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Maui and Kaua’i Day 1: The Cat’s Meow

sunny 104 °F

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One thing has changed since our last travel post: this June when Daniel was taking out the trash, he encountered a tiny kitten abandoned by her mother. We have named her Flora because she was hiding under a flower pot. In order to be able to go on our trip, we had to find proper accommodations for her. Thankfully, Catherine’s parents agreed to watch her. We set up these two tents as a home for her while she is there, and they also let her out for play time with supervision.

Catherine’s aunts and uncles were hosting a retirement party for her parents, so we went to the party and then went back to the house to get Flora settled. She seemed happily snuggled with her toys and ready for her “stay-cation” in Fresno. Then we drove to San Jose to begin our journey, and had dinner with a delicious dessert of pineapple pie, and a night of playing 500 with Daniel’s parents.

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Kauai Day 8: Coming Home

sunny 97 °F

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We spent Monday night in San Jose, and travelled home on Tuesday, to get home before Daniel has to start the new school year on Thursday. On Tuesday morning, we visited with Daniel's family.
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Aubrey trying on her grandma's glasses.
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"A spider!" Aubrey kept saying there was a spider there. None of the rest of us could see it. She seemed genuinely scared at first, until we saw what it was: the light shining through the crystal on the window in the door. Once Aubrey understood what it was she stopped being scared and started joking by yelling "Bah! A spider!" and running from it.
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After visiting for a while we headed to Fresno. In Boston we had left some of our souvenirs with Catherine's parents, so this gave us the opportunity to recover them. Luckily, they were watching Calista and Cecilia and Gabriel. Throughout our trip we have been buying gum everywhere. We've bought gum in Portugal, Spain, Boston, San Francisco, and Kauai. Calista and Cecilia love gum, and Catherine had told them that we would get them a pack of gum in Portugal. They were surprised and delighted by the large amount of gum that we actually had for them (Gabriel, who isn't old enough to chew gum, got tic-tacs).
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Finally home after our long journey. We have one full day to rest before Daniel has to go back to work. We have loved our entire time away, and can't believe that we had such a beautiful opportunity.

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Kauai Day 7: Until We Meet Again

semi-overcast 84 °F

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Today we had to leave Kauai and head home. We went to the airport, turned in our car, and waited together for our boarding time. Unfortunately our seats were all separate, but we were able to switch and trade until we could be pretty close to each other.
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Us on the plane, sitting together after a seat trade.
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Us with Daniel's cousin Robbie, who was sitting in our row.

We have had such a wonderful time during our trip on Kauai, and are so thankful to Daniel's grandma who took us all on this wonderful experience!

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Kauai Day 6: Malasadas, Shave Ice, and Mai Tais

semi-overcast 84 °F

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Today we went to mass at the oldest parish on Kauai, St. Raphael's. Unfortunately the mass time we attended was in the very modern new church rather than the old one. After mass we went to a bakery to get malasadas. Malasadas are, essentially, doughnuts. The word comes from Portuguese, and literally means "badly roasted" or incompletely cooked. We got one that was plain, one that was chocolate filled, and one that had a surprisingly good-tasting black bean paste.
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Afterwards we went to lunch in Koloa with Daniel's parents, Hilary, Aubrey, and Daniel's grandma. We had a very nice lunch together, and talked about the idea of going to Kauai again next year.
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After that, we went to get shave ice. Aubrey was trying it for the first time, and really liked it!
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After lunch and dessert we went to Kalapaki beach, where Duke's is located. We decided to rent a standing paddle board to try what that was like. Catherine preferred to swim, but Daniel went out for a bit on the board.
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It was fun, but a bit stressful learning to balance and stay up. It does feel very majestic to skid along the top of the waves.
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Mai tais and a light dinner at Duke's.
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Catherine has had at least one plumeria for her hair every day of this trip.
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When we got back to the house we went for a walk to Shipwreck Beach, which was beautiful. Tomorrow we have to leave, but we hope that we can come back soon!

