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Hawaii Day 5: Makai’s First Aloha Shirt

June 12th, 2014 · No Comments

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When we woke up Dallas and his dad worked on the deck some more. This is getting repetitive, right? But the morning and evenings are the best times to work because it’s not so hot. You can see who the supervisors were. :)

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When Makai took his morning nap, I ran to Hanapepe. My main reason to go was to stop at Talk Story, a bookstore I visited on our last trip that had some books on Kauai and written by Kauai authors that are not available on the Mainland. BUT FIRST…

I stopped at Little Fish Coffee. This is a cute little cafe that I would have liked to hang out at, if I had more time. They seemed to specialize in breakfast and lunch, but I think they are open until 5 p.m. daily. I got an iced coffee, which was especially delicious in the heat. And also because I’d been feeling SO coffee deprived with no coffee maker in the house and not being able to spot a coffee shop in Waimea (I found one later though!).

Across the street I browsed through the Banana Patch Studio, which is always fun. I got Makai a honu puzzle. A quick run through Aloha Spice Company.

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At Jacqueline on Kauai I bought Makai his first aloha shirt. Jacqueline owns the shop and has her work station right there in the back. She specializes in custom men’s aloha shirts (made to order or free alterations) and uses her remnants to make boys shirts. We talked a bit and she knows Aunty Kathy. I couldn’t decide between the red, blue or orange print, but ended up with the blue in a size 12 months. I was a little nervous, but it fit perfect and Makai wore it to a party later that day. So glad Makai’s first aloha shirt was a special one hand-made on Kauai.

Finally, at the Talk Story bookstore I picked up a collection of short stories called Kauai Stories. These are stories written by the people of Kauai. I was talking to the owner for a while and he and his wife even had a story in the book! There was not too much of interest otherwise, not much I couldn’t get at home. I realized I’ve read a lot of the Hawaii/Kauai books and others just didn’t look good.

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I had to stop again at Big Save to get some things for Makai. Then I went to Jo Jo’s for some shave ice. It’s totally nice inside now. Plain, but not like the shack it used to be. I talked with the woman working the shop and she said that they remodeled in November 2013. I asked her about the Jo Jo’s that popped up next to Big Save and she said that the original owner sold Jo Jo’s (the one we always go to and the original location) and opened a new one. It used to be on a side street (I’d been to that location once) and now it’s next to Big Save in Waimea. I got a #2 with mac nut ice cream and haupia cream on top. I brought the shave ice home and held it in front of Makai. He took a face dive in and grabbed it with his hands!

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For dinner we went to Aunty Nancy and Uncle Bob’s house where Makai got to meet a lot of aunties and uncles and cousins. Dallas’s mom loves to show him off and all the aunties say how good he is. He eats some more poi.

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At around 8 p.m. Dallas and I left for a little bit to go to Wrangler’s Steakhouse, where we met up with some of his old childhood Waimea friends, Trixie and Nick, and their friend Kaela. Nick travels the country and the world singing traditional Hawaiian songs and had performed at Wrangler’s earlier that night. We actually wanted him to sing at our wedding ceremony, but he was performing in Japan. You can find him on Spotify or iTunes (Nick Castillo). It was nice to finally meet him and Trixie after hearing so much about them through the years!

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Hawaii Day 1: Travel To Lihue

June 10th, 2014 · No Comments

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We are back from our much anticipated trip to Hawaii. Much anticipated, meaning we’ve been talking about this since I was pregnant, probably for about a year. It was Dallas’s 20 year Kamehameha Schools class reunion and we were for sure going. .. but… should we bring the baby, should we leave him home with grandparents? We decided to bring him. It’s free for him to fly right now, we spent a lot of time with friends and family, and he has to go some time. Might as well be now.

I was pretty stressed out about packing and how things would go and read way too much about it, but it all went pretty well. I guess you imagine the worst: The baby crying non stop for six hours on an enclosed plane with no where to go and people giving you the stink eye. But it wasn’t like that at all. People were really friendly, for the most part, and Makai was very well behaved. A little bit of fussing on each flight but not for long. He is pretty laid back, so we were lucky! We also used the pacifier whenever needed and often on the flights. This was a special treat for him, since we stopped using the paci when he was about 4 months old! While we were in Hawaii, we could buy anything we needed. It’s not like we were in a third world country where baby food and diapers are not available. So, that took a lot of pressure off too.

On the day we left we got up at about 3:30 a.m. to get ready. We woke Makai up last and got him ready then headed to Kristin’s house at 5:00 a.m. She was going to drop us at the airport and keep our car while we were gone.

There was a lot of round and round about the pros and cons, but we ended up luggage checking our car seat on every flight (for free) and gate checking the stroller (for free). This worked out great for us. We didn’t have to lug the car seat around the airport but we had it for all of our rental cars. And we could use the stroller for Makai right up until we boarded the plane.

We first flew from O’Hare to Phoenix via US Air (booked on American). In Phoenix, we met up with Dallas’s parents and flew from Phoenix to Lihue. We never flew in to Lihue from the mainland before and I really liked it. No stopping in Honolulu to take another short flight to Kauai. I especially liked it this time because we had a lot of checked luggage (big suitcase, medium suitcase, golf clubs, car seat) that we’d have to collect and move to the interisland terminal while juggling a stroller and Makai. I must admit, though… the four hour flight from Chicago was ok. .. but the six hour flight from Phoenix to Lihue was looooooooong. Like .. it felt longer than our direct flight to Tokyo. It was a long time to hold a baby in your lap and sit squished up in coach.

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When we arrived in Lihue we got two rental cars – one for us, one for Dallas’s parents. Dallas’s parents went to stock up on things in Lihue. We headed right to Waimea. We did a little bit of shopping for Makai and then went to the house. We cleaned that up a bit and freshened up. By then we’d been up for 20 hours and I just wanted to crash but we ended up going to dinner at Aunty Nancy and Uncle Bob’s house. Luckily it was close. And it tasted like the best food I ever had. I was so tired and travel weary! We had homemade lau lau, lomi salmon, corn, rice, pineapple with li hing powder, and malasadas from Kauai Bakery & Cinnamon.

The big excitement of the night was feeding Makai poi. All of the babies in Hawaii get poi as one of their first foods and some people even put poi in the baby’s bottle. It’s supposed to be a baby wonder food, full of nutrients, easily digestible, and hypoallergenic. Makai made a face after his first bite, but he always does, and then continued to eat lots more poi. It was not the last time he ate poi on the trip!

That night Makai had a bit of trouble adjusting to the time change and woke up every two hours, which was kind of a drag, but luckily after the next day he was pretty much adjusted.. so it was actually a pretty short adjustment period: Just one night.

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My First Mother’s Day

May 12th, 2014 · No Comments

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Thanks to everyone who called, sent cards, gifts, and messages with good wishes!! My first Mother’s Day was great… and actually it was Mother’s Weekend, not Day. Everything started with celebration at Makai’s daycare on Friday evening and carried on through Sunday. Extra special thanks to Makai for sleeping in until 8:20 on Sunday morning!!! And also for being a great baby. And big thanks to Dallas for making sure my Sunday was extra special!

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