Trades are back with a vengeance … and I just heard that the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational surf contest was canceled for today – bummers!!  I watched last year’s contest and it was pretty awesome – they were the biggest waves I have ever seen in my life!  I actually felt my breath taken away every time a contestant made “the drop” down the face of one of those giant monsters!  If the surf doesn’t improve, they’re gonna have to cancel the event and wait for next year …

Last night we tried a new izakaya restaurant in Mo’ili’ili called Izakaya Naru. It’s owner is a friend of DJ Hiroko Iijima of Studio Rim (photo) and the food is quite good.  We were gathered for our shinnenkai (new year gathering) and ordered a variety of Japanese and Okinawan izakaya dishes.  My favorite was the cold udon noodles which was the last dish of the evening, and I was told that they make their own udon noodles fresh daily.   I also tried some shiso (plum leaf) sho-chu which was quite refreshing but potent!  Feelin’ a little slow this morning …

Aloha, “D”

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