Sunday, May 17, 2015

friendship + shave ice

 If you work retail you must know that having two days off in a row, is an actual blessing. You should call yourself blessed and highly favored because these mini-vacays are a rarity. They come wrapped up in a tiny box full of naps, mornings to sleep in, breakfast at 11:30 and did I mention naps? I took full advantage of having two complete days off. I knew I wanted to sleep in and that was easy but I also knew that I really wanted to try the newest shave ice shop on the island.

My sister and I have been dying to try Wailua Shave Ice. I'm not much of a shave ice person - gimme cake and ice cream and I'm your girl - but I couldn't resist after following them on Instagram and seeing all of their wonderful treats. We headed to the east side of the island. It's one of those towns that if you blink you'll miss it. It's also a place so familiar to me. Part of my middle school and high school life was spent in these parts and although I love living in the more central part of the island these days, it's always a nice walk down memory lane when I'm in Kapa'a.

Wailua Shave Ice is parked next to an old police sub-station and is right off one the busiest intersection in the town. They are right next to the beach and practically on a bike path that goes for miles up and down the east coast of the island. We get there and it's hot. I'm beaming and ready to devour something cool. I look at the menu and naturally, I go for the safest choice - STRAWBERRY! I always do that. But it's okay because it was sooo good! We sat on the bar that extended under the over-hang of their food truck and within minutes the best shave ice I've had in a long time was served. They served it in a real bowl (I thought that was super cool) and let us just hang on the bar until we were satisfied! The guys were friendly and even let us try their special that day: "Cherryaki"... yes, teriyaki but Cherryaki. And no, there is no teriyaki in there. So good!

We left knowing that we would be back soon! While eating our shave ice, a woman walked up to the trailer to ask where the farmer's market was located... ah, wonderful... "right up the road". We adventured right up the road and made our way to the tiny little parking lot full of tents and vendors and people. Literally, a sea of people. And way too much sun. But, my fresh ginger and bird-of-paradise stocks that I got for my mom were pretty and my kalua bowl from Hanalei Taro & Juice Co. hit the spot and made me forget about how hot it was. We tried the ginger soda from Hanalei Taro and I swear it blinded all of my taste buds. It was like eating raw ginger in the grocery store. Yeah, never again for the ginger soda.

After a nice afternoon in the sun, we headed back to Lihu'e for our midweek service at our church and some ono Hamura's Saimin. But, that's another story for another day... Try Wailua Shave Ice, you will absolutely love it. LOVE IT!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


"I will sit and I will wait
and I will wander through 
years of love
that I have so meticulously kept safe in my heart.
I wont stay there too long, but
however, my lips will curve upwards
as I remember your face
and your voice
and the way you love me.
As the wind travels through my hair,
I will travel to each moment of you; 
those moments I came alive,
those moments my heart ached because it was so full
full of you. 
I'll sit under a tree in a pretty, lonely park on a sunny day
and I'll think of you. 
I'll reminisce to myself about your gentleness
and your strength
and how much I absolutely adore you.
And just as the wind blows another gust through the empty park,
I will take one more breath and breathe you in, all of you
each memory, each moment I smiled with you... because of you.
And as the gust blows through, I'll let the wind take it.
I'll revisit and wander through again, I promise.
I'll pull my hair back and smile again, gently and quickly
as I wipe a lonely tear from my cheek."

Monday, April 13, 2015

cold mornings

The best things about this misty morning:
-Rylee's double chin
-Her laugh
-Her giggles
-Her obsession with my passion tea
-Girl talk (who doesn't love girl talk?)
-Kapa'a Starbucks - the best on Kaua'i
-Candid shots

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

three things i love // beauty

This right here was sent straight from Heaven! I'm not usually excited to put oil in my hair since I have super thick hair and sensitive scalp, but after having a successful coconut oil treatment done I figured a quarter-sized Moroccan oil drop wouldn't do much damage. After every hair wash, I put a drop in the palm of my hand and started with my tips and worked it, gently, into my roots. My hair wasn't oily and clumpy, it didn't smell bad either. My hair screamed for joy that someone had finally paid attention to it. The natural curls and waves that I have looked and felt good, too! I would definitely recommend it to any girl, with any hair type! Get this amazing-sent-from-God product here.

If you have sensitive skin, this facial cleanser is great! After years of trying to find the right cleanser, I finally found it Neutrogena Naturals. My breakouts ended, my skin wasn't left out to dry and my face was smooth after every wash. I tried it out for a few weeks and after looooving it, I bought a gentle sponge and used that on my face (very lightly) and that proved to be great too! I know there are a bunch of different skin types, but if you wanted to try something soft and subtle, I would choose this one! Pick it up at any drugstore... like my favorite place, Wal-Mart.

Well, duh. With my thick Hawaiian hair, this hair spray literally holds everything together. This does not need a lot of words to describe. If you want your hair to hold for the entire day - whether it be straight hair or curly - Get. This. Hairspray. Now.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

reminiscent of italy

I was looking through my old pictures on my computer and stumbled on the photos from Italy. It's been almost 3 years since we took the trip, but I always think about it. I think about the architecture, the people, the language, the doors, the way of life, the food. I'll admit, being in a different country was weird but an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Venice was my favorite. Our hotel was in Mestre, right across the street from the train station. It was a 7-minute ride to the Venetian island they call the Canales Grande (Grand Canals). We got to experience it under the night sky and in the daytime. It was gorgeous. Breathtaking. We ate prosciutto from the train station ( (it was pretty safe, I think), we had pasta at a restaurant right next to the Rialto. The Rialto is a landmark; it's the only bridge that spans across the canal. We walked miles and miles passing little shops and restaurants. Two days of complete sight-seeing.

When we got back to our hotel, we would stay up and watch American movies such as Ten Things I Hate About You, Transformers, One Tree Hill and I, Robot. It would be 3am and we were up, wide-eyed and energetic while the rest of Italy slept.

I hope to return to Italy one day. Five days to explore cities and towns and to learn about the culture just isn't enough. So, I look back on photos and reminisce.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

christmas cheer

With Thanksgiving over and Christmas cheer in full swing, I can't help but be happy. I ate the right amount of turkey this year - I didn't over-do it guys! I spent it with the people whom I love the most and my goodness, that should do it.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, friends! xx