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Hawaii Day 12: Kamehameha Schools Alumni Luau

June 15th, 2014 · No Comments

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Dallas’s parents went out to breakfast and to buy even MORE baby formula. Makai stayed home with us and got another sink bath. Dallas had this leftover “local” sushi for breakfast. It’s made with egg and canned tuna.

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After breakfast, me and Makai and Kathy went on a walk around Waikiki. SO many people stopped us to say how cute Makai is or to talk about his big cheeks! We took a photo by the Duke Kahanamoku, the famous swimmer and surfer, and by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, who set up Kamehameha Schools. Her husband also set up the Bishop Museum in her memory. (We visited in 2005.

After our walk we went back to the condo to get ready. Dallas’s parents left quite a while before us to go to Kamehameha Schools because Dallas’s dad had to get his class photo earlier. Each class has a time they have to be there to get the class photo taken. It was Dallas’s dad’s 50 year reunion and Dallas’s 20th.

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Since we had extra time, we went to visit Aunty Mary. She is actually Dallas’s great aunt, his grandma’s sister. Dallas’s grandma passed away a couple years ago and Aunty Mary is the only sibling left. I was impressed with her independence, health and sharp wit! I hope we can all stay this healthy as we get older! Makai was sleeping when we arrived at her house and stayed sleeping after we were there a while. When he woke up he snuggled up to Aunty in her lap for quite a while. So cute!

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The view from Aunty Mary’s house in Manoa Valley. Aunty Mary lives on her own mostly. He husband passed away recently and her granddaughter lives in an apartment downstairs, but she is very self sufficient.

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Next we headed to Kamehameha Schools for the alumni luau. We heard there were 1500 people there and that for every one person in attendance there were three more people who couldn’t get tickets! The youngest alumni there graduated five years ago. The oldest was a 98-year-old woman who was from the class of 30-something.

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Dallas dropped us off and went to park the car and then get his class photo taken. Makai and I browsed around this area where they had some people selling things. I bought a really nice necklace and earrings made from sea glass and sea shells. I tried to rock Makai to sleep during the opening band’s performance but people kept coming up to us to see Makai and talk to him!

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There were so many pupus like pickled Maui onion, limu salad, boiled peanuts, poke, edamame, and my favorite, smoked meat. I really like the onions too and ended up buying some at the supermarket later on! For our actual meal, we had kalua pig, chicken long rice, squid luau, lomi salmon, poke, poi, and rice. I didn’t want my poi, so Makai ate it all. And a few other people saved theirs so that he could eat it for the next few days!

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For entertainment there were a lot of bands and comedians. Each class was called out and they had to do a dance at their tables. Class of ’94 won, I think! (I’m not allowed to post any photos or video of that, but just know they do exist!). Ekolu is a pretty famous Hawaiian band that played. And Touch of Gold played a lot of crowd favorites and oldies. Dallas’s mom took Makai to the dance floor to dance with him, but the swaying made him want to fall asleep. Even though there was a live band a few feet away!

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At around 8 p.m., Dallas’s parents took Makai back to the condo to eat and go to bed. We stuck around and the party continued until 9:30, way past when it was supposed to. No one could remember an alumni luau where so many people were dancing! And they wouldn’t stop! Dallas’s classmate was doing the sound and lighting and kept playing all the Class of ’94 favorite songs. While others were trying to break down tables and clean up, Class of ’94 just kept dancing!

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Oh, and before I forget, we also got these photos taken in the “photo booth.”

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After the party we went back to the dorms again. Someone had a couple of ukuleles and a guitar and there was a lot of playing and singing. So many of Dallas’s classmates are in Hawaiian bands that have been nominated for Na Hoku awards like Kekoa in Holunape and Kalehua in Hi’ikua. We stayed out late, dropped Hoku off in Diamond Head, made a late-night run to Jack in the Box, and got home around 2:30 a.m. What a fun day/night!

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Hawaii Day 11: Kamehameha Schools Class of ’94 Reunion

June 15th, 2014 · No Comments

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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

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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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