I went on my first camping trip over Memorial Day weekend. Four of us went to Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area and it was fun!

Since it was a weekend to unplug and be with nature, I didn’t take a lot of photos, but there was no need to. It was great making memories without photos.

Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area houses Aiea Loop Trail, with ten campsites scattered around the park. Some campsites had amenities such as bathrooms and showers, while others had nothing but greenery. Thankfully, we had the former, and our site was at the end of the trail.

Our tent

We arrived Saturday afternoon and spent the next 48 hours eating good food (someone ate more s’mores than I can count), relaxing, getting rained on (twice) and one Target trip (Sunday).

There were seven designated areas on the campsite, each having at least one picnic table. I was wondering how many people were going to there and it was quite a bit! The largest group had the prime spot, where they set up a covering and a large fire. It was populated, but the campsite was large so no one was invading another group’s space. I liked that there were a lot of people around.

Some of them made us laugh. Like group grilling over the sewer line. (Actually, that just made us concerned).

But, it was a sight.

During the day it was hot, but at night I needed to wear a jacket. In fact, I wore my jacket over my long-sleeve PJ’s.

Despite the cold, we saw the stars, and they were beautiful.

The…fifth, fourth time making s’mores?

Because of the rain early Sunday morning, it was too muddy to hike the trail. However, the four of us got our exercise walking to the entrance of the trail head looking for dill. (A friend and I went on a walk Saturday night and smelled it, so we brought the guys to explore but the smell was gone! They thought we were crazy).

Even though camping was fun, I was SO ready to go home and SHOWER. I think we all were. Two days in the “wilderness” was enough for me. I joked that camping was going to be a once a year affair. I’m not that much of an outdoorsy person, but wanted to try camping.

And my OCD was (mostly) kept in check. I was hesitant to go camping because of that, but I decided that I wasn’t going to let it prevent me from doing things.

And I didn’t.

Catching up with Friends

On Tuesday two of my good friends and I went to eat dinner at Moku Kitchen. I was excited for this outing because my friends haven’t seen each other in MONTHS! (I’ve hung out with both separately). We caught up with one another over pumpkin ravioli, chicken wings, garlic Parmesan fries and burgers. Then the conversation continued over sweet treats from Butterfly Ice Cream.

We talked about travel (one is going to London next week and the other is off to Tokyo next month!!), work, mused about our high school classmates and other topics. It was a fun night. One friend is hilarious and I always laugh my butt off when he’s around. I never get tired of him and his stories, and I secretly want his life because so many funny things keep happening to him.

I miss seeing them every day like in high school. But as adults I appreciate when I do get to hang out with my friends.

From way back in 6th grade I knew how important friendships were and remembered that it was better to have a few real friends than an army of acquaintances. Hanging out with these two reinforced that notion. We might not see each other too often but I always feel good afterward. They’re nice people and I’m glad that they’re in my life.

A Post to Inspire Traveling


A good friend posted an inspirational Facebook status about traveling, and how he was determined to see more of the world and not be tied down to the mundane routine of work and everyday life. I called his status inspiring because he made me, for the first time, buy tickets to my favorite guitarists’ concert in Vegas. I figured, why not?

I know people who want to travel, but can’t. And that’s heartbreaking. Some people have never left Hawaii!!!

It’s sad to hear these cases because yes, traveling is expensive, but it’s worth the money in order to see how another culture lives, take in the local sights, sounds and tastes, have adventures. To me, travel is one thing that you have to be “determined” about, like a goal. You have to accomplish saving in order to reach that goal. (Or get lucky). Case in point: A friend and her boyfriend are going to London and Spain this year, because they stumbled upon a good deal. Most of us, though, need to save. The friend who posted the Facebook status? He’s going to Japan in April.

But even traveling domestically opens our eyes and awakens our senses, be it the country, the city or a desert. Some of the best memories I have are taking trips nationally. New York City was an experience, and I want to go back.

Yes, it’s nice to create a travel list (I have one) and dream about going to these places, but wouldn’t it be better to actually go there? It’s very possible.

Around the Island: Punahou Carnival 2017


This weekend was the annual Punahou Carnival, an event that draws thousands of Oahu residents each first weekend of February to the campus to eat good food, play games, and have fun. This year, the junior class was responsible for putting on the event.

This was only the second time I’ve been to the carnival, the first being when my cousin was a senior and my relatives invited us to watch her perform at the senior play. It was a fun time. We mostly ate, though.

This year, I still went for the food, but played games as well. My boyfriend and I ended up with too many scrips (even after buying food items) and we needed to get rid of them. The games were the usual carnival fare and even if you didn’t win, you received prize coupons that could be redeemed for prizes in Kiddie Land. (We had five coupons, and I used all to get an LED balloon).


We went in the afternoon, and it was crowded. People were everywhere, eating, playing games, standing in lines and screaming on the rides. Music was blaring from loudspeakers. It was a very festive atmosphere.

After walking around the grounds (Punahou is a nice campus!), we did our thing.

The food booths were the largest gathering place, with lines that were more than ten people deep. But they were popular for a reason: the food was good! We ate teri burgers with cheese, ice cream (cup and bar, at two different times) and an acai bowl. Malasadas (fried balls of yeast dough) are the most popular item at the carnival and both booths had ridiculously long lines. I didn’t want to wait that long, while my boyfriend was all for it. Unfortunately for him, no malasadas.


But that was ok…I think.

In addition to rides, games, and food booths, there was also a silent auction where everything from autographed sporting goods and gift certificates to food baskets and jewelry were being bid on; an art gallery, the popular White Elephant sale and a farmers market.

We went to all of them.

Farmers Market

After spending over an hour there, we walked home. It was fun like before and the weather held up (it is winter and it always rains, not this year, apparently!). I want to go at night to see how it is. According to some people, it’s less crowded and not as hot.