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Maui and Kaua’i Day 13: The Secret Russian Base

all seasons in one day 81 °F

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The jungle-like back yard of the house where we are staying.
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Daniel found a pink plumeria tree and got Catherine one from