Museum of Aloha

Hey!
Welcome to another real life post. This is kind of great that this is happening again though I will admit that I was supposed to post this last week instead of the mid year chat, but things happen.

I heard about the Museum of Aloha from a friend and had no idea that it had already been up a month and that it was about to be taken down. I believe that it’s supposed to be model a bit after the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles. Has anyone been to that? How is it? All the instagram pictures look amazing and make me want to go.

Matt and I paid for our tickets , it was $10 a piece for an hour or so. There are two rooms that are timed, but you could wander through the gated area for longer just taking pictures.

The tickets looked cute, too bad we didn’t get to keep them. 🙁
The first room you were able to go into was the lei room. There were thousands of fake flower leis hung up. I can’t remember how many the guy said were hung.

 

It was supposed to be a maze, but you could hear where the next room was so it wasn’t challenging. Matt finally got to do his Hobby Lobby challenge picture properly, so that was a bonus for him. It was kind of cool to see the color coordination of some of the leis and how they tried to do a gradient or rainbow in some areas.
The next room was the confetti volcano room. There was a ton of confetti on the floor and you were able to stuff the volcano or the cannon and take pictures as it went off. It went off 3 or 4 times. It was pretty cool!
  
I tried hard to look cute in all these photos, but honestly I look like a weirdo here.
 
And a weird cat here. I’m seriously not annoyed at the confetti.
They usher you out of the room after that and give you stickers to put on an oversized statute of a bear and that was incredibly anti climatic.
Around the outside there were several sets of angel wings, so of course more pictures
There’s also a cute picture on my instagram profile of me with angel wings. Matt says I’m the worst photographer of trying to get him with angel wings, but perhaps it just means that it’s time for me to get a new phone.
In a booth before you exit there was a place giving nitrogen filled ice cream balls, so it looked like you were smoking. The frozen ice cream reminded me of food they give to astronauts in space. They also sell that stuff at the Air & Space museum in Washington D.C. if you want to try some. I heard there’s another place that does nitrogen infused food, so perhaps we’ll have to go and try that sometime.

The last thing was a mirror photo booth with crepe paper, which you could also take pictures in. The reflective crepe paper made it really hard to take pictures.

I’m really glad that I found out about this and that Matt and I were able to go. I can’t wait to show you more fun things that we get up to in Hawaii. Let me know if there’s anything specific that you would like us to check out. I’ll see you soon with another post.

Style: Day at the Bellagio

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Recently, I went to Las Vegas and visited the Bellagio Conservatory I absolutely LOVE going there. It’s amazing to see all the plants and see the artistry. This year the Bellagio even had a staff member available to talk to people about the plants and the work.

outfit:
shoes: Kswiss run tubes in blue (not available)
jeans:L.E.I for Wal-Mart
shirt: Express beige long sleeve cowl
purse:Coach
watch: (not shown) Swatch white ceramic 2008 edition
pocket bac holder : Bath & Body Works last season

 

Hawaii:North Shore Day

I apologize that this post is going up so late, but I just found these pictures and thought it was well worth it to show you. My friend Aiko originally from Kauai has been going to school at UH Manoa this past year and I decided to take her up to the North Shore since she had never really been and one of the famous shave ice shops is temporarily closing. We made this trip out to the North Shore over the Presidents’ Day Holiday and it actually was not as crowded as I thought it would be.

Aiko and I doing the Dole Plantation maze. For those of you wondering it is not a maze in the traditional sense that you are trying to get from beginning to the end, but this maze involves you finding the hidden boxes within each section. We’re holding our guides that have the diagrams with the hidden boxes along with the handy dandy map they give you.
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Also at the Dole Plantation they recycle the water that they use to water their crops to house their koi fish. You can feed the fish, but as you can tell from this picture these fish get fed alot!
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There are signs next to the fish pond that tell you not only the different species of pineapple grown throughout the world, but also how far Dole Plantation is from certain places. I think that she’s pointing to the one that says Kauai, but I’m not positive.
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We also stopped at the same beach that my friend and I stopped at to visit the sea turtle that was once again napping on the beach.
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This time my friend and I actually made it to the beach, but I forgot to take pictures perhaps another time. On the way back we stopped at a rather famous shave ice shop called Aoki’s. It was rather nostalgic and I actually love their shave ice. At the time they were planning on closing completely, but since then they have decided to close and move their shop across the road in the future. It just won’t be the same though. I’m glad that we got to  go to the original location before it closed.
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Hawaii: A Trip around the island

This actually happened a few weeks ago, but I thought that you would enjoy a few beautiful pictures from where I live. My friend’s roommate was moving after a brief stint of living in Hawaii and she decided to take him on a circle island tour since he had not really gotten the chance to see much since he lived here.

Since my friend lives on the Windward side of the island we decided to start by checking out the Byodo-In Temple in the Valley of the Temples.  It’s definitely a lovely view and absolutely breathtaking. It’s suppose to be an exact scale model of the one in Japan.

Here are my friend and her roommate walking across the bridge to get to the temple.
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The beautiful temple in all it’s glory

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One of the many black swans that live on the temple grounds. This one apparently is a bit of a camera whore.

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There are tons of koi fish that live in the ponds of the temple and you can buy fish food to feed them, but we didn’t do that on this day.
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This spot is on the side of the temple and is often where they keep the baby koi.
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Sorry that there aren’t any pictures of the inside of the temple, but I feel kind of weird about taking pictures. You can take pictures inside along with offering incense. After the temple we made our way to the North Side of the island and it took longer than usual, but we stopped by turtle beach. You literally have to find a parking spot on the side of the road and cross to get to the beach. The view is so worth it though!
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That day we visited a sea turtle was on shore to take a nap. Yes, the oceanography and wildlife people were out protecting the sea turtles with red rope, so that people would not be obnoxious to it.
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Of course since we were on the North Side of the island, you can’t go past this side without making a stop at one of the shrimp trucks. Today we stopped at Fumi’s since there was no line at this place, but my friend highly recommends Romy’s. At the shrimp trucks you can dine right next to the shrimp farms.
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The obligatory picture of my food which is just one of the many plates that they offer.
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Sadly after lunch we had to cut our circle island tour short because sometimes in life that happens. Don’t worry though I will definitely be bringing you more pictures like these from where I live. Thanks for reading!

Tantalizing Tuesday ♥ 5.22.12

TacoTuesday

It’s not quite Taco Tuesday here yet, but this was from a couple of weeks ago when KonaBoy and I went to Dave and Buster’s for Taco Tuesday and I got a little carried away with ordering tacos. We ended up eating all, but two of them. This week has felt SO Long so far and I really glad that there’s a long weekend coming up.  Hopefully *fingers crossed* with all the blogging inspiration I have been getting lately I’ll be back to blogging on a semi-regular basis. Here’s just a few things I’ve been loving lately!

  • Concert days for Summer and Fall might finally be here
  • Once Upon a Time Season Finale
  • Hawaii 5-0 Season Finale
  • the new Jewelmint pieces that have been coming out
  • Eric & John Jackson’s webisode series Brothers on the Run 
  • I might just do this challenge from Manifestation Yoga on Positively Positive
  • Sally Hansen glitter nail polish as seen on Nouveau Cheap
  • Toffee Peanut Butter cookies from Chef Dennis
  • G.I. Joe Retaliation trailer even though Joesph  Gordan-Levitt isn’t in it!

John Mayer’s Shadow Days

Jason Mraz’s 93 Million Miles