Easy DIY: Vision Board

Today is Vision Board Day! Have you ever made a vision board? A vision board or dream board is a collection or collage of images and words to help you envision your goals and dreams. It is used as a tool of motivation and can be created very easily. It’s a great time to create a vision board as it is the beginning of a new year. New year, new you! You don’t need any fancy supplies. We like to use old magazines, stickers, some scissors, glue and a board, piece of cardstock or even a notebook.

First, think about your goals. Our goals this year is to declutter our home and to start a daily yoga practice. With that goal in mind, go through magazines that relate to your goal. It could be a word, phrase that catches your eye or an image. Start cutting them out and paste them onto your board, notebook, or cardstock.

We found a lot of great images that reflect the feeling we’re trying to bring to our home – a nice simple, decluttered space. We found some great words to go with our goals as well. The collage doesn’t have to be perfect. Have fun with it. It’s very therapeutic and freeing!

We even managed to find messages in our stickers that fit with the 2021 vibes we were going for.

We finished the vision board by writing out the year. It will be nice to reflect on our goals at the end of the year.

Here’s our finished vision board. Make sure you place it where you can see it everyday, whether it be on your wall near your desk, in the kitchen, or in a notebook / planner that you look at daily. We hope you have fun making your own vision boards!

Strawberry Jello Mochi

The New Year is approaching and that means it’s time to make mochi! We wanted to share an easy recipe using a box of Jell-O that we tried (original recipe was found on ilovehawaiianfoodrecipes.com which seems to be down at the moment). You will need only a few ingredients and a microwave.

Mix your ingredients according to the recipe until everything is well blended. When you place it in the microwave, make sure your bowl is microwave safe.

Microwave your mixture for 1 minute. Depending on your microwave, you may have to do this a few times. We had to do it about 4 times to get the right consistency.

This next part is a little messy. Poor Happy Chan! The Mochi will be hot as you handle the pieces, so make sure to dust your hands with starch and handle everything carefully.

Tada! Mochi is ready! Very easy recipe to follow and perfect for when you you’re in a pinch. Let us know if you try it!


Strawberry Jello Mochi

Easy mochi recipe using Jell-o
Course Dessert
Author ilovehawaiianfoodrecipes.com


  • Microwave


  • 1 cup mochiko sweet flour
  • 1 3 oz box strawberry Jell-O
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • potato or corn starch (for dusting)


  • In a microwaveable bowl, add flour, jello and sugar. Whisk together until combined.
  • Add cup of hot water and vanilla, mix until well blended.
  • Cover loosely with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 1 minute. Uncover and mix, repeat until mixture is solid. Depending on your microwave, you may have to repeat 3 to 5 times, or 3 to 5 minutes.
  • On a baking sheet, line with parchment paper and dust with starch. Place cooked mochi and add more starch. Press mochi until you have a rectangle, then slice into squares. Slice enough so you can pull a section to roll into balls.
  • Mochi will be hot so dust your hands with starch and handle carefully. You should be able to make 14 to 16 pieces.

Show Aloha Land

This year, drive thru Christmas events became the best way to enjoy holiday togetherness in the safest way possible. In Hawaii, we have the Show Aloha Land event at the Aloha Stadium. You purchase your tickets in advance, one ticket per vehicle.

When you enter the event, be sure to set your radio to 88.7 FM to listen for announcements. Your ticket will be scanned and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase a bag of kettle corn to munch on while you enjoy the lights. Once your ticket is scanned, switch your radio to 88.5 FM. The event has their own Christmas music playlist you can listen to as you drive thru. They timed it perfectly to their lights.

There is a lot to look at on both sides, but don’t worry, if you miss it on your side, the lights will repeat in the next row of lights. Some of the lights with the elves were comical.

Our favorite part was the tunnel of lights. You go through a few of these and it transports you to a lovely forest of tree lights. They change colors quite frequently so you get a different look each time.

At the end of the drive, you have the opportunity to buy food. They serve a variety of meals from spicy ahi bowls to hot dogs and dippin dots. You can also stop at the big tree to take a photo with your loved ones.


It was definitely an experience to symbolize our pandemic year. The event will continue to run until January if you’re interested in experiencing it yourself. Do you have something similar in your country or state? Let us know in the comments below. Hope everyone has a happy holiday season!

