Five for Friday: March 20

Hi guys... I'm back! 
and joining Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday!

Back from where?

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seem some of my photos from my week in Maui, Hawaii already! We had such an amazing time!!

First to recap the food:

JAPENGO: We both thought this was the best food we ate on the trip!
If you stay at the Hyatt Regency or any resort in walking distance from it, you must check it out!

On the first night we had the Japengo fried rice, misoyaki alaskan black cod, blackened ahi roll and the SWAT roll!

We went back on our last night there and I had the grilled ahi tuna.
The fish was so fresh and the garlic fried rice on the bottom was to die for!!

UMALU: If we didn't go off the resort for lunch most days we would have eaten here all the time! Their lunch menu was extensive with lots of original and delicious looking items!

My boyfriend loved the sliders and the pork fries were also amazing.

SHARK PIT: We visited two food trucks and this one was my boyfriend's favourite.  I liked them both but this one was definitely more fusion and packed a saucier flavour punch. I had the taco combo and chose the spicy shrimp and fish tacos.   He had the hawaiian patty melt (which he raved about) and we shared their famous corn on the cob.  The owner/chef is also super friendly and makes you feel welcomed right away which was really nice :)

ONO TACOS: These felt a little more authentic.  I had the taco combo with a shrimp and fish taco.  I liked the shrimp one better and would get 2 shrimp tacos next time!
The pickled onions were a nice touch and they had lots of sauce options (self-serve) so you can taste to your liking!

ULULANI'S SHAVED ICE: We luckily had one of these famous shaved ice shops right in our resort by the beach/pool so I was able to eat it by the pool a couple of times (sigh.. take me back!)

I loved the mochi on top.
This one is Sunset Beach (guava, mango and passion orange) which was my favourite.
And definitely get ice cream on the bottom if it's available!
It made it super creamy and extra delicious <3

STAR NOODLE: We were recommended by our friends to try Star Noodle so we went there for lunch one day.  It was BUSY but the wait wasn't too long (they said 30 minutes at first but it couldn't have been more than 10).  And the food came out SUPER fast! We tried the hapa ramen, ahi avo and the steamed pork buns.  If you like tuna and/or avocado you MUST get the ahi avo!! My boyfriend isn't a big fish eater but he even said it was delicious!

We both agreed that the best thing we did on the trip was Road to Hana.
It's a drive that stretches more than 100 miles with beautiful scenery along the way.
We stopped at multiple locations such as the painted trees, lava tubes, waterfalls with natural pools, red sand beach and Haleakala National Park.

"Painted trees" just past Paia.

My boyfriend jumping into a natural pool.

Red Sand Beach was awesome but a little dangerous to get to! The path is narrow and right along a cliff... I was nervous the whole time! Swimming in the water here was one of my favourite experiences though so I definitely recommended it if you can make the hike!

The bridge right before the bamboo forest at Haleakala National Park.

The bamboo forest at Haleakala National Park.

Good eats and scenery is great, but the real reason we were all in Maui this week was for the wedding of two of my closest friends! I have known the bride and groom since my second year of university.  They are amazing wedding photographers and two of the most genuine people I know.
If you are looking for a wedding or engagement shoot photographer in the Vancouver area, definitely check out their website!

 My boyfriend and I at the beautiful Maui Dragon Fruit Farm where the ceremony and reception took place.

Loved all their beautiful details... 
Seating cards were hand calligraphed by the bride!

First dance!
The lights were so beautiful <3

THE RESORT: Our resort was right along Kaanapali Beach so we spend a bit of time every day walking or just relaxing on the beach. The sand was so fine and felt wonderful on my feet!

We also spent one day by the pool but we definitely prefer the beach!

Okay I'm going to include at least one thing teaching related!! lol

I was asked to share the template for the sight word structure sheets I made and shared on Instagram last week. My kids loved this activity! I got the idea originally from @thekinderteacher! Go follow her on Instagram if you don't already!

 And click on the picture below to download these sheets for free!

And I'm linking up with Teaching Blog Addict for Freebie Friday to share this freebie :)
Click on the image below to check out more freebies from this week from other bloggers!

That's it for me!

Now I'm off to work on my plans for next week and figure out what we are going to do for our character assembly which we are in charge of on Friday!! If anyone has done anything great for integrity please let me know!


  1. I love your pictures! My husband and I stayed at the Hyatt Regency on Kaanapali Beach for our honeymoon! I would love to go back, it was so beautiful. Your pictures were a great reminder. It looks like it was a wonderful trip!

    Teach Talk Inspire

    1. That's so crazy! How long ago was your honeymoon? The Hyatt was great! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment :)

  2. Found your blog on the Five for Friday linky & now I'm your newest follower! Your trip was amazing and the food looks so delicious! Thank you for the freebie, too! I've never seen anything like that and can't wait to try it with my class!

    Learning at the Teacher Table

    1. Hi Donna! Thank you so much for following :) I'm glad you are able to use the freebie! Let me know how it goes with your class!

  3. Wow, loved your pictures! My husband and I were in Kauai for our honeymoon last June. Looking at your pictures brought back happy memories of our time there. Hawaii is truly paradise. Everywhere you look is something magnificent to see. I'm glad you had a wonderful time! I'm adding your button to my blog page, looking forward to following your adventures! Have a good day! :)

    1. Wow! Thank you so much for adding my button to your sidebar! That's SUCH an honour!! You just made my day!! :)

  4. Hello!
    This is Fern from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas. I want to thank you for linking up at my Teaching Blog Addict's Freebie Friday post, tomorrow you're my Featured Blogger!
    Have a great weekend,
    Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas!
    Fern Smith's Pinterest Boards!

    1. Wow! Thank you so much!! I'm so excited to be the Featured Blogger ;) I'm hoping to link up again tomorrow for Freebie Friday! :D

  5. Congratulations on being the featured blog on Teaching Blog Addict this week.
    Happy Friday!
    Artistry of Education

    1. Thanks Mary! I was so excited to learn that I was the featured blog on Teaching Blog Addict! What an honour! Have a great weekend!


  6. Yukari-
    Thanks for the freebie! Any chance you can tell me where you got the red cups your students are using for the word building?

    1. Hi Lauren! I got the cups at a Canadian dollar store called "Dollarama". They are disposable shot glasses! I hope you are able to find them where you live!

    2. I found them on Amazon! Thanks for replying, Yukari!