Cupcakes and Sunshine: Things I've learned in Hawaii...

Friday, June 20, 2014

Things I've learned in Hawaii...

1. If something says "lilikoi"...AKA "passion fruit"... buy it. Just buy it. We've purchased and/or sampled lilikoi butter, lilikoi tea, lilikoi soap, lilikoi lotion, lilikoi juice, lilikoi cheesecake. it's wonderful. WHERE HAS PASSION FRUIT BEEN MY WHOLE LIFE, DANG IT!?!

2. Hawaiian Farmer's Markets are THE best. Ever. We visited the Halei'wa farmer's market on the North Shore this evening after spending the day sunning... and it had everything you can imagine! Local fruits, baked goods, jellies, jams, farm fresh burgers, homemade crepes, juices. It. was. wonderful.

3. I didn't realize how much I looove all things pineapple/coconut until visiting Hawaii.

4. I've learned to like running! I'm very, VERY excited about this one. Before visiting Hawaii, I was not confident about my running skills at all. We've been running 2-4 miles each day in the morning or evening and the runs have been so, so beautiful! Check out my morning run view...


5. Sometimes, you just gotta get the Huli Huli chicken from a food truck. At first, I was super nervous about this one. I'm not a big fan of seeing my chicken and everyone else's rotisser-izing right in front of my eyes. But this was one of THE BEST meals I've ever had in my life. Huli Huli chicken+rice+pineapple coleslaw...Hawaiian HEAVEN.

6. Uahi Island Grill has a FABULOUS Kalua Pork 'n Kale plate. And I hear that Guy Fieri from Food Network has visited here. SO delicious. (and we got lilikoi cheesecake for dessert afterwards. Obviously!)

 I highly dislike iphone pictures of food, but this meal was too good not to photograph. (and I had accidentally left my camera in the car. Oopsies!) 

7. "Ohana" means family. And I have absolutely LOVED spending time with Kelsie and her family in Hawaii!


  1. It looks like you're having an AMAZING time! My parents rent out two condos on the Big Island and I grew up going to Maui every summer with my grandparents and allll my extended cousins. Such good times! And that farmer's market... take me haha!!!

    1. Ahhh Christine! That is SO much fun! We have been thinking of other islands to visit. You'll have to let me know of some of your favorite spots!



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