Zuko (and Frank): Doggie Yukata


A Yukata is a casual summer kimono–its lightweight and usually cotton (compared to the heavy silks of a normal kimono).

I found this doggie yukata in a pet store in Ayase and I had to get it! It fits Frank a little better since he’s not as fluffy as Zuko but omg. The cuteness, I’m dying.

Stay cool, everyone!  Honolulu broke some heat records recently, time to break out the shave ice machine…


Happy Aloha Friday: Shooting the Stars

Happy Aloha Friday, Everyone!

Any plans?  If the weather is clear, I’m going to try and get some Milky Way pictures.  Here’s my last attempt:



The colors came out but hoooo, da blurry (my pidgin is atrocious)….Last time, I forgot my remote.  I had to hold it open for 3 minutes by pushing the trigger.  So imagine this: It’s 50 something degrees on the mountain, it is windy and I am shivering….I have my finger on my camera…. *sigh*  Camera shake was inevitable.  Oh well, it was a good test run.

Do you guys take night pictures as well?  It’s actually a bit hard to take pictures like this on Oahu—the light pollution from the city is ridiculous in some areas.  I have to go to the other side of the island, practically.

If night pictures aren’t in the schedule, I guess sunrise/sunset works just as well?  Here’s a shot I got last time:


It’s so beautiful up there!  And yes—we did throw that hard packed snow at each other.  Haha!  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Hurricane Iselle + Julio + Typhoon Halong

Hi guys!  I just wanted to keep you posted: Hawaii survived Hurricane Iselle!  Woohoo!  Hurricane Julio is coming soon but it’s supposed to miss Hawaii by going up North.  *fingers crossed*


Iselle on the bottom, Julio on top

But now it’s my turn—I’m blogging from Japan and Typhoon Halong is coming soon!

PS: Did you know storms are named based on location? Basically, anything east of the international date line is considered a hurricane and everything west of that is considered a typhoon.



Hope everything’s safe in your neck of the woods!


Lychee Martini

took me out for my birthday last week and I had the most AMAZING drink—a lychee martini.  It was sweet but not overly so and it was SO refreshing, especially for summer.  I’ve been dreaming of making my own this weekend so I figured I’d share a recipe that I found from the great Martha Stewart.


*2 whole canned lychees plus 1/2 cup drained syrup
*1/2 cup gin


Place 1 lychee in each of two martini glasses. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in gin and reserved lychee syrup. Shake well; strain into glasses. Serve immediately.

Voila!  If you live in Hawaii, shame shame shame on you if you don’t use fresh lychee!  You’ve got to!  The lychee tree is right outside!   And bonus points if you live on the Big Island and use fresh Big Island lychee. So huge and so sweet!  I’m jealous, already.  If you’re using fresh, it’s best to have at least 6 lychees:  one for garnish and the rest of the 5 to squeeze and get fresh juice to substitute in for the syrup.

Big Island Lychee. The fruit is typically bigger and sweeter than the Oahu variety.

Also—instead of gin, I’d sub in vodka or shochu (Japanese spirit, similar to vodka) instead of the sake.

Don’t forget to stick a toothpick in those lychee so that it’s easier to eat afterwards!  Happy Aloha Friday, everyone!