For Josh’s birthday I put together a few fun date ideas to do throughout the year as a present. One of them was the Make Your Own Chocolate class at Madre Chocolate in Chinatown. The store was really cute with a variety of samples to try of all their different chocolates.
We started in the back by tasting cacao in it’s raw form (the pulp is really sweet but the bean is bitter). Next, we went back to their garden which had cacao plants, orchids, cotton plants, and a variety of other trees and plants. After that, we went back inside to make our chocolate bars! Highly recommend this as a fun date night!
The back room where all the chocolate making magic happens!
Cacao in it’s raw form.
Cacao drying out in the garden outside.
View of the garden
Loved this shot!
Mixing the cacao with all the good things like sugar!
Josh adding coffee, cinnamon, and salt to his chocolate.
My chocolate bar with almonds, coconut, and salt.
Josh’s chocolate bar
They put the chocolate on this vibrating pan to distribute it evenly in the mold.
Getting to taste six different types of their chocolate. All were amazing!
We celebrated the fourth this year in pretty much the best way possible — grilling out with friends, pool time, and fireworks on the beach. It was a beautiful day and SO nice to get to relax and have some quality friend time!
Blueberry, strawberry, raspberry mojitos!
Quite a spread!
Josh and Andy blowing up the unicorn and the black swan!
My favorite…fruit pizza!
Enjoying the beach with hundreds of our closest friends.
After being gone for almost a month, I celebrated being back in town by going to dinner with Josh and friends! Our friends Andy and Anna took me out for the BEST belated birthday dinner ever at The Nook. The food and drinks were all delicious! Can’t wait to go back!
This past weekend, we went out to dinner at MW Restaurant to celebrate my birthday a bit early. The food was delicious and everyone that waited on us wished me a Happy Birthday. We ordered off of their pre fixe menu and each got an appetizer taster, entree, and dessert. They also brought out a special dessert to celebrate (which we ended up taking home because we were SO full). Definitely a place that makes you feel special if you’re celebrating something!
Last week, we went with some friends to Makana for a special dinner. They’re moving locations and wanted to use up what they currently had in stock. The owner talked through each course and how they prepared the items. His philosophy is to use every part of an animal, fish, plant, etc. It was really interesting to listen to him speak and talk through his approach and philosophy. Can’t wait for the new location to open!
Charcuterie to start the meal
Second course, alllll of the meat (lamb, beef, venison)
During Mother’s Day weekend we were in the middle of a bathroom renovation so our house was a disaster. We were looking for new things to do and came across Waiahole Nursery for brunch. They had a special menu for Mother’s Day (and free for mothers which was really neat)! The food was all farm to table and delicious. After lunch, we spent time walking around the nursery enjoying all of the different plants.
Our lunch friend
Maui Mango Iced Tea
Bacon, onion, cheese frittata with garden salad and mixed berries
Our last day started with a short hike to view Puu Pehe rock. Such a beautiful morning and we had it all to ourselves!
Decided to stop and explore the tide pools.
I wasn’t ready for the picture :). But what a good picture of Josh!
After our hike, we went back to the hotel, packed up our stuff, and checked out of the hotel. Our last stop on our trip was Shipwreck Beach. It was QUITE windy but we had a great view of the largest shipwreck!
After Shipwreck Beach, it was time to return the car and head to the airport. We had such an amazing time and packed a TON in to a weekend!
On our second day, we got up and had breakfast and coffee at the hotel and took full advantage of the big rocking chairs looking out over the front lawn. After breakfast, we packed up the Jeep for our adventures that day.
First stop was the Munro Trail. We didn’t do the whole thing, only the first couple of miles. We found a really cool swing and stopped at a lookout that had some lovely views of Maui and Molokai!
The view on the way to the Munro Trail. Just love those pine trees!
Stables at Koele. So beautiful.
We found a swing!
The next stop was Garden of the Gods. The trail there was insanely muddy with tons of potholes due to the amount of rain Hawaii saw in the early Spring. It made for quite the adventure!
After taking in the view for a bit, we kept going down to Polihua Beach. The last time Josh and I were here, it was SO windy we couldn’t even enjoy it. Luckily, this time it was perfect. We sat for a long time and just enjoyed the empty beach and sunshine!
Heading towards the beach!
I thought this was a really cool picture.
Jeep shot for Josh.
After plenty of sun, it was time to head back! It took us a little over an hour without any stops due to the rough terrain.
I made a friend.
The Lanai cat sanctuary needs to come find this guy!
Holding on for dear life!
Loved these flowers!
Once we got back, we wandered around Lanai City for a bit and relaxed before dinner at Lanai City Bar & Grille. Dinner was at our hotel, so quite convenient! We sat outside and listened to live music for a couple hours to end our night!
In April, we took a long weekend trip to Lanai with my mom and Tom. Josh and I left early in the morning on Friday so we could go visit the Lanai Cat Sanctuary, which we missed on our first trip. We picked up our jeep and went to Blue Ginger Cafe in Lanai City for breakfast. After that, we drove back towards the airport to go visit the kitties! We spent three hours (and I could have spent more) feeding them treats, playing with them, and giving them attention. The facility and staff were wonderful and I love their mission. We also sponsored a cat for a year (her name is Ava and she’s pictured below). She’s 11 and SO sweet! Can’t wait to go back!
They had tons of fun hiding places.
Ava! We sponsored her in place.
Just eating my sunglasses.
Naha escaped while we were leaving and wanted to come with us.
How to grow a cat.
They didn’t really want to be friends with us.
The welcome committee.
After we pulled ourselves away from the kitties, we checked in to Hotel Lanai and changed to go pick up Linda and Tom from the airport. After picking them up, we walked around Lanai City for a bit before heading to dinner at One Forty at The Four Seasons at Manele Bay. The dinner setting was beautiful and the food was delicious!