Oh Christmas Tree

One of our most favorite Christmas traditions, is decorating the Christmas Tree.  The smell of a fresh Christmas Tree just reminds us of the holiday season, our favorite time of the year.  Choosing the perfect tree is a special process… but because we live in Hawaii, there aren’t very many “Christmas Tree” farms.  Most Christmas Trees get shipped to us in containers, and we head to lots to buy the “perfect” tree.

The tricky part about getting the tree is getting it on the car.  But with some help from the friendly workers, we were able to get it on the car and tie it down. 

We got the tree into the house, and oops it’s a little bit too big for the space, but the bigger the better.  We just have a little extra “Christmas Spirit” this year.  Then the fun part starts… decorating!  

One side of our tree is decorated for our love for Happy Haleiwa. It’s so cute to see Happy, Hau’oli, and Hoku joining in on the Holiday spirit!

The other side is decorated with our collection of Disney mouse ears! We miss going to the Disney parks. We hope we can visit once we are able to travel again. Tell us what’s your favorite Christmas tradition in the comments.  We would love to hear what your family does!

Happy Hot Cocoa Bar

It hit the 70s in Hawaii last week which means it’s time for chilly nights and hot cocoa. We decided to create a hot chocolate bar! It came out so cute. We used a bunch of crates, little trees, a mason jar and a few hot chocolate essentials. We used the little crates to create height and interest and to hold our hot chocolate packets.

Our perfect hot chocolate includes some whipped cream, marshmallows and a candy cane to stir. Here are some ideas for hot chocolate toppings:

  • whipped cream
  • mini marshmallows
  • sprinkles
  • chocolate sauce
  • coconut shavings
  • crushed candy canes
  • caramel sauce
  • cinammon
  • full candy cane (as a stirrer!)

To make a an even creamier hot chocolate, heat up some milk instead of using water. It makes a more decadent hot cup of cocoa. How do you like your hot cocoa? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy Style Spam Musubi

Today we want to share with your our favorite way to make Spam Musubi. Spam Musubi is a favorite dish among locals in Hawaii. It’s perfect for a quick meal.

We like using the less sodium version of Spam as we will later add a teriyaki glaze. It gives it a nice sweet flavor. We like to use Aloha brand Mango Pineapple teriyaki glaze. If you can’t find this particular product where you live, feel free to use your own teriyaki glaze.

We like our spam a little crispy so we fry it at a low temperature until it’s crispy on the outside and a little soft on the inside. However you can fry it to your preferred texture.

Another option is to add some furikake seasoning to your rice to give it more nori flavor.

After frying the spam, add the glaze until the spam slices are nicely coated.

Now you’re ready to assemble! Start with a nice strip of nori on the bottom. We like a lot of nori so we used the mold to measure how large to cut it. However, you can customize to your own taste. Next put the mold on the nori, followed by the rice and last but not least the spam. Remove the mold carefully and wrap the nori around your rice ball and spam. You can use a teeny bit of water to seal the nori.

Tada! It’s all ready to eat! You can wrap them up to save for later or to share with your friends. Let us know if you try it!


Happy Style Spam Musubi

Easy recipe for Hawaii's favorite on the go dish – spam musubi
Course Breakfast, Snack


  • Musubi Mold


  • 1 can Spam (low sodium)
  • 1/3 cup cup Mango Pineapple Teriyaki Glaze (or your favorite teriyaki glaze)
  • 2 cups white rice (cooked)
  • 3 sheets nori
  • furikake (optional)


  • Slice spam evenly into about 8-9 slices (depending on how thick you like it) and fry in a nonstick pan on low heat if you like it with a nice crisp outer texture.
  • While the spam cooks, mix furikake into your cooked rice.
  • After cooking spam, remove the spam from the pan and set aside. In the same pan, add the teriyaki glaze. Add the spam slices back into the pan coat each slice evenly. Remove from glaze and set aside. We like to use a cooling rack or you can use a plate.
  • Start assembling your musubis. Layer in this order – 1. A strip of nori (you can adjust the size to your taste), 2. Musubi mold, 3. Furikake rice, 4. Spam slice.
  • Carefully remove the mold. Wrap the nori around the musubi. You can use a tiny bit of water to help seal the nori.

Happy Acai Bowl Recipe

Today, we want to share with you an easy acai bowl recipe. All you need is a few ingredients and a blender. You can top your acai bowl with so many different toppings, but our favorite toppings include our Happy Honey and Aloha Sunrise Granola.

