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Dinner at the Matsudas

October 28th, 2012 · 1 Comment


Erik, Swede, Safina


Safina and Swede playing ball with Dallas and Erik


Racing trophies


Aunty Nancy said the kids have brought these to school for Show & Tell!


Ahi Sashimi


Mountains of ahi sashimi!!


Portuguese Meat, Aunty Nancy’s Specialty


Party People


In the house tonight…


Swede and the family cat.


Safina and Swede putting sprinkles on the cake.


Safina and Swede blowing out candles.

Dallas’s family’s best friends on Kauai are the Matsudas. They live just down the road from where Dallas and his family lived and we try to see them every time we go back to Kauai. Some years it’s just the family and us and some years, like this year, there are a lot of people. I think because Dallas’s parents were with us and a lot of their friends came over.

After the drag races we headed over to the Matsuda’s house. Uncle Bob and Uncle George and the others had to finish up at the race track and put the car back into storage so they met up with us later. Every time we come to Kauai, no matter what, Aunty Nancy makes Dallas his favorite dish that only she makes: Portuguese Meat. At least that’s what they call it (Aunty Nancy is Portuguese). This year she also got this enormous platter of ahi sashimi. Seriously, it was the biggest plate of sashimi I’ve ever seen… and probably the best-tasting too.

It was fun to see everyone again. Safina and Swede are growing up so big! They are such nice and open kids. Right away they fell right in with us. Swede was saying “Uncle, Uncle look at this!” to Dallas and kept bringing things out. We played ball and helped them decorate a cake for everyone (just the sprinkles). We’re not positive if it was someones birthday or if the kids just wanted to blow out candles.

So nice to see everyone and visit! Until next time..!

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Shrimp Station

October 28th, 2012 · No Comments

Paul and Kate were talking up the Shrimp Station so much, I just had to try it. The original location is in Waimea and is located in a building that used to be a gas station/auto repair shop called Seto’s. Dallas’s parent’s friends owned Seto’s (it’s their last name) and Dallas used to ride his bike there after school and do oil and tire changes.

Anyway….. we were in a huge rush, but I made Dallas stop there anyway when we were driving by! The building does look like a service station, and is now set up as a walk-up stand. You order from the window and they cook fresh to order. There is seating, but it is outside on picnic tables. There’s a second Shrimp Station location in Kapa’a now and it looks more like a conventional restaurant. I haven’t been there.

My order at the Shrimp Station was made pretty quick (not quick enough for Dallas, you can see him waiting in the car across the street!) but maybe like 10-15 minutes? I got the shrimp tacos and they were pretty good. Spicy! I’d go back. It was fast and delicious. The two tacos were pretty big and filling. It was not especially cheap, just about everything is $12, but not breaking the bank either.

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Grandma Crowell’s Memorial

October 19th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Sadly, Dallas’s grandma passed away late in August, so even though our original purpose for travel to Hawaii was for Jordan and Liz’s wedding, the trip served a dual purpose of also getting the family together for a memorial as well. Dallas’s family is from Waimea and has a history at the Waimea United Church of Christ there. The ceremony was very small and personal and very touching.

No one could remember the last time that Dallas’s dad, George, and his brothers, Bob, Mel and Dee, were all together in one place. Even though it was a solemn morning, it was nice to have the family together. Dallas and Caroline took Jose and I around to see the graves of their relatives. I recognized William Olin Crowell, Dallas’s great grandfather, from some stories Dallas told me and from an article that was written up in the Kauai Garden Isle newspaper a few years back.

The graves and memorials in this cemetery go way back and represent a who’s who in Kauai’s history. Many of the markers are in Japanese and I got the impression that there were many Japanese church-goers here in the past, if not the present. The church itself also has a long history spanning all the way back to the first missionaries on the island.

We miss you, grandma. Rest in peace.

Update: Here’s the obituary from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Aug. 8, 2012
Doris F. Crowell, 92, of Waimea, Kauai, a retired public school teacher, died. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons George K., Robert I., Mel and Dee; brother Richard Fukuda; sister Mary Chang; and eight grandchildren. Private services. Online condolences: doriscrowell.com.

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