Wailupe Stream is one of the last natural (meaning non-channelized) streams in the area. And it’s lovely.
I had seen photos of the updated decor — and it just didn’t seem like the same hole-in-the-wall ramen shop in Waikiki I had grown to love.
But every time I would drive along Kalakaua Avenue — which is more often than you would expect — I think, “One of these days, I gotta go back.”
Well, this past Tuesday was one of those days.
I was craving a warm, comforting bowl of ramen. And since I had to be in Waikiki anyway, I thought it would be a good time to revisit one of my favorite places for the Japanese noodle dish.
Here’s what we ate:
Inside Ramen Nakamura
Ramen Nakamura, 2141 Kalakaua Ave. Hours: 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. daily. Phone: (808) 922-7960
I thought being called “aunty” was tough.
“This generation of grandparents takes the whole naming process more seriously than ever,” said Lin Wellford, coauthor of “The New Grandparents Name Book: A Lighthearted Guide to Picking the Perfect Grandparent Name” (ArtStone, 2009). “How many times in your life do you get to name yourself?”
I remember a time when mothers couldn’t wait to be grandparents — and they didn’t seem to care what we called them. I called my paternal grandma (above), “Grams.” And other grandma was just that — ”Grandma.”
But times are a-changing.
Actress (and fellow blogger) Gwyneth Paltrow said, while promoting her new cookbook, “My Father’s Daughter” (Grand Central Life & Style), that her mom, actress Blythe Danner, waned to be called Woof by her grandchildren.
Actress Goldie Hawn, mother to Kate Hudson, wrote in her memoir that the name, “Grandma” was “word that had so many connotations of old age and decrepitude.” (She prefers to be called GlamMa.)
Wellford’s book offers 700 options for grandparents, from G-mom to Bubba to “Sonoma and Napa for a more sophisticated set.”
Why can’t we just accept our age — and where that puts us in this world? Hey, I know I’m 36. I’ve moved from “Sistah” to “Aunty” — and I can’t do anything about it. Except whine in a blog, but hey, I’m not in denial!
About Catherine Toth
Born and raised on Oahu, Catherine E. Toth has worked as a newspaper reporter in Hawaii for 10 years and continues to freelance — in between teaching journalism, hitting the surf, hiking with her two dogs and eating everything in sight — for national and local print and online publications.
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