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Hawaii 2003

Author: EastCoastTropics
Date of Trip: August 2003

Souvenirs are best bought at places the "locals" shop at. The most popular long-running event is the Aloha Stadium Flea Market. The market is centrally located making it accessible to the locals, tourists and military personnel and their families. There are bargains galore and a lot of the items are cheaper at the flea market than at the stores! The flea market is open every Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The local stores such as Longs Drugs, KMart, Price Busters, Foodland, Daiei, Sam's Club and Costco etc also carry reasonably-priced souvenirs. I shopped at every one of these stores, with the exception of Costco, and there are Hawaiian souvenirs at each of these stores for such a great price! You can find souvenirs such as stationery & picture frames, various colors of Kukui Nut leis, macadamia nuts, candies, clothing, beachware, towels, kitchenware, toiletries and dishes. Much too much to list here! I highly recommend shopping at these local stores and the flea market for good prices on souvenirs.

I'm still waiting for all my Lauhala baskets and souvenirs to arrive. I should be getting them this week. I also have to get my mail off of "hold" at the post office. I will have a lot of work ahead of me in getting more soap & toiletries made and baskets decorated.

The over night flight home took us to Houston, TX then onto Boston, MA. I didn't get much sleep during the flight as those Continental Airlines Economy seats are small and hard. But the flight home was easier to tolerate than that 10 hour non-stop flight from NJ to Honolulu! I experienced jet lag the first week in Hawaii. After the first week I was starting to get used to the time change although I was very tired from doing all that driving! I'm glad to be back home again. My new kitchen isn't complete like I was told it would be when I returned, but a majority of it has been completed at this writing and it won't be long when I have my entire kitchen back in use again.

I have many photos taken of my trip in Hawaii. Majority of the photos taken were on a non-digital camera. I had the photos developed at Sam's Club for a fantastic price that can't be beat! I also took many photos using my digital camera and have yet to look over these and organize them.

While in Hawaii I received over 400 emails. I still have yet to look over these too!

It's good to be back home and sleeping in my own bed again! Can't wait for the next visit! For now, I've got to catch up on my sleep! *L*

More Notes:

Hawaiian Music CD's I bought 13 Hawaiian music CD's from Sam's Club. All were less than $12 a piece! Wish I bought more! *L*

Airfare Continental Airlines $530 round trip Made reservation 6 months in advance on Travelocity.com

Car Rental Enterprise Rent A Car $523 includes taxes but no added insurance since my insurance covers me wherever I rent a car. Made reservations 6 months in advance on Travelocity.com for an SUV.

Hotel Accommodations I had no hotel/motel fees because I stayed at my parent's home. They didn't charge me at all and didn't expect me to even pay for groceries. But I did buy some anyways, which turned out to be a waste! There was soooo much food in the house! *L*

Kau Kau (eats/food/grinds) Portuguese Sweet Bread Ani Brand that can be bought at Longs Drugs Stores. Usually sells for just under $4. On sale for under $3. Bread comes plain or cinnamon coated.

Lau Lau You can purchase these in the frozen section of Foodland and Daiei.

Poi Available in the usual plastic package, frozen and now powdered! Powdered comes packaged in small jars.

Seafood & Catering I mentioned Tanioka's in my travel journal. Here's more information: Tanioka's Seafoods & Catering 94-903 Farrington Hwy Waipahu, HI 96797 www.taniokas.com 808/671-3779 808/677-9253

Foodland Like a lot of grocery store chains, Foodland also has a store card. I got the "Maika'i Intro Card" and used this whenever making purchases.

Aloha Stadium Flea Market Wednesday, Saturday & Sundays 50 cents per person I prefer to go early in the morning when it's cooler. Sundays is the day with most vendors as folks with yard/garage sale items are allowed on this day to sell their wares. They are kept in one section of the parking lot. Many of the vendors sell the very same items, especially t-shirts and suitcases/backpacks/purses...you get the picture! There are also many vendors that sell various colors of Kukui Nut and shell Leis. A couple vendors sell Hawaiian print fabric at reasonable prices. They offer cotton and cotton/poly blends as well. My friend Peri pointed out a couple colors and hawaiian patterns for me and I bought some to decorate the Lauhala baskets with. I found one vendor that sells Hula implements but she doesn't accept any credit cards. She has Ipus that are beautifully decorated and at very reasonable prices.

There are a couple of booths that sell Aloha Wood Art by the Le Family (www.alohawood.com). You can find these wood products in Waikiki stores but they are less expensive at the flea market. I purchased one set that came with a surfer and Honu. Another with two palm trees. Various types of woods are used to produce each item. The woods are not stained but rather highly polished. The woods are beautiful and I thought these would look good in my kitchen.

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