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My Piece of Paradise

Updated on January 29, 2017
Plumeria Heart in Paradise
Plumeria Heart in Paradise | Source

Hawaii is My Home

Aloha! Hawaii has been my home since the late 70s, though I was originally raised in the MidWest mainland. On this page I hope to share with you a bit of our island life. We don't live in a fancy home, but we live rather simply and that's just the way we like it.

The plumerias shaping this heart were hand picked from an old plumeria tree in our backyard. Twice a year our backyard is filled with a shower of yellow and white plumeria blossoms. I love the tropical scent of the flowers.

Outdoor Living Year Round

Picking Fresh Papaya for Breakfast
Picking Fresh Papaya for Breakfast | Source

Picking Fresh Papaya for Breakfast

Sharing the Bounty is Local Style

We use a ladder to harvest fresh papaya from the backyard. But I think that is still more convenient than a trip to the supermarket. If you're interested in facts about Hawaiian papayas, go here.

In our backyard, we also have several banana plants. My husband uses a machete to harvest huge hands of bananas. (Did you know that after harvesting the fruit, the plant is cut down and in its place new baby banana plants are already growing?) Local style is to share any backyard harvests as well as freshly caught seafood with neighbors, friends and family.

Our Lanai in Hawaii
Our Lanai in Hawaii | Source

Outdoor Living - An Important Piece of Paradise

Our lanai is where we spend a great deal of time. It's a very important part of the lifestyle here in Hawaii, and especially so to us because our cottage is small. We like to eat our meals outside at the end of the day and we always begin the day with a great cup of Hawaiian coffee.

Path to our favorite beach
Path to our favorite beach | Source

Path to Our Favorite Beach

Since our kids were babies (decades ago) we've been going to a special beach on the north shore of the island. There at the edge of the beautiful Pacific Ocean we find tide pools with little sea creatures, beach glass to pick and a wonderful lagoon to swim in. Of course within walking distance of this tropical beach is my husband's favorite surfing spot.

This is the path we take to get to that beach. Where is this path? Sorry. You'll have to visit Hawaii to find this little piece of paradise, won't you? ;)

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Tropical Backyard Plants in Our Piece of Paradise
Tropical Backyard Plants in Our Piece of Paradise | Source

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You're LUCKY if you see

a Hawaiian monk seal. They are protected by law.

If you see one, please

keep your distance and

report its location:

To report monk seal sightings:

Island of Oahu: 220-7802

Island of Kauai: (808) 651-7668

Island of Molokai: (808) 553-5555

On Maui/Lanai: (808) 292-2372

Island of Hawaii

East: (808) 756-5961

West: (808) 987-0765

or please email

To report stranded / entangled marine mammals, please call


Hawaiian Monk Seal Enjoying the Sand and Sun

Hawaiian Monk Seal in Paradise
Hawaiian Monk Seal in Paradise | Source

Taken from the designated safe distance of a minimum of 150 feet of these endangered Hawaiian monk seals, this picture shows a seal resting and relaxing on the sunny beach after a night of feeding.

Another hint.......of the location of that beach we love!

Shade in Our Piece of Paradise
Shade in Our Piece of Paradise | Source

This is the view looking up while lying on the sandy beach. :) There are many local folks who frequent this beach too, so just in case you're not lucky enough to grab the shade of a coconut tree you may want to get one of these:

Sushi - A tasty piece of paradise! - Ono (pronounced OH NO and means delicious) food is just one of the pleasures of our island living.....

Sushi - a tasty piece of paradise!
Sushi - a tasty piece of paradise! | Source

I took the photo, but the sushi was prepared by SushiMan. We order a family size tray of sushi for every get together.

Pau Hana Time!

After some ono food,

it's time to relax!

Relax and Put Your Feet Up!

Relaxing in My Piece of Paradise
Relaxing in My Piece of Paradise | Source

Hanging out in Hammocks

I ADORE hanging out in my hammock as you can see from my picture above. :) Seriously, it's a wonderful way to relax and wind down, whether you're in the tropics or not.

Listen to some

soothing Hawaiian music

while the hammock

gently sways in

the tradewinds.

"Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai" by Hapa

Don't try to pronounce it, just play it and enjoy! HAPA performs the style of Hawaiian music we play most often in our home. This song is a favorite of ours.

Hapa - Contemporary Hawaiian Music


This was the debut recording of the group HAPA. My Amazon review of this awesome CD can be found through this link, under HIPam. Purchase the CD or you can select individual songs from the album for 99 cents.


Our Guest Room - "Moe me ka 'olu 'olu" (Pleasant Dreams)

Guest Room in Paradise
Guest Room in Paradise | Source

Our cottage is only 640 square feet, yet we manage to live quite large here in our little piece of paradise. Staying organized and utilizing storage space is key.

Pleasant Dreams in this Piece of Paradise
Pleasant Dreams in this Piece of Paradise | Source

Ku u ipo = Sweetheart

in the Hawaiian language

Kuuipo - enjoying Paradise
Kuuipo - enjoying Paradise | Source

Aug 2012 - Here We Are

We've been sweethearts over 30 years. For better or for worse, right? :)

Kipa Hou Mai =

Come Visit Again!

Do you have any favorite local style foods?

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      Making me wish we could take a trip to the islands. I haven't been since we had both kids.

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      bossypants 4 years ago

      Local food: We're in the heart of farm country and one of my favorite things is when the "corn cart" shows up at the local gas station. Fresh corn on the cob grown not 3 miles away.

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      konacoffeeaddicts 5 years ago

      I love having tuna poke for lunch (and dinner) when I'm in Hawaii. So refreshing!

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Oo, that sushi photo is making my mouth water. I too live in Arizona (like Scarlett below), but sushi is probably my favorite food of all time. As far as local food, though, I love Navajo tacos on "fry bread," but I very rarely eat it, because it's not exactly low fat! Delicious, though.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Local food in Arizona? Hmmm, trying to think. I guess I really enjoy the fresh fruit in the winter here. You can buy bags of grapefruit or oranges for $1 on the honor system from people's yards.

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      SPhilbrick 5 years ago

      Maine lobster is probably my favorite "local" food. This time of year, we can get it right off the boat and at a good per pound price.