Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A hui hou Kailua


Kailua beach with the Mokulua's in the background.  A beautiful day walking the Lanikai loop with dad.  I will be back in December!  I miss Hawaii already.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Drive Around the Island

Here's a pic of Morning Brew in Kailua, the cafe where I park for a couple hours every morning (usually between 6:30 AM and 8:30 AM, before they get crowded):


I usually take one of the tables on the right side of the picture - it's the second floor loft area looking out over the rest of the coffee shop.  To the left of the picture are big glass windows looking out over a school yard.  It's perfect!

On Thursday, Kung Kung and I met Dad at the Manoa Marketplace to eat at O-Bok, a Korean BBQ joint:


Really good quality meats and of course kim chee - so yummy!

That night was St. Patrick's, so Gram made some slow-cooker corned beef:


Picture is not great, but what can you do.  With lots of mustard it was amazing.

Friday we went to Hakkei, my favorite Japanese restaurant in Hawaii, and the only competitor to Sushi Tomi in Mountain View.  Hakkei specializes in a hot pot, and your goodies are boiling inside:


Fresh, homemade tofu is in the bottom left of this picture.  It is creamy and silky -- no words to describe it, and totally different from store-bought tofu.

Saturday we went to Waikele where Dad found a backpack with Will's name on it:


But I told Dad that Will is very picky about his backpack, even if it was a cute one.

Today we drove around the island with Kung Kung.  We stopped for lunch at Kua 'Aina Burger:



And for me the highlight of the trip was probably the view from Laie Point:


Another beautiful day in Hawaii!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

More 'Ono Food in Hawaii!

Another great day today.  First Morning Brew in Kailua Town, which is my new favorite breakfast spot.  I will include pics tomorrow.

Then a quick lunch to burn off some of the food and Kung Kung and I headed for The New Young Sing (otherwise in reality known as "The Mandalay" but let's be real - it's the New Young Sing, not to be confused with The Old Young Sing, which used to be in the same spot).  We ate with Auntie Elo, one of her friends, and my cousin Janele and her son David - third and fourth cousins I had so much fun spending time with.  Kung Kung had a great time as well - it was a special lunch.

Dinner was Grammy's make-your-own-sushi:


And we have made short work of the pie:


The real treat was that after dinner, Grammy showed us her current project, beautiful wooden animals:


My favorite was this friendly chicken:


I told Gram that she could not sell all of them without saving some for Ash's babies and our babies.  Gram wants to send one to Soren, so she is going to make him a rabbit puzzle finished in canola oil in case he sticks it in his mouth:


Note the little baby bunny inside.

Because Soren is the little easter bunny, of course!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

'Ono in Hawaii

So this post is primarily for my sister Ashley because I wish she were here to enjoy all of these amazing foods with me!

On Monday night we went to Ono Hawaiian Foods - I had their laulau dinner:


Laulau, lomi salmon with chili pepper water, day-old poi, Maui sweet onions with coarse rock salt, pipikaula, and of course haupia to finish off the meal.  Sooo 'ono!

Here's a pic of the family enjoying:



Then Tuesday Gram made her Oyakodon (I'll try to get the recipe from her tonight):


Here's a video of Gram cracking the egg over the Oyakodon:


And to finish things off, a fresh peach pie!