Happy Friday! To get you in weekend mode, I wanted to share a few personal photos from our trip to Hawaii for Michael & Malia’s wedding. My brother Karl, who happens to live there, took us driving around Oahu. We stopped at Pipeline to watch the Vans Triple Crown surf competition, stayed until it got rainy, and then drove to the Grass Skirt Grill in Haleiwa for some mahi sandwiches.
The view from the top of the Lanikai Pillbox Hike was incredible, and a definite must-do if you’re in Oahu. Next time, I’ll bring a small picnic to eat on top of one of the pillboxes. It’s too pretty not to stay a while.
I think we counted twelve different fruit trees in Karl’s garden, including this beautiful starfruit. Zac plucked it from the tree branches, and we ate it just like that. Pure sunshine in that starfruit; best I’ve ever had. Karl told us that the prickly green fruit was a soursop. I had never heard of it before. He said it tasted like custard; I immediately wanted a bite. Unfortunately, it wasn’t ripe. That’s ok. I’ll just have to make another trip over when you’re ready, soursop! One of the best parts of our trip was spending time with Karl. That evening we bought groceries for dinner and saw the last blazing peach clouds after sunset wisp over Diamond Head from the top of the Safeway parking garage. Back at Karl’s place we sat outside on the patio and barbecued shrimp, monchong marinated in tamari and ginger, and foil-wrapped bok choy. While we were waiting for everything to cook, Zac made guacamole and we freestyled some nairagi poke (sesame oil, rice vinegar, salt, grated fresh ginger, & green onion). It was a feast, and gosh, I love my brother.
Ashley was spot on: Island Snow in Kailua Beach has the best shave ice. Shave ice became an integral part of our daily routine. You can do this when you’re on vacation. My favorite: small cup, ice cream on the bottom, half lilikoi, half li hing mui. Enjoy slowly with: sandy toes, a whiff of sunblock, and plans to go adventuring.