For the base of the acai bowl, you can use any available frozen acai puree. We also use frozen berries and frozen banana (cut up into slices) so that the consistency of the mixture is thick. You can add more liquid to the recipe to make it more of a smoothie base as well.

After blending the mixture, place it in a bowl and add your favorite toppings. We love Aloha Sunrise Granola as it gives it a natural sweetness as well as a nice crunchy texture. Add some fresh fruits and drizzle our Happy Honey to complete the dish. We hope you enjoy our recipe and please let us know in the comments what your favorite toppings are.


Happy Acai Bowl

Yummy and easy acai bowl
Course Breakfast, Snack
Keyword acai
Servings 1


  • Blender


  • 1 packet of acai puree
  • 1/2 large banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries
  • 1/4 cup milk of your choice (varies based on thickness preference)
  • toppings: granola, strawberry, honey, etc.


  • Blend acai, banana, frozen berries, and milk to your blender's specifications and to how thick you would like your acai bowl to be.
  • Place acai mixture into a bowl and add the toppings of your choice.

Happy Mug Cake using Pancake Mix!

Today we’re going to show you how to make the easiest, quickest dessert using our pancake mix and one of our mugs! Aren’t there days when you are craving a sweet homemade dessert but you just don’t have the energy to do a lot of dishes or make a giant batch of cookies? We have the perfect dessert for you!

Our mug cake is really easy to make using just a few simple ingredients and your microwave. You could customize this recipe to your taste by adding other ingredients like blueberries or bananas instead of the chocolate. Or you could use our banana pancake mix to make a banana chocolate chip mug cake. You could even add a scoop of your favorite ice cream to make it even more decadent.


Happy Mug Choco Chip Pancake

A chocolate chip mug cake using Happy Haleiwa pancake mix.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1/4 cup Happy Haleiwa Pancake Mix
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips


  • In a microwaveable mug, stir together the Happy Haleiwa pancake mix, milk, sugar and chocolate chips.
  • Cover the mug with plastic wrap. Microwave for about 1 minute to 1 minute and 20 seconds. Be careful when taking it out of the microwave, it may be a little hot.
  • Sprinkle more chocolate chips or any other toppings of your choice on top.

We hope you enjoy! Please let us know in the comments below if you tried it and if you created your own fun combinations. You can find all the products used in this recipe on our online shop at http://happyhaleiwa.net.

Haleiwa Sunsets

We took a drive to the North Shore to enjoy the sunset. It’s the start of big wave season here in Hawaii. The flat ocean summer days are over. It’s how we know we’re entering a new season. Here in Hawaii, we don’t have huge temperature drops or the changing of the leaves. We find the season changes in our ocean.

Before we got to the beach, we stopped by our favorite Acai bowl spot in Haleiwa – Haleiwa Bowls! Our personal favorite is the mana bowl – a base of frozen acai puree (like a sorbet), topped with granola, local bananas, raw coconut flakes, and local raw honey. So ono and refreshing. A perfect end to a beach day.

Happy, Hokulani and Hau’oli

Welcome to the re-designed Happy Haleiwa Blog. To launch the new blog, we wanted to tell you about our different Happy Haleiwa Characters.

Left to Right: Hokulani, Happy, Hau’oli

Happy (aka Happy-chan) – Happy represents everything in Hawaii. She is the leader of the pack. She has fiery red hair and was our original character. She’s the OG of Happy Haleiwa and is full of the Aloha spirit. Happy designs are found at both our store locations – Waikiki and Haleiwa.

Hokulani (aka Hoku-chan) – Hokulani means “heavenly star”. Hoku embodies the North Shore of Oahu. She loves going to the beach. Surfing and paddle boarding are her favorite hobbies. She has orange hair, chocolate brown eyes, and a golden tan. Hoku-chan has a laid back personality. You can find our exclusive Hoku designs at our Haleiwa store.

Hau’oli (aka Hau’oli-chan) – Hau’oli means “happy” or “joy”. Hau’oli embodies the lively cityscapes of Waikiki. She loves to dance hula and is usually pictured with Diamond Head. Hau’oli has light blonde hair, bright blue eyes, and a lovely bronze tan. She has a cheerful attitude and a warm smile. You can find our Hau’oli designs at our Waikiki store.

Who is your favorite character? Let us know in the comments 🙂