Eat Local

There is nothing quite like slicing up a fresh pineapple while sitting in the sun in Hawaii.  It tastes so juicy and sweet, but it is very easy to overeat. According to the Mayo Clinic’s site, it is easy to confuse a food allergy with a much more common reaction known as food intolerance. While […]
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Dinner by the sea

My mom loved the plumeria flower.  On our March trip to Kauai, it seemed as if she had ordered them just for me in her memory, because they were everywhere!  The plumeria flower’s intoxicating scent and beautiful colors make it the perfect flower for the Hawaiian lei. We went out to dinner at a restaurant […]
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Greens and Grapes

Farmers markets are great locations to pick up in season fresh produce.  When traveling, you may also find local foods to try that you have never tasted such as the mountain apple and wing beans pictured in my post yesterday!  While growing up sitting at the family dinner table, I would hear my mom say, […]
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Sustenance and Sunsets

One of the definitions of sustenance is to sustain, and food and drink should be a source of nourishment and strength.  When experiencing a loss, initially some do not feel like eating and may even feel nauseous.  Focusing on eating whole foods supports wellness. Have you ever seen or eaten wing beans?  I had not […]
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Biking on Kauai

The first time I had done biking on Kauai was on this March 2017 visit.  We rented some very nice Kona rode bikes from Outfitters Kauai and biked around the Poipu area. Spending days relaxing and moving was good for the soul. I felt the presence of my mom. We also took the bikes up to a […]
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Walking/Hiking in Hawaii

Another great feature of the Kauai Grand Hyatt is its proximity to the south side of the island.  It is a beautiful walk to visit Poipu’s beaches or head over in the evening to Brenneke’s Beach Broiler and listen to some live music. I thought of my mom when I walked past this umbrella with no […]
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Swimming in Hawaii

The Kauai Hyatt has a very large sand-salt water pool that is perfect for swimming laps.  It lies between the hotel and the ocean and it was one of the reasons I love to go back and stay at this property. First you heat up on the beach and then you jump in the water […]
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Hanging out in nature in Hawaii

We got in very late and just crashed on our arrival to Kauai.  When I walked out of our room onto an open grassy area the next morning, this sunrise was the first thing I saw! And again I felt my mom.  It was if she was letting me know she was out there behind […]
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Hawaii

The week after my mom passed away is still a bit of a blur for me, but I remember well coming back to Seattle and packing for a trip we had planned to Hawaii long before her death.  I will not forget the ache of my broken heart and thinking to myself, how do I […]
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Coping Strategies

I have been grieving the loss of my mom most of the year.  As the news from Las Vegas unfolded this week, it has been difficult to grasp the number of people who are grieving the loss of their loved one or lived through this unimaginable act of terrorism.  If a circle was drawn around […]
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