The Weekend


The Weekend

More like Saturday than weekend since most of these photos were taken on Saturday but anyway, it was a fun day at the windward side of the island.

Moke’s Bread and Breakfast // Yelp 

Wander Hour - Moke's Bread and Breakfast

Wander Hour - Moke's Bread and Breakfast

Wander Hour - Moke's Bread and Breakfast

Two of my roommates and I ate breakfast bright and early at Moke’s Bread and Breakfast. I ordered the lilikoi pancakes (passion fruit pancakes) and my two other roommates ordered chili moco and loco moco. Loco moco is rice topped with a patty, eggs, and gravy. The chili moco is almost the same using chili in place of the gravy. Both were delicious but the chili moco had an edge over the loco moco. The lilikoi pancakes on the other hand was my favorite! Can’t beat a pancake topped with delicious, tarty passion fruit sauce  and whipped cream topped with orange zest! Since we got there early, there wasn’t a line. When we were done eating breakfast, there were people waiting to be seated so keep that in mind if you decide to go here! Can’t forget to mention that the service was amazing here and I’ll definitely be back!

Byodo-In Temple // Yelp

Wander Hour - Byodo-In Temple

Wander Hour - Byodo-In Temple

Wander Hour - Byodo-In Temple

Wander Hour - Byodo-In Temple

Wander Hour - Byodo-In Temple

Wander Hour - Byodo-In Temple

Wander Hour - Byodo-In Temple

After breakfast, we headed to Byodo-In Temple. The temple is located inside a cemetery and you would have to drive all the way to the end to get to the temple. At the moment, the admission is $3 for an adult. The last time I was here, it was raining for a week straight so I didn’t get the enjoy it as much as I would have liked. Saturday was a perfect day though! Saw some pretty black swans, strolled the temple, didn’t see any peacocks this time around, and I just took in everything the temple had to offer.

Waimanalo Beach // Yelp

Wander Hour - Waimanalo Beach

Wander Hour - Waimanalo Beach

And then after the temple, we backtracked and headed to Waimanalo Beach. I’m starting to love Waimanalo Beach more than Lanikai Beach. I don’t know why but I do. The water was beautiful that day, the sun was shining, the waves were calm, and it wasn’t crowded. I think I might want to go back soon.


Wander Hour - Homemade Wander Hour - Homemade


And it’s been awhile since I’ve posted photos on some homemade cooking! Charles made Parisian gnocchi with chipotle cream sauce topped with bacon and green onions and I made spam musubi with green onions and jalapeños over the weekend. I know not everyone is a fan of spam and some people won’t even take a bite of it but spam rules Hawaii!


So this past weekend was pretty good weekend! I hope you guys had the same! Can’t wait for Valentine’s Day weekend! We’re going to attempt to make the picnic table and benches and then cook brunch the next day on our new table if everything goes well. I’m planing to do one or more of these over the weekend:

Rustic $15 DIY Bench – I’m loving this DIY bench so much! My goal is to have one bench on one side of the picnic table and maybe a few random mismatched chairs on the other side.

Elsie’s DIY Room Table – And this table is the perfect table. I need to figure out what to do with the legs though since we will be buying reclaimed wood and planning to do this project as minimally as we can when it comes to finances, the legs might be an issue. If I can find hairpin legs for cheap, I’m all for it but we’ll see. And I don’t know how the hairpin legs are going to hold up as a patio furniture. Might have to forgo the legs and find an alternative.

Brioche Stuffed French Toast – I kind of have a thing for mascarpone cheese and strawberries so I want to make a variation of this for brunch and drizzle it with nutella.

Fresh Squeezed Passion Orange Guava Juice – So this is just something I came up with hence why I don’t have a link. I want to make some fresh squeeze orange juice, add some fresh passion fruit, and puree and strain the guava for the juice.

So that’s what I have planned for the weekend. What are your plans for Valentine’s Day weekend? Thank you so much for stopping by! See you all on Wednesday!


