I had a great time shooting the fireworks through the palm trees:
The North Shore.
My favorite food truck.
This food truck was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
Even the guy from Dinners, Drive In's and Dives thinks so.
Garlic, garlic and more delicious garlic.
We also tried the short ribs.
When I saw Korean style short ribs on the menu I was thinking galbi.
I was craving galbi.
I wanted galbi.
So when these came out I was a little disappointed, but only because they were not what I was expecting.
However after a few bites, they won me over.
I wish I had some to make for breakfast this morning. :)
My friend Dalia is a great tour guide.
We drove up and down North Shore stopping anywhere my little heart desired.
I love what this picture says.
I took this picture for Dalia.
Her favorite tree.
It was such a beautiful day on the North Shore.
This wasn't exactly a food truck, but we had to stop anyway since the line was wrapped around the building.
MORE GARLIC SHRIMP.
Can you imagine what my breath smells like by now?
I love how the palm trees grow here....
I had a great time watching the surfers.
They are much more brave than I.
Who does this look like to you?
Could it be?
Is it my favorite serial killer?
(I'm such a stalker.)
Tell me if you think so.
All in all it was a great day with a great friend.
Back in 2010 we went Hawaii as a family, while we were there we fell in love with this place.
La Marina is oldest authentic tiki bar in Hawaii dating back to 1957.
I love the tiki bar décor!
Every night after 6PM they have live music. The tiki bar is home to 3 different bands, all members of all 3 bands are blind.
La Mariana is a little off the beaten path and when we put the address in our GPS it too us WAY too far.
However when we called the restaurant for directions they were spot on and we had no problem finding it.
La Mariana is a great place to have appetizers and cocktails and if you sit outside you can watch the sailboats come and go.
Aren't my friends gorgeous? I think they both look like rock stars here. :)
Hanging with 2 great ladies.
Both appetizers we ordered were delicious....however if I had to choose one I would go with the crab cakes.
My mouth is watering just looking at these.
I recommend the stuffed eggplant au gratin. I got this when we were here back in 2010 and I have thought of it many times since...I went back to just so I could have this dish. The eggplant is breaded and then deep fried then topped with generous pieces of mahi mahi, juicy plump shrimp and melt in your mouth scallops it is then covered with a white wine cream sauce. Talk about heaven. I am going to try to recreate this dish at home. :)
Man I love Hawaii.
I am a lucky girl.
My husband is amazing.
Something came up.
An opportunity of sorts.
I was able to help someone AND go to Hawaii with a girlfriend.
It doesn't get much better than that.
I got notice on Thursday to leave on Monday.
Hubby said go.
I added "for 2 weeks".
He said go.
We left Korea on Monday at 7PM. We arrived into Hawaii at 7:50AM - ON the same MONDAY
When you have spent (almost) 20 years as a military spouse you tend to have friends all over the world. One of my favorite people in the world picked us up at the airport, drove us all over the island, helped us stay awake and took us on a fun hike.
The Halona Blowhole on Oahu.
Hiking up to Makapu'u Lookout
The Makapu'u Lighthouse
The view from Makapu'u Lookout
I loved sitting on the cliff watching and listening to he waves hit the rocks - and while I was doing just that something caught my eye - I switched the lens on my camera and this is what I saw:
WHALES baby WHALES!
How exciting is that?!
It is the little things (or rather big things in this instance) that gets me all kinds of excited!
I could have sat all day and watched the whales migrate.
When the girls were finally able to drag me away from whale watching we drove over to my favorite little plate lunch place on the island.
Super cheap & super good!
After lunch continued our trek around the island and we ran into a few locals:
And all I could think about was how good the Kahlua pork was that I just ate.
Wrong. I know.
After many hours we made it to our hotel. We were exhausted and jet lag was getting the best of us so we decided to lay on the beach and try to make it till dark.
When what to our wondering eyes should appear?
That's right....Asians in BIKINIS!!
Oh, and Santa.
The Asians in bikinis was more shocking to me though. :o)
We only had a few hours to go so we headed down to Dukes for a little dinner:
I really need those glasses.
(Not that I ever make Mai-Thais!)
We made it.
42.5 hour Monday.
I wouldn't want to spend it anywhere else.
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you
did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou
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