If you guys have been following my Instagram, you will know that I went on an amazing trip with Spyder Activewear and Shape Magazine two weeks ago. (It was a pinch me moment for sure!) Amie Engerbretson who is a professional skier sponsored by Spyder, hosted us to a fab weekend in her hometown- Squaw Valley. Tahoe was one place that I’ve never been to that I’ve always wanted to visit. Flying in from Honolulu was a trek, but so worth all the planes and automobiles to get to our cabin for the fun-filled, bucket list weekend.
Last week, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa was in town for a few days visiting his new Nobu Honolulu restaurant that just opened up in Ward Village. (That whole area is booming!) We had the great pleasure in joining him for a private sushi making class with a few others that was quite memorable to say the least. Each of us had our own little sushi-making station setup with delicious fresh fish to make nigiri and hand rolls. Nobu started off explaining that he follows a six-step process for making nigiri and let’s just say, it’s so much harder than it looks!
This year we decided to go on a family ski trip to Deer Valley since Kenji had a project there. It was my first time ever to Park City/Deer Valley, so I didn’t know what to expect other than it would being freezing cold compared to the summer weather we are used to year-round. Although I’m not much of a skier, I heard the spas in Deer Valley are amazing and yes, it was a spas lover’s dream! Since Kaia is only a year and a half, she couldn’t ski since the age starts at 3, but there were so many other great things to do with the family.
We just got back home a few weeks ago and it’s been crazy busy ever since we got home. We were gone for 3 weeks and boy, we are so happy to be back home in warm weather! Traveling with a toddler for that long, living out of a suit case is tough. Kaia is such a great traveler, so it really helped when we traveled to 3 different cities. We started our first leg of the trip in Seattle to see my dad, then went to San Francisco to see my best friend and then finished our trip in Park City for a little ski and spa time. Kaia was over the cold and snow, all she kept wanting to do was take a bath. Haha! She didn’t like the snow flurries hitting her face and getting all bundled up. She is a true island baby for sure.
With the holidays in full swing, ’tis the season to treat yourself! Having a wonderful staycation with our family at the new Four Seasons Resort Oahu, we checked out the hottest spa on Oahu, Naupaka Spa & Wellness Centre. This expansive four-level day spa has 17 treatment rooms with 3 healing outdoor hales for a true Hawaiian tranquil experience. Inspired by ancient Hawaiian healing traditions, their innovative and luxurious treatments are no shortage of a luxury escape.
We’ve been enjoying the Thanksgiving holidays at the new Four Seasons Oahu that just opened up with our family. It’s been such a great vacation and Kaia is having the time of her life being poolside and enjoying all the fun kid amenities the Four Seasons has to offer. (They have the best kid program btw!) While we are out in the sun most of the day, we have to be safe in the sun and protect our skin, especially little Kaia’s. She has extremely sensitive skin, so we always make sure she is constantly wearing sunscreen and additionally, we have her wearing a UV protective swimwear that goes even a step further for maximum protection.