Everyday
- Value and spend time in nature. Go outside and take a camera or a sketch pad! Find a subject of nature to observe and admire.
- Live in the moment. Unplug for a few hours and go outside, immerse yourself in your favorite hobby, or enjoy the company of someone else.
- Create meaningful connections. Call the ones you love or new friends… don’t have small talk. Share your passions, stories, newfound thoughts… dig deeper to get to know them in a new way.
- Look for the positive. Even in a time on uncertainty, stay optimistic and focus on the things in life you are grateful for. Write them down or illustrate them on a sketch pad.
- Act with love, always. Appreciate the people and objects around you.
Mahalo + enjoy your staycation!