Tag Archive: Hawaii

Memories of O-bon Past

In Japan, and other places where Japanese culture is strong, this is the time of the O-bon festival — the honouring of the spirits of dead ancestors. At this time it is common… Continue reading

Byodo-in Temple, O’ahu

One of the things I loved most about living on O’ahu was the little bits of Japan sprinkled across the island. From the Japanese grocery stores, to O-Bon festivals, mochi balls mixed into… Continue reading

Doris Duke’s Shangri-la

Billionaire philanthropist Doris Duke’s former home, called “Shangri-La,” opened up its Damascus Room to visitors this month. This room had been off limits for visitors for the duration of its several year-long renovation… Continue reading

A Walk through Downtown Honolulu

“In Honolulu’s lawless hive, where vessels of all flags and nations arrive and depart daily, a man may change his name and history between entrĂ©e and dessert.” – David Mitchell; Cloud Atlas Read… Continue reading

In Pictures: Manoa Falls Hike

After a mile and half hike through lush forest, the waterfall at the end of the trail was somewhat underwhelming.

Around O’ahu with a Sweet Tooth

Dessert is my favorite meal, as if that were not quite obvious already. O’ahu was good to me in this respect; the variety of sugary tasty goodness comes in many forms and is… Continue reading

A Hui Hou

It’s been a while. Posting pictures from my last few weeks in Hawaii.

The Best Shave Ice on O’ahu (According to Me)

Here it is: the definitive list. A topic of this importance is not to be taken lightly, so I can assure you that I have done some very thorough research before posting this… Continue reading


I would have liked the mule ride. As the plane swooped along the coast, I saw the zigzagging trail sloping down the cliff face. It’s a two-hour ride each way but April’s rain… Continue reading


I am quite lucky to have local friends on O’ahu, because it means I get to go to places I’d never have known about otherwise. Mu-Ryang-Sa Buddhist Temple isn’t in any of the… Continue reading