Beach Day with the fam!

Hawaii is starting to open up! Yesterday we packed up the cars for the beach and spent the entire day there. However, when we were there we got alerts saying that after weeks of zero new covid cases we now have 8. This is soooo depressing. Will it ever end? What’s the plan?

I also got a text saying that we’ll be returning to work on the 15th but with these new cases, who knows what the governor will do now. I’m soooo craving normality and by the looks of it… things will probably never be what we considered normal.

My nieces and daughter (middle) had the best time
FYI uncrustables are the best beach snack

I dread going into places where face masks are required (which is pretty much everywhere here), and to even try to imagine that face masks are going to be a part of everyday is hard to accept. In Hawaii our greeting to anyone we run in to or meet is a kiss and hug. Now in public we find ourselves doing this weird elbow tap. I hate it! That’s not what I want my kids to grow up doing and it’s not something I want lost in our culture.

The older kids really missed this!

So, even though I don’t like going to the beach, I enjoyed myself. It’s something that brought all of us together that felt really normal to us. No face masks, laying on the beach, swimming in the ocean… it was a great day!

My grandson is the cutest

Beach Day

On Saturday my Dad and Maui got up really early and headed over to Lanikai beach to set up an area for the day.  My sister and her family headed out shortly after.  After Kuha’os baseball game him and I rushed over to join them all.  The kids had a blast and swam til their eyes were bloodshot red and their skin dark 🙂  I, of course, sat under a tent and avoided the sun.  We BBQ-ed some really good food and snacked on some poke.  Kahele missed out on all the fun because he was in Maui for his track meet.  But I was sure to send him lots of snap chat pics and videos.  Here are some pics from our fun day at the beach.

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Windy Day At The Beach

Over the weekend we had a family gathering in Waimanalo- it was soooo windy.  I sat up on the sand to watch the kids swim and I literally got stung by the flying sand.  The kids had a blast in the choppy waters and, although being beaten by wind and sand, I had a blast watching them.  We arrived a little late because my son had a baseball game in the afternoon, so not only was it windy but also cold because the sun was setting at this point. So there I was on the beach with sweat pants and a hoodie!  Lemme tell you… what I wouldn’t give to be there now instead of at work at my desk lol.

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Hawaii Prince Court Buffet

On Sunday I met up with my girlfriends for a nice brunch.  We decided on the Prince Court Buffet.  This is one of the best buffets I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a lot.  I think that the thing I liked best about this buffet is that all the selections were prepared nicely and everything that I chose tasted yummy.  There are buffets out there that add things to their buffet and it looks so pretty but when you taste it… barf!  This wasn’t one of those huge buffets but there were plenty of things to choose from.  Click here for their Sunday Brunch Menu.

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 We were lucky to get a window table

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I pretty much just piled on all that could fit on the plate.  I did have a salad plate before this one.

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And for the finally…. DESSERT!!!! The taro cheese cake (purple) and the bread pudding with vanilla bean sauce were both awesome!

Definitely make time to visit this buffet whether you’re kama’aina or visitor.  And go really hungry, I was smart and didn’t eat dinner the night before or anything that morning.

Hawaii Prince Hotel

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2015 O’o Awards

Over the weekend we attended the O’o Awards. My father-in-law was a recipient this year (what an honor). It was absolutely beautiful. The highlight of the evening is when Kahele did the Oli (chant) to present his father. There were so many tears on our table lol. Here are some photos and a couple of Vines from that night.  We even got to see the fireworks!  Great night!
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These gifts were waiting for us when we sat.  In the black pouch there was a beautiful koa mirror

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There was sooo much food.

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This Guava Cheesecake was die-licious!

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Such a touching moment between Kahele and his Dad

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Receiving the O’o

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We still have these leis hanging all over the house.


Some Easter Pics

Hi everyone!  Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend 🙂  I had a blast celebrating with family.  I ate wayyyyy too much on Sunday.  We had a huge breakfast, an even bigger lunch and BBQ dinner.  I think I even made myself a little sick from eating so much.  Here are some pics from Sunday….

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SAW THIS “BUNNY BAIT” ON PINTEREST & MADE LITTLE TREATS FOR ALL THE KIDS

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