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 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 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.