14 Oct
2012

My Oahu and Honolulu City Guide for Design Sponge

I wrote a new Oahu and Honolulu City Guide as a guest post for Design Sponge a few months ago. Life has been busy so I kind of forgot to write about writing it! The guide lists about 75 of my favorite shops, restaurants and things to do on Oahu. I split it into three areas – Honolulu (beyond Waikiki), the North Shore (Haleiwa) and Kailua (windward Oahu) and created a Google map to go along with it.

See the full guide on Design Sponge.
See the Oahu City Guide Google Map.

I hope fellow bloggers find it helpful as they plan to visit Oahu. And as I said in the post, I’ll probably still feel like a visitor years from now! I guess I should head over to see if anyone has left new recommendations in the comments. Speaking of comments, the format of the post is a little confusing because they left the comments up from a previous Hawaii city guide even though mine is completely new and only for Oahu. (Just skip down to June 2012 for the real comments.)

Here’s a peek at one of my favorite stores I listed in the guide – Pacific Home. I want that chair!

10 Things Loved in September

Good times in Hawaii. Here are 10 things that made me happy in September:

  1. Playing in Waikiki.
  2. More family visited. They stayed in town so it was fun to go out and be tourists. We went to the Okinawan Festival – this bonzai exhibit was great.
  3. Getting my iPhone 5!
  4. Exploring at Kaena Point – always a fun time.
  5. Whole Ox Deli – ahhhh-mazing breakfast. I die. No need for Portland anymore.
  6. Madre Chocolate – it’s good.
  7. Fresh lilikoi.
  8. Shirokiya – we go there quite a lot to grab ramen or whatever looks tasty. Reminds me of being in Japan. Which brings me to happiness about planning our upcoming Japan and Korea vacation.
  9. Starting to run again. Why am I so slow?! But the views are worth it – this spot was a treat!
  10. SUPing at flat island and to the Mokuluas.

10 Things Loved in August

I spent the entire month on the mainland – one week on vacation and four weeks working. Here are 10 things that made me happy:

  1. Good times with good friends – especially these two ladies and their dudes.
  2. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.
  3. The little things – hello, tiny frog.
  4. The big things – hello, trees that are too big and tall to comprehend.
  5. Camping in the California redwoods.
  6. Swimming in COLD river water.
  7. Driving 101 along the Oregon coast.
  8. Full moon in summer.
  9. Biking in the bike city – Portland. (Thanks to a lovely friend who let me borrow her bike for my entire trip.)
  10. Family.

10 Things Loved in July

It was a quiet, happy month. Here are 10 things that made it so:

  1. Papaya – I love the reddish ones.
  2. Bringing out my stars and stripes All-Stars for the 4th of July parade.
  3. Delicious cherry tart – despite a crust catastrophe.
  4. Beautiful views out my car window.
  5. Beautiful view in my backyard.
  6. Beautiful views in my town.
  7. A super silly husband who draws faces on mangoes.
  8. Eating takeout flautas from Serg’s – with this view.
  9. A fantastic day at Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens – bikes, picnic, shade, friend.
  10. Finishing my diving certification. Woo!

10 Things Loved in June

My birth month! And I got to spend all of it at home in Hawaii. Here are 10 things I loved about June:

  1. This hippie bowl recipe from Emily at Daily Garnish. So simple and good.
  2. We had more friends come to visit – so fun.
  3. Great gifts from said friends. My friend MADE this blown-glass vase. I love it.
  4. My silly, lazy kitty.
  5. Rainier cherries  from Yakima, Washington – the best.
  6. My Zoku popsicle maker. It is so darn amazing. Thank you, sister.
  7. Getting a standup paddle board for my birthday. Yes!
  8. New Ono Pop flavors – you just have to try them all.
  9. Working on my diving certification.
  10. Maybe I spent too much time at home this month, but my cat deserves two spots on this list.