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  1. First off, your photos are so pretty! Second, it sounds like you had the perfect weekend filled with delicious foods. That temple you visited is beautiful, $3 well spent 🙂


    1. It was a lovely weekend Jane! Byodo-In temple is so gorgeous! And yay for spam musubi! I might (might although I’m a little tired of it haha) make some tonight since we have so much in our kitchen. Thanks Jane for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

    1. Aww thanks! I love taking photos of food so I take it as a compliment for sure! Haha I’m always hungry whenever I’m on the blog! Thank you so much Anett for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

    1. I’m am pretty lucky but there are some disadvantages like high cost of living! Thank you so much Julia. The bench is definitely something I hope turns out well! Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

  2. I’m always extremely jealous of your weekends! haha! It just seems like there is so much to do around Hawaii. That, or you’re just really great at going on adventures. The Byodo-In Temple is gorgeous and looks like such a beautiful place to spend the day. As of now, I don’t really have any plans for Valentine’s Day. I might take a cue from you and take on one of those DIY projects. I can’t wait to see how yours turn out. 😀


    1. Oh don’t be! Some weekends are definitely better than others. I try not to do too much since I live on an island and I don’t want to get too bored quick haha! The temple was absolutely gorgeous and made me wish I was really in Japan! Can’t wait to see what DIY projects you end up doing! I’m a little scared to see how my DIY projects turn out so we’ll see haha! Thank you Helen for stopping by!! Have a lovely week!

  3. Honestly I haven’t planned anything for the Valentine’s weekend as in my generation in Bavaria it is not usual to celebrate this day. Thank you for sharing again such a wonderful post, your pictures make me dream – and you remembered me that I’m really hungry 🙂 Happy rest of the week <3
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

    1. I didn’t know! I wonder what other countries do not celebrate Valentine’s Day! I’m not celebrating at all either or at least no in the traditional sense since I will be building furniture! And like you, I’m hungry too! Thank you so much for stopping by Rena! Have a wonderful week!

    1. The pancakes were definitely super delicious!! I love Hawaii; it’s incredibly beautiful here! Thank you for stopping by and I am more than happy to share! Have a wonderful week!

    1. I really enjoyed my weekend! I’m getting hungry too! I haven’t ate dinner yet so I’m starving right now! Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

  4. I actually thought you had gone to Japan until I kept scrolling down & saw the different types of trees & read the post haha Food looks delicious (even though I don’t eat meat but omg, that cheese!) & it sounds like you had a nice getaway!


    1. The pancakes were definitely delicious and the gnocchi was as good as it always is! And I totally am on the same page as you. I actually want to escape to Japan and Tahiti when I look at my photos! Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

  5. I don’t get the Spam thing, but I have heard Hawaiians go nuts for it, or at least it’s accepted. Over here, not so much. I’ve never tried it and probably never will. I don’t really like pork to begin with (yes, I know, I’m not normal lol) and the idea of an artificial, man made product just does not appeal. But those pancakes though! *insert heart eyed emoji here x300*


    1. Not a lot of people like spam but you’re so right, the locals here go crazy for it! I know a lot of people who aren’t fans of pork either! But yes, the pancakes were super delicious! I loved the passion fruit sauce so much! Thank you so much Sonia for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

    1. Doesn’t it? Looks like I left for Japan (and I really wished I did)! Byodo-In is such a gorgeous place to relax and be one with nature! The food, can’t forget to mention, was definitely delicious! Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

    1. The pancakes were definitely delicious!! It was the perfect amount of tartness on top of the pancakes! And orange zest? I’m not a huge fan of orange zest but I think I just converted! Haha! Thanks Carmen for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

  6. omg I am so jeally >///< I love Koi fish to death! The weather looks so nice there compared to UK, which always cloudy and grey lol

    1. There’s an abundance of koi fishes here! The weather is definitely nice and warm but I would love to be in the UK! I’ve never been but I definitely plan on going maybe sometime this year! Thanks Gail for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

    1. Yes! Passion fruit pancakes! They were so delicious! My weekend was pretty relaxing and I can’t wait for this weekend since we’re making our picnic table! And same as you, I can never get too tired of the beaches here. It’s amazing. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

  7. Yes – an amazing weekend indeed! That beach looks so perfect. And your breakfast looked amazing too. But that beach…dreaming of beaches right now!

    1. It sure was! The beach was definitely perfect (isn’t the color amazing?) and my pancakes were super delicious! Thanks so much Holly for stopping by! Have an awesome week!

  8. I am consistently amazed at how many amazing restaurants and dishes there are in hawaii and I could never get bored of your photos of that beautiful water. Love your blog so much – it’s like a mini vacation for me.

    Rae | love from berlin

    1. There’s a ton of places to eat here in Hawaii! I have yet to try all the places I want to try! Ahh you’re far too kind! Loved your comment so much! Hope you’re having a lovely week and thank you so much for stopping by!