Thursday Throwback- When Maui met Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Maui used to be the biggest WWE fan when he was a little boy and his favorite wrestler was The Rock.  My best friend Hina worked on the movie set of The Rundown and called one morning saying that he was going to be on site and to bring Maui down to meet him.  Maui was soooo excited the whole ride there and made sure that he brought his wrestling figure of The Rock with him.  When Dwayne started walking towards us Maui all of a sudden got so shy lol.  When he asked his name Maui replied “Maui” and Dwayne said “That’s one of the coolest names ever!”  It’s funny that he actually played “Maui” in the movie Moana!


Shows that I grew up watching in the 80’s and 90’s

Last night I was laying in bed with my girls watching Disney channel and my oldest son walked in and said “remember when I used to watch The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and That’s So Raven”?  It got me thinking about all of the television shows that I grew up loving when I was a kid.  I put together a list of shows that I watched from when I was a little girl through high school (I probably missed a couple that I’ll remember after I post).  I miss these shows so much and remember being obsessed with so many of them to the point that I’d beg my mom to rush us home after softball practice so that we wouldn’t miss them.  I’ve broke the list up into 80’s and 90’s.  I’d love to hear of some of  your favorites when you were a kid.

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Pasta! A simple, easy and cheap recipe.

Last night for dinner I planned to warm up some left over stew that we had the night before but also wanted to throw together a little something on the side just in case someone wasn’t in the mood for leftovers.  What I threw together was a hit and everyone ended up eating it instead of the stew.  It was so simple and cheap (I had every ingredient at home to make it).


1 box pasta.  I like angel hair, but any will do.

1 package of bacon

3/4 cup (a stick and a half) of butter

3/4 cup of Asiago cheese (or grated parmesan)

Garlic!  As much as you want.  I use a whole head.

Optional: Parmesan shavings as a garnish


In a pan fry your bacon and set aside.

In a pot cook your pasta til al dente.

While your pasta is cooking add your butter and garlic to a pan and simmer for about 10 minutes until the garlic is tender.

Add your pasta to the butter and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes so that the pasta absorbs the butter.

Add bacon and  Asiago and serve.

So simple!

This weather calls for some ramen

The weather here has been pretty gloomy lately.  Not that I’m complaining,  I love this cozy weather, it’s the closest we get to feeling like winter so it’s really nice.  I also love that it gives me a reason to eat some good ramen.  Yesterday I walked out of the office  and the sky was gray and the air had a little chill.  Instantly, I knew that I wanted something nice and warm and headed over to Goma Tei in the International Market Place.  I was really hungry so I ordered the Tan Tan Ramen and the mini Curry rice bowl.  Big mistake!  I was sooooo full.  I could’ve easily been satisfied with the Ramen alone but it’s a bad habit to order too much. I’ll learn someday 😉

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2330 Kalakaua Ave
Ste 318
Honolulu, HI 96815


Shorebird Restaurant Outrigger Reef Waikiki

On our last morning of our Waikiki stay we kept the kids home from school and had a beautiful breakfast at the Shorebird restaurant in our hotel.  I’ve gone to this restaurant a few times for dinner but never for breakfast.  OMG it is so pretty in the morning.  We had the best table with a gorgeous view of the beach and diamond head.  It was also overcast so the air was nice and cool.


I woke up to this!  I sat on our balcony for 15 minutes with the sky looking like this before the sun was fully up.  If it lasted longer I would’ve stayed out there all day.  So pretty.



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We looked up and there was no camera there! LOL so my daughter and I just stood there like idiots waving at nothing.  She loved it!


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I truly give this hotel and this restaurant two thumbs up. Its just a great family hotel and not too fancy but really beautiful!

Hard Rock Cafe Waikiki

During our stay in Waikiki we treated ourselves to Hard Rock Cafe on Lewers.  I’ve eaten at the old Hard Rock Cafe years ago but never at this new location.  For some reason I thought there was so much more memorabilia than we saw.  The food was great!  We ate so much that we were too stuffed for dessert.




Of course I started off with a Pina Colada.  I haven’t had one in forever so this was a real treat.  I also ordered their house salad with my meal and I was surprised at what they brought me.  It was one of the best house salads I had with cranberries, walnuts, mandarin oranges and feta cheese.




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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.

Thursday Throwback


Maui & Tea on our 2012 trip to Vegas.  I can’t believe how young they both are.  It’s just a reminder to love them and have as much fun with them as I can before they’re adults themselves.