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Hawaii 2003

Author: EastCoastTropics
Date of Trip: August 2003

August 13, 2003:

This morning I drove to Jene's Shop to try and send off the three boxes of Lauhala baskets and souvenirs. They wanted $24 to UPS Ground the smaller, 10lb box...whaaaaaat!?!?!?!?! I didn't even wanna know how much they would charge me for the two larger boxes (24x18x18) which were a little over 30 and 35 pounds!! Sheeesh! Anyhoos, I asked the guy if that was the cheapest price that they could get for me. He explained that they were a "retail store" and that I would get better prices directly at UPS on Lagoon Drive. So he helped me put my boxes back onto my SUV and I drove out to Lagoon Drive. Down on Lagoon Drive there was a check point with two local police officers checking everyone's ID's. I sent all three boxes off...every Lauhala basket and souvenir...basically stuff I didn't come down with....got sent off this morning and it cost me close to $90 to send. Later I picked up Peri and we dropped the girls off at the Ala Moana Shopping Center. She and I headed off to Flora Dec on Nimitz Hwy and the Kraftsmania shop on the Sand Island Access Road. This was the first time I've been to Flora Dec but I have heard a lot about it from my cousins and sister. Basically, what this is, is a large shop of craft supplies. They even have a warehouse ajoined to the shop which they store and sell plastic and glass vases/bottles/jars, bowls, baskets, artificial plants...and too many more to list!! Afterwards, we drove to Kraftsmania on the Sand Island Access Road. Prior to my trip, I made arrangements to go out to the shop to meet Denise the owner. I also brought her some samples of my soaps and lotions. She has a small soap supply shop located just above the Subway shop. The parking is located in a rooftop garage. I purchased some Puakenikeni fragrance oil from her and cannot wait to try this. It is such a sweet floral and I cannot get this from any of my mainland FO suppliers! I will be carrying this with me as a carry-on for my flight back home. In the past, I've bought soap molds from Kraftsmania and use it for my Mele Soap line at: http://eastcoasttropics.com/Ectms1.html

After dinner I went to pick up six rolls of film that I had developed at Sam's Club ... which by the way, is a FANTASTIC price at $2.79 per roll (24 exposures). Before I left I purchased a lead bag at the Ritz camera store. I anticipated that I would be bringing home all my rolls of film undeveloped and that I would get them developed at home (for $10 per roll). When I saw the price at Sam's Club, I decided to give it a try. I am satisfied with the quality and the way that the photos came out using the processing at Sam's Club and would highly recommend this process. This price is for 1/2 day processing. If you want 1 hour photo processing, it's an extra $2...which is still a good price! After picking up my photos, I worked on putting them in my photo album...wanna get this done so that I can show the album to all the ohana at Friday night's wedding! More later!

August 14, 2003:

Today we spent time at Sunset Beach point. It was a perfect beach day! I met my cousin Lovi at the Island Creation (?) store on California Ave in Wahiawa. I was able to speak to the owner of the shop. They have been in business for many years and sold t-shirts and music CD's as well as surfing videos and posters and such. They also do woodworking and had several wood signs which they auction off at eBay. I met the son, Harris Okuda, who does all the wooden signs. All the signs are so beautifully done! I followed my cousin as we headed out to the Sunset Beach Point. We stopped at the Sunset Pizza and bought pizza and burgers for lunch. This is a great local place to get burgers....their Bacon Avocado Cheese Burger is so ono! For $6 you get a whopping burger with a thick hamburger patti, slices of bacon, avocado, tomatoes, lettuce and onions with a hot pepper on the side. Next door is a laundry mat, next to that Kammies Market where I picked up a pair of local style rubber slippahs! For $4 I got the ones with Honu turtles on it! Next to that is the Ohana Surf shop where you can buy towels, surfing magazines/videos/posters, sarongs, towels, and rent boogie boards.

At the beach, my cousin's son Jake showed up and he went to go get his surfing buddy Duke along with a couple of surfboards and boogie boards for the girls. Jake and Duke caught a few waves with their longboards and the girls went boogie boarding and body surfing. The beach wasn't crowded at all and there were many young boogie boarders and a couple of 8-year olds surfing as well. While we watched the kids on the beach, my cousin taught me how so crochet leis and hair scrunchies. This is so easy to do and I will be offering these unique products on my website in the very near future!

