Baby’s First Birthday, Cowboy-style

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My family is split between Oahu and the Big Island. Although my new job brought me back to Oahu, I got to spend my first full weekend in Hawaii on the Big Island for my nephew’s first birthday party. In Hawaii, first birthdays are a big deal – and this one was no different. My sister invited about 100 guests of all ages to celebrate the cutest one-year-old I know. It was the ultimate cowboy-themed baby’s first luau. And before you start wondering how that combination came together, I’ll explain that my family lives up in the mountains, in an area that’s known  as paniolo (cowboy) country. See? Totally makes sense now. Continue reading


aloha friday

aloha friday

Friday mornings on my way to work, the local radio station here on Oahu literally plays a song called “Aloha Friday.” Every Friday. And honestly, there’s no better pick-me-up. “It’s aloha Friday, no work ’til Monday…” Except in this case, I hope you have Monday off for Labor Day like I do. Three day weekends are extra special, albeit usually extra packed, but I’m planning on spending a lazy three days with Sam. Because, in case you missed my ecstatic Facebook post, he decided to surprise me in Hawaii for my birthday last week. We’re going to be busy with beach time, a little stroll around town,  plate lunch and shave ice breaks… you know, island life-stuff.

How about you? How are you spending the holiday weekend? Here are a few things from around the web you should check out before signing off for three days: 

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aloha surfboard

Aloha, Honolulu!

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Peace out, Portland.

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watermelon round up

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aloha friday

aloha friday

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Fresh Rhubarb Strawberry Ginger Scones

Fresh Rhubarb, Strawberry & Ginger Scones

In the midst of packing, I had a rhubarb-induced panic attack. As in, oh my god I just remembered Rhubarb doesn’t grow in Hawaii- based hysteria. It wasn’t a problem growing up because I had no idea was I was missing.[...] Continue reading

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Mai Tais

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Big announcement!

I’m at that stage in my life where big news usually has to do with pregnancies and babies. So I’m going to squash that rumor right now and confirm that that’s not at all what I’m talking about. Any other guesses?

aloha friday

aloha friday

Aaaaaaloha and TGIF! Now that summer’s in full swing, I’ve been trying to spend less time in front of the computer, and more time outdoors. Problem is, there are so many fun summer ideas on Pinterest, that it’s hard to[...] Continue reading