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Kauai Day 5: Picture Perfect

semi-overcast 84 °F

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We slept in a bit today, and started our day by driving to Koloa for lunch at the food truck courts. Daniel got a spicy green curry, and Catherine got curly fries with Kalua pork. It was very delicious. Afterwards, we looked at this memorial to the various immigrants that made the sugar industry possible, including the Hawaiians, the Anglo-Americans (called Caucasians on the plaque), the Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Koreans, and Filipinos.
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Daniel's mom met us in Koloa after lunch (she and Daniel's dad and Hilary had been in Hanapepe) and drove to Kapaa so that she could buy a ukelele. Daniel had bought a cavaquinho (the Portuguese ancestor of the ukulele) in Porto, but had broken a string and wanted to get it replaced. The shop, Kauai Music and Sound, was excellent. Kate was able to get a tenor ukulele, and Daniel got his string replaced and some advice about how to tune and play the instrument. Also, we had been dreading the traffic that seems to haunt the island on the weekdays, but on the weekend our road to Kapaa from Koloa was perfectly clear. Catherine thought we looked like a troupe of wandering minstrels.

After this, we headed back to Koloa/ Poipu to get ready for the party. Daniel's parents were hosting the entire family at their house, and Hilary had set up for a photographer to come and take professional portraits of the family.
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We took a lot of pictures right outside the house, then walked down to Shipwreck Beach to take some near the ocean.
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Aubrey walking with Daniel's grandma and Daniel's Aunt Vickie.
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Catherine with Aubrey. Daniel found a tree with pink plumerias to give to Catherine, Kate, Hilary, and Aubrey for the ocean pictures.
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Aubrey with a pink plumeria.
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Catherine with a pink plumeria.
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Us during the photo shoot.
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There was a ping-pong table in our garage, and so we had chairs around the garage and people were able to play ping-pong during the party. It was a lot of fun, and we think everyone enjoyed the party.

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Kauai Day 4: The Grand Canyon and the Rest of the Southwest

semi-overcast 82 °F

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The first thing we went to see today was the Russian Fort, Fort Elizabeth. This was built by Russian representatives who had the idea of making the Kingdom of Hawaii a Russian protectorate. It is a complicated historical incident, but it seems likely that Kaumuali'i, the chief of Kauai, was simply trying to enlist Russian help in gaining independence from Kamehameha. The fort operated as Fort Hipo under the Kingdom of Hawaii for some time before being dismantled.
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The fort looks over the spot on the Waimea River where Captain Cook first landed in Hawaii, and (according to the plaque) was mistaken for the god Lono (Catherine pointed out that the "explorer mistaken for a god" story seems too common to be true in every case in which it has come up).
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Afterwards, we visited the town of Hanapepe. Hanapepe is home to the westernmost bookstore in the United States (meaning that on this trip we have seen the oldest bookstore in continuous operation in the world, and the westernmost in the United States. Perhaps we should start an "extreme bookstores" blog). The store is called Talk Story, and was a very nice little shop. They had an extensive collection of vinyl records, but these would have been hard to transport home so we mostly looked at the books.
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Hananpepe is famous for something else as well: it is the town that inspired the setting of the movie Lilo and Stitch. Last year, before we went to Maui, Catherine thought that Daniel needed to watch this movie before we went to Hawaii. We watched it and both enjoyed it. Catherine was very excited to see the town where it all took place.
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There are numerous art galleries around Hanapepe, including this koa wood gallery that has beautiful furniture and art. There was an incredible koa wood dining table with eight chairs, but at $18,000 we thought it was a bit out of our price range.
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We had some delicious grilled cheese sandwiches with macadamia nut pesto for lunch.
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And then some guava and lilikoi shave ice for dessert!
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After this we toured the Kauai Coffee Company plantation. We thought it might be very similar to the Gorreana Tea Plantation on Sao Miguel, and we were right! It had a self-guided tour through the coffee fields, and a free tasting, as well as a gift shop and cafe where you can buy coffee and other merchandise.
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The coffee trees. This plantation supplies half of Hawaii-grown coffee.
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They harvest it with a blueberry harvester.
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More pictures on the farm. They dry it on these covered patios. The plantation has a view of the ocean, just like Gorreana.
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We tried many different types of coffee, and ended up buying some as a souvenir and as gifts. It was very good, and Catherine said that she would be willing to drink some of the flavored coffees black.
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A picture of our rental car, which has been a wonderful car. It is roomy and comfortable and fun to drive.
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We then started driving up to Waimea canyon, "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific." There were beautiful views all along the way.
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The views from the top were especially beautiful. It really does look just like the Grand Canyon. The colors are spectacular and the depth of the view is amazing.
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We went back to the Koloa/ Poipu area and swam at Poipu Beach. It was very rocky, but we were able to walk along a ridge for a bit, then swim back in.
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We went to dinner at Bangkok Happy Bowl, which was delicious. We had been wanting Thai food for a while. There was live music, which started with one of the songs from Moana, which we thought would have impressed Aubrey.
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And after dinner, we went to Brennecke's Beach Broiler for some after-dinner drinks. It was a wonderful day!

