Foster Botanical Gardens

Foster Botanical Gardens
A hidden respite from the bustling city

Sometimes its hard for people to picture Honolulu as a metropolitan city. Our white sandy beaches and mountain ridges are welcomed distractions from urban life, but make no mistake, Honolulu is a densely populated city. With constant development in and around downtown Honolulu, it can be a challenge nowadays to find a quiet place to enjoy a walk that isn’t in the forest at the back of a valley or on top of a mountain. But, lucky for us, there are still a few spots around town – like the Foster Botanical Gardens – to enjoy some peace and quiet.

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Turbinates & Septums

WordPress stock photos can be useful sometimes

A few weeks ago I went to the doctor because I was feeling a little under-the-weather and had a fairly bad headache. I don’t very much enjoy going to the doctor. They never really take you at your appointment time (even though they ask that you arrive early). Waiting rooms suck and everything smells of clorox and disinfectant. Turns out this routine visit for what I thought was a bad cold would reveal something I have been unaware of for 30 years…

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Haunama Bay Rock Bridge

Hanauma Bay

Before moving away to Minnesota I thoroughly enjoyed hiking. What started off as a more “mission oriented” form of exercise became a hobby. I progressed from the most mild state-maintained trails to eventually hiking some of the most dangerous hikes on Oahu. Sadly, living in a state where winter lasts for a solid 4-5 months severely lowered my outdoor activity. Now that I’ve been back for a couple of months, it was high time to get started out on the trails once again, starting with the Hanauma Bay Rock Bridge.

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Waikalua Loko I’a Fishpond

My first service project as a newly inducted member of the Kahala Sunrise Rotary Club was helping to clean the Waikalua Loko I’a Fishpond in Kaneohe. After an early morning drive through the Ko’olaus via Likelike Highway, I arrived to a picturesque view of the mountains and the bay. Although laughable to my former neighbors in Minnesota, Oahu has been a bit chillier lately which was perfect for the day’s physical activities in the muddy fish pond.

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Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise

A couple of months ago I saw on Facebook that a friend of mine, Kim, was collecting donations of rice on behalf of her Rotary Club to provide to families during Thanksgiving. The club was setting up a collection table at Safeway in Hawaii Kai, which is quite literally a block away from me. It was the season for giving so I went to Costco and picked up two big bags of rice to drop off during the “rice rally.”

Fast forward to today, when I was inducted this morning as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise (RoCKS). Leading up to my decision to join the club, I had visited a few of their weekly morning breakfast meetings at the beautiful Waialae Country Club. While the venue was certainly nice, more impressive were the people who make up the club. Their dedication to service, the community, and each other was apparent.

I look forward to a year of great fellowship and community service with my fellow rotarians!

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New Camera – Sony Alpha 7RII

The irony that this photo of my new fancy camera was taken on my iPhone is not lost on me

Since the day I had enough money to own a camera, I’ve had a Canon. It started with the small ELPH point-and-shoot, then on to a Canon PowerShot (which was the camera I used for my very first food blog). I then made the jump to a Canon Rebel DSLR, and several Canon DSLR iterations since then. Taking high quality photos of food, particularly at notable restaurants, has long been a hobby that also serves a journalistic purpose for me. So after trusting my Canon gear to chronicle thousands of photos, why the change to Sony?

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