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Hawaii Day 14: Going Home

June 16th, 2014 · No Comments

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We packed up all of our stuff… ahhh. Do we really have to go home?

Of course it was on my last day, my 14th day, that I finally found some decent coffee in Waimea. I had kind of a hard time because there’s no coffee maker at the house. Then I find out on the last day that there’s a great coffee shop about a two minute drive away: Aloha -n- Paradise. It is an art gallery and an event space with an espresso bar in the back. I browsed around and looked at a LOT of amazing art by local artists and then headed back for a latte. Let me warn you, though, this is not a place you rush in and out of. I talked story with the ladies inside FOREVER! One woman had been in Chicago over the winter, living there for about 8 months, before returning home to Kauai. I don’t know why she would want to spend the winter in Chicago! She said she was a traveling chef and was also writing a play (I think).

Not too long later, we packed up the car and drove to Lihue. The good news was for our Lihue to Los Angeles flight we got a free upgrade to first class. It was kind of an old crappy plane, but it was great to have the extra space for Makai to relax and get more comfortable. Also, the food and blankets and pillows were nice. And the champagne.

It was 11 p.m. when we arrived at LAX. We changed Makai into his pajamas and got something to eat. We had a middle seat and the window and the gate agent would not switch us. We were all settled in when our seatmate arrived and I swear he took one look at us and cursed his luck, sitting next to a baby on a redeye!, but Makai was good. He slept almost the whole time and only fussed for a minute. Kristin picked us up from the airport in our car. Makai stayed home from daycare that day and Dallas and I both worked from home. We all needed one day to adjust!

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Hawaii Day 13: Back to Kauai

June 16th, 2014 · No Comments

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We packed up our suitcase yet again and headed back to Kauai. We flew into Kauai, so we went back just for one night. Our vacation was really ending :(

I ran to Big Save for the last supplies for Makai and for a few things to add to the dinner we were having. Aunty Kathy and Uncle Dee came over for a bbq. We grilled up some leftover Korean ribs and had rice, kimchi, boiled peanuts, pickled onion, and a fresh salad that Aunty Kathy made. I remember the salad (with papaya seed dressing) tasted extra good. I hadn’t been eating my vegetables like I should! Aunty Kathy also made a homemade pie and I ate it with some macnut ice cream I’d bought at the store earlier.

The photo above is some beer that I got at Big Save. Big Braddah Primo. Extra refreshing on a hot night!

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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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