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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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Lakeshore East Glass Dome

January 6th, 2013 · No Comments

I guess there’s a swimming pool under that dome? And in the 60s, when the building the pool belongs to was built, it was a pretty big deal. The world’s largest apartment building and the only residential building east of Michigan Avenue and the only high-rise east of One Prudential Plaza. (Source.)

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Thanksgiving with Damian and Vanessa

November 23rd, 2012 · 1 Comment


Damian carving the smoked turkey.


Damian’s dad, Frank, and Vanessa’s mom, Ada.


Dallas and Dylan played with the balloon.


Playing with Derek.


Dylan is 3 years old.


Playing pool and ping pong in the basement.

Damian and Vanessa moved from their condo in Chicago to a big, beautiful house in Mount Prospect about a month ago. For Thanksgiving they invited us over for a Thanksgiving celebration with a bunch of their family and friends. I’ve seen Dylan, their oldest son, a bit over the last year or so, but I was shocked at how big Derek is! Vanessa was pregnant with him at our wedding and I’d only met him once since then, when he was only a few months old. Dallas and I had fun playing with them and the other kids at the party.

For dinner we had smoked turkey. I never had Thanksgiving turkey this way and thought it was pretty good. They also had an oven turkey that they prepared. We had tons of sides and desserts. Damian also made two big pans of lasagna with homemade marinara. So good. We stuffed ourselves full!

After dinner some people went down to the basement where the previous homeowners left a pool table and ping pong table. Some of the guys got into quite a contest. And Dylan got his turns learning how to shoot too!

Thanks to Damian and Vanessa for their hospitality! We had a great Thanksgiving with their friends and family.

Oh, one more thing. Vanessa asked me to bring sweet potatoes. I wasn’t sure how to make them but when I was at Sara’s Thanksgiving party on Monday, Emily brought some delicious sweet potatoes and was nice enough to give me the recipe. Everyone at Thanksgiving loved the sweet potato casserole and I’d totally make them again. Here’s the recipe:

Sweet Potato Casserole

5-6 large sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping:
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Place a large pot about 3/4 full of water on stove to simmer. Peel and chop sweet potatoes into cubes. Cook over medium high heat until tender; drain and mash.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

In a large bowl, mix together the sweet potatoes, white sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish.

In medium bowl, mix the brown sugar and flour. Cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly with little pea sized lumps. Stir in the pecans. Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potatoes. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until the topping is lightly brown.

Emily noted that she added some cayenne and maple syrup to her potatoes and suggested you could also add some bourbon or orange juice. I added a bit of cayenne and some pumpkin pie spice. I could see how this recipe could be modified many different ways. Another good tip Emily had was to mix the eggs in at the end of the potato part so that you can taste and adjust seasonings without worrying about eating raw eggs.

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