Hawaii Day 14: Going Home


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!

Hawaii Day 13: Back to Kauai


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!

Hawaii Day 10: Back to the City


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.