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FOODIE FRIDAY: Fresh & Healthy Tabbouleh Salad


Here is the video tutorial… My first one!     Links to my kitchen gadgets can be found in “Malika’s Favorites: In the Kitchen!”   Tabbouleh couscous recipe Ingredients: Tomato – 4 roma tomatoes (about 1.5 cups) Cucumber – 1 cucumber (about 1 cup) Small red onion or scallion (about 1/4 cup) Flat leaf parsley… Read More

WEATHER WEDNESDAY: Summer Solstice in Hawaii


Photo of last year’s Summer Solstice from Space: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center   What is the Summer Solstice?   It marks the onset of summer and the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. The timing of the solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. The Old Farmer’s… Read More

MOMMY MONDAY: Where did my kid hide the keys?!


  I’m sure you all know the feeling… close to despair, kind of in a panic, wishing you could just *REMEMBER* where the heck you put that thing you lost. Or like me, in this instance, wishing you never actually handed the keys to your 20-month-old toddler – stupid, stupid, stupid!     My child… Read More

WEATHER WEDNESDAY: Earthquake & Tsunami PSA


This is an excerpt from a  video project I completed last year for Hawaii State Civil Defense to help keep our visitors safe from natural hazards while they visit our Hawaiian Islands. I wrote, produced, did the voice-over and was the on-camera host for the piece. I pulled the earthquake and tsunami sections from it… Read More



Here are links to my favorite kitchen ‘gadgets’… most made their way into our home from our Wedding Registry! lol However, some of the items are contraptions I’ve been using and have traveled with for over a decade – since I left home for the first time to go to college! Hopefully some of my… Read More

VIDEO: Dolphin Party Wave & Surfing Swans!

Photo: David Riggs

  If this doesn’t give you a serious “surf stoke”… I don’t know what will!   Very cool video out of Australia… researcher Dave Riggs captured this video from his drone while looking for white sharks. Instead, he found a pod of 100 or so dolphins just west of Esperance.     Dolphins surf waves fairly… Read More

TIARA TUESDAY: Oahu bound for Miss Hawaii!


  Going to the Miss Hawaii Pageant each year is a tradition. Since my first year running in 2004 (Olena Rubin Heu won that year – I was 4th runner up) I have not missed one! It’s a time to reconnect with the my Miss Hawaii sorority sisters, pictured above, and to welcome our outgoing… Read More

New Family Tradition: Lights OFF & Unplugged!


  Last night we had a lovely “honeymoon”… literally the “Honey Moon” was out (details on the Honey Moon in case you’re wondering - it will still be pretty spectacular tonight. It’s the perigee.) but it was also a feeling of being on honeymoon because we took part in the “Hō’ā i ka lama Lights Out… Read More


Photo: BG Boyd

  The June full moon is called the “Honey Moon” because it stays close to the horizon which makes it appear to have a warm tint. This is due to the scattering of longer wavelengths of light through dust, pollution and other particles in our atmosphere toward the red end of the spectrum. The most… Read More

FOODIE FRIDAY: Ramen Nakamura in Waikiki


  My hubby and niece started yelping places to eat while we were at the Miss Hawaii pageant in June. At 10:30pm there are choices but definitely less choices than if you have dinner at a normal time! lol For this place, however, going at an odd time is a good thing. It’s tiny! Probably… Read More