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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 6: Arriving in Waimanalo

June 12th, 2014 · No Comments

This is the day we moved over to Oahu for awhile. We packed up all of our stuff, said goodbye to Dallas’s parents, and headed to the airport. On Oahu we got our rental car and headed to our friends Billy and Ging Ging’s house in Waimanalo. But they weren’t there! We beat them from the airport. .. they were just coming in from Taiwan! So, we let ourselves in and when they got home we all ate dinner that Billy’s mom had made earlier in the day and put in the fridge.

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Billy and Ging live just down the street from the beach and it is so beautiful. I’d never been to Waimanalo before and was taken with all the gorgeous pali (cliffs) and the wooded beaches (they’re ironwood trees). I’d never even visited this Eastern side of the island before, so it was interesting to see.

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Billy grew up in Waimanalo and moved the family back home about a year ago. Their boys Damien and Hoku took to Makai immediately. They mostly called him “baby” or “baby Kai Kai”. It’s totally normal to wear a santa hat for two days in June in Hawaii, right? Damien and Hoku kept putting it back on Makai’s head whenever it fell off! (Not that it even fit on his head to begin with!) The boys played and played, past their bedtime, and then finally it was time to rest!

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Hawaii Day 4: Ze Train, Ze Train!

June 11th, 2014 · No Comments

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In the morning Dallas and his dad kept working on the deck some more. Taking boards off every day, waiting for the new materials to be delivered. Dallas and his parents were going golfing again with Larry, this time at Kauai Lagoons in Lihue, so it was Makai and mommy day again.

Our first stop was in Koloa town to go to the post office and mail some postcards to my parents, my brother and his family, and to my office. Then we headed across the street to Big Save. They’ve really remodeled this location since the last time I was there. There was even a big area with a ton of different poke. I wondered if they were trying to compete with Koloa Fish Market, which is awesome and located right next door. I was disappointed to ask for cone sushi and be told Big Save does not carry any sushi any more. What the heck?

My main reason for going to Big Save was to get more formula and diapers. At this point we were starting to realize just how much Makai goes through while he’s at daycare! Makai rode in the shopping cart for the first time and loved it. Everyone in the store, employees and customers, were commenting on how cute he is. I don’t know if Hawaiians and those visiting Hawaii are just especially friendly and in love with babies, or what, but everywhere we went people stopped to say hi to him or make comments to us on how happy and cute he looked.

In the souvenir aisle I saw some haku leis (leis worn on your head) and thought they might be a good size for kids to wear around their necks. I tried a couple on Makai, but his head is so big that they fit right on his head! He had fun trying them on, though.

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At the Poipu Shopping Village we walked around a little bit. I stopped at Papalani Gelato and got a small shake and then went by Puka Dog for a sausage snack. I ordered my dog spicy but it was so mild. Makai was sampling the mango relish and lilikoi mustard. But that’s how mild it was… a baby could eat it. It was fun to visit Puka Dog, although I’m always a little disappointed in the bread to sausage ratio. Also, being there reminded me of John, which was kind of sad, but he was so happy that day we went together, that it was kind of nice too.

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Next we drove to Lihue to the Kilohana Plantation. I bought one ticket for the train ride (Makai was free) and waited at the depot. I asked the ladies in the shop if it was safe to leave my stroller there during the train ride or if I should put it in the car and they pretty much laughed at me. Of course it was safe, they said. I guess I’m just used to the city! Before the train ride started, Makai was entertaining all the passengers by smiling and laughing and squawking and blowing raspberries.

The Kilohana Plantation is a working farm and has a ton of different plants and vegetables and fruits and nuts and animals on the property. Makai didn’t care too much about the train ride. I think he did like the wind in his hair, though.

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The train stopped in an area that had a bunch of boar, goats, chickens and roosters. Everyone got off the train and you could feed bread to the animals. I didn’t know if Makai would even register that there were animals running around, but every time I looked down at him he was smiling and laughing and kicking. He loved it. Note to self: Go to the zoo soon!

After a while we got back on the train and rode back to the depot. A few fun facts from our tour guide: 1. It takes a pineapple two years to grow to a marketable size. 2. Raw cashews are poisonous. 3. Boar hunting season on Kauai begins January 1st and ends on December 31st. :)

I stopped in at Koloa Rum just because it was right there on the property. We’ve had this rum before and it’s pretty good. We even have a bottle of it in Chicago. I didn’t buy anything rum-related, but did get a cute pair of earrings.

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I picked Dallas up from golfing, since we were both in Lihue, and then we went back to Poipu for a late lunch at Keoki’s Paradise and old standby of ours. We visit at least once every time we’re on Kauai. Makai was flirting with all of the ladies at the surrounding tables. I’d see him looking behind me and smiling and laughing and then I’d look over and there’d be some person waving or smiling or talking to him! One little girl who was about 10 years old was especially drawn to him and spent about half of our lunch standing by him! And on the way out of Keoki’s, a woman literally stopped her car to roll down her window and tell us how cute our baby is. CRAZY! Even the waitress was playing with him. Later on we were all joking that Makai is running for Mayor of Poipu, the way he was carrying on and getting love from everyone! Note: This was also the first time he sat in a restaurant high chair.

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Back in Waimea, we crashed while Dallas’s parents went out to Port Allen Sunset Bar & Grill with Larry and Eleanor.

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