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Hawaii Day 1: Travel To Lihue

June 10th, 2014 · No Comments

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We are back from our much anticipated trip to Hawaii. Much anticipated, meaning we’ve been talking about this since I was pregnant, probably for about a year. It was Dallas’s 20 year Kamehameha Schools class reunion and we were for sure going. .. but… should we bring the baby, should we leave him home with grandparents? We decided to bring him. It’s free for him to fly right now, we spent a lot of time with friends and family, and he has to go some time. Might as well be now.

I was pretty stressed out about packing and how things would go and read way too much about it, but it all went pretty well. I guess you imagine the worst: The baby crying non stop for six hours on an enclosed plane with no where to go and people giving you the stink eye. But it wasn’t like that at all. People were really friendly, for the most part, and Makai was very well behaved. A little bit of fussing on each flight but not for long. He is pretty laid back, so we were lucky! We also used the pacifier whenever needed and often on the flights. This was a special treat for him, since we stopped using the paci when he was about 4 months old! While we were in Hawaii, we could buy anything we needed. It’s not like we were in a third world country where baby food and diapers are not available. So, that took a lot of pressure off too.

On the day we left we got up at about 3:30 a.m. to get ready. We woke Makai up last and got him ready then headed to Kristin’s house at 5:00 a.m. She was going to drop us at the airport and keep our car while we were gone.

There was a lot of round and round about the pros and cons, but we ended up luggage checking our car seat on every flight (for free) and gate checking the stroller (for free). This worked out great for us. We didn’t have to lug the car seat around the airport but we had it for all of our rental cars. And we could use the stroller for Makai right up until we boarded the plane.

We first flew from O’Hare to Phoenix via US Air (booked on American). In Phoenix, we met up with Dallas’s parents and flew from Phoenix to Lihue. We never flew in to Lihue from the mainland before and I really liked it. No stopping in Honolulu to take another short flight to Kauai. I especially liked it this time because we had a lot of checked luggage (big suitcase, medium suitcase, golf clubs, car seat) that we’d have to collect and move to the interisland terminal while juggling a stroller and Makai. I must admit, though… the four hour flight from Chicago was ok. .. but the six hour flight from Phoenix to Lihue was looooooooong. Like .. it felt longer than our direct flight to Tokyo. It was a long time to hold a baby in your lap and sit squished up in coach.

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When we arrived in Lihue we got two rental cars – one for us, one for Dallas’s parents. Dallas’s parents went to stock up on things in Lihue. We headed right to Waimea. We did a little bit of shopping for Makai and then went to the house. We cleaned that up a bit and freshened up. By then we’d been up for 20 hours and I just wanted to crash but we ended up going to dinner at Aunty Nancy and Uncle Bob’s house. Luckily it was close. And it tasted like the best food I ever had. I was so tired and travel weary! We had homemade lau lau, lomi salmon, corn, rice, pineapple with li hing powder, and malasadas from Kauai Bakery & Cinnamon.

The big excitement of the night was feeding Makai poi. All of the babies in Hawaii get poi as one of their first foods and some people even put poi in the baby’s bottle. It’s supposed to be a baby wonder food, full of nutrients, easily digestible, and hypoallergenic. Makai made a face after his first bite, but he always does, and then continued to eat lots more poi. It was not the last time he ate poi on the trip!

That night Makai had a bit of trouble adjusting to the time change and woke up every two hours, which was kind of a drag, but luckily after the next day he was pretty much adjusted.. so it was actually a pretty short adjustment period: Just one night.

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First Class from NRT to ORD

May 15th, 2013 · 1 Comment

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Welcome Aboard!

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Big, spacious seats.

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The privacy wall could go up or down between seats.

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The seats also swiveled so you could face forward or we could face each other.. like for meals.

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I could stretch my legs out straight and still have space!

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Everyone got Bose headphones.

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Each person got slippers, pajamas, blankets and pillows.

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Everything you could need on a 13-hour flight: Toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues, pen, socks, eye mask, ear plugs, Dermalogica skincare products.

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Eating warm nuts while watching a video about how to operate everything in my seat!

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Dallas with his first beer.

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They set the table with a white linen and a placemat and real silverware and everything.

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This was a surprise beef amuse bouche course.

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Appetizer: Shrimp and Scallops with Avocado Mousse

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Watching the movie Lincoln while eating my salad.

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

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Lobster Risotto

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Sundae!

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Dallas got the grean tea ice cream sundae.

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I changed into the AA pajamas and the stewardess did turn down service (put the seat flat, laid out the blankets and pillows.

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For a snack we got a mini bento box and some miso soup.

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For my second meal I got pumpkin soup as my main.

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At the end we were surprised with these cute chocolates.

On the way home from Tokyo, we were lucky enough to get first class using our American Airlines miles. I thought that first class into Honolulu was lush, but first class from Asia? This is the first class you see on TV and never believe is real. Totally spacious seats, lay-flat beds, food, drinks, high-end toiletries, they even provided pajamas and turn down service. This was the first time I ever was on a plane and didn’t want my flight to end!

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Narita Airport and My First Time in the Admiral’s Club

May 15th, 2013 · No Comments

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Our flights to and from Japan were booked on miles, not dollars. This was pretty awesome. What was even more awesome is that on the way home we got to fly first class! And included with that, on international flights, is access to the Admirals Club. I’d never been inside an Admirals Club before. It’s like a swanky lounge with free coffee, tea, soda, beer, wine, snacks, and wifi. And the seating is nice and comfortable, not like the crummy seating at the gates. The bathrooms were nice. There were even showers. Everything was just so civilized. I forgot I was even in an airport!

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Because the Admirals Club only had snacks, we decided to go out and get some Japanese food, one last time. It wasn’t that great, it was Japanese airport food, but still good. I had takoyaki and some udon.

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Final photo from Narita airport. There were Kit Kats of so many flavors!!! This one was blueberry cheesecake. We also got green tea, dark chocolate, sakura (cherry blossom) and who knows what else! Fun to try.

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