23/10/2012 07:39 BST | Updated 23/10/2012 07:59 BST

Ireland Baldwin Jumps For Joy In A Bikini Along With Mum Kim Basinger On Eve Of 17th Birthday (PICTURES)

Cartwheeling across the beach Ireland Baldwin couldn't look happier on the eve of her 17th birthday.

The 6ft 2' teenager was spotted cavorting on the sand in Hawaii, where she is holidaying with her mother, Kim Basinger.

Ireland, whose father is 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin, was at the centre of a drawn-out custody battle between her parents after their divorce in 2002.

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Things turned decidedly ugly when a leaked voicemail message from her father, in which he called the then-11-year-old "a rude, thoughtless, little pig" went viral.

But that's all water under the bridge now, with Baldwin explaining to Page Six Magazine: "The only problem with that voice mail was that people made it out to be a way bigger deal than it was. He's said stuff like that before just because he's frustrated."

Last night she Tweeted a message of thanks for the birthday messages she received from her near-21,000 followers.

Baldwin often writes of her dedication to working out and keeping slim, but admitted she's leery of the paparazzi.