222016Dec

Past Closing at Sushi Izakaya Gaku

A quick drive out of Waikiki, you can find Sushi Izakaya Gaku. A place that has been serving up creative dishes for izakaya while also providing some elaborate sushi. We happen to come here primarily for the izakaya. Not to say we didn’t sample some of that wonderful fish. But mainly we wanted a festive night of drinking as we feasted. We arrived at the restaurant around 8pm and put our name on the list. The wait time was about an hour for our group, a party of seven. While…

052013Oct

Doraku Sushi

It was all about hitting the late night eats tonight. That’s because we did our run during the day. Something that set us up for the “I don’t give a fuck what’s for dinner” attitude. A perfect way for us to try out new places. At first we went with a suggestion from our friend in SF, Home Bar. It’s a sports bar that I’d find myself in twenty years ago. Good food, affordable prices, great portions, and plenty of alcohol. It was a mix no college grad would pass…

042013Oct

Post Diamond Head Hike Eats

Yep, another hike, a popular hike too. Filled with tourists chugging up the path. It’s not a difficult hike, but it can be a hot one. There’s really not too much shade and if there’s no breeze, make sure you have that bottle of water handy. However, when you get to the top it’ll be worth it. You’ll be surrounded by blue water, a view of Wakiki, and of course, the view of the crater. It’s impressive that this was one of many volcanic craters that formed Hawaii. Neat. The…

032013Oct

On the Catamaran

The day was dedicated to being on a boat, a catamaran to be exact. You know those boats with two hulls in the water and like flat top for you to lay out on. They are awesome. Fast and nimble, they got us to the first snorkel site in under an hour (getting out of the marina was slow). It was plenty of time for us to look for dolphins that usually swim alongside the hulls. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any. I’d recommend going early morning. Last time we did…

022013Oct

North Shore

It was time for snorkeling. Rounding up a group of twenty friend and family was challenge we accomplished by simply starting off with a mass text, “Leaving for Shark’s Cove at 10am.” And then we were off, in our little subgroups. Room after room left without the need to caravan with one another. We just arrived, found a spot on the beach, and joined each other in the water. It was off season in terms of the number of tourist, but still, we were lucky to secure the last parking…

302013Sep

Awaiting the Cousins

Cousins were due to arrive by 2:50pm right in the middle of the afternoon. What else to do, but to hunt for some good eats near the airport. I read about this place, Nico’s Pier 38 from a couple of blogs. Little did I know, Yelp had two entries for this and I followed Apple Map’s direction out to some warehouse. Thanks. Luckily I used Google maps and found the actual place a few blocks away in a more active place. It still looked like it was in an industrial…

292013Sep

Pillbox Hike

Day one of my vacation and somehow I was convinced to do physical activity. I realized this after I was halfway up a trail over in Kailua, sweat soaked and regretting why I decided flip flops were okay. The trail was short but steep. Within minutes I saw the first military pillbox perched on the hill. It was subjected to local Hawaiian graffiti making it look less formidable than it’s previous life. If you don’t know what these are, they’re the concrete bunkers you see in the movies mowing down…

042012Sep

Relaxation Mode On

You kinda realize it when you’re walking past people, getting agitated in line, and trying to get straight to the point, which was to relax. Problem was, my mind was still at silicon valley speed. Not quite like New York light speed, but that under the skin angst that you know time is limited. Oh it felt so good to shake that off. Slowly now, one step at a time, enjoy where you are and why you worked so hard to get here. There we go. Now, what better way…

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