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Kauai Day 2: Plantation Railroad

overcast 80 °F

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We started our day with the Kauai Plantation Railroad. Apparently, Aubrey has wanted nothing but to go on a train and see pigs.
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Both of these were fulfilled by the Kauai Plantation Railroad. We had the opportunity to feed the pigs (tortillas, their natural food source in the wild) and see the large numbers of piglets. Apparently, there are 400,000 wild pigs around the island.
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Various plants around the plantation, including taro, cashews, macadamia nuts, octopus tree, ti plants, etc.
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After this we went to the double waterfall at Wailua Falls.
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Then we went to lunch at Duke’s Barefoot Bar which is at the beach. We had a wonderful dinner at Duke’s on Maui last year, and we had an equally delicious lunch this year.
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Some pictures of the area around Duke’s, with plumeria trees and the ocean.
After that, we went to Daniel’s cousin Jerry’s birthday party. He is turning 27 today, and the party was at the house where his family is staying. It was a nice party, and a great first full day in Kauai.

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Kauai Day 1: Time Travelling

semi-overcast 84 °F

While our group...
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Visited beaches...
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Snacked on Portuguese food...
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And watched the Running of the Bulls on Terceira...
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We flew through the air, first from Boston to San Francisco and then from San Francisco to Kauai. Our flights were not bad: from Boston to San Francisco we sat in front of Catherine’s parents, and next to a woman from Boston who owns a ranch in Oregon. We had a nice conversation with her. After our flight, we parted ways with Catherine’s parents and flew to Kauai. Our seats were very nice because we had an empty third seat in our row.
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We got to Kauai, rented our car (which turned out to be a Jeep) and drove to the house that Daniel’s family is staying in. Our room is very comfortable and the towels are folded into a turtle. We are very excited to start this leg of our trip, and to explore Kauai!

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Portugal Day 2: Snacks on a Plane

Which is What Our Day Mostly Consisted Of...

sunny 73 °F

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We didn’t get to bed until about two in the morning, and we had to get up by four to make our flight. Daniel’s parents brought us to the San Francisco Airport, and we checked in with JetBlue, who we were flying to Boston.
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Us in the airport waiting to board. We had an upgrade to “Even More Space,” JetBlue’s Economy Plus. This entitled us to board slightly early.
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The Central Valley from the sky.
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JetBlue had a free pantry throughout the flight which allowed us to get snacks and drinks the entire time. Since our schedules were off from travel, it was nice to be able to eat as we desired.
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We got grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner at Johnny Rockets, then walked back to get to our plane. On the way over, we saw this Make Way for Ducklings themed mural.
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Our plane was named Pedro Nunes, after this Portuguese mathematician and astronomer. Daniel especially appreciates airlines that name their planes, like Hawaiian (which uses the names of navigationally-important stars), Aer Lingus (Irish saints) and now TAP Portugal as well.
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Our food options: pasta or meats. We got one of each, and tried a Portuguese beer called Sagres.
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Our first glimpses or Portugal: the lights of Lisbon through the clouds at sunrise. We are so excited to explore Portugal, but so tired. We will write about our adventures in Lisbon on Day 3!

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Portugal Day 1: Vamos!

sunny 100 °F

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Yesterday, Daniel went to Hanford to purchase some baked goods at the Portuguese bakery there. The pastel de nata and the biscoitos were especially delicious, but we can’t wait to try the ones in Portugal!
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We finished packing and then got on the road to San Jose. We fly out early in the morning tomorrow for Portugal (by way of Boston). Tonight, we had a delicious dinner with Daniel’s parents and then played a game of 500, our favorite card game. Now we need to get a small amount of sleep before flying out!

