Malika’s Minute: Secure that Pareo!

Malika’s Minute is a name my husband came up with for short one-minute videos that I will occasionally post. This one is a simple tutorial on how to make sure your pareo (or sarong) doesn’t fly away when you’re at the beach. No rocks needed! lol I use this “technique” every single time I go… Read More

TAHITI: Day 3 – Swimming with SHARKS & RAYS!

I love Mo’orea! My sister will be proud of us! She came to Tahiti several years ago to do an underwater photo shoot on Moorea with world famous photographers. The resulting photos from 8 hours a day for 7 days were stunning, captivating and awe-inspiring. She has swum with dolphins, whales, sharks, rays, turtles… you… Read More

TAHITI: Day 1 – Farmers Market & Tama’ara

I’m very fortunate that my latest “buying trip” has brought me to these beautiful islands in French Polynesia. Okay, to be honest, that isn’t the primary reason for my trip. My husband’s first cousin is getting married. Okay that’s not entirely true. They were married in Hawaii but his wife is Tahitian so they are… Read More

Welcome to “Life’s Swell!”

Aloha everyone! Well, after two years of saying “I need to start my blog” – I finally did it! Mahalo to the “babes” at Blog-Doo for being so amazing with my website design and for all of their tips and hints on blogging. I definitely could not have done this without them. It’s been a… Read More

Foodie Friday: French Crêpes

Malika on "Cooking Hawaiian Style"

Life’s swell when you’re eating crêpes!   One of my absolute FAVORITE recipes is my mother’s French crêpe recipe. Mom is from North Africa, which used to be a French territory, and cooks amazing French / Algerian cuisine. People always ask her to start a restaurant. She never has and probably never will - Lucky me,… Read More