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Hawaii Day 10: Back to the City

June 14th, 2014 · No Comments

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Hoku was at daycare and Billy and Ging needed to get some things done so Dallas and I watched Damien for a bit. It was no big deal, really. He is pretty independent and mostly just played with Makai. We did take both of the boys to the beach for a while. Dallas and Damien ran around and played a lot. I hung out with Makai, but closer by the water. Not so close that he’d get sprayed in the face again, though! He actually seemed to be warming up to the beach a little bit. .. but also.. he was eating sand by the handfuls if I wasn’t watching him every single second! Damien dug Makai a tidepool that he could sit and splash in. Then it started to rain so we headed back to the house (only a half block away! Billy and Ging are so lucky!).

Ging made us salmon for lunch and we all sat down and ate a nice meal. Then we had to pack up and leave. It was our last day in Waimanalo. We’d see Billy and Ging again on the trip but we wouldn’t see Damien and Hoku so that was kind of sad. All of the kids were having so much fun together.

We rented a condo on Lewers in Waikiki. It was 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and we were sharing it with Dallas’s parents. We moved over to Honolulu to be closer to the nighttime events taking place for the Kamehameha Schools alumni week. Dallas’s parents were going to babysit and having a place closer to the city would mean much shorter drives home at night.

The condo was very nice and the guy who met us and let us in was great. Our only issue was that we didn’t have anywhere for Makai to sleep, so we ended up building him a makeshift bed/fort with a stack of blankets on the living room rug surrounded by all of the throw pillows from the whole condo. It worked out ok, actually. Not ideal, but it worked.

Dallas’s friends were calling as soon as we arrived. It was the talent show night and while we missed the show, there was an after party up at the dorms. I couldn’t go because Dallas’s parents weren’t on Oahu yet, but Dallas went up and saw everyone. He told me that someone in the class of ’89 was a Heineken rep and got 25 kegs (for 25 years). Crazy. I think it was gone within a couple days, actually!

Dallas’s parent’s flight came in later and they made it to the condo around 11 p.m. Dallas was out much later!

I love Kauai, but where we were staying in Waimea, it is definitely the country. The population in Waimea is about 1,700 people and the family house is down a long driveway and secluded. Waimanalo was really nice too. But again, really small. About 5,000 people live in Waimanalo. And when we spent time on Oahu’s North Shore.. that’s definitely the country. Say what you will about Waikiki, but after having lived in huge cities for the past 12+ years, it felt comfortable to be back in Honolulu. A good way to start to transition back into “real life” as our vacation was starting to come to a close.

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Hawaii Day 9: A Day in Waimanalo

June 14th, 2014 · No Comments

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In the morning we went to the beach in Waimanalo. Such a pretty beach! Expansive white sand beach, deep teal water, tall ironwood trees, magnificent pali. Billy, Dallas and Damien did a lot of body surfing and body boarding. I hung back with Makai in a cozy shady spot. I had him by the water, but a wave splashed up in his face and he was kind of cranky after that. I think he had salt water in his sinuses because his nose was running like crazy. He still had fun playing a bit in the sand.

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For lunch we went to Keneke’s for plate lunches. I got he pork adobo, which I’d never had before and really liked.

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In the late afternoon we went to check out Sea Life Park. I had kind of mixed feelings about this place when I researched it before going (Blackfish guilt), but decided to go anyway because Ging had free passes. We went kind of late in the day and the park had already shut down a bunch of the attractions. Kind of a bummer. And the park is pretty small and kind of run down. Dallas said it’s been around since he was a kid. Luckily we got in for almost free or I might have felt ripped off. Also, to counterbalance some guilt, I was happy to find out that Sea Life Park is involved in conservation efforts, “including the release of adolescent green sea turtles that were hatched and raised at the park, hundreds of which are released into the wild each year.”

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My favorites: the honu (green sea turtles). Damien liked these too. There was a guy in the pool to do some clean up and Damien was telling him how he should do things. The guy was very patient but I had to giggle when I overheard him saying “oh yeh? maybe I’ll try it that way next time.” Damien is destined to be a leader. Of something.

