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February 2021 — Issue No. 86

We went to the beach A LOT this month. Definitely rekindled my love for surfboarding and it's been great sharing this passion with Sophia and watching her become more comfortable in the water. Unfortunately, for my surfing career, we're heading back to the frigid waters of San Francisco on March 14th. Fortunately, for my San Francisco friends, we're heading back to San Francisco on March 14th.

It's been an incredible trip. I haven't spent this much time at home since I was probably 18 or 19. We spent three glorious months in paradise with family and I'm extremely grateful we had this time together. I got a glimpse of what our lives could be like here and I have to admit, it was a pretty good view. Happy to be heading back to the city, I have a few more years there before returning home.


Things I Ate

Livestock Tavern

We went out to dinner with the only Hawaiian firefighter I know, Mr. Tallii Momeney. He selected an excellent place in Chinatown called Livestock Tavern and it was v delicious. I got a braised short rib with pumpkin risotto and it was chef-kiss.jpg. We also had a few old fashions, it was great to catch up with my ol buddy.

Things I Ate

Kapa Hale

Sophia's parents took us out to dinner at a place Aunty Gail had been eyeing for a while now. Also, it turns out Aunty Gail orders like I do because we basically got everything on the menu (except for like four things). One of my favorites was the ahi carpaccio (pictured above) the dark triangles is a nori puree surrounded by a wreath of sea asparagus. Everything was prepared to perfection. After we ordered all those dishes they still brought out a dessert menu, which we politely ordered everything on that menu as well. At the end of the meal, the chef came out and chatted with us and it turns out he went to high school just around the corner. He opened his restaurant in December 2020 and I can't wait to go back.

Things I Ate

Pumpkin Bolognese

Cooked a few more things from Six Seasons including this delicious pumpkin bolognese that is exactly like a traditional bolognese with one whacky ingredient, click here to learn more.

Kidding, I'm hoping to get back on this cooking project when I'm back in San Francisco. There's too much good food here to be cooking parsnips and rutabaga. Check out the other dishes I made this month: 

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Things I Saw

Suzuki Jones Legal Investigations

Uncle Scott, Sophia's Dad, had an opportunity to go out on his own after a lot of change last year. I worked with him to create a new website for his new legal investigations company. We wanted to do something different than the other investigators in this space and Uncle Scott had a lot of stories to share over his thirty-year career. It was a lot of fun working on this! Also if you need some investigations done in Hawaii, he's your guy.

Check out the site: Suzuki Jones Legal Investigations

Things I Saw

Surf News Network

As you'll find out in the next section, I've been surfing a lot a lot. There's one service that all of Hawaii uses to track and predict waves and that's Surf News Network. They've offered their free surf report call-in service for over forty years. I had some time over the weekend and decided to take a pass at their mobile website. I wrote more about it here. I had a lot of fun working on it and I hope to do more lil projects like this in the future.

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Places I Went


"Working at the pyramids tonight." - Frank Ocean

That lyric from Frank Oceans smash hit, Pyramids has absolutely nothing to do with the surf break on the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base with the same name. It's nearly impossible to get on to the base without an active duty member but once on the base, you have access to two of the best waves on the east side of the island. Maya's bf, Marious, was able to get on one morning and it was amazing. I could surf that wave every day. I even looked at job listings in the military so I could get on base but they didn't really have a need for a web designer. Anyway, watch the full video from Pyramids here.

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The second best wave on the east side only breaks when it's torrential rain and gale-force winds. You're essentially surfing from inside a tropical storm. Nate, Christian, and I grew up surfing this wave. Riding our bikes to the beach after intermediate school, board in one hand, handlebars in the other. Surfing here always reminds me of those times and how we've changed so much but this wave has stayed the same—there's something poetic in that. I caught shorebreaks on a few good days and here's the video to prove it.

Places I Went

North Shore

The third best place to surf on the island is a place called the north shore—totally kidding in case Kala Alexander reads this or something. North Shore is the mecca of the surfing world and we usually leave it to the pros but on the off-chance that it's not 20ft, we go at sunrise when there are no people, and Nate has the day off from work, you can catch us making that 60 min drive out there. Nate and I had a fun lil session on an early Friday morning and I kinda wish we did that more often.

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Been taking Sophia to the longboarding wave at Castles at least five times a week. She is getting so good! She's looking for the right waves, paddling into them, and popping right up, and riding the face of the wave all the way in. It's been great to share this hobby of mine with her and see her fall in love with it. We'll take a quick break in San Francisco but when we get back I'll make a @surfergirl808 of her yet!

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✍️ Hand-typed in San Francisco by Darren Wong.

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