Diamond Head Summit Trail

Starting on the trail early is key to avoiding the crowds

This morning we woke up early to tackle a very easy trail as part of my quest to slowly work myself back up to hiking shape. Diamond Head, one of Hawaii’s most photographed and recognizable landmarks, is one of those hikes that we as locals don’t get to very often. I’ve typically avoided visiting Diamond Head because of the crowds of tourists that flock there everyday. Despite the crowds, Diamond Head Summit Trail offers one of the easiest and fastest hikes on the island, with a great view of the ocean and Waikiki at the top.

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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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Dinner @ Sushi Sho

Chef Keiji Nakazawa, the man who said no to the Michelin guide… according to rumor

I’m a lover of all things food. I’ll try almost any ingredient or dish once to push my palate and expand my food horizons. As such I am a fan of many cuisines. However, as with most people, there are some foods I just like more than others and sushi would certainly be on the list of my favorite foods. So when I heard that Sushi Sho, a new high-end omakase restaurant, was opening in town helmed by a chef who supposedly (according to rumor) kicked out the Michelin inspectors from his Tokyo restaurant for not “knowing anything about sushi”… well I just had to go!

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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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Dinner @ Senia (Chef’s Tasting)

Chef Anthony Rush (left) and Chef Chris Kajioka (right)

Just three short weeks after dining at Senia to try its regular ala carte menu, I found myself back at the chef’s counter again, this time for the chef’s tasting menu. The tasting menu is limited to the counter (7 seats) and the booth behind. There’s but one seating a night at $185 per person plus tax and gratuity. Does this tasting menu live up to such exclusivity (limited seats) and the high price point? Yes. Yes it does.

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Afternoon Tea @ MW Restaurant

While I was living on the mainland, I tried to make it home to visit family as often as I could. During those trips back it became somewhat of a “tradition” that my wife and I attend afternoon tea. We have now been to the Halekulani, The Kahala Hotel, and the Moana Surfrider for tea. Unlike these establishments, MW Restaurant only offers their afternoon tea service on the 3rd Sunday of each month. During dinner the other night a fellow blogger, Thomas, mentioned MW Restaurant’s tea to us and I called the next day to book a reservation. How would this tea service stack up against others?

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