Point being: Lance belongs near water (Otherwise, his tail starts to rot. WE'VE ALL SEEN THE MOVIE, PEOPLE!), which is now easier as he's abandoned me and the East Coast for the sunny shores of Cali. (Friend foul.) You heard from his other half last month on traveling to Hawaii for dirt cheap, and now Lance is here to tell us what to do once we get there!
A: Without a doubt my love for Hawaii came first. IN FACT (hold on to your britches) I hated Lilo and Stitch for a while. Granted, I based my hatred on not seeing the movie at all. Oops. Once I finally watched it ... let's just say it got me EMOTIONALLY - meaning, I cried like a baby for, like, months.
Q: What makes Hawaii your favorite place on earth?
A: Well, the romantic reason is that it is where my husband proposed to me. But, let's face it, I don't care about that. Hawaii is wonderful because it is: exotic, beautiful, mountainous, beachy, lush, green, and, perhaps most importantly, welcoming. They really do live "Aloha."
Q: What's the ideal way to spend a day in Hawaii?
A: My ideal day is a morning walk to Starbucks (because there are zero Dunkin' Donuts in Hawaii), a morning/afternoon at the beach, then an evening at The Edge Bar and Grille at the Sheraton Waikiki Beach. You get an amazing view of A. the sunset and B. Diamond Head Crater. Plus, the make a frozen Chi Chi that is practically ambrosia. (A Chi Chi is a pina colada made with vodka instead of rum.)
Q: What's your favorite island?
A: Kauai. Is. Heaven. Seriously, when I die and our alien overlords whisk me away to heaven, I believe it will be Kauai. Kauai is the single most beautiful and exotic place I've ever been. Number two is Oahu.
Q: Sure, the scenery is spectacular, but what can Hawaii give me on the food front?
A: Two important things - Kalua Pork and Chi Chis at The Edge. See above. When you eat Kalua Pork, you will never want another cheeseburger again. EVER.
Q: And what if one isn't a super-beachy or super-mountainy person?
A: Then "one" doesn't deserve to breathe the same oxygen as I.
Q: PS: Ohana means family
A: Interesting fact - Ohana is also the name of a restaurant at the Polynesian in Disney World (Florida, not Cali). It features, among other things: coconut pineapple bread and ALL YOU CAN EAT GRILLED MEAT SKEWERS. Chicken, shrimp, steak, Ariel. (just kidding about that last one). Best food of my life.
Sigh. Sounds glorious. Until we all make it there, check out these recipes for your own crock pot Kalua Pork and Chi-Chis!