Hawaiian Adventure Sabbatical – Another Pictorial

Hi Everyone! I sure have missed you all these last couple of months. No specifics as to why this blog went dark other than life and all its responsibilities consumed me.  Then it was time for some well-deserved R&R and so I didn’t miss much of anything while I enjoyed a sabbatical in Hawai’i. I know, poor little ‘ol me.

Off On The Road To Hawai’i

Like Bing Crosby and Bob Hope we we’re off on the road but not to Morocco. Hubbs wanted to write our own version. Enjoy!

We’re off on the road to Hawai’i
We’re schlepping enough for a month
Where we’re eating, what we’re eating
How can we be sure?
I’ll lay you 8 to 5 we’ll eat some pineapple.
(And sushi!)

We’re off on the road to Maui,
It’s 85 degrees humid and bright.
The men dance with fire, wear grass skirts and roast out in the sun.
It seems to me there should be an easier way to get a tan.
We certainly got out of too00-o-o-o-wn!
Like humuhumunukunukuapua’a we’re Hawai’i bound!

Although there’s many activities
We haven’t any plans.
The locals will assist of course
So they can charge us out the rear.

We certainly do get aroooo-o-o-o-und.
Like a pig roasting at a luau we’re Hawai’i-bound.
Or, like a tidal wave that started off the coast of Japan that is headed towards the continental United States.

We’re Hawaiiiiiiiiii’i-bound!

Hawai’i In Photos

Just like my Santa Fe Surprise Adventure, please hover for descriptions and silly notes.


Doraku Sushi - local Hawaiian ahi tuna with. Macadamia nuts
Doraku Tuna Tataki - local Hawaiian ahi tuna with crispy garlic and garlic aioli

Make your own Hand Roll Sushi is the best gas station food. Ever. #instacollage

Scenic point in Oahu continued.

Mai Tai from Hula Grill in Wakiki. There's an umbrella in my pineapple in my Tiki Man drink.

Coconut creme brûlée served in a pineapple.


Cessna Coachbus to Maui. We deserve a drink now.

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The entrance. Wow
On the grounds
Coy fishes at the hotel

Vanilla ice cream with fresh fruit and mini coconuts.
Kula Botanical Garden
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Ali'i Kula Lavendar

Lavender toes
Behind the lavender you can see the coast. #wow #beautiful #hawaii #maui

Maui Winery wine tasting!

Home of the Maui Blanc

The original Coconut's Fish Cafe. And per my usual I had the fish tacos with its 17 delish ingredients #stuffed #foodie #fishtacos

Passion fruit, guava and coconut Hawaiian shaved ice.

Hiking up Pipiwai Trail. #latergram #hawaii

Hasegawa General Store - built in the early 1900s and owned by one family for generations. You can get your pre-made spam sushi or dog food here.

Inside Mama's Fish House - three sashimis with black, red and garlic sea salt. #latergram #maui #foodie #sushi

Inside Mama's Fish House - fresh Ono with coconut milk, lime, tomatoes and Maui onions. Oh yeah, and served in a fresh coconut.

Mama's Fish House. Ono in a panang curry with coconut milk. Wowie. So good. #foodie #latergram #curry #maui
Night lights at Mama's Fish House. #nofilter #latergram #maui

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We have arrived. Morimoto Wakiki. #oahu #sushieveryday

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Valentine’s Day Decorations

Love is in the air today. Yeah, maybe it’s fueled by consumerism but at its heart, this holiday, is asking us to think about spreading the love. And consume chocolate.

Who can be mad about that?

So I wanted to bring some of that feel-the-love feeling at home. And not surprisingly, many of these projects were inspired by pinterest.

The Valentine’s Day Decorations – Reveal

Happy Valentine's Day #diy

Valentine's Day decorations. #diy #travelinggnome

Shut up and kiss me! Love arrows. #ValentinesDay #diy

Pencil top heart art. #valentinesday #diy

How To Get The Look. Sorta.

Cupid’s Arrows

I made mine using the cheap and lazy method: paint dowel rods white, wrap with colorful thread, do not add feathers and glue (poorly with wood glue) felt hearts.

If you want to make them right, please check out the original post by Design Sponge.

Pencil Heart Art

This technique is mad-hard to do. I’m mad just looking at this pin now. Originally, this was done on a tote. Just look at it — being all perfect with no paint bleeding through and messing up the integrity of the heart-shape.

If you think you have what it takes to make a perfect pencil top heart, check out V and Co.

Word Art: Shut Up and Kiss Me

I’m noticing a trend here — finding images of art I like and then do not follow the directions. At all. Like not even close.

Inspiration For Moms asked that this be created with wooden blocks and spray paint. Doesn’t seem like a hard ask. Did I do that?

Not even in the slightest. But you could.

Not getting this whole Valentine’s Day celebration? Check out last year’s post Why Valentine’s Day?.

Happy Day Of Love!
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