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Aloha, I'm Amy!

Hey there! Planning a trip to Hawaii and want to read legit articles not written by a travel agency? Looking for authenticity and an honest, local opinion? Living or moving to Hawaii and want some cool DIY projects to work on? I might be the local girl you've been looking for!

Aloha With Love is where I share my Hawaii explorations, hobbies, life, and home projects with interested readers around the world. So if you like what I do, sign up to stay updated and let's explore Hawaii together!

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About me and Aloha With Love

Growing up in Hawaii is such a privilege and most people don’t realize how wonderful it is until they’re off the islands…which is exactly what happened with me!

After high school, I packed my bags and headed off to Oregon, lived in Japan and Taiwan for several years and spent a lot of time in Thailand, South Korea and China. By the time I returned home, Hawaii was a stranger to me, but a delightful one to rediscover. I found myself playing tour guide for visiting friends and it was so much fun to see my home from their eyes.

Aloha With Love initially began as a Hawaii travel blog from a local point of view. While visiting other countries, I learned that most locals really didn't "travel" their hometown. I decided that would be a shame to happen to me considering I lived in Hawaii!

Eventually, I decided to evolve Aloha With Love and include my lifestyle. I like working on DIY projects, fishing, shopping for good deals, and learning how to cook my Mom's recipes — all of which you'll find in this blog.

If you have a particular topic that you think would fall under the purpose of this blog and aren’t finding what you want to know online, send me a message and I’ll see what I can do. Please have fun and I hope to hear of your own travels wherever they may be.

Aloha with love, Amy

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Aunty Sandy

AKA My Mom

Mom is originally from Taiwan and loves cooking, gardening, hiking, and feeding Daisy snacks. A part of Aloha With Love is dedicated to documenting her dishes (Hawaii Mom Cooks) so that my brother and I can continue to cook and eat her homemade meals far into the future. She's most proud of her garden where she's managed to squeeze in 15 fruit trees, along with several vegetable grow beds.

Uncle Owen

AKA My Dad

Dad's a total Hawaii boy and island hopped all over the islands growing up. He retired in May 2020 and spends a lot of his time in his mancave planning out his sailboat and van builds, taking apart synthesizers and keyboards bought off eBay and Craigslist, and making sure I don't electrocute myself when I work with electrical DIY projects.


AKA My Brother

Michael pops up every so often in my blog helping out with my bigger DIY projects and cooking amazing meals for us (he got Mom's talents in the kitchen). I'll be documenting some of his recipes in the Hawaii Mom Cooks section. Let me know if you like his cooking style!

Daisy The Rescue


You'll see this cute furball photo bombing all the time since she loves to follow me around the house. Daisy was a rescue from the Hawaiian Humane Society who came with a load of health problems and was severely underweight when we got her. Now she never misses a meal and she gets plenty of snacks all day. Her nickname is "monk seal" (courtesy of Dad) since she likes to lie down and not move all day.

Latest Posts

How We Prepare For A Hurricane In Hawaii

In Hawaii, hurricane season runs from June 1 - November 30. It's that time of the year where our grocery stores will be overrun...

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...

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...

Surgery Day: Abdominal Myomectomy For A 6-Inch Fibroid

It's been a little over 7 months since my surgery to remove my 6-inch fibroid and I decided that now would be a good...

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...

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...

Things To Do

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...

The Short And Gorgeous Maili Pink Pillbox Hike

The Maili Pink Pillbox hike is normally just called the pink pillbox hike. Out on the Waianae coast, the hike only takes about 40 minutes going up, but you're rewarded with an amazing panoramic view of the west shoreline...

Where To Find Turtles In Oahu

Unless you plan on holing yourself up in your resort room and not exploring outside of Waikiki, you may just find it hard to not see a sea turtle or two while you're out and about in Oahu. Sea...

Hiking Aiea Loop Trail With My 75-Year Old Uncle

Let me just say that my Uncle is in ridiculous shape. (He left me and Mom in the dust.) At some point he decided we were taking too much time enjoying the sights and finished the entire hike without...

Hiking Tantalus Drive To Pauoa Flats And Back

I've been slowly working my way through the Honolulu Mauka Trail System and wanted to bring my dog Daisy with me since she's had some extra energy the past few weeks. Mom decided to come with and early Sunday...

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