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.
The most popular udon spot in Honolulu: Marukame. I like udon but I’m not spending my vacation standing in line!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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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So, we’re back from Hawaii. In the 11 days that we were gone, Chicago went from that awesome end of summer/beginning of fall low seventies and sunny weather that I love to full on fall. The trees are pretty, but I have a feeling it’s going to be freezing any second. I’m not sure where to start with all of the things we did on vacation, so I guess I’ll just start at the beginning.
I felt like this trip was kind of a bonus this year. In the beginning of the year we knew we were not going to be able to go and attend Jordan and Liz’s wedding, but then our situation changed and off we went. It kind of just sneaked up on us… knowing we couldn’t go, and then thinking that October was so far off.. Before we knew it, it was time to leave. We hadn’t been back since February 2011, for our wedding, so it seemed like it was almost 2 years gone by.
Dallas and I looked up our miles a few months ago on American and saw we had enough to fly to Hawaii first class for free. SWEET! But we didn’t book it when we saw it. And when we went back to book, we couldn’t get economy, let alone first class! And the tickets were kind of expensive. And we had to book on United.
I didn’t buy the iPhone 5 before we left because they would only ship to my billing address and the estimated delivery was right when we’d be gone. Dallas and I did both upgrade to iOS 6, though, which meant we could put our boarding passes in a new application called Passbook and then just scan our phones in the airport. Since we were checking luggage, they printed out paper tickets for us and then we just used those, because we are elderly.
We booked a direct flight from Chicago to Honolulu. Not on purpose. It’s just how the scheduling and pricing worked out. I’d never flown directly there before. Usually I’ve always had a layover in California or Texas. I was afraid Dallas wouldn’t make it because of an old injury he has that makes it hard for him to sit for a long period of time, but he seemed alright. We downloaded a few movies on our iPad and Kindle Fire and tried to be patient. It was almost a 9 hour flight, though. Definitely the longest flight I’d been on. In Honolulu we still had to do a short inter-island flight to Kauai. I was super anxious at that point to just get to our final destination, but at least we were almost there.
This trip was mostly a family trip. We were going for a family event, Jordan and Liz’s wedding, and also for Dallas’s grandma’s memorial. We stayed in a house with Dallas’s parents and his sister and her boyfriend. By pure coincidence, Paul and Kate were ending their vacation as we were starting ours, so we made plans to meet up with them. Also, my friend Stephanie from New York was going to be honeymooning with her new husband Scott at the same time. I wasn’t sure what days exactly or which islands so I emailled her ahead of time but didn’t hear back. Funny thing was that as we were sitting at Stinger Ray’s, a bar at the airport in Honolulu, waiting for our flight to Kauai, I looked up and Steph and Scott were sitting two tables away from us!!! Steph had never met Dallas and I’d never met Scott so it was great. We got to catch up and Dallas gave them some tips on things to do in Maui, which was where they were headed. They’d been on Oahu for a few days already and were headed to Kauai after that. We ended up not meeting up on Kauai, but it was great to spend our layover with them.
When we landed on Kauai, we got our rental car and made it to the house we were staying in. We quick dropped our bags off, went to the house Jordan and Liz were staying in to say some quick hellos to the family and then headed to dinner with Paul and Kate. We were exhausted but weren’t sure if we’d get to see them any other day, so we manned up. More on that soon
As a side note, this was my sixth trip to Hawaii!
2004 – The trip where Dallas and I met.
2005 – Visiting for Chris & Tandy’s wedding.
2006 – Skipped this year. Not sure why!
2007 – Visiting with John, Susan, Allison, Caroline and Jordan.
2008 – Skipped because we bought our condo.
2009 – Visiting for Dallas’s 15-year Kamehameha Schools class reunion.
2010 – Skipped to save for our wedding.
2011 – Our wedding on Kauai!
2012 – Visted for Jordan and Liz’s wedding.