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Where the Locals Eat in Hawaii

May 19, 2015 10 Comments »

When you live on a tropical paradise you must have adopted healthy, fresh, light eating habits – right? That’s the beautiful paradise picture we paint in our head. However Hawaii is an interesting little slice of paradise that is nothing like it’s tropical neighbors of Bali or SE Asia when it comes to eating. It […]

Sherry Ott’s Day Off

February 18, 2014 10 Comments »

school locker

“Hello Ms. Ott.” A group of kids said to me as we passed by each other. As I continued to walk down the path I looked around and saw a group of students on the campus lawn basking in the warm Hawaiian sun, suddenly they started waving at me and yelling “Hello!”. I returned the […]

Heading Back to the Office

January 22, 2014 18 Comments »

Iolani School Keables Chair

I read the schedule of presentations I was doing and then noticed something foreign on the list – “Office Hours”. I –  the woman who left the office 7 ½ years ago – was going to have office hours. Well this was a strange twist in my ever-evolving life. It was the last day of […]

An Orange Excess

February 11, 2013 6 Comments »


Gong Xi Fa Cai – it’s holiday time again! One of the largest holidays in the world is happening now – Chinese New Year! I feel lucky to have experienced this festive time in Asia for both Chinese New Year and Vietnam’s Tet in the past. It’s very eye opening to see another culture experience […]

Remembering the Day of Infamy

December 6, 2011 5 Comments »

USS Arizona Memorial

Planes are zooming in, rat-a-tat-tat echoing around me, bombs exploding, smoke everywhere and the footage continues to roll past me in black and white. The Pearl Harbor attack; a day I’ve only read about. As I sit and watch the movie of the attack, which includes old footage and ancient pictures of a horrible day, […]

Oauhu’s Wild Leeward Coast

November 18, 2011 4 Comments »

Waianae hawaii

The first thing you need to know about islands is that there is a windward and leeward coast. The windward coast is pretty self explanatory, but the leeward coast is basically the downwind coast and therefore generally the more calm side of the island. For Oahu, when you mention the leeward coast you normally have […]

Not For Tourists Luau

November 17, 2011 18 Comments »


I heard it over and over, “You must go to a luau; the quintessential Hawaiian experience.” However there’s nothing about me that likes quintessential, in fact if everyone else is going to see something, then most likely I won’t just because I’m stubborn. I’m doubt my stubbornness is one of my best traits, but it […]