Some catch-up from the internet:
Doug and Sandy McMaster put on slack key shows around the island and we enjoyed one of those shows in Hanalei. They are a couple of characters for sure.
Aloha for FLOWERS.
Some of the places we’ve eaten: Brennecke’s Beach Broiler, Gaylords, Duke’s, Olympic Café, Mountain Bear Café, Keoki’s Paradise, BarAcuda, JJ’s Broiler, Bobby V’s, Lava Lava Beach Club, Chicken in a Barrel, Koke’e Lodge Restaurant, Coconut’s Fish Café, Kalypso, Street Burger, Wrangler’s Steakhouse, Kountry Kitchen, Brick Oven Pizza, The Bistro…
…for these precious little shells that make up the most expensive leis in the Islands and according to an article I just read, the only insurable shells in the world. These shells are found almost exclusively on Ni’ihau but are also here if you’re willing to spend the time sifting through an entire beach.
They have a stop where everyone throws tortillas at the pigs who are squealing like, well, pigs, and there are a few goats and a donkey who are also crazy for the tortillas.
They can’t use these pigs for the luau because they don’t have FDA certification but they are sometimes used for private luaus, for staff parties, and family celebrations. There are so many adorable babies they couldn’t possibly keep them all for pets.
We’re at Duke’s enjoying an early lunch so we got the best table and here’s the view looking out onto the gorgeous Kalapaki Beach and the Kuki’i Point Lighthouse.
The Marriott is behind us and has always seemed to me a most excellent hotel for families because of peaceful waters of Kalapaki where there’s just enough small rolling water for stand-up paddlers and kids learning to ride a wave.
I had heard about this trail walking distance from the house that will take you under the big traffic bridges that span the section where the river meets the sea.
Imagine my excitement, a sunflower forest! There was a dense hedge of these and I don’t know whether all those buds are flowers that are finished or flowers yet to come. I do hope to check it out in coming weeks.
There were families gathered in various spots and this is also where the canoe club stores their gear and kicks off their training sessions.
It was interesting how they had covered the ground with thick tarps to both protect the roots of the trees and to help keep you from falling over them.
That group with the colored umbrellas were having a pretty big family gathering…