Monday, January 15, 2018

New Router

Makita 18V - I'm looking forward to cutting with this!!!  Gonna coming in handy making a new magnetic knife rack for the kitchen and making mounts for the hydrofoil.  Stayed tuned!

Surfing on Martin Luther King Jr Weekend

Sunday morning I took Marlon surfing.  He's been using La's board lately and having a blast cruising around (and catching waves easily - ahh the benefits of a good longboard!!!).  The big swell on the North Shore finally wrapped around to Kualaka'i (White Plains Beach).

We did the same this morning (Monday).  But the swell was less consistent (although a couple of sets were actually head high).  On the way back in, someone took up the whole beach -

I've definitely gotten lazy in my middle ages - I definitely prefer surfing my home break to driving all over the island like I used to - but the funny thing is I like surfing my home break better than the other spots.  Now to get that foil up and running....

Big Surf on Saturday January 13th, 2018

I took the kids up to see the big surf breaking on the North Shore this past Saturday.  I opted to take them over to Mokuleia Beach Park (google maps showed Kamehameha Highway pretty much at a standstill above Haleiwa).

And since we were up there, we hit the best burger shop in the universe - Kua Aina.

Earlier in the day we woke up to an emergency broadcast message on our phones saying there was an inbound ballistic missile, that we should take cover and the message wasn't a drill.  Nothing a Kua Aina burger can't fix!!!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

More Fishing (Cause there wasn't any Catching)

I took the kids out again this afternoon.  We had a good time hanging out - but we didn't get any fish to hand.

In fact I got snagged five times (that is a lot for me).  Despite the lack of action, we had a great time exploring the flat.

Fish for Dinner on New Years

We always have seafood for New Years - no different this year

Happy 2018!!!

Marlon and I took in the first sunrise of 2018 at our surf spot!

I took out the Starboard Element and Marlon got permission to take out La's Patagonia Noseglider.

The waves were small but fun - 

Marlon said this board was really fun!  Looking forward to another year of good surf, a full life of giving back to the community, learning more, and staying healthy!!!  Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Last Fishing for 2017

I took the kids out to the flats on Saturday December 30th. 

I caught a Nunu (Coronet fish) and a Hinalea (Wrasse).

This year was tough fishing.  I hope 2018 has more hanapa'a for everyone!!!

Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

My Cousin Paul's Reef Tank

I posted on this tank a few years back.  It has since gone through a significant hurricane and a subsequent meltdown.  I wasn't at his house long enough to see it with the lights on, but I can only imagine how nice it is!!!!

The refugium light was on and there were amphipods running around.

There are times I miss having a reef tank...

Sunday, December 17, 2017

In Search of...

The Meade's Gutless Crab...

I stopped off at the last place I had seen one - The Avid Angler at St Augustine.  The fly guys inside said they stopped selling flies because a new shop opened up down the street.  He said I should go there and check it out.

The new fly shop is called the Oyster Creek Outfitter.  I found a bunch of the Meade's Gutless Crabs here and a few other crab flies I thought the o'io back home would like (I'm so thoughtful).

They more cool stuff in there, but I don't have room to bring back much this trip.  And since I was burning some time, I hit the old faithful - the one-two incredo combo - Black Fly Outfitters and Strike Zone!!!

Strike Zone had this one man skiff out front.  At first I thought it was a Bote Rover.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Moray Eel

Tried out a new spot (to us) yesterday - broken pier on Hickam.  I was casting a 1/12th ounce silver kastmaster on my whipping setup, and a smaller baitcasting rig on the small St Croix.

I managed to pull up this small moray eel - wasn't even hooked - just tangled up with the leader around the bait.  We also got a cool view of several planes making final approach.

I still prefer wading and casting on the flats or the edge of the channel - but this could be a good spot when the tide is too high for wading.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

And Searing Because -

Not all parts of the ahi strap are good for poke.  The portions with more connective tissue don't cube up or slice as well, so those parts are better seared up!

More yummy!!!

More Dinner - Ahi Poke in Giant Shrimp Chips

La had seen this at a potluck event a couple of weeks back.  She wanted to make it at home -


Date Night Ramen

A bit out of order, but La and I tried a new ramen place on a Friday night date - Agu Ramen Bistro.  I had the Tan tan and she had a Cilantro based bowl.

Good stuff!  Not as good as a couple others out here, but good comfort food on a cool winter Oahu evening!

Saturday Afternoon Sailing and Shower

Noe has a buddy who is leaving island and they wanted the opportunity to go sailing again (outside of class).  After I got back from kiting, we all packed up and headed to Rainbow Bay Marina.  Both Marlon and Noe checked out Lasers, and La and I went out on the Weta.  This gray hulled one was very similar to our old boat.

Oh - and it was raining the whole time.  There were some good squalls that blew through - made for some really exciting runs with all three sails deployed!!!  We're going to have to do this more often!