Some memories from 2018

A lot of changes took place in my life in 2018.  There were some good and some not so good times.  But I’m trying this new thing called OPTIMISM, you know to start the new year on a good note… so we’ll just highlight the good things.  img_1655-2

Kuha’o graduated from 8th grade.  He is now in High School!!!  It’s so crazy that just a couple of years I couldn’t believe that Maui was graduating, and now Kuha’o is almost there too.  I’m getting old.

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The highlight of the year for all of us was the birth of my granddaughter Tatum.  She is just the calm in all the chaos of life.  I cannot believe that I’ve been blessed with her, she is absolutely beautiful in every way.

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^^ Kuha’o absolutely loves his little niece^^

We’ve had birthdays, baby showers, weddings, concerts, and through it all we’ve built some great memories for the last year.  I hope that 2019 is an even better year for all of us!  Here are a few more from 2018…

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Aria is 3 years old

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My little girl is growing up so fast.  I can’t believe she’s 3 already.  We celebrated all weekend with a camping trip on the North Shore.  We stayed at camp Mokule’ia where we rented a cabin (because I need a private bathroom, shelter and electricity).  We really lucked out because we were able to rent a cabin just a week in advance.  The camp is currently being renovated so they gave us the end cabin and we were literally the only ones there!  It was like we had our own private beach.  It was amazing!

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My dad lives only a few minutes away, so he was able to spend a lot of time with us.  We had family join us on Saturday for a BBQ, fishing, crab hunting at night and of course we roasted marshmallows and made s’mores.  Everyone was happy and having a great time, especially the kids.  I love that my kids are able to look back and remember this, the way I remember when I would go camping with my cousins when I was younger.

Aria was loving all of the “Happy Birthday” wishes from everyone that came by all weekend.  She heard it so much that by Sunday night she actually said “my birthday is done already”, it was hilarious! Im going to make it a point to start doing more of these little “staycations” with my family, having all of my kids together laughing and enjoying each other is what I live for.

My little ones are getting big fast

My youngest daughter and my granddaughter are just getting so big… time is just flying by too fast for me to keep up. It’s amazing how babies and toddlers can make all the stress in life go away in their presence. They truly are my sanity at the end of a crazy day. I’ve been so busy and hopefully I can soon share with you all the new things going on. Til then, here are some updated pics of the girls.

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.

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.

Rock Island Cafe Waikiki

For years I’ve walked by this cafe and I’ve never tried it.  Today Kahele picked me up for lunch and I told him that I really wanted to try it out, so without knowing what to expect we headed over.  The minute I walked in I loved the place.  I didn’t even know how the food or the service was, but the decor and feel of the restaurant totally won me over.

  I mean how cool is this place!  It’s like walking into a time machine and heading right back to mid-century.  All of the Elvis, Audrey, Marilyn, I love Lucy… amazing!  And they played the Grease soundtrack while we ate.  Now I think that all my meals should be eaten with the Grease soundtrack playing in the background 😉

Everywhere you turn there’s just some random piece of furniture, stuffed animal, quote, picture that you can’t help to smile at.  I mean, this chair right next to the popcorn machine?

This cute little bar that sits about 5 is located at the very back of the restaurant, sort of like… “hey we need a bar, but don’t have any room for one so let’s just stick baby in the corner”.

Not too sure if this stage is just for show or if they actually have live entertainment.  OMG if I find out that they have Karaoke and you’re able to perform on this stage I’m going back!

Another random bar/podium.  Not sure what it’s purpose is but it oddly fits right in with the restaurant.

All of the vintage posters made me want to watch some oldies.  I think this weekend I may have to make some time for Audrey or Marilyn.  Maybe, Seven Year Itch?  That sound good to me!

Our table had the retro decor and even had Trivial Pursuit cards to keep us busy while waiting for our food.  I wish we had more than an hour but I had to get back to work.

The food was really good. Nothing fancy but really tasty.  I had the Pizza with a Plantation Iced Tea and Kahele just had to have the Diner food- Bacon burger, french fries and a chocolate malt.

Be prepared that this restaurant is a little pricey for the simplicity of the food.  We ended up spending $43 on just what’s pictured above.  But for the experience, I feel like it was worth it.

Rock Island Cafe

131 Kaiulani Ave

Honolulu, HI 96815

 

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

A morning at the park with my girls!

This morning before heading off to work I took my girls to the park to have some breakfast and to play on the jungle gym.  My youngest loves to be outdoors and pretty much nags the entire time in the house to get out.  So when she’s at the park running around she’s her happiest. It was really nice to have the morning with them, I wish every morning could be spent like this!