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Hawaii Day 5: Makai’s First Aloha Shirt

June 12th, 2014 · No Comments

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When we woke up Dallas and his dad worked on the deck some more. This is getting repetitive, right? But the morning and evenings are the best times to work because it’s not so hot. You can see who the supervisors were. :)

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When Makai took his morning nap, I ran to Hanapepe. My main reason to go was to stop at Talk Story, a bookstore I visited on our last trip that had some books on Kauai and written by Kauai authors that are not available on the Mainland. BUT FIRST…

I stopped at Little Fish Coffee. This is a cute little cafe that I would have liked to hang out at, if I had more time. They seemed to specialize in breakfast and lunch, but I think they are open until 5 p.m. daily. I got an iced coffee, which was especially delicious in the heat. And also because I’d been feeling SO coffee deprived with no coffee maker in the house and not being able to spot a coffee shop in Waimea (I found one later though!).

Across the street I browsed through the Banana Patch Studio, which is always fun. I got Makai a honu puzzle. A quick run through Aloha Spice Company.

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At Jacqueline on Kauai I bought Makai his first aloha shirt. Jacqueline owns the shop and has her work station right there in the back. She specializes in custom men’s aloha shirts (made to order or free alterations) and uses her remnants to make boys shirts. We talked a bit and she knows Aunty Kathy. I couldn’t decide between the red, blue or orange print, but ended up with the blue in a size 12 months. I was a little nervous, but it fit perfect and Makai wore it to a party later that day. So glad Makai’s first aloha shirt was a special one hand-made on Kauai.

Finally, at the Talk Story bookstore I picked up a collection of short stories called Kauai Stories. These are stories written by the people of Kauai. I was talking to the owner for a while and he and his wife even had a story in the book! There was not too much of interest otherwise, not much I couldn’t get at home. I realized I’ve read a lot of the Hawaii/Kauai books and others just didn’t look good.

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I had to stop again at Big Save to get some things for Makai. Then I went to Jo Jo’s for some shave ice. It’s totally nice inside now. Plain, but not like the shack it used to be. I talked with the woman working the shop and she said that they remodeled in November 2013. I asked her about the Jo Jo’s that popped up next to Big Save and she said that the original owner sold Jo Jo’s (the one we always go to and the original location) and opened a new one. It used to be on a side street (I’d been to that location once) and now it’s next to Big Save in Waimea. I got a #2 with mac nut ice cream and haupia cream on top. I brought the shave ice home and held it in front of Makai. He took a face dive in and grabbed it with his hands!

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For dinner we went to Aunty Nancy and Uncle Bob’s house where Makai got to meet a lot of aunties and uncles and cousins. Dallas’s mom loves to show him off and all the aunties say how good he is. He eats some more poi.

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At around 8 p.m. Dallas and I left for a little bit to go to Wrangler’s Steakhouse, where we met up with some of his old childhood Waimea friends, Trixie and Nick, and their friend Kaela. Nick travels the country and the world singing traditional Hawaiian songs and had performed at Wrangler’s earlier that night. We actually wanted him to sing at our wedding ceremony, but he was performing in Japan. You can find him on Spotify or iTunes (Nick Castillo). It was nice to finally meet him and Trixie after hearing so much about them through the years!

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Hawaii Day 3: Makai’s First Trip to the Beach

June 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Makai started out with a sink bath and spent the rest of the day (until we left the house) wearing only a diaper – Kauai baby style! Dallas’s mom said that when Dallas was little they only threw a shirt on when they went out, but we put shorts on him too! Kauai is very laid back though. At one point we took him to a party and he was wearing an aloha shirt and people wanted to know why he was so dressed up! I always stress about what clothes to pack to Hawaii, but I never should. Especially not on Kauai, where I don’t even wear makeup. No. One. Cares. !!

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Dallas and his dad continued to work on the deck. During a break, Dallas was digging through some drawers in his old room and came across this photo of Kamehameha Schools Class of 1994. The photo was taken in 1990, when they were all 8th graders! (View Larger.)

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While Makai was sleeping I ran out and did a few things. My first stop was Kauai Coffee. I’d been here one time before, but it was years ago. This time I noticed there was a self-guided walking tour so after sampling some coffee, I took a stroll. Even if you don’t read the signs, it’s a beautiful walk with lots of rows of coffee bushes and pretty flowers. I think they also have a guided tour if you’re there at the right time.

After my walk I treated myself to an ice cream sandwich made with Kauai Coffee ice cream and a chocolate chip macadamia nut cookie. It was so huge! I could only eat about half. Then I bought a few things to take home and a couple things for Makai – a stuffed honu and a book called This Is My Piko. Piko is Hawaiian for belly button and this book talks about all different body parts and how to say them in Hawaiian.

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In Ele’ele I stopped at Big Save and got a blow up pool for Makai to use at the house. At the market, they’re making a killing on this local coconut water, since everyone is into drinking that now. I also took some photos of some odd aisle signs. I don’t know why Big Save always puts the fishing tackle in the souvenir aisle!

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And then I stopped at L&L in Waimea to grab some lunch for everyone. I got a ton of chicken katsu, some teri beef and I just had to try the saimin burger. I feel like the ramen burger was a big trend last year in New York so yay for L&L for hopping on that. Instead of L&L, Makai had some poi that I got at the Big Save.

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A couple random things: This keyless car ignition thing is cool except when you have a baby you’re loading in and out of the backsean a thousand times like I was on our day on the North Shore. The keyless ignition actually makes me more prone to losing the key/fab because I don’t know where I put it… it’s not in the ignition where it’s supposed to be.

I also picked up the The Garden Island News hoping to see some soft story about how an albatross found its way home, but it actually had a real issue on the front page. We were just talking to Larry about the water issues they’re having around Kalaheo.

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We met up with Kaipo, Dallas’s classmate from Kamehameha, to go to the Poipu Beach. He brought his daughter Hi’ilei, who is 2 years old and the cutest thing ever. This was Makai’s first time in the actual sand and water. He was not a fan of the water at all really! He seemed to like the sand. Or at least be ok with it. He tried to eat it, actually!

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Later on Dallas’s parents insisted we go out for a nice dinner while they babysat. We decided on Dolphin Seafood in Poipu at Kukui’ula because it was new(er) and we’d heard from a few people how good it is. We sat at the sushi bar and our sushi chef was Tandita, who was a young kind of punkish Japanese girl. I don’t remember what all we had, but I do remember one of them was uku, a Hawaiian snapper. Just to the left of us we started talking to a couple who were out celebrating a birthday. Turns out they know Dallas’s uncle Dee very well. Small island!

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Watership Down by Richard Adams

April 15th, 2014 · No Comments


Watership Down: A Novel
finished 04.08.14

476 pages about bunnies that were published before I was born? No thanks! I bought this book last year some time and just never read it. Finally got into it and while some parts (the tales the bunnies told) were tedious, I really enjoyed the rest.

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