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Across the street at Makapu’u Beach, we went to check out the tide pools. Damien ran all around looking for crabs and things in the water. Hoku did too, with the help of Ging. I walked around a bit, taking in the scenery, while Dallas stayed back with Makai. The big island across the way and in the Sea Life Park photos is Manana, most commonly referred to as “Rabbit Island.”

For dinner, Billy met up with all of us in Hawaii Kai at Kona Brewing. I think this is the third location we’ve eaten at (also in Kona on the Big Island and in the airport).

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Hawaii Day 8: Oahu’s North Shore

June 13th, 2014 · No Comments

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Makai and Damien love to hug and play. Damien said he doesn’t ever want Makai to leave. He says we can stay forever and when we said we have to go home some time, Damien said we can come back any day and stay with him. Luckily, his parents agree! Makai smiles and laughs when Damien plays with him. Even when Damien is playing on his own, Makai watches and smiles at him. Especially when Damien does his crazy dancing :). Hoku has a crazy dance too, but as far as his interaction with Makai, he is a little less interested. Also, he is younger and doesn’t understand “be gentle with baby!”. But Damien is older and gets it. He’s very good with Makai.

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Later on Dallas, Makai and I drove to the North Shore to visit our friend Hoku, who is Dallas’s classmate from Kamehameha Schools. We went to Hoku’s friend’s house to pick up his daughter Ina, who is 13 years old. She was practicing her skating. I remember the weather was just perfect as we sat at a picnic table in the shade and talked and ate some pupus and drank some beer. Makai went on a swing on the swingset for the first time.

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We headed over to Hoku’s house, which is directly across the street from the beach which is around Waimea Bay, Pupukea, Rocky Point. There was a nice shady spot in the sand where we set up camp. The beach has a lot of reef, but a perfect opening where we can go swimming. The water was SO perfect.

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The house behind us, directly on the beach, has a rope swing and when the owner came out we got permission to use it. Ina took turn after turn on the swing. It looked like so much fun! Hoku had to take photos and videos for Ina to post socially on Snapchat and Instagram. At one point she liked a photo I took, so she used my phone to post it on Instagram. When I got my phone back I saw that she had also taken this “selfie” while she was at it :).

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Makai still wasn’t a huge fan of the ocean. He did like the sand, though, and played in it a lot. At one point he fell face forward and got a really nice sand beard!

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Makai was getting tired but wouldn’t go to sleep. Dallas took him down by the water and was holding him while standing in the ocean and Makai miraculously dozed off. He is asleep in all of the photos above.

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After a couple hours we headed back to Hoku’s house to hang out for a while. Makai loved the outdoor shower and went au natural! Soon it was time to head back to Waimanalo.

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We drove along the North Shore and the windward side of Oahu. I’d never gone this way and it was a really beautiful drive. Just past Turtle Bay, near Kahuku, we started to spot some shrimp trucks and shrimp shacks. I passed one or two and then pulled into Fumi’s because I wanted to check it out and didn’t want to miss my chance. I’d always heard about the North Shore shrimp trucks but had never been to one. Fumi’s served their shrimp plate-lunch style. There was a pond out behind the stand and that is where the fish are farmed! I guess we caught them at just the right time. I’ve read things online that say they have long lines, but when we were there, we were the only customers. Food was good, but more expensive than I was expecting.

As we continued to drive past Fumi’s we passed a TON more shrimp trucks and shrimp stands. I guess I shouldn’t have been so concerned about missing my chance to try the North Shore shrimp!

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Back at “home” in Waimanalo, we grilled with Billy and Ging and the kids. Ironically, they had shrimp to grill! But I was fine with that, since I love seafood. We also had grilled corn and zucchini and asparagus. After we put all the kids to bed we stayed up playing music and drinking more local beer. I think my favorite beer of the whole day was the Vonu, from Fiji. I’m assuming that Vonu means turtle in Fijian, since Honu means turtle in Hawaiian.. and there’s a turtle on the label.

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