Day in the Life // Courtney on Oahu
Every month we feature a woman living in a different part of the world. Today's featured mama is Courtney Kai Dang, wife and mama to two littles, Bowie (4) and Otis (11 mos). She lives in Kailua, Oahu. Courtney is a stay-at-home mom and has a business as a Wellness Advocate for dōTERRA. If you have ever wanted to visit Hawaii or have been curious about what daily life is like there for a mother of young kids, you will enjoy this post! And if you visit, be sure to check out some of her go-to spots.
What is one thing you love about living in Hawaii?
Definitely the culture. There is no place like Hawaii, hands down. I always find myself really appreciating the little things that Hawaii has to offer. Kissing people on the cheek when you meet them, waving your hand to thank someone for letting them in their lane when driving, treating everyone like lifelong friends/family etc. It makes me really proud to be from here and raise my children in such a nurturing environment.
How do you implement Hawaiian culture into raising kids?
When you're Native Hawaiian, you are raised to really be proud of you heritage and culture that has been passed down. Growing up my Grandfather would always talk about our ancestors and remind us where we came from. We try to incorporate a lot of the Hawaiian culture into our home by speaking and praying in Hawaiian, giving back and taking care of our ʻāina (land) by cleaning up the places we spend time at (the beach, parks, schools etc.), trying to be as natural and sustainable as possible like our ancestors and respecting our kūpuna (elders). Our daughter, Bowie (4), goes to a Hawaiian school and we always joke about how she knows more Hawaiian then us.
Where is your favorite place to bring your kids?
Definitely Kalama Beach on Kailua, 'Oahu. I grew up in Kailua and have so many memories on that beach and it's so special being able to share that part of my life with our children. Whenever the kids are cranky, sick or we need just need to get out of the house- the beach is our go to!
What's a local dish that you love to eat?
Honestly, I don't know where to start because I love to eat but if I had to choose it would be warm kūlolo (steamed taro and coconut cream pudding) and haupia (coconut) ice cream also known as the Sweet Lady of Waiāhole from Waiāhole Poi Factory. Everything on their menu, which is all Hawaiian food, is magical but I dream about this stuff.
What do you do to rest and recharge?
Rest is a little hard to come by in our house but I always try to fit in a workout during nap-time because my body craves those endorphins. I am a huge believer in essential oils so I am always rubbing different blends whether it be for stress, energy or anything for emotional support on my body. Also, personal development is so important for me because I always notice that I go into a rut when I don't take care of myself mentally. Since I am always on the run I am constantly listening to podcasts and audio-books books because I have no time to read! My faves are Oprah's Super Soul Conversations, The Tony Robbins Podcast, and the Inspire Church podcast.