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10 Things Loved in May

May started out with me coming home after working for a few weeks in Portland. It was great to be there and to see my favorite people and places, but it was even better to get back home. You don’t realize how much a place has become your home until you’re gone for a bit. Flying back into HNL on this trip really, really felt like coming home, which was a great feeling! Here are 10 more things I loved about May:

1. Stumptown Coffee – my final stop before leaving Portland. I bought so much, they said I could pretty much take anything else in the store that I wanted, including this cold brew.

2. Home (sigh). No, this isn’t the view from my home – I wish! But this is the beautiful windward side where we live.

3. Lazy weekends at the beach.

4. Our first trip to the Big Island. Look at this adorable horse I found on the way to South Point. I tried to convince him I was his paniolo.

5. Seared ahi at Merriman’s Market Cafe – yum! This was PERFECT. (I get very grumpy when I order seared ahi and it comes out cooked all the way through.)

6. Driving up Mauna Kea – 13796 feet!

7. Seeing the lava glow from Halemaumau at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

8. Snorkeling with a pod of spinner dolphins – they just showed up.

9. The Painted Church at Honaunau – amazing.

10. Spending five days in Volcano and hiking almost every day! It was chilly up there in the mountains, which reminded us of Oregon. <3

11 May
2012

All washed up – a DIY beachy coat rack

A couple of months ago we had a wild, stormy week here on Oahu. There was rain, lightning, high winds, hail and even  a “water spout”  miniature tornado off Lanikai Beach. Needless to say, there was no swimming for awhile and even beach walks were a little difficult. The week after the storm, the beach was strewn with debris – glass, boards, nails, dead fish, boat cushions – you name it.

My awesome husband happened upon this cute little painted board – half buried in the sand – and he knew it was something I’d want. Yes, my own piece of reclaimed wood with perfectly distressed orange paint! I wasn’t sure what I would do with it, but I knew I needed to take it home.

After staring at it for a month, I decided that with a few hooks it would make a perfect rack to hang coats and bags by the kitchen door. And thankfully, our giant wave print will make the little beach board feel right at home! Since we are renting our house and our walls are boring tan, any and all pops of color are welcome.

Next up was to choose whether to use one, two or three hooks. I think any of these would have turned out great, but two seemed the most balanced for the size of the board.

These metal hooks were left over from our old house and I hadn’t yet figured out what to do with them in the new place. (I bought them at Ikea, back when you could purchase Leksvik hooks individually. Now you can only buy them attached to a coat rack.) Anyway, I like that they are metal but not solid black. They kind of have a distressed look to them, which goes great with the reclaimed, washed up board.

A couple of screws later and some nails on the back to fasten it to the wall, and it was done!

So, messy counter and all, the photo on the left shows how it fits on the kitchen wall – centered between a door and window. This has been a weird entryway to get used to since the door opens into the space and we also need room to open the cupboards. This has made it impossible to use my larger coat/hat rack and shoe bench. Instead I settled on a bright yellow Tub Trug to corral flip flops. And my new DIY beachy coat rack is perfect for a bag and a hoodie. Who needs a row of coats in Hawaii, right? And a final bit of joy was seeing that my newest beach bag from Target matches the flip flop bucket. This whole citrusy theme just screams endless summer.

7 May
2012

Life’s a beach in Kailua

Har har har… No matter how stressed I get, it sure helps to have this close by:

Some people assume that everyone who lives in Hawaii is out on the beach all day. Well, we’re not. But we do go for evening walks and spend our weekends here! Can’t complain.

10 Things Loved in March

Our first visitors came to stay! And boy did they stay … for the entire month! What fun it was though. Here are 10 things that made me happy in March:

  1. Hanging out with two of our favorite people and showing off our new town.
  2. Lunches at Prima in Kailua.
  3. Playing tourist.
  4. Pie at Camille’s on Wheels
  5. Kayaking Kaneohe Bay
  6. The Monkey Bowl and Ginger Ono smoothie at Lanikai Juice
  7. Sunset at Shark’s Cove
  8. Strolling on the beach (so what if it makes me happy every month!)
  9. Checking out the Byodo-in Temple – it’s been quite a few years since I last visited here!
  10. Stumbling upon beautiful creations on the beach.

10 Things Loved in February

Home at last! I am officially a Hawaii resident – and I even have a driver’s license to prove it. On February 1, Mr. Kitty and I landed in Hawaii. What a journey this has been. The “house” arrived a couple of weeks later. We are settling in. Here are 10 things that made my month:

  1. My patient and very quiet travel companion on the flight over. (He was not happy, but at least he kept it to himself.)
  2. Flying over the windward side of Oahu – a rare treat. I could see my house from the plane!
  3. Being reunited with my love. <3
  4. Beautiful flowers.
  5. Weekend adventures and discovering new beaches.
  6. Sweet Home Waimanalo – my favorite restaurant.
  7. Sunrises at Kailua Beach – mmmm, the Mokuluas
  8. Sunsets at Kailua Beach – that burst of color as the sun disappears over the Kooluas. Until tomorrow.
  9. Opal Thai – amazing Thai food on the north shore.
  10. The arrival of our household goods. It is truly who and what you surround yourself with that makes a place feel like home.

A great month.