We took advantage of the long holiday weekend and drove out to Yokohama Bay and Kaena Point. Lucky for us, the beach was empty and the hike wasn’t crowded at all. Highlights from the hike (besides the unreal views) include a Hawaiian Monk Seal swimming up on us as we dangled our feet in the water completely oblivious, the baby albatrosses, spotting a baby needle fish and a sea cucumber. Quite the wildlife adventure! We rewarded ourselves with some fantastic Puerto Rican food!
Josh and I spent most of March, April, and May staying inside and distancing ourselves in this crazy world. We finally started getting out a bit more at the end of May and beginning of June with socially distanced hiking and beach days. It’s been kind of nice to explore the island without the crowds! #luckywelivehawaii
Our last weekend before we decided to stay in, Josh and I had breakfast at Waioli Kitchen & Bake Shop in Manoa Valley. It was a beautiful day and a great last meal out (even though we didn’t know it would be our last meal out)!
In the beginning of March, we had an event at Mid-Pac Country Club to support the Windward Clubhouse. It was a beautiful night with great music and delicious food from restaurants in Kailua! So thankful for this organization and my amazing friends!
On my mom’s last night here, we decided on a whim to go to GOEN Dining + Bar. We had all been before and decided the good food and nice outdoor atmosphere were the perfect combo for her last evening. Lucky for us, Chef Roy Yamaguchi was doing a tasting menu (which Josh ordered). We even got to snag a picture with him. The food and service are consistently above average. We’ve been doing a lot of carryout with them during our shelter-in-place time! Will be so thrilled when we can venture back out and eat there in person.
Lychee Martini: Ketel One Vodka, St. Germaine Liqueur, Lime, Lychee
Spicy Tuna Roll: Cucumber | Nori Purée | Green Onion | Fried Garlic | Pepper Aioli
My mom came to visit back in February and we were able to cross a few of her bucketlist items for Oahu off her list. One of them being a dinner at the Gaslamp speakeasy in Kailua. We had heard mixed reviews on what the experience was like. Happy to say, it blew any expectations we had out of the water. The drinks, food, and service were all incredible. Really excited to go back once our world goes back to normal a bit!
For Josh and Andy’s birthday this year, Anna had the great idea of getting them a ride together in a glider. We were able to completely surprise them a couple weekends ago with a glider ride on the North Shore with Honolulu Soaring.
My favorite picture from the day!
So excited after their flight!
After gliding, we spent some time on the beach enjoying the view and the waves.
After our time on the North Shore, we were able to surprise them once more with a cake and friends at Paradise Ciders. Successful day!
Josh and I kicked off 2020 with our lovely friends visiting. Unfortunately, our weather wasn’t exactly cooperating for their trip. However, we were able to squeeze in a beach walk, lots of good food, Pearl Harbor, and a couple hikes. Ready for them to come back!
Started the New Year off with a walk on Kailua beach.