My life in Hawaii - food, mostly.

Ai in Hawaii

Ai in Hawaii

My life in Hawaii - food, mostly.

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Foodland Farms Ala Moana

Foodland Farms Ala Moana

Foodland is a locally owned chain of supermarkets. ¬†They’ve been a tenant at Ala Moana Center since the beginning, but in 2016 they relocated to a brand new location at the Ewa end of the mall. The revamped store has the usual Foodland grocery selections, […]

Forty Niner Restaurant in Aiea

Forty Niner Restaurant in Aiea

This past weekend was a milestone: it was Sky’s first time away from us while D & I went out on a date. Luckily my sister offered to babysit so we knew our kids were in good hands. He’s quite attached to me and I […]

Preschooler Playdate Ideas: Making Snow Globes

Preschooler Playdate Ideas: Making Snow Globes

Nomz LOVES snow globes. Whenever she seems them at the store, she wants to touch them. It turns out, they’re super easy to make at home and SO much cheaper. It’s a fun activity with friends and makes a lovely souvenir to take home. Our […]

Preschooler Playdate Ideas: Icing Cookies

Preschooler Playdate Ideas: Icing Cookies

While Nomz’s school is out on winter break, I try to line up her schedule with playdates because, let’s be honest, nobody wins with bored¬†children in the house. Today we had Nomz’s best friend over and we tried our hand at decorating sugar cookies with […]

Happy New Year! 2018

Happy New Year! 2018

We had a quiet New Years weekend as usual. We’re too old and our kids are too young to stay up until midnight so we ate traditional toshi-koshi soba (literal translation: crossing into the new year soba) and went to bed. We also toasted the […]

Hawaiian Smoked Meat

Hawaiian Smoked Meat

D receives a lot of gifts at his office during the holiday season, but my favorite one I look forward to each year is this homemade smoked meat from one of his colleagues. This chunk of meat comes in a little vacuum sealed package and […]

Christmas Day 2017

Christmas Day 2017

We had a nice relaxing day. The morning was spent opening gifts and then we went out to McDonald’s for breakfast. In the afternoon we took the kids to the park to try out some new toys. For dinner we had an easy pork roast […]

A Gingerbread House Making Playdate

A Gingerbread House Making Playdate

I thought a Christmas activity for Nomz’s next playdate would be perfect for the season. It’s been ages since I last made a gingerbread house, so I did a quick search online for some tips. We rinsed and dried these individual juice cartons to serve […]

Aloha!

If you’re here from my previous blog www.honolulueats.wordpress.com, it’s so nice to see you again! If you’re new, welcome! I’m Ai. I’m so lucky to call Oahu, Hawaii my home. I’m not originally from here though, I grew up half in Japan and half in […]


My Diary

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If you’re here from my previous blog www.honolulueats.wordpress.com, it’s so nice to see you again! If you’re new, welcome!

I’m Ai. I’m so lucky to call Oahu, Hawaii my home. I’m not originally from here though, I grew up half in Japan and half in the East Coast of “the Mainland” and at the age of 18 came here to attend the University of Hawaii. I met and fell in love with a local boy and have stayed ever since. I’m a wife to D, mama to 5-year-old Nomz and 1-year-old Sky.

I’m bilingual in English and Japanese, and am dedicated to raising bilingual children. Being that we live in the US, I’m deliberately focused on developing their minority language (Japanese) as much as possible before they enter school and thus become immersed in the majority language (English). It’s important to me to also cultivate a connection to their Japanese heritage and identity through food, culture, and language.

Through my childhood visits to Hawaii, I fell in love with the warm people and easygoing culture here. Halfway between Japan and America, literally and culturally, it immediately felt like home to me. Fast forward a couple of decades and I feel so blessed to be living my dream of living and raising my family on this beautiful island.

I love to cook, I love to eat, and my life used to revolve around food. Although I still love to cook and eat, now I try to provide more healthy meals for my family. I’m managing high blood pressure and high blood sugars suddenly brought on during my second pregnancy, and my son has a peanut allergy and other food allergies. Managing these health issues through diet and lifestyle is something I’m still learning how to navigate each day.

This blog is a place for me to journal the everyday events in my life and serves as a place I can store memories. My life is still filled with good food, but now you might also see more posts about family activities around the island too.

Thank you for visiting!