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Hawaii Day 10: Sunset

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We got up earlier than yesterday, and went back to the blowhole area to make sure we got the chance to try Julia's banana bread. We made it to the stand in time. We also bought some mango candy, and we were very tempted by the passionfruit butter. One of the sellers gave Catherine this plumeria to wear in her hair (he also offered a plumeria lei for $5 but we weren't sure how we would get it home). It was a beautiful drive and a fun stop. And the bread is delicious!
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We went boogie boarding at D.T. Fleming Beach in Kapalua. On the recommendation of Daniel's aunt and uncle who come here regularly, we also tried the "beach shack" affiliated with the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua. It was very good. Boogie boarding was fun, although it takes some time to get used to it, and the wind was pretty intense today just like yesterday.
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After boogie boarding and lunch, we headed back to the room and then out again to snorkel. We snorkeled near the resort, a little bit to the south where there were beautiful reefs and we saw a great many new varieties of fish. Unfortunately we didn't have any way of taking pictures of them, but we saw some amazing things. After that, we decided to go back to the hotel for the sunset, and sit out on chairs overlooking the water.
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One of Daniel's favorite pictures he's ever taken: a sailboat against the sunset.
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Our last sunset in Hawaii, "until we meet again."
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After sunset.
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We went to dinner at Prison Street Pizza, which is in Lahaina and was very good. It was a relatively small restaurant, but the pizza was good and we tried a couple of Maui Brewing Company beers. We have had a wonderful time in Hawaii, and we hope to be able to come back soon.

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Hawaii Day 9: A Hole New World

semi-overcast 83 °F

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Today we slept in, having gotten back from the Road to Hana fairly late and needing sleep. Here are some pictures of the resort, which we haven't yet shown in great detail. It's very large, and the architecture is very open allowing the breeze to come through. We decided to head to the Nakalele Blowhole, north-east of the resort. In addition to the interesting nature of the blowhole itself, we heard that Julia's banana bread stand, said to be the best on the island, has a "pop-up stand" near the blowhole.
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We did find Julia's stand, but they had just run out of banana bread. We talked with the two men who were working there, and they advised A. That we come back tomorrow when they would have bread and B. That we not hike all the way down to the blowhole before first confirming that it was "going."
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Some views of the beautiful cliffs near the blowhole.
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It was extremely windy. The blowhole is at the very northern tip of the west side of Maui, which exposes it to the trade winds and makes this part of the island very windy. It was so intense that you could feel yourself almost being pushed back. We minded the edges and walked very carefully.
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The blowhole, which is emphatically not a water park. It is essentially a tube that waves go into, which then shoots water up like a geyser. We saw many people walking close to the blowhole. We had read an article saying that people die every year by being sucked into the blowhole, so we stayed well clear of it.
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We had some spam musubi in the car. This is a food, popular in Hawaii, which is essentially a piece of marinated spam with rice and a seaweed wrap. It was actually very good, and made a very decent lunch.
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A beautiful view on our drive back.
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Dessert: shave ice!
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Half guava and half lilikoi (passionfruit).
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The old fort in Lahaina, built by the Kingdom of Hawaii after a group of whalers fired cannons at a missionary settlement.
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Some views of the banyan tree, a huge tree planted in the late 19th century. It's as multiple trunks, which descent from the branches as vines and then attach to the ground. It is an amazing tree, providing shade for the space of an entire small park.
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Some of the historic district of Lahaina, including the Baldwin house, where a missionary/ physician named Baldwin lived.
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Kukui nut trees. These nuts were historically used to make torches, as they have a great deal of oil. They are also used to make leis.
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Some views of the beautiful sunset in Lahaina.
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We had plans to go to Lahainaluna Cafe at Front Street and Lahainaluna, so we parked by the banyan tree and walked down Front Street. It was beautiful. The "Lahaina Store" was an interesting historic building, and the street itself was very picturesque.
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On our way, we noticed this store selling prints of old art and maps. We went in...
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We bought this map and frame. It is the first map to be published in Hawaii and in the Hawaiian language, thus rendering, for instance, Molokai as "Molokai" rather than "Morotoi" as it had been on previous maps.
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We didn't buy this one. It cost over $20,000 because it is an original from the first publication of Captain Cook's map. It seems to have been written by Tahitian speakers (thus "Morotoi" and "Ranai"). While we didn't decide to buy it, it was thrilling to look over it and hold it. We also had a long and interesting conversation with Bob, who works there. We discussed maps, linguistics, and the various groups of people who settled in Hawaii.
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Delicious food at the Lahainaluna Cafe. The POG juice was very good, despite Daniel's objection to the mid-nineties children's game of POGs, which was named for the juice. We had a very nice evening, and were very happy to have found the Lahaina Printsellers shop.

