We’re going going, back back….

…to Cali Cali.  Did I just date myself with those lyrics?!  We are moving!  We are going back to California.  The last 15 months or so have been amazing.  There are so many things that I am going to miss about Hawaii and a few I could do without ever dealing with again (7 inch centipedes!).

  
The spirit of Aloha: the word Aloha translated means “the presence of breath” or “breath of life.”  In action, it’s much more of a feeling, a sense of oneness. On my second day at my current job, we had a regional meeting and our managing partner came out from Missouri. It was a big deal. I walk in and know no one, another admin from another office walks up introduces herself with a hug and a kiss on the cheek (hugs and air/cheek kisses are very common greetings). Then she introduced me to other people that were there. It was such a welcoming experience! Its such a big family, truly. Anyone we’ve met here has been very welcoming. When the cashier at the grocery store asks how your day is going, they really want to know! It’s very different from what I’ve known in California where people tend to be on auto pilot within their own bubbles. This genuine hospitality will be one of the things I miss the most!  

One of our favorite pastimes is eating!  There’s so much good food here!  The seafood doesn’t get much more fresh and I’ve fallen in love with real Japanese ramen (not in a cup or package)!  Here are a few favorite places to eat:
Ocean House:  The food is great, it’s right on the water, the perfect place to take family or friends.
12th Avenue Grill:  This wasn’t rated the best restaurant in Honolulu for nothing!  The food is outstanding, the service is wonderful and the atmosphere is perfect for date night.
Buho: contemporary Mexican food in Waikiki. Ah-mazing!  Plus, it’s a rooftop bar with a good view of the fireworks every Friday night. 
Leonard’s:  Malasadas. They’re Portugese donuts, can come filled with a variet of flavored custards. Delicious!
Kyoto Ramen Yotteko-Ya:  ramen. The broth is so rich, simmered for over 10 hours. I could just drink the broth, it’s that good. 
The Veranda at the Kahala Resort:  overlooks the pools, dolphin area and beach. We do a lot of life planning and dreaming here with a Cafe Kahala. Is so relaxing. 

  
 

Up until our move, I had lived in the same city all my life.  I was itching to get out and only after I was gone, did I have an appreciation for Northern California. Hawaii will always hold a special place in my heart, and I look forward to visiting in the future but family is where it’s really at, and for us, family is in California. 

Here are some photos from the past year!  

   
                                   

Mahalo Nui Loa Hawaii for welcoming us with open arms! 

  

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