June 2, 2009

meet joe

Posted in china, daydreaming, home in hawaii tagged , , at 7:53 am by Malia Yoshioka

joe runs a small but steadily busy restaurant on maui known for it’s hamburger steak, a local plate lunch specialty. he’s extremely proud of his recipe (“none of the ingredients is ever frozen, all fresh!”) and works 20 hour days 6 days a week in order to keep up with the business. i asked him when he has time for sleep and he told me “two hours enough, i’ve been doing this for five years already!”

joe and i have had a few phone conversations and the more i talk to him the more i am getting to know his personality, and you really can’t help but like him. he’s a great guy. he laughs constantly, and has a great sense of humor. he’s full of energy and especially proud of his recipes and his restaurant. and he’s really excited and nervous for this trip because he may be going to meet his future wife!

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January 8, 2009

a year ago today

Posted in home in hawaii tagged , , , at 2:49 pm by Malia Yoshioka

… was the day jess and i left hawaii, with the whole world ahead of us. we both got to the airport before the sun had even come up, got ourselves checked in for our china airlines flight and dragged ourselves to the gate where we fought to stay awake long enough not to miss our call for boarding. it was the beginning of an adventure, a year that definitely changed my life.
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September 18, 2008

the art of unpacking

Posted in home in hawaii tagged , , , at 9:58 am by Malia Yoshioka

coming home brings with it a terrifying new reality for the long-term traveler: the need to unpack. it seems simple – take all your clothes, toiletries, and miscellaneous crap out of your suitcase and put it away nicely. even a child could do it. right?

well… when you’ve been living out of a suitcase for over eight months, it’s not as easy as you’d think.
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September 17, 2008

coming full circle

Posted in home in hawaii tagged , , , , at 2:54 pm by Malia Yoshioka

this year started out on a great note. regardless of what kind of celebrating we had done the night before, a group of my friends and i all met at sandy beach on oahu to toast the first sunrise of the new year together. we all wrote “letters to the universe” for what we hoped was in store for us in the coming months, sealed two copies – one to open on january 1, 2009, and burned the other in a mini-bonfire on the beach together as a group.

later, each of us picked a word to sum up our goals for the year, wrote them in sand, and then let the ocean sweep them away. mine was EXPLORE.

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