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Hawaii Day 8: 360

Today we drove the infamous Road to Hana, and took the even more infamous "back road" around Haleakala. The road has several names and numbers on its path around the island, one of which is "360," which we felt made that the perfect name for today's title.
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The first stop we encountered on the Road to Hana was Twin Falls. We hiked up to the falls, and enjoyed the jungle-like environment which was so different from the more arid west side of the island. It was very sunny, which perhaps caused us to look a bit angry in the picture above.
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Our next stop was at this beautiful grassy meadow. As beautiful as it was, it was not the reason for our stop...
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...the reason for our stop was the breathtaking rainbow eucalyptus trees that grow here. They were apparently introduced from the Philippines, and the bark takes on various colors at different stages of their growth. It creates a beautiful painted look. They are unbelievable, by far the most interesting trees we have seen.
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Shortly after, we stopped at the Kaumahina State Wayside, where we ate a picnic lunch we had packed and enjoyed the views of the beautiful Keanae Penninsula below.
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Our next stop was the Keanae Arboretum, which was beautiful and had many native and non-native trees (including more rainbow eucalyptus!)
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The many trees of the Keanae Arboretum, which was an absolutely fascinating stop. While we did encounter mosquitos, the information and opportunity to see the wide variety of plant life that thrives in this environment was well worth it.
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Our next stop was one we have been waiting for for a long time: Aunt Sandy's Banana Bread stand! It's on the Keanae Penninsula and serves banana bread, shave ice, and various types of candy and food. It is consistently mentioned as one of the best banana bread stands on Maui, along with Julia's which is on the other side of the island. We purchased some bread and a shave ice, and enjoyed the beautiful scenery.
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More pictures of the beautiful penninsula.
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Two attempts at a picture...it was very windy.
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Some views of Wailua, another village along the road. The church is St. Gabriel's, which doesn't appear to be in use anymore. We also stopped near here at the "Halfway to Hana" banana bread stand. We plan to do a blind taste-test between that and Aunt Sandy's.
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Our next (quick) stop: a waterfall along the way.
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The black sand beach at Waianapanapa State Park. We were able to get in and swim a little bit in the ocean here, although it was a little rough so we really just waded. It was a lot of fun!
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We got to the 'Ohe'o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools) which were unfortunately closed. We had to decide whether to go onwards around the back side of the island, or go back through Hana, etc. We decided to go forward!
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The road was not all that scary. It was a little narrow in places, but it certainly wasn't any scarier than the roads on Achill Island in Ireland. It was an eerily and amazingly beautiful drive. It is hard to describe in words what it looked like: otherworldly, desolate, and beautiful.
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A store along the way.
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The landscape on the drive. We are incredibly glad that we came this way: it was beautiful, the road was not all that scary, and we got to see a side of Maui that most people miss.
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First glimpses of Kaho'olawe to let us know that we were back on the western side of Haleakala. It was a great relief to see where we were as it was getting dark. We knew at this point that we would get through to our side by the time it was fully dark!
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Celebrating our adventure with margaritas and a delicious dinner!

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Hawaii Day 7: Wine in the House of a King

