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Aloha with love, Amy

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Aloha, I'm Amy!

My family has lived in Hawaii since the pineapple plantation days and I want to share my life with you from a local perspective. I blog about traveling and living in Hawaii, review attractions, eat yummy food, and document my projects such as constructing my aquaponic systems and learning how to cook my Mom's unique recipes.

Join me as I discover my island state and share my life here as a local girl!

Aloha with love,
Amy

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Fried Zucchini With Panko

I've been growing cocozelle zucchini in my backyard aquaponics system, which has provided my family with several wonderful dinners so far. The cocozelle zucchini is a slighty nutty and flavorful zucchini, which suits a...

Mapo Tofu With Italian Sausage

When you've got 2 Asian-American kids, sometimes you have to cater to their American tastes when it comes to ethnic foods. Although Michael and I will happily eat traditional mapo tofu, there are...

Fried Chicken With Local $5 Whole Chicken

COVID-19 has made meat prices go up so Mom has kept an eye out for good deals on meat. She found some local chicken from 50th State Poultry, Inc for $5 from our local...

Sugar-Free Sushi Rice And How Mom Learned To Make It

Mom's sushi rice has gone through an evolution since I was a kid. One of her first jobs in Hawaii was as a waitress at a Japanese restaurant where the chef did not share...

Beef Broccoli Stir Fry

There's something about Panda Express' beef broccoli that always convinces me to include it in my order. When my family has no time to cook, or we're just feeling tired, Panda Express is where...

No MSG Takuan

Ah, takuan - those teeny, tiny, delightfully crunchy pieces of bright yellow radish that we can never get enough of in a Japanese bento. Usually restaurants only include one takuan per bento, but a...

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20+ Things To Do In Oahu’s North Shore: The Best Of North Shore

I've got you covered if you're looking for the best things to do in Oahu's North Shore. As one of Oahu's biggest attractions, the North Shore of Oahu has something for everyone. Gorgeous beaches, Oahu's best snorkeling spots, amazing...

Most Popular Things To Do In Oahu

People flying into Oahu are always asking me what they should do, see, and eat here. While you can't go wrong with aimlessly exploring, it is good to have at least a few spots set in your agenda. Here's...

Breathtaking Sunset Beach Is Famous For Sunsets And Surfing

It's really hard to beat Sunset Beach when you talk about the best beach in North Shore, Oahu. The waves are calm especially toward the end of summer and the 2-mile stretch of golden sand makes you feel like...

Kealia Trail Is A Switchback With Ocean Views

Kealia Trail holds a special place in my heart. Soon after Daisy joined our family, Mom and I took her out on her first hike to Kealia Trail. I had done my research for an easier hike that allowed dogs...

Waimea Bay For A Beautiful Beach Day

When my friends and I decide to go to the North Shore for a beach day, Waimea Bay is pretty close to the top of the list. The view is gorgeous, the water is an enchanting blue, and it's...

Authentic Experiences

Aloha With Tours

I always look for authentic and cultural experiences when I travel Hawaii and I want the same for you. If you're interested in activities in Hawaii such as non-touristy luaus, local tour guides, excellent customer service, and accurate Hawaiian history and culture, visit my sister site, Aloha With Tours, for a curated list of Hawaii activities and experiences I personally recommend.

Visit Pearl Harbor: Everything You Need To Know

Pearl Harbor is an eye opener. It's also one of Hawaii's top attractions. There are graphic photographs, remnants of the attack and stories to be heard from survivors and witnesses. Don't be surprised if you shed a tear or two and find yourself suddenly overwhelmed with emotion. I always end up teary eyed when I'm here. And honestly, I hope you get emotional, too. It's an...

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My Life In Hawaii

Living in Hawaii has given me a chance to experience a very unique life full of beautiful views, delicious food, and cool outdoor projects. Check out my most popular blog topics below!

Down To Earth Is Hawaii’s Version Of Whole Foods

Down To Earth is a neat store in Hawaii with a Whole Foods vibe and plenty of local goods. It's fun to explore if you're looking for made in Hawaii snacks that you can bring home as souvenirs. It's also a good place to grab a meal with some local influence. Like Whole Foods, there is a buffet of entrees, side dishes, salads, etc. to...

Hawaii Mom Cooks

My Mom (aka Aunty Sandy), began cooking for her family of six from the age of 10 in Taiwan. All of her cooking is done by memory, taste, and feel, and her mental recipes don't have an end.
Translating my Mom's "cook-by-taste" recipes into writing is a labor of love project that I've been working on. Hawaii Mom Cooks is all about documenting her cooking so that I can replicate her dishes in the future. Feel free to comment — she loves to read them!

Fried Zucchini With Panko

I've been growing cocozelle zucchini in my backyard aquaponics system, which has provided my...

Mapo Tofu With Italian Sausage

When you've got 2 Asian-American kids, sometimes you have to cater to their American...

Fried Chicken With Local $5 Whole Chicken

COVID-19 has made meat prices go up so Mom has kept an eye out...

Sugar-Free Sushi Rice And How Mom Learned To Make It

Mom's sushi rice has gone through an evolution since I was a kid. One...

Beef Broccoli Stir Fry

There's something about Panda Express' beef broccoli that always convinces me to include it...

No MSG Takuan

Ah, takuan - those teeny, tiny, delightfully crunchy pieces of bright yellow radish that...

Hot And Sour Green Cabbage

Fast and easy side dishes are wonderful. They use simple ingredients that are often...

Salted Pork Belly

Mom really loves her YouTube Time and with COVID-19 restricting our out-of-the-house entertainment, she's...

Chicken Katsu Don

When I lived in Japan, I ate a lot of donburi - Japanese rice...

Meat Jun

If you're a fan of Korean food, then you've probably eaten Korean pancakes or...

Somen Noodles

It's summer in Hawaii (yes, we have a summer) and it's getting hot and...

Sugar-Free Namasu

My family (and extended family) love to eat namasu. It's a pretty healthy side...