Rock n Fun Kapolei

Games, Burgers, Fries, Milkshakes and… A BAR!  There’s fun for everyone at the new Rock N Fun, located at Ka Makana Ali’i in Kapolei.  Last night we were invited to the soft opening of this new venue that combines Fun Factory and Johnny Rockets.  Here on the island, we associate E. K. Fernandez with all things fun.  They’ve provided family entertainment through their Carnivals and Fun Factory game rooms for what feels like forever (since I was a little girl). So we were so excited to learn that they’d be collaborating with one of my “must-eat” restaurants whenever we travel to California.

I’m not too sure about the actual Grand Opening, but I’m assuming that the date will be within the next couple of weeks.

The food was so good! Kahele and the kids are definitely Burgers & Fries lovers, so they filled up til satisfied.  My favorite burger at Johnny Rockets is the patty melt and a chunk of my afternoon was spent craving it!  When I took my first bite it was exactly what I’d been wanting.  Of course the shakes were awesome. I love how the adults are able to get their grub and drink on while the kids are in watching distance playing arcade games.  It really is the best of both worlds.

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Things to do on the Windward side of Oahu- Part 1

Hi everyone!  Hope everyone is having a great week.  It’s almost the weekend and I’m so excited!  Besides the scheduled baseball games that we need to attend, we really don’t have any plans.  One thing I know I don’t want to do after going to a game on the other side of the mountain, is to go home and take another long drive.  Maybe we’ll check out the mall or even catch a movie.  Living on the Windward side we’re pretty limited on things to do when it comes to theme parks, big malls and big events.  I thought this would be a great place to share just some of the things there are to do if you ever find yourself on the Windward Side of Oahu. So…. Here are just a few things to take into consideration.

If I could give one “must-do” in my opinion, it would be to start your day off by ordering out from Cinnamon’s Restaurant in Kailua (order out or you’re looking at, at least an hour wait) and having breakfast at Lanikai Beach.  It’s so pretty in the morning and not crowded (on the weekdays).  Here are some of my favorites from Cinnamon’s.

^^ The Crabcakes Eggs Benedict is my absolute fave!^^

^^ These guava chiffon pancakes are the perfect breakfast dessert^^

Now on to some other suggestions…

Hike the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail

This really is a beautiful hike.  I DON’T HIKE, but this hike is an easy one.  I’d say that if you plan 2 1/2 hours around this you’ll be able to hike both ways and have lots of time to take in the view and get some great pics.

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Sea Life Park

You can do this right after the hike. You get in your car and literally drive 5 minutes to the entrance of the park. I have to be honest though, unless you’re planning to actually swim with the dolphins or do other activities besides the free shows, this may not be worth it.  We went a few months ago and were a little bored because the show schedules are catered to those who pay for these extra perks.  So there is a lot of downtime between shows and really nothing much to do with that time. But still a beautiful place to visit.

Kalama Beach

I’ve already mentions having breakfast at Kailua or Lanikai beach but the shoreline in Kailua is long and beautiful.  In addition to these pretty beaches you’ll also run into Kalama Beach.  This beach is good for beginner surfers, they often have youth surf competitions here. but also just a great beach to lay out at.  The parking is limited and you may have to find road side parking but once you get to the sand you’ll see that the trouble was well worth it.

^^ This is my favorite beach in Kailua. That’s the Marine Base there in the distance.^^

Maunawili Falls

The Ko’olau mountains offer us some beautiful waterfalls but if you want to see one up close you can drive just 5 minutes from Kalama Beach to the Maunawili Falls. I used to go here all the time in High School.  You’ll have to be careful on this hike and avoid it if it’s rainy weather which is pretty common on the windward side.

Island Snow

 And don’t forget to grab some Shave Ice from Island Snow.  You may have heard of this place because Barack Obama would stop by while vacationing in Kailua. My recommendation is to get the snow cap on any flavor you decide on!

As you can see the Windward side has a lot of natural beauty to offer.  You won’t find too many tourist attractions or a lot to do indoors but if you love beaches, waterfalls and nature we have some of the best.  In part 2 we’ll be heading over to my home town of Kaneohe as well as the rest of the windward side cities.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that I’ve provided some exciting adventures for anyone visiting soon.

SOME WEEKEND PICS

On Sunday we celebrated 2 of our nephews (Kanaloa and Kahaku) birthdays at Kailua beach followed by a BBQ at Kahele’s parents house.  I was able to capture just a few pics at the beach. It was so hot and crowded that while everyone was swimming I stayed in my nice breezy spot under a huge tree where I was able to read my book.

Tsujita- Yokocho Gourmet Alley

A few months ago the bottom floor to the Waikiki Shopping Plaza was turned into a food court decorated to replicate the alleys of Yokota, a lot of locals are referring to it as Ramen Road.  I’ll be doing a post of the entire floor a little later because it really is a cool looking place that offers so many different Japanese dishes. But for now, I must focus on one of the restaurants that I’ve tried there.  Tsujita, known for their long lines in their L.A. and Japan locations and frequented by many celebrities, has gained popularity because of their thick broths simmered down for hours.  I don’t know what they put in their broth but from the first taste I was hooked.  I love the style of the “dip” noodle, the noodles presented separately from the broth and dipping, slurping, chewing and savoring every flavor.  So yummy!

I love the earthy, woodsy feel of this restaurant.  It definitely transports you to Japan for the duration of  your meal, which it nice when you’re eating there on your lunch break from work.

I was pretty hungry so I went for the Ajitama Tsukemen (Tsukemen with soft boiled egg) as well as their Spicy Tuna Bowl.  I enjoyed both! If you ever get around to visiting this Ramen Road it’ll probably be hard to decide between their 16 vendors, but I can honestly say that this place is good and worth a try.

2250 Kalakaua Ave.

Honolulu, Hi 96815

Our Weekend Staycation

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What a great weekend I had!  My daughter’s birthday was earlier in the month and she asked that we stay in a hotel for the weekend where we could go swimming all day and night and eat some good food.  Of course I wanted to give this to her but we were so busy on the weekends with sports and other commitments that the only weekend we had open was this past weekend.  We decided not to tell the kids and make it a nice surprise for the all of them.  So last week Monday I made the reservations at the Outrigger Reef on the beach.  I reserved a 1 bedroom suite so that we’d all be comfortable.  On Thursday night after the kids went to sleep I packed up everything we’d need for the weekend.  On Friday after work I picked up the kids from school and told them that I’d forgotten something at work and needed to go back and get it.  As I pulled into the hotel they were confused saying “this isn’t where you work”.  The valet attendant opened up and asked “checking in?”  and I said “yup” and the kids freaked out.  When he asked when I’d be checking out I replied “Monday” and they were so excited!

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The first thing the kids wanted to do was go swimming in the pool.  They didn’t even wanna wait for their dad to get there, so that was the first “fun” of the weekend.  When Kahele finally got there the kids wanted to relax for a couple of hours before we headed down to the beach to watch the fireworks.

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On Saturday we headed over to the Honolulu Zoo (which I’ll share pics in a later post).  We actually went to take Aria for the first time, but she ended up falling asleep before we could reach the Keiki Petting Zoo.  We were all tired and worn out that once again the pool sounded like a great idea.  We picked up Zippy’s plate lunches and headed back to the hotel for more fun in the sun.

I’ll share more about some other things we did during our weekend but another great surprise was that they expected to go to school yesterday and got up early, got dressed and had sad faces on.  Then Kahele was like… “Hey how about we go downstairs and have breakfast and swim today instead of going to school?”  OMG the excitement erupted again!

It was such a much needed, relaxing weekend that we all needed.  I hope that we can get around to doing something like this more often.

How to display Pinterest boards in your sidebar. For wordpress.com

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For those of us who don’t have a self-hosted WordPress, we often miss out on all of the little perks of “beautifying” our blogs.  I know for myself, I’ve been waiting for a feature that will allow me to create my own custom Pin It hover, but its been a long time waiting and still nothing for feature.  I am obsessed with Pinterest and have been trying to figure out how to display my latest Pins in my sidebar.  I’ve found posts on how to do it only to find out that it’s for “self-hosted” wordpress blogs 😦  Well I have finally found a way to do it thanks to Gretchen Louise!  She’s given a little trick as to how to get those pretty pins displayed in your sidebar.  Look how much prettier it makes my sidebar look. Please visit her blog by clicking here.  Let me know how it works out for you guys.

Valentine’s Gift Guide for Her!

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  1.  Artisan Sugars– 12 for $8

  2. Kate Spade Tote– $198

  3. Robert Piguet “Francas” Fragrance– $150

  4.  Dylan’s Candy Bar Petite Cookies– $36

  5. Bando Flask – $25