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.
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.
One of the best things about moving back to Hawaii has been reconnecting with old friends and acquaintances. This is doubly good since many of these folks are also gastronomes who love dining out. Last night I had the good fortune to catch up with two fellow epicures. For dinner we visited Yakiniku Yoshi, an establishment I had not yet experienced, known for its wagyu beef.
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!
Meeting new people isn’t about an agenda, it’s about a making a connection.
I’ve been in professional sales for ten year’s now. While that’s a drop in the bucket for many sales professionals, that number – 10 years – is significant to me; that number represents a third of my life. I can wax poetic about the virtues of this career path, but that’s for another day. Suffice it to say that I love professional business sales. One of the main reasons I enjoy it so emphatically, is it allows me to constantly meet new people.
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?