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23 Jun
2012

My 10 Favorite Oahu Hikes

Oahu is an amazing place to hike and the terrain is super diverse – everything from hot, dusty deserts to cool, muddy rainforests. My favorites are the view hikes – I just love climbing ridges (although, waterfalls aren’t half-bad either). And, lucky for me, the windward side has some of the best hikes on the island. To illustrate:

Here are my 10 favorite hikes (so far) on Oahu:

  1. Haiku Stairs or “stairway to heaven”
  2. Olomana
  3. Mariner’s Ridge
  4. Lanikai Pillboxes
  5. Kaena Point Nature Reserve
  6. Makapu’u Point Lighthouse
  7. Diamond Head Crater
  8. Kaiwanui Marsh
  9. Abandoned Rader Tower near the H-3
  10. Maunawili Falls


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10 Things Loved in April

Wow that went quick! April marked my first trip back to Portland for work. And boy did I work – almost around-the-clock for three straight weeks, including weekends. I did have time for meals out with friends, coffee with my parents and an afternoon of shopping though. Phew. I was so happy to get home. Here are 10 things that brought me joy in April:

  1. Tasty breakfast spots on Oahu – especially ones that serve Portland coffee like Town and Morning Glass.
  2. Hiking to Maunawili Falls.
  3. Having a “fruit corner” instead of a fruit bowl.
  4. Cooking with beets – my favorite veggie.
  5. Kayaking to the Mokes.
  6. Shopping ’til I dropped at the Columbia and Adidas employee stores. What? I needed more outdoorsy gear – it’s for my health!
  7. Dreaming at Rejuvenation Hardware – love this place.
  8. Running along the waterfront. I have missed you, Portland.
  9. Seeing my lovely parents, even for just a short while.
  10. Making up for lost time at my favorite Portland breakfast spots.

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.

4 Feb
2012

10 Things Loved in January

January was an emotional rollercoaster! After spending December with my favorite guy in Hawaii, I was back to Portland for a month to get our house ready for the big move. It was bittersweet, and involved delicious food and many goodbyes. Here are 10 things that made my month:

  1. Seeing Monk Seals on an early morning hike to Kaena Point on New Year’s Day (my only day in Hawaii this month, tear).
  2. Baking and cooking a few last times with my 1950s oven – oh, how I’ve loved you.
  3. Another trip to the Barefoot Sage – I have a great friend and I am so spoiled.
  4. Taking a “Mastering Macarons” cooking class with my bestie, from a French Laundry alum, no less. (Best Christmas present ever!) She did a great recap of our class here.
  5. Dove Vivi pizza – the cornmeal crust is ahh-mazing … I think I may have mentioned this before.
  6. Breakfast at Besaws – although, this time I liked their “2012 – what will it bring for you?” chalk art more than my food.
  7. Snow!
  8. A going away party hosted by my dearest, with four of my very favorite people in attendance. Cupcakes also made an appearance.
  9. Shopping – I went a little overboard, snatching up things at my favorite places like West Elm, Anthropologie and World Market, none of which are in Hawaii. The movers were a little perplexed at the sight of unopened boxes. My favorite shopping find was not a purchase, it was seeing the EXACT typewriter I own in a store display at Anthropologie – swoon.
  10. Bamboo Sushi – definitely my favorite sushi place in Portland. Amazing quality and unique, tasty combinations. It’s also a great place for non-drinkers to get a fancy drink, as they will make many of their signature cocktails without the alcohol. My favorite is “purple haze” with fresh blackberry puree – yummy!
  11. This one was a love/hate – watching our Matson shipping container get loaded up over two full days and then seeing it drive away … the end of our Portland life.