My vacation's long gone now, but in an effort to keep that joy and relaxation going, I've done a round-up to bring a touch of the Big Island to the Big City (see what I did there?).
Even if the only sun you're getting are the harsh beams bouncing off concrete sidewalks, these items for your closet, beauty cabinet and home can help incorporate the scents and prints of paradise into everyday routine.
Billabong's vintage hula dancer-printed tee shirt is on sale now at Nordstrom's. Go for a head to toe look by pairing with Roxy's tropical-floral harem pants.
For just a touch of tropics, try the striped pineapple headband from Anthropologie.
Get the locks to match with Organix's awaphu ginger shampoo and conditioner - the plant grows like crazy throughout the islands and apparently has some major conditioning and shine-boosting properties.
Make your local beach/lake/pool/backyard kiddie pool feel a little more tropical with this botanical print bikini from Anthropologie and retro tiki party beach towel from Plasticland.
Sometimes it just takes a couple of small touches to put a fresh spin on things, like these palm tree oasis cushions and bright coral pineapple from Escape to Paradise.
Get inked for the day with a hula girl temporary tattoo, or try on a more subtle surfer girl style with this delicate hammered gold wave ring, handmade in Maui, both available on Etsy.
Hydrate and pamper your skin with a lustrous body spray with the scent of the tropics - plumeria, gardenia, jasmine and pikake - also paraben, sulfate, and cruelty-free, from kai, or this organic coconut milk bath soak from Drifting Arrows.
Tropical can still be office-appropriate when it's this black and white palm tree dress by Marc Jacobs from the Outnet. Or stun with colors with this aerial photograph of a Kauai beach by Gray Malin.
Lilikoi, or passionfruit, drink mix from Bamboo Restaurant & Gallery in Hawi, Hawai'i - the Pina Kohala (after the Kohala district, where the restaurant is located) I had there during happy hour put this mix to delicious use. Also makes for an excellent mai tai.
Also from the Big Island: exfoliating soap incorporating the island's famous Kona Coffee from Hana Lima Hawaiian Soap.
Store your secrets in a cosmetics bag fit for the South Pacific from TokyoMilk.
Let your nose trick you into thinking that the draft from the AC is actually a cool ocean breeze: ocean tide and sea salt candle from Paddywax.
Refresh and reset with cold-brewed mango tea from Terrain.
From Uncommon Goods, this beautiful bowl is made of mango wood and textured to resemble the shell of a honu, or sea turtle.