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Hawaii Day 11: Kamehameha Schools Class of ’94 Reunion

June 15th, 2014 · No Comments

View from our condo’s balcony

In the morning Dallas went golfing with Billy, Keoni and BJ. His parents got breakfast and then when they came back they watched Makai while I took a walk around Waikiki and did a little shopping.

The most popular udon spot in Honolulu: Marukame. I like udon but I’m not spending my vacation standing in line!


I was trying to hunt down a specific pair of slippers and I also bought a small LeSportSac bag in a print that is only available at a handful of stores in Hawaii and Guam. I grabbed lunch really quick at Surf n’ Turf Tacos on Kuhio and then headed back out to get a manicure and pedicure.


I’d gotten the “no chip” before I left, but it was clearly chipping. And even peeled completely off one of my fingernails. In the morning I had looked online and made an appointment at ai nail salon, which was just a couple blocks from the condo on Lewers. ai nail salon is a bit hard to find. It’s located on the second floor of a building that doesn’t look like the right place! Once inside, it’s very small, quiet and relaxing. I spent a bit more than I would have liked to, but it was worth it for a short, luxurious getaway. All of the women who work there are Japanese. Even their web site and a lot of the in-store signage is in Japanese, but they do speak English too. The ladies asked me to see a photo of Makai and oohed and aaahed when I showed them.. and especially when I said he was part Japanese.


It was nice to have that bit of relaxation because when I got back to the condo it got a bit crazed. And for the whole rest of the night too! Aunty Lauren came over with Scott and Vivian (her kids). Vivian brought her kids Seth (10), Maile (6) and David (3). They came to visit with us, but especially because the kids wanted to swim!


When I came home I got Makai ready and took him in the pool too. He loved the water. Way more than the ocean. He kicked and kicked and splashed. He did not particularly like the float I bought for him, but liked to just be held while he splashed. The hot tub wasn’t that hot, and wasn’t turned on, so we went in there too and he really liked that!


Dallas and I had to get ready for his Kamehameha Schools Class of ’94 (20 years) reunion. Dallas’s dad was also attending his Class of ’64 (50 years) reunion that night. Uncle Mel and Aunty Wendie came over to meet Makai and to help Dallas’s mom babysit that night. While we were getting ready, Hoku stopped by for an early beer then left to meet up with some others. Then Dallas and I headed over to a condo where Talbert, his girlfriend Dina, and another classmate Malia were staying. And Hoku was there too. (Condo balcony view above. The condo was on the beachwalk in Waikiki, a short walking distance away.) Dina, Malia and Talbert are all from the Big Island. Hoku is from Oahu’s North Shore and, of course, we’re from the mainland. So, it was great to get together! Hoku, Dallas and Talbert were great friends in school and we see Hoku every time we go back to Oahu, but Talbert I haven’t even met before. Everyone was so happy just to be together!


We ordered an Uber car to pick us up and take us to the party, which was at Corner Kitchen, and Uber sent a guy with a Jaguar! Nice ride.

At Corner Kitchen there are SO many people packed in there! When I walked in I immediately recognized a ton of people. And they were all so warm and welcoming! Some friends we see every time we come back to Hawaii, but some I had not seen since the 15-year reunion! And a few hugged me and said how cute my baby is and I wasn’t even sure who they were! It was so warm and welcoming. Well, more than warm. HOT!!! Like I said, there were a ton of people packed in there! And Billy and Ging, who we’d stayed with earlier, were there too. Yay. Lots of fun!

At the end, Dallas walked back to the condo to get our car. Meanwhile a ton of ’94 people went to the Zippy’s nearby. Dallas met us over there. I had chili rice and he had katsu. After Zippy’s a lot of people went up the Kamehameha dorms for after party. We went, and brought some people with us, but we ended up not even staying for a full drink. So tired! I think Zippy’s was our undoing. It seemed like a great idea at the time, but with full bellies and so late at night, we just wanted to sleep.

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Hawaii Day 10: Back to the City

June 14th, 2014 · No Comments


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


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.


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


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.”


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.


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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