Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Gone fishin' (in Hawai'i)

It has not escaped my notice (and slight guilt) that this blog has gone dormant over the past few months. Increasingly exciting changes have been happening IRL off-line, and for some reason, I've been enjoying the analog memories and experiences, taking very few photos, writing down very few recipes, and spending the time instead just ... experiencing. Does that make sense? Even my typed, digital words feel too clunky.

For one, I graduated! Well, technically, my Ph.D. was awarded a few months ago, but graduation ceremonies didn't happen until May/June. So now I can be rid of the annoying "Ms." title and just be "Dr"! Actually, even better that that: as of July 1, I'm now officially "Professor", too. :D Well, technically, "Assistant Professor," but let's not split hairs during the summertime. And yes, that means I finished temp teaching at Berkeley and am moving to a new university, to a wonderful new department... and leaving this area on the SF Peninsula that I've called home for the past seven years. As I said, big changes. So big I can't write about them. At least, not yet.

In the meantime, I did take one real vacation. Technically I went to Hawai'i for a work conference on Austronesian languages at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa. But we agreed not to split hairs during the summer, remember? :) Anyways, after the conference, we island-hopped over to Kaua'i for a real vacation. Filled with shaved ice, reading on the beach, reading on the porch, snuggling with cats, cursing feral chickens for waking us up at 3AM, hikes through ankle-deep mud and knee-deep stream-crossings, tumbling waterfalls from every mountainside you look, macadamia nut chocolates, poke, binge-streaming Sopranos in the evenings, passionfruit chiffon pie, pineapples that taste like sweet coconut, fresh-cut gardenias on the bedside table, green and lush and days of completely ignoring email. (Fine, fine, I did finish a paper while I was there, but technicalities, again.) I barely pulled out my camera for whatever reason, so here are the glimpses of Hawai'i that I did manage to record.

One of my favorite Hawai'i things: picking a fresh plumeria to wear in my hair.

[Above: Leonard's Malasadas; Below: shaved ice, Hawai'i lunch plate, poke, pre-hike bacon sandwich & smoothie from Hanalei Coffee Roasters, passionfruit chiffon pie]

[Above: morning rainbow over Hanalei Bay; Below: Kalalau Trail at the Nā Pali Coast]

[Above: view of Ke'e Beach from the Kalalau Trail; Below: Opaekaa Falls]


  1. Carol at Wild Goose TeaJuly 1, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Making want to go back to Hawaii. Nice batch of photos.

  2. I am in love with every single one of these photos.

  3. Gosh this is making me miss Kauai! Maybe I'll grab a spam misubi for lunch...

  4. Amy @ Amy's Healthy BakingJuly 5, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    I only recently started following your blog after finding some of your previous gorgeous recipes floating around Pinterest, but I was extremely excited to see that first familiar picture in this post. My family has been going to Kauai for years (it's my parents' favorite vacation spot), so all of your photos felt like I was back in our semi-home-away-from-home! It looks like you had a fabulous time, and that hike on the Nā Pali coast is one of our favorites. Hopefully you were able to find a Lapert's to stop by too! :) And congratulations on earning your PhD from Berkeley!! My brother is going to finish up his undergrad there this year, so I can only imagine the graduate program is 100x harder. Good for you!!

  5. I love finding the perfect plumeria for my hat, too. Leonard's is across the street from my house. I somehow manage to avoid stopping in every day.


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