The Quest To Find The “Heart-shaped Rock” (and Nakalele Blowhole) on Maui

A few weekends ago, I took my friend, Sheryl, to Maui. It was actually her first time visiting Maui and the two main things she really wanted to see were the “heart-shaped rock” and bamboo forest. I had been to Maui several times, but had never seen the heart-shaped rock. Thank goodness for the internet. Upon searching for the heart-shaped rock on Maui, our quest led us to the Nakalele Blowhole.

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Keiki In the Kitchen: A Culinary Outing For The Whole Family

The 4th Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival kicked off last week with “Aloha ‘Aina, Aloha Kai – Love of the Land, Love of the Sea” in Waikoloa on the Big Island. The festival concluded this past weekend with 4 big events, with the latter 3 events being sold out—Keiki in the Kitchen: Food, Fitness, & Fun; Corks & Forks; Battle of the Brunch Showdown; and It’s A Food World After All.

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Nani and Makaha Valley

Pu’u Kea’au: Climbing above Makaha Valley using the Donkey Z trail

For Labor Day 2014, Will, Hawaii’s premiere Holiday Hike Organizer, planned to climb up the obscure Donkey Z Switchbacks to visit the summit of Kea’au ridge behind the iconic Makaha Towers. We would end up with a group of nine hikers. With it being a very hot and dry day plus none of us having done the trail before, we would eventually split up into 3 groups and finish 3 different routes. Pu’u Kea’au would prove to be a difficult summit to gain while offering unique views and a humbling journey.

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Chelsea Market: New York’s Most Famous Neighborhood Market

Chelsea Market is to New York City as Reading Market is to Philadelphia. If you enjoy food, then it’s the place to go. The market is located in the Meatpacking District (MePa) just across the street from Google’s New York offices. On the floors above the market you will find EMI Music Publishing,, the Oxygen Network, and, most fittingly, The Food Network. And just above Chelsea Market, on the 10th Avenue side, is New York’s elevated park, the High Line.

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Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop Is More Than A Brunch Destination

A bunch of breakfast/brunch places have been opening up on the island lately—bills Sidney, Koko Head Cafe, The Nook, and now Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop. Coty and I love to eat breakfast on the weekends, especially since that’s the only time when we really get to do so together due to our work schedules. While looking at Scratch’s menu on their website, I knew that I wanted to go there for breakfast. But more than breakfast, I wanted to check out their dinner offerings. We will just have to return for breakfast another day.

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Photos of the Makakilo Brushfire on Palehua Ridge

Decided to take a drive to Makakilo to check out the brushfire that has been going off since last week Friday. Two seven-year-old brothers are believed to have ignited the brushfire after playing with a lighter that they found. While I was there, I did see Honolulu Fire Department helicopters dropping water over hot spots. It is estimated that the state has so far spent over $54,000 to extinguish the fire.

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