My Christmas memories include opening presents when its sunny & 80° under a fake tree and maybe getting a little beach time before the extended-family dinner complete with hyper kids & laughing adults.

In previous years, I usually tried to go home for New Year’s Eve (because no other place in the world welcomes the new year like Hawaii) but since they instated that lame fireworks ban, I thought it would be nice to be home for my nephew’s first Christmas. Here are a couple of pics from my trip:

Family time is the best!
L to R: Dad & Mom at OLGC – we’ve being going to this church for almost 30 years, my BIL had to be Santa this year, which means my sis was helper elf, eldest & youngest Bautista, our ‘Hoomalu’ tattoos – only missing my brother.

BEACH TIME! Was so nice to have tan lines in December.
View of Diamond Head from Waikiki Beach, view of Ka’ena Point from Ko Olina, Waikiki Beach lifeguard stand.

‘Ono Kine Grinds’ – can’t forget about all the awesome local food I miss while living in the Midwest! I went crazy on the loco moco’s and sushi.
Clockwise from top left: Yogur Story, Da Kitchen, Spicy Ahi & BBQ, Genki Sushi