My mother was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. I was lucky enough to live in paradise until I moved to Nebraska when I was 8 years old. Or as the locals would say, I moved to the “Mainland.”
My memories of Hawaii are fond of the beach and all my favorite local foods. Hawaii is a piece of home to me. Rough life, I know. Two of my most cherished places to go are Liliha Bakery and Ma’ema’e Elementary School.
Liliha Bakery serves the most light and fluffy pancakes at their well known pancake bar, which boasts a line out the door on most days. Don’t fret my pet, the line goes quickly and there are plenty of other delectable delights to go around. My three other favorite items on the menu are the Coco Puffs, which are cream puffs filled with rich chocolate pudding, the ladyfingers, and the blueberry corn muffins. These are the tastes of my childhood. The goodies are purchased in a deli counter fashion where the customer takes a number and waits for their number to be lit up in red and called out. My Popo, Chinese Grandmother, loves the chiffon cakes, so we always get her one and my sister, Megan loves the Ensemadas, which are sweet pastries.
Visiting my Elementary school, Ma’em’ae, is always a must. It reminds me of balmy Hawaiian days playing under the banyan trees and learning to hula for the school performances. The teachings of Hawaiian culture were embraced and celebrated. I have such warm memories of that time.
The other must do for me is go to Lanikai Beach, which is ranked among the world’s best beaches and is known for it’s soft sands and aquamarine blue water. Lanikai means “heavenly sea,” which describes this beach perfectly. There are soft, onshore trade winds that cause a soft rippling in the water in the tide pools, which are perfect for children. Offshore reefs protect the beach and make the water ideal for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and sunbathing. The ideal way to end the day is to stop for Shave Ice.
Hope you all get to visit one of my homes away from home, Honolulu, Hawaii. Aloha!