Mud, rain, wrong turns, and an engagement: Lulumahu Falls

Lorelei woke up on Tuesday just itching to go hiking.  From the kid I have to often pull out of bed, this is a rare occurrence.  I let the oldest babysit and took her to Pali Highway to find the trail entrance for Lulumahu Falls.  Again, another on my list and a good weekday hike….

Judd Trail and Jackass Ginger Pool (yes, that is the real name)

I have a folder titled “Hikes” on my phone, specifically for screenshots of websites, pictures, and blog posts about hikes on Oahu.  This way, when I wake up on a clear-sky Sunday morning itching to do something active, I can scroll through the folder and pick something.  Simple but effective.  Today, I suggested a waterfall…

Bishop Museum

We love museums – any kind of museum, to be truthful.  I’m raising some inquisitive, nerdy children, and I will not apologize for it.  We spent a Saturday afternoon at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, despite the fact that it was a sunny, gorgeous Hawaiian day.  What can I say?  We like to learn. This…

Sometimes simple is enough

I’ve been in another slump recently.  I’m not sleeping very well, some travel plans had to be put off, and I blame the husband-left, child-left voids in my life.  It’s so strange to me still that with all these living beings in my house, I can still feel sad with the absence of 1 or…

Hukilau Beach and Laie

I used to be a city person.  I loved the fast pace of life, the activities, the amenities, and the people.  Now that I have a bunch of children and have lived in different places, I am finding that I do not love living in a city.  I like to visit and like having a large…

Ehukai Pillbox trail

I had signed the toddler into hourly daycare here.  It is so competitive to get into a spot that I call weeks ahead of time, so I forgot about this spot until a few days before it.  I began planning all the errands and tasks I could accomplish alone, but then I stopped and realized, I…

A spaghetti kind of day

One of my best friends Meredith and I can talk for hours on end, but it is difficult to follow the conversation.  We start talking about one thing, which leads into another thing, then another….this continues.  We eventually end up talking about all of it but not in a linear or ordered way.  She calls…

Manoa Falls

Have I ever mentioned that I do not love the outdoors?  I am a eco-friendly, tree-hugging  person, but I do not necessarily love the concept of being outdoors.  Strange, but true.  With all the beautiful sights to see in the world, particularly here in Hawaii, I have been forced to tolerate the outdoors in exchange…

Diamond Head

My mom was visiting us this past week, and her top thing she wanted to do was to hike Diamond Head.  There are so many things to do here, and this one was a simple request.  We woke up early(ish) one morning and set off to complete the trail. What is Diamond Head?  This is…

Waimea Valley – Oahu

  During Christmas Break, the kids and I explored Waimea Valley.  This is a preserved and sacred area along the North Shore of Oahu.  I stumbled across it as I was looking for kid-friendly hikes.  We wanted somewhere to explore yet was not challenging.  Waimea Valley seemed perfect – a short hike to a waterfall,…

It’s not always perfect

I woke up today determined to do something fun with the kids.  I’ve been mopey, sulking, and downright blue for long enough, and according to the weather, it was going to be nice on the North Shore.  I made pancakes for breakfast and loaded up 3 out of 4 to spend a few hours on…

You, me, and the sea

“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.” – Robert Henri The first time I ever glimpsed the ocean was at the age of 13.  I was born and raised in the Midwest – Iowa, to be exact.  I was…