A’ole pilikia: No Problem

Well my friends. I’m back. Sort of. I’m still in Maui (we leave tonight) but I couldn’t hold off one more day from sharing stories and photos from our trip! I’ll be sharing a pretty comprehensive travel guide + video next week but, in the meantime, I sort of couldn’t wait to just get the ball rolling.

Rather than going the whole, “hey, this is what I wore to the beach. How cute, right?”, I’ve decided to approach my Maui content a little differently here on the blog. Like most of my trips, I try to draw inspiration from the culture of the location. For this trip, I felt a pretty strong connection to the overall vibe of the island and the people that call this gorgeous place home, including the unique words and phrases they use on a daily basis. So, over the next few days I’ll be breaking down a few of those that resonated most and tying them into some of my favorite experiences, stories, styles and more from Maui. I want these posts to feel relevant even if you aren’t planning a trip to Maui or a tropical getaway. If you are, check back for the travel guide next week – I have a lot to share. And if you aren’t, I hope (and feel pretty confidently) that these other posts will totally inspire you in more ways than one. And, you can still shop all of my looks so, I’d say it’s a win win!

A’ole pilikia (ah-O-lay pee-lee-KEE-ah): No problem. 

Let’s be real, when it comes to planning a trip, this is totally a Type-A-personality’s dream. I love to be organized, especially when it comes to traveling, so I’m all about making itineraries, lists, print outs, etc. I’m that girl who even plans out chill or nap time. Yeah, it’s that bad (or good however you look at it). The downside to this is struggling with the fact that it won’t all go down like you planned.

I don’t plan things out to take away from the fun. I’m just terrified that if I don’t make a schedule, I’ll miss out on something. The FOMO is real. What I have realized though over the past few trips I’ve taken is that sometimes planning too much can be a real debbie downer.

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And that’s where today’s vibe comes into play. A’ole pilikia, or “no problem”, is something I’m trying to incorporate more into my vocabulary. The people here are so laid back and calm and just…cool. I am the opposite. Or at least I was. This trip has taught me to embrace that everything is fine. If something doesn’t go as planned…well, A’ole pilikia. On to the next.

I’m also trying to apply this to more than just travel. In life, it’s no spoiler that things just don’t always work out. Being thankful for the things in life that are special and amazing and keeping that in focus – that’s all that matters. The phrase A’ole pilikia also can translate to “you’re welcome”. I realize that no problem/you’re welcome can mean so many different things depending on the context but at the end of the day, I just get this general sense that the “no worries” mentality stands true.

Planning a trip or just looking to go with this whole “no problem” vibe? The next few tips are for you!

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  1. Go with the flow. Make loose plans but leave room for flexibility and spontaneity.
  2. Don’t stress. Enjoy the vacation and embrace the vibes of the culture and spirit of the destination.
  3. Leave the negativity at the door. If it doesn’t go your way, be happy with the way it is going instead of complaining.
  4. Make time for YOU. Take a moment or a day of your trip and just do something you want to do, solo. Enjoy yourself in the moment. 





Photos by Luna Kai Photography


  1. 2.27.18
    Tabitha said:

    Great post! Maui looks beautiful, and I can’t wait to hear more about your trip. I love the advice you gave here to just let go and enjoy the flow.


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