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Last night was another night to remember, especially for our tummies. After many trips to DK Steakhouse and having sampled Sansei’s sushi on a few occasions, we simply had to try their Sunday special. With being direct and to-the-point, we were definitely not disappointed!

And, in the spirit of sharing Good News and Good Grinds, this post is particularly for those who have yet to discover Sansei Restaurant too. A sister restaurant of d. k. Steakhouse exceptionally well-managed by GM Ivy Nagayama, it is where freshness, quality, service, oishi, innovation, value and sushi are synonymous.

So without further ado let me share some of Sansei’s ( http://www.sanseihawaii.com/location_waikiki.html ) delectable treats….

Panko Crusted Ahi Sashimi Sushi Roll

Spider Softshell Crab Roll

Sansei's Shrimp Dynamite

Nigiri Delight

Tempura Fried Ice Cream

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While waiting for another beautiful Hawaiian sunset during my evening walk along the shore of Ala Moana beach on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, I happen to glance in the swallows as the endless tide began to recede. In the midst of constant ripples and barely beneath the surface were these tiny hermit crabs. Busy in their world and perhaps unaware of mine. Almost instantaneously a thought came to mind. A thought of how these once alive unique sea shells where again moving to and fro. Almost as if they had never left us. A second chance if you will. Just like my second chance. Gifted freely to me when I accepted Christ, became a believer and then now a sharer/messenger of His Good News. In that moment I almost completely forgot about the sunset. The reason for being there.

Anyway, I hope you also enjoy these unique creatures that made my walk and day a little bit more special.

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Orange glow at Sunset Oahu HI

In doing my evening walk yesterday, I was blessed to catch another beautiful evening sunset off Ala Moana Beach Oahu, Hawaii.

Pinkish Blue Sky at Sunset Oahu, HI

While it is almost commonplace here it was nevertheless awe-inspiring and fully appreciated still.

I was further blessed to witness a flock of heron’s feeding in the Ala Moana canal which is situated within the park. It was truly a remarkable sight to see. Here is a short clip of it:

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On a beautiful sunny day in Hawaii, surfers, beach goers and sightseers alike chill, relax and enjoy a nice south shore ocean bump/swell off famous Diamond Head, Waikiki. From the Diamond Head lookout from cliffs above, please enjoy a most captivating view overlooking the deep blue Pacific ocean shoreline below!

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Sometimes it is good to pause, reflect on and fully appreciated the beauty of God’s creations, His awesome power, His forever love and His promises. Promises especially in the form of rainbows that are seen almost everywhere we go. And because these uniquely beautiful rainbows are almost commonplace in Hawaii I thought it would be nice to remind everyone (me included) to not take even one for granted….so for 30 seconds kick back, relax and please do enjoy!

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In earlier blog posts entitled “Hawaii’s Hidden Treasures” ( http://wp.me/pCRBM-cP ), “An Ant’s Perspective” ( http://wp.me/pCRBM-aj ) and “Out of Sight Out of Mind” ( http://wp.me/pCRBM-6A ), I talked about many beautiful wonders here in Hawaii that usually go unnoticed. In keeping with this theme, on a hike to the Makapu’u Lighthouse overlooking the Ka Iwi coastline and cliffs recently, I yet again encountered more unnoticed Gems of Hawaii along the way. Except for moss on the boulder sized rock, these beautiful blossoms were diminutive in size, maybe 1/2 inch at most, however, radiant in color and incredibly unique in beauty. More amazing, these gems actually bloom on weed-like plants which are commonplace among ordinary vegetation along the hiking trail. Although the view (waves crashing against the Ka Iwi coastline, Makapu’u Lighthouse precariously situated on cliffs at the easternmost tip of Oahu, an expansive ocean which appeared almost without end, humpback whales frolicking carefree in the deep blue pacific, etc.) was awe-inspiring as well as breathtaking, I must say I had as much thrill and excitement in taking pictures of what I consider nature’s best secrets and God’s beautiful wonders which are shown below. In reflection, I did get some curious glances from folks wondering what was so interesting among the weeds. And further, why I had my camera pointed along the footpath snapping picture after picture instead of down at the cliffs or toward the ocean.

Delicate Hibiscus Like Yellow Flower

Delicate Hibiscus Like Yellow Flower

Fragile Violet Flower

Fragile Violet Flower

Bouquet of Tiny Yellow Flowers

Violet Lily Like Flowers Strung on a Vine

Violet Lily Like Flowers Strung on a Vine

Ancient Moss Rock

Ancient Moss Rock

Tiny White Flower

Tiny White Flower

Deep Purple Flower


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Slightly overcast and cooler than normal temperature, fiancé – Lisa B. made the perfect suggestion on the perfect Martin Luther King holiday to hike up to the Makapuu Lighthouse. Located on the easternmost end of the island of Oahu, Hawaii, it’s a very comfortable one mile hike with a 30 degree incline from the parking lot. The main path is mostly paved, with many hikers of all ages wearing slippers. I would suggest walking or hiking shoes, as you will most likely veer off the main pathway from time to time. Views are breathtakingly fabulous with many great vantage points to enjoy the beauty and wonder of the Ka Iwi coastline & cliffs as well as to view majestic yet graceful frolicking humpback whales during whale watching season. On a clear day, like today, one can see almost to the horizon’s edge, with the island Lanai easily visible too. We even saw a path which led to tidal pools and a blow hole along a rocky shoreline below. Ocean condition and weather permitting, we plan to explore the trail on our next trip back.

Here are photos of the Makapu’u Lighthouse, Ka Iwi shoreline, Rabbit Island and many beautiful miniature flora, most of which are no more than a few centimeters in size for you to enjoy.

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