hawaii: day 6

on day 6, dr. howell from UH came to pick up cameron and i, and then he and some other grad students from his group treated us to dim sum at happy day! it was tasty. mmm… free and delicious.

then cameron got hungry in the afternoon so we went to ALOHA SUSHI at the pearlridge mall.

aloha sushi

aloha sushi is an inexpensive sushi chain in hawaii.

aloha sushi

they had a pretty display with plastic sushi showing the different sushi combinations available:

aloha sushi display

cameron got one of those little boxes:

aloha sushi combo

aloha sushi is good if you want a quick, inexpensive snack.

i bought some more banana ice cream from holotta ice cream :)

holotta banana ice cream

for dinner, we went with cameron’s parents to the harbor pub in waikiki because cameron’s dad had a gift certificate from there. the harbor looked really beautiful:

waikiki harbor

the food turned out to be excellent! we started off with a really tasty greek salad:

greek salad

then we had a half-order of nachos, also very tasty. refried beans and cheese were baked in a little casserole dish and then topped with lettuce, tomatoes, olives, guacamole, and sour cream. it also came with some fresh salsa.


finally, for the main course, we had a large pizza – half tomato and basil, half “harbor special,” which is basically everything (pepperoni, olives, green peppers, mushrooms, ham, onions, and red peppers).


this pizza was seriously delicious. the crust was nice and crispy at the bottom but soft in the middle, the cheese was super melty and stringy, and the sauce was very tomato-ey and smooth. our waitress was very nice too and gave us recommendations on how much to get because initially we ordered way too much food. we ended up with some leftover pizza, and the total cost was really reasonable.

hawaii: day 5

day 5 started with an awesome breakfast.

zippy's chili

after our dinner the previous night, i picked up some chili and rice from the take-out window at zippy’s. mmm… it made for an excellent breakfast! apparently one of the secrets to their chili is MAYONNAISE. there are beans, portuguese sausage, BACON, and ground beef.

for lunch, we went to kim chee ii restaurant.

kim chee ii restaurant

cameron and i both had the lunch special. it included meat jun (hawaiian thing, beef and eggs and fried), bbq chicken, rice, and five veggie sides (seaweed, lightly pickled cabbage, bean sprouts, kim chee, pickled daikon). it was a pretty large meal, but very tasty.

kim chee ii lunch special

later in the afternoon we went to the pearlrigde mall, and i had the BEST ice cream experience of my life. i was just looking and then the girl at the register of holotta ice cream asked if i wanted free samples :). i tried the coffee and banana. the coffee wasn’t very good because the flavor was too weak, but the banana was really good! the store girl asked about my bunny bunch shirt too so i liked her and felt bad not buying anything, so i got a small cup of banana ice cream. she gave me a lot! and it was really amazingly tasty. the texture of the ice cream was really soft and smooth (fit perfectly with the banana taste), and the flavor itself was right on. it was not too strong, tasted like real banana, and well balanced with the sweetness. by far the best banana ice cream i’ve ever had. i love holotta ice cream. i love it.

holotta banana ice cream

pretty mountains!

pretty mountains

for dinner, cameron’s mom made CORNISH HENS!  last year cameron’s mom also made cornish hens, and i ate like 2.5 (mine plus the leftovers of wei’s and bing’s cornish hens).  this year she found a recipe from the food network site from emeril.  it had a yummy stuffing, and was very delicious.

cornish hens

an inside look:

cornish hens interior

this year i only ate one at dinner.  but that’s because i had to go watch american idol.  yay melinda!

hawaii: day 4

we had to wake up really early on day four because cameron’s dad had to drop us off at UH before he went to work.  we picked up breakfast at the campus center.  cameron had portuguese sausage, eggs, and rice.  i had pancakes.

UH breakfast

for lunch, some of the grad students took me out (free!) for some vegetarian indian food.  it was really tasty!  the “full plate” came with both entrees, some salad, dessert, and soup.  the two entrees of the day were tofu curry and mashed potatoes with peas.  the flavor of both entrees were very simple but very delicious.  i didn’t take a picture though because i thought that might be kinda weird.  :(

for dinner, we went to zippy’s with some of cameron’s friends.  i tried the zip min (saimin with a bunch of stuff):

zip min

it wasn’t anything that special, but the saimin was quite tasty.  it had some eggs, fishcake, wontons, char seu and veggies.  i almost wanted to get the zippy’s chili omelette, but the waitress said it was just chili and eggs (sounded too intense).

cameron had the korean fried chicken:

zippy's korean fried chicken

scary rabbit

scary rabbit

hawaii: day 3

on day three i had a DELICIOUS breakfast at church after the service. i forgot to take a picture though. someone had prepared
baked beans, hot dogs, fruit, and some veggies. the best combo is baked beans with fruit. try it! it is awesome.

for lunch, we went to the small food court near the recently closed 99 ranch ( :( ). on cameron’s recommendation i tried the crispy gau gee noodles.

crispy gau gee noodles

i finally figured out what the heck gau gee is. in chinese it’s just fried dumpling. i guess it sounds a little like gau gee in cantonese. anyway, i didn’t like this that much. i thought the noodles were a little too fried. they were super crispy. i also am not a huge fan of deep frying the dumplings.

mr. healthy got MORE spam musubis (his 7th one in 24 hours) with some japanese fried chicken and california rolls.

small bento
on the drive home we saw a pretty rainbow!


cameron’s mom made a yummy dinner, but i forgot to take pictures. dessert was very intense:

intense dessert

it’s chocolate cake with a layer of melted marshmellows, peanut butter, and rice krispies. sooooooooooo rich.

hawaii: day 2

we woke up bright and early the next day so we could drop by the small farmer’s market place at the local community college.

there were some really beautiful flowers, lots of fresh veggies, and food!

pretty orchids

these cakes looked so cute!

cute cakes

cameron and i shared a crabcake benedict from one of the stands. 

crabcake benedict

it was very delicious!  there was a tasty crabcake with a perfectly poached egg in an orange hollandaise sauce.  there were also some lightly/nicely seasoned potatoes and spinach. the eggs were nice and runny. :)  this dish is winning for tastiest meal on the island during the visit.

crabcake benedict with runny egg!

for lunch, we went to the coco ichibanya curry house.  i had the cream corn croquettes with curry,

cream corn croquette curry

and cameron had the natto (fermented soy beans) curry. 

natto curry

we both had the “spicy” curry (the only other choice is mild).  the croquettes were nice and crispy on the outside and creamy and fluffy on the inside.  the curry itself was very good.  it had a good balance of sweet and salty, and the tiny bit of spiciness was perfect.  other people might like it spicier, but it was good for me.  cameron’s natto curry was also very good, and all the curry sauce lessened the strong taste of the natto a bit. 

later in the day we drove out with cameron’s parents to waianae to go fishing with cameron’s relatives.  it was raining a little, but it let up after a while so we did some fishing,

rock cod

enjoyed the beautiful scenery,

pretty ocean picture

and watched the monk seals!

hawaiian monk seals

as per tradition, for dinner we had kfc fried chicken and spam musubis.  there was also some three bean salad, cole slaw,
and gravy smothered mashed potatoes. 

kfc and spam musubis

last year after we all went swimming we were famished, and this meal was really delicious.  this year i didn’t go swimming though, since it was a little cold in the water, so i wasn’t that hungry.  i felt kinda bad after eating all that.  oh well.  but if you are really hungry, kfc and spam musubis on the beach are surprisingly delicious.