Later in the evening I spoke with my husband. He was just getting off of work (11pm EST) and there was so much traffic in Boston due to the power outage! More later!

August 15, 2003:

Today is Admissions Day in the state of Hawaii. Forty-four years ago today Hawaii was accepted as a state into the USA. My cousin Lovi's daughter got married today! The wedding ceremony and reception was held Hauula. I drove on the H3 to get to the windward side of the island. Again, that view of the windward side just as you get out of the tunnel on the H3 is breathtaking! Too bad there aren't any "stop points" so that motorists can get out to take photos. The ocean water is so clear you can make out the color of the water and the underwater reefs! What a sight to behold!

We made our way through Kaneohe, Kahalulu, Waikene, Kaaawa and Punaluu traveling on Kamehameha Highway towards Hauula. The drive was wonderful and relaxing and it was hard to concentrate when the ocean is just on your right side. In some parts the ocean was less than 15 feet from the road!

The wedding ceremony and reception was held at the Tradewinds Estate in Hauula (http://tradewindsestate.com/). The enclosed grounds are beautiful and the house itself is very large and accommodating. The wedding ceremony was held outdoors in the front yard surrounded by all the friends and family. The reception was held in the back with tables and chairs for 300 guests. The food was so ono (delicious)! There was fresh salad greens, rice, fried noodles, sweet and sour pork stew, kalua pig and lomi salmon. We didn't stay too long as the drive was an hour long. I brought my photo album and showed all the relatives. Drats though.....I forgot the album on the table! And one of the girls forgot her bag too. Gotta call my aunt tomorrow morning and see if anyone picked them up! More later!

August 16, 2003:

Took my oldest daughter to the Ice Palace for the 6am freestyle session this morning. Both my parents met us at the rink to watch their granddaughter figure skate (in person) for the first time. Afterwards, we went back to my parents place to get ready for my grandfather's 94th birthday party. The party was held at the Royal Palace restaurant. It serves Chinese food and is located at the Stadium Mall next to the Ice Palace. They have a lunch buffet from 11am to 2pm. There were 68 folks that attended the party, many were my grandfather's friends who I haven't seen in years! My grandparents arrived at the party after everyone else arrived. They looked really good! My grandfather can still walk without assistance, although slow. And he sure looks good for 94 years, especially the surgery last month to correct the ruptured aneurysm!

The lunch was delicious and filling...many different dishes to choose from. A long-time friend of my grandparents brought homemade "bod bod" and "concanin" (sp). We played a couple rounds of stand up bingo and prizes were handed out to all the winners. Afterwards, the birthday cake candles were lit and we all sang happy birthday. The cake was oh no - vanilla with a middle layer of coconut cream pudding! All in all, everyone had a great time. I saw relatives I hadn't seen in years - or at all! Don't know if my grandfather remembered me or not, but it was great to see him and he sure smiled a lot! *S* After the party I swung over to the Ben Franklin craft store in Mapunapuna on Pa'a street. I had to pick up some black and red yarn to crochet a lei for my mom before I leave Hawaii! Looking forward to attending the "Made In Hawaii" festival tomorrow! More later!

August 17, 2003:

I'm so glad that we went to the "Made In Hawaii" festival! There were a lot of parking available even 25 minutes to the opening of the festival so go early! ;) Another benefit of being one of the first through the front door when they open is being the first in line to try all the food and drink samples! *L* This was the last of the three day event and there were so many people attending! By the time we left, the aisles were jammed packed with people! WOW! Everything was soooo ono!! I entered in as many raffles as I could...especially the coffee raffles. And I tried almost every single food and drink sample at that festival but was only impressed by a few...

Molokai Coffee Plantation www.molokaicoffee.com Was practically giving away their coffee! Their "3/$10" was a great deal and my daughter bought 3 bags to give away as gifts. Their coffee is 100% rather than a 10% blend and has a very, very smooth taste, even black! I will definitely be buying this brand online!

Uncle Louie's Sausage Company Had samples of sausages out to try. What a treat their "Macadamia Nut Sausages" were! The sausages contained itty bitty pieces of nuts! *L*

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