semi-overcast 83 °F

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Today, Katie and Anthony had to fly back home. We got ready a little bit earlier to take them to the airport, but thankfully their flight was at a reasonable time and we were able to have a nice breakfast. Daniel prepared one of our pineapples from the plantation tour, and Katie and Anthony went on a walk and returned with malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts) from a nearby bakery. We had a nice breakfast, then helped them pack and drove to the airport. We had lunch at the same food truck court as we did on our first day, then dropped them off at the airport. Although we are excited about our next few days here, we were sad to see them go. We had a lot of fun snorkeling, hiking, and playing cards with them. It has been a wonderful trip so far.
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After dropping them off, we decided to see the town of Paia. It was an interesting little town, but seemed to consist of nothing but women's clothing shops. Eventually we found a souvenir shop where we got a print of three sea turtles.90_BBA21CA3-F..232A2F97E52.jpg90_1D921ED5-8..A1D4D63A832.jpg9FB338B3-2..B75AD6F78B1.jpg
We also found a shave ice place. Catherine got blue vanilla and fruit punch, and Daniel got "mounds," which consisted of coconut flavoring, chocolate syrup, and macadamia nut ice cream. After we finished there, we decided to go to a wine tasting at a winery that Daniel had heard about. They use Maui Gold pineapples for some of their wine, and have tastings in a building that was used as a residence by King David Kalakaua, who wrote the book Daniel is reading. It was towards the other side of the island, along the southern slopes of Haleakala, so we had to drive a little ways.
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Holy Rosary Church in Paia. It is a very beautiful church. We just happened to drive past it, but we decided to stop in and take a look. It was completely open, and there were a couple other people visiting it as well.
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Outside of the church is a shrine to St. Damian of Molokai. There is a great deal of interest in, and devotion to, this saint in Hawaii for his selfless care of the people suffering from leprosy who were housed in a colony on the island of Molokai. As we continued our way, we came upon...
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...another church! This one is amazing. It is called Holy Ghost Church, and is built in a unique octagonal style. It was the parish for the Portuguese community, who traditionally have a great devotion to the Holy Ghost.
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Pictures of the inside of the church. There is a beautiful altar, and the Stations of the Cross were carved in Europe and have inscriptions in Portuguese. The information book inside the church suggested that the octagonal shape was either based on the design of the original crown of St. Elizabeth (or Isabella) of Portugal, or simply that it was architecturally strong in the high winds the area gets.
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The dome.
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The view from the church.
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As we drove into Upcountry Maui, we started encountering mist and this verdant landscape, complete with rock walls. If it weren't for the heat and the lava rocks used for the rock walls, we would have thought we were in Ireland!
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Some views of the beautiful winery. It was a perfect place to go: it was cooler than the lower areas of the island, and the wind was more like a pleasant breeze. There were several interesting trees and other plants, and the setting was so incredibly different from the rest of the island that we've seen.
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This land belonged in the 1800s to Captain Makee, from Boston. He was friends with King Kalakaua, who at one point was his guest. It was seen as inappropriate for the king to stay in a house with commoners, so a cottage was built for the king's use on their land. This is the house, and this circle of statues sits on the stumps of the trees that ringed Kalakaua's hula grounds, where dancers would perform while he and guests watched from the porch.
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The small museum at the tasting room. The pictures show the entire story of the lands, from the first purchase by the Captain, to the King's stay, to the use of Maui wine at President Reagan's inauguration, to the present day. It was a fascinating story. They had a complimentary tasting, and we purchased a bottle of the pineapple wine.
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We had a wonderful time! Afterwards, we went back to the hotel, then got ready to go to dinner and watch the sunset in Lahaina. We went to an Italian restaurant, which had delicious pizza and bruschetta. The pictures of the sunset seem unbelievable, but they look exactly like what we actually saw. After dinner, we walked around Lahaina a bit, then stopped at a grocery store to prepare for our drive to Hana tomorrow morning!
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Hawaii Day 6: Exploring the Island

semi-overcast 84 °F

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We started our Sunday by going to the Traditional Latin Mass in Waihe'e, which was a little bit of a drive away from where we're staying. It was nice to see a different part of the island, and the people we talked to afterwards were very friendly. It is an extremely small community. Across the street, there was a warning about some rather dangerous dogs, but thankfully we didn't encounter them.
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After we left, we went to Tasty Crust, a diner in Wailuku. It was an interesting, small place. The clientele seemed to be almost all local, and most people obviously already knew each other. Nevertheless, the service was friendly and the food was delicious.
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We had banana pancakes, linguiça, and a biscuit. Katie and Anthony got omelettes, and we all split a piece of macadamia nut pie for dessert. Everything was excellent.
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We then went on a hike to see some ancient petroglyphs. We parked near the general store, and then hiked along the trail until we got to the cliffs where they were. It was very hot as we hiked, but we persisted until we reached our destination.
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The petroglyphs. These were close to the road, and may have been faked, but looked a lot like the ones we saw at the actual site.90_C1AB3D1A-4..B9B8381F500.jpg90_E6A8980C-B..61EDDB31976.jpg90_F8974F8D-1..2926D207933.jpg90_5EBF7DA0-0..4CDDF41ADE2.jpg
The definite petroglyphs. These apparently tell a story, and we were able to identify several human figures holding various objects, as well as what appeared to be a canoe. The information card explained the glyphs but didn't say what the story was.
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More of the area around the glyphs.
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We had a great time hiking!
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Found this by the side of the road. The perfect souvenir? But it probably would be hard to bring it home...we left it by the side of the road.
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Post-hike shave ice!
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We then sat at a table downstairs overlooking the ocean and played cards for a while.
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We ended the evening at Mulligan's, an Irish pub in Wailea. There was live music, which was vaguely Irish (they played a couple Pogues songs amid mainstream pop and rock). The food was very good, and we had a great time.
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