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


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.

Christmas 2016

Hi everyone!  It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  For my family, the festivities begin on Christmas Eve spent with my Dad’s family at my grandpa’s house.  We all get together and play games, eat a lot of ono food and finish off with presents.  Christmas morning is spent with just me, my sister and our families at our home.  For brunch we head over to Kahele’s parents home and get together with my in-laws.  Around mid afternoon we always get together with my moms side of the family and do a movie.  This year the kids wanted to watch “Sing”.  Then we end our day with dinner at home.  This year I did a prime rib, which was die-licious!  Here are some photos and a little video of my Christmas.  I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year!


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Life Lately

Life has been pretty busy.  I wish I had more time to sit at my computer and blog- it’s the one thing that really helps me escape, this and reading a book or watching a good movie.  Honestly it’s so hard to get a good amount of downtime to do either.


I love this picture of Aria!  She started a little cold last week so obviously she was very grumpy so I’m glad I caught one of the rare moments when she was happy.  She’s constantly wanting to be carried, she’s had a runny nose that had her throwing tantrums because she was so irritated and there have been a few sleepless nights. It’s so sad and at times frustrating.  Of course I can’t blame baby but when I have to get things done sometimes I just have to put her in her crib and let her cry while I try to do as much as I can.  I’ve been feeling like a zombie for almost a week now.


Last week Friday was my son Maui’s homecoming football game and senior night.  They won!!! He played so well and it was nice that so many of my family members were able to show up and support him.  This Saturday is their last season game before heading off to the playoffs.  Hopefully they can make it pretty far (fingers crossed).

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We very rarely take pictures with all 6 of us in it.  Even in this picture my mom is included lol.  Maybe for Christmas this year we’ll get some professional ones done with all of us.


On Saturday Tea went to my niece’s birthday party.  My cousin let my niece invite a few of her closest friends and had someone come over and give an art lesson. They were all taught to draw the same thing- a picture of a mermaid.  Tea sent me this photo of her painting.  Kahele and I were so confused on what we were looking at lol.  Kahele saw a blue volcano with orange lava flowing into the sea and I…. sort of agreed with him hahaa!  But when Tea came home she explained that the blue volcano is actually the mermaid’s hair and the orange is her tail!  Do you see it now?!  She loved it so much that she wants to paint all the damn time now.  Maybe she has a future, she’s way better than her father and I am for sure.

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Sunday BBQ was so relaxing!  The weather was so pretty and the sunset and rainbows were gorgeous.

Well, that’s pretty much been whats been going on in my life as of late.  Hopefully I’ll have a new post soon!


Aloha Burrito Waikiki

It’s hard to find something to eat in Waikiki that will fit in my budget.  It’s either bring lunch from home, eat McDonalds or spend an average of $13 on a meal.  So when I heard about Aloha Burrito and their $8 (get you full) lunches, you know I was game.  They give you so much, it’s a great deal.  I chose to have the loco moco burrito and it was really good!  I know both my sons would love it!  This place is build right next to Moose Mcgillicuddy’s on Lewers.



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Happy Birthday Maui-Boy


I am a mother of a 17 year old! That is so crazy to say. Seventeen years ago today I gave birth to my oldest, Maui. There is just something special about your first experience giving birth. I had no idea what to expect, I was young and scared. But as soon as he came out I had an overwhelming sense of love that I’d never felt before. This life that I had been carrying was finally in my arms.

Maui has no idea what a blessing he is. My life could have been way different (not for the better) if I didn’t have him. Having him forced me to make some really good decisions about the direction I wanted my life to go. I literally started to live my life for him. He is the first grandson as well as the first great-grandson on both sides of my family, so he was and still is very doted upon by everyone in the family.

It’s been amazing to see all of his accomplishments throughout the years. He is so dedicated when it comes to his sports and I just know deep down that he will go far. I pray that he continues to be the respectful, caring and driven young man that he is today.

Kaua’i 2016

We spent the long weekend in Kaua’i for Kahele’s grandmother’s memorial service. We also treated it as a mini vacation which was really nice. A lot of positive things happened over the weekend. The most incredible had to be Kahele’s 2 brothers reuniting after not speaking to each other for over 10 years. All families have their little quarrels, but I think in the wake of death you just realize how important it is to squash any little issues that are keeping you apart from the ones who matter most. It was so nice to all get together, especially all of our kids.

We landed in Kaua’i on Thursday evening and drove about an hour to a house that we rented. It was gorgeous. There were some flaws- the Jacuzzi wouldn’t get hot and the a water pipe ran up the outside of the room we were staying in so it was noisy every time a toilet would flush or someone took a shower- but nothing that would stop me from staying there again. Here are some pictures that I took from the Kaua’i Vacation Rentals website.



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On Friday morning we had some breakfast before heading over to the site where the Luau would be after the services at the church. Speaking of the church, this is the cutest church I’ve ever been in. It’s so old you can really feel the history when you walk in.


I absolutely love this church!


Te’a, Kaulana and my baby Aria aka “Maile”


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I absolutely loved my daughters dress (left). Her older cousin bought it for her.

On Saturday morning we were at the church before services started to be able to greet everyone who attended. It was so nice to see family & friends come together to celebrate such a wonderful lady’s life. The luau followed after the services where we ate, I mean really ate so much lol. We were supposed to paddle out the ashes at Hanalei bay but there was a huge swell this weekend and waves were reaching up to 15 feet, so we weren’t able to. But we did head on over to the beach and throw some flowers in the ocean for her.
On Sunday we just all got together and hung out at the house watching football and talking story. We all agree that a couple more days would have been perfect, but we all had to get back to work and school. I hope that this can be an annual tradition for Kahele’s family.

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I want to end this post by just saying that Kahele’s Tutu was one of the most incredible human beings that I’ve ever met. She was so beautiful not only inside but out too. I’m also so happy that she gave us her blessing to give our newborn her name before she passed… we have a little “Maile” always in our presence.  I’ll also be uploading some video that I took in Kaua’i.  It’ll probably be up tomorrow.