My life in Hawaii - food, mostly.


If you’re here from my previous blog, 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!