Hawaiian Curiosities

The hotel I stayed at in Honolulu had penguins. Penguins. They swam in the water with turtles and koi, and people could pet them if they came close enough. Penguins. In Hawaii. The inner part of Honolulu is very different from the coast. It is cloudier and more tropical. The plant life is very unique. Granted, we were at a botanical garden. But look at this tree! I’d never seen anything like it. It reminds me of a crayon…peel back … Continue reading

Slice and Bake Macadamia Nut Butter Cookies

Well, it’s official. I’m obsessed with Hawaii, and seriously, I’m not even done sharing all of my stories with you yet. But it’s time to get back to the food. One of my favorite snacks in Hawaii was macadamia nuts, either roasted and salted or baked into buttery, crispy cookies. Here’s proof of my obsession. You can just make out the lone macadamia nut cookie at the front of my plate, under the hoisin rib but in front of the … Continue reading

Military Hawai’i

It would be wrong to go to Hawaii and spend all of your time on the beach, although I certainly got my fair share of sand time. There are so many other sights and attractions to explore, especially the U.S.’ s strong military presence on Oahu. We happened to take a never-ending tour to Pearl Harbor, the Arizona memorial, a submarine, and the U.S.S. Missouri battleship. Despite my tour bus/military overload that day, we saw a lot of emotional, historic, … Continue reading