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.

Music Monday: “The Hurt”-Kalapana

Kalapana. It’s the name of a town on the Big Island, but also one of Hawaii’s most popular recording groups with hits like “The Hurt” and “What Do I Do.” After their lead singer, Mackey Feary, committed suicide in 1999, the group has continued recording and touring, but their music isn’t the same. Feary had a distinct singing style that can’t be emulated.

Last week my guitar teacher gave me this song to learn because one of his other students brought it in, and we got to talking about the band (he went to high school with Feary). “The Hurt” is one of my favorite Kalapana songs and with the exception of one chord, is an easy song to play.

Here it is for all of you to enjoy.

Food Friday: Fast Food Restaurants


I just finished reading Bon Appetit’s list of the fast food chains that are going to be huge, and despite the comments, I like the selection. Granted that majority of the restaurants I’ve never heard of I think the list is pretty good. (FYI, out of the 32 places on the list, only five are in Hawaii!)

From the list, I LOVE Sonic, Five Guys, Panera Bread and Popeye’s. I want to try Shake Shack and Habit Burger Grill. Do you agree with the magazine’s list? What other fast food places do you think should have been included? Let me know in the comments!

Random Sunday: This Heat


It’s been a crazy hurricane season so far in Hawaii, and while it’s hot most of the time, since it’s El Nino it’s been RIDICULOUSLY HOT!!!! And the near misses of hurricanes have not been helping either. I’ve lost count of how many possible storms we were spared by, but people are saying that something big is bound to happen because of it.

But the heat…we don’t have AC at home so we’re sweating. Even with the fans on we can still feel the heat on the parts that the wind isn’t blowing on, which is not pleasant. I’m happy that I work in an air conditioned office all day during the week and not like the poor souls at Fisher Hawaii, which is in a warehouse. I don’t know how people can go hiking and do outdoor activities because it’s just too dang hot!

What are you tips to beat the heat? Let me know in the comments!