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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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Pan-Fried Kabocha (Japanese Pumpkin)

Kabocha may be gaining in popularity in recent years as a health food, but our family has been eating them since I was kid. It's a tasty sweet treat at the dinner table that...

Salt And Pepper Shrimp

I'm not a huge shrimp fan, but I love deep-fried shrimp that leaves the shell so crunchy that you can eat it. My Mom's salt and pepper shrimp recipe is one of my personal...

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...

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Eating At Thai Buddhist Temple Of Hawaii In Pearl City

I'm not at all affiliated with any religion, but I am a fan of authentic Thai food. I visited Thailand by myself for a month in 2013 and I figured out pretty quickly that Thai food is one of...

Da Crawfish And Crab Shack In Kapolei For My Birthday

For my birthday, my friends (Sarah and Monica) were determined to hang out so I told them I wanted to eat crab legs - my favorite food ever that I almost never have the chance to eat. If you've...

Mililani Farmers’ Market At Mililani High School Parking Lot

The farmers' market at Mililani High School is in the neighborhood for us so we come here quite often. There's plenty of parking (big plus!) and a good variety of shops selling everything from fresh vegetables to locally-made dog...

Walking The Pathways At The Ko Olina Lagoons (End Polio Now Awareness Walk)

My friend Sarah volunteers with the Kapolei Rotary and since she knew I needed a break from being cooped up in the house, she invited me to join their End Polio Now walk along the four Ko Olina lagoons....

Outdoor Brunch At Kalapawai Cafe & Deli In Kapolei

What's neat about Kalapawai Market's Cafe & Deli in Kapolei is that it's made to look a bit old school. The original Kalapawai Market first appeared in 1932 in Kailua and played a part in the culture of their...

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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.

The Complete Guide To Visiting The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

A visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is not just a popular activity on the Big Island of Hawaii. It's one of the best things to do in Hawaii and you'll be so glad to spend a day or two exploring the park in its entirety. Besides the obvious of seeing lava, you'll want to set aside time for hikes, lava tubes, viewpoints, scenic drives,...

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Eating At Thai Buddhist Temple Of Hawaii In Pearl City

I'm not at all affiliated with any religion, but I am a fan of authentic Thai food. I visited Thailand by myself for a month in 2013 and I figured out pretty quickly that Thai food is one of my favorite foods ever. A good Thai friend asked if I'd ever been to this Pearl City temple and my reaction was a common one: there's...

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!

Pan-Fried Kabocha (Japanese Pumpkin)

Kabocha may be gaining in popularity in recent years as a health food, but...

Salt And Pepper Shrimp

I'm not a huge shrimp fan, but I love deep-fried shrimp that leaves the...

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...