Shangri La

After the excitement (and cocktail drinking) of the previous day, we spent yesterday morning chilling out, eating Burger King and swimming.

However, in the afternoon, we injected a bit of culture into the day with a trip to Shangri La.

We rocked up at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

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After a brief jaunt around the Museum and a quick drink at the cafe, we hopped on a mini bus and headed East towards Diamond Head.

We arrived at Shangri La, the home of famous heiress Doris Duke. Built in the 1930s, Doris Duke was inspired by her honeymoon in the Middle East and spent a lot of time and money creating a homage to Middle Eastern art and design.

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The home is beautiful, nestled on the shoreline near Diamond Head, with waves crashing beneath.

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We were taken on a guided tour around the house, which was both beautiful and fascinating. Doris Duke had commissioned and purchased pieces from all over the Middle East, some dating back to the 13th century.

There were no photos allowed in the house, but we took lots outside in the beautiful grounds.

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Since she had no children, Doris Duke left the property and all of its contents to her charitable foundation, and it’s now managed by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, which promotes the study and understanding of Islamic arts and culture.

The tour was awesome, the places are limited so it felt very personal and the house itself was stunning.

Plus, we got these free fans.

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