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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 […]

Discover a Fresh Take on Fine Dining in Hawaii

March 18, 2014 9 Comments »

Outfitted in white gloves, she slowly opened the box as if she was opening up a jewelry box. I fully expected to see rubies or sparkling diamonds like in the movie Pretty Woman. However there were no rubies, instead I was first hit with the aroma – earthy, rich truffles – a distinct smell. As […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hiking to the Best Views in Hawaii

November 15, 2011 41 Comments »

I’m a mountain person more than a beach person. I like to spend a little time at the beach, but lying there or participating in water sports holds my attention for only so long. My preferred beach time is about 1 ½ hours and then I’m done and long for a change of scenery. So […]

China Town in Hawaii

November 11, 2011 5 Comments »

One of my favorite places to visit in any city is the ethnic areas.  For some reason, when I visit them, I feel more at home – I can’t really explain it.   They make me want to take photos.   So, when I went to Oahu, Chinatown was high on my list of places […]

Restoring the Past – Iolani Palace

November 10, 2011 4 Comments »


The grand koa wood staircase was shining with a new coat of oil as the focal point of the room; its beautiful curves lead the eye gently from the second floor down to the first floor. Men and women dressed in ornate gowns and neck-restricting tuxedos floated around the staircase, receiving each other with a […]