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Welcome to Aloha With Love: A Hawaii travel & lifestyle blog featuring outdoor activities, travel tips, home recipes, and life in Hawaii from a local girl's point of view. (Please note that the pandemic has affected many of our local businesses and attractions. Check their status beforehand as my posts are updated manually. Thank you!)

Aloha with love, Amy

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That Famous Tree In Hawaii You Didn’t Know About In Moanalua Gardens

Aloha Travelers, There is one famous tree in Hawaii that I would guess 99% of all Western visitors do not know exists. Only my Japanese...

Aloha, I'm Amy!

My family has lived in Hawaii since the pineapple plantation days and I want to share my local experiences here in Hawaii with you from a non-touristy perspective. I blog about my island travels, 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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DIY Projects

Growing Bok Choy In My Aquaponic System

One of the very first vegetables I started growing with my aquaponics system is bok choy (pak choi). I knew I wanted to start off with a leafy vegetable that our family would have...

Building A 250+ Gallon Aquaponics System In My Front Yard (Part 4 – Goldfish, Tilapia)

Finally, the fun part! It's time to add some fish! When you research aquaponics, you'll discover that there's a period of time where you need to "cycle" the water in order for the good bacteria...

Building A 250+ Gallon Aquaponics System In My Front Yard (Part 3 – Lava Rock Installation)

Once the plumbing was all set up and working, it was time to fill up my grow beds with media. There are all kinds of options when you go down the rabbit hole of...

Oahu

Freshwater And Saltwater Aquarium Fish At Coral Fish Hawaii

I made a visit recently with my brother Michael to Coral Fish Hawaii because I was ready to add some fish to my aquaponics system. Michael and I have some pretty fond memories of Coral Fish Hawaii. When we...

Go To Kiso Store For Landscaping Supplies

Every so often in Hawaii you run into an old family business that has no website, no social media, and no marketing. Kiso Store in Waipahu is one such store. You could live in Waipahu and drive past Kiso...

East Waikiki Walking Tour By Hawaii Walks

For those staying in Waikiki and looking for an easy 2-hour tour that delves into the history and wildlife of Waikiki, the East Waikiki Walking Tour by Hawaii Walks is a tour you should really consider. Hawaii Walks is...

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...

Easy Oahu Hikes That You’ll Enjoy

The definition of an "easy" hike differs from person to person. Some people are hardcore hikers who have all that extra gear and solid muscle (definitely not me). Others rarely get out and consider rocky trails to be more...

Authentic Experiences

Aloha With Tours

I always look for authentic and cultural experiences when I travel and I want the same for you. If you're interested in 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.

Visitor’s Guide To Pearl Harbor

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. 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 unforgettable and incredibly...

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My Hawaii Experience

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!

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...

Oyako Don With Chicken Katsu

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...

Cold 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...

Sugar-Free Mochiko Chicken

There are a lot of great mochiko chicken recipes out there, so this time...

Marinated BBQ Kalbi

Mom loves to go all out when it's our birthday and everyone knows that my brother loves his kalbi. Commonly known as short ribs,...

Japchae

Japchae is an interesting dish in Hawaii. You'll usually find it as a side dish at our local Korean BBQ plate lunch spots. A...

Shoyu And Tofu Whole Fish With Ginger

According to Mom who grew up in Taiwan, it was common to hear that a mother-in-law would test the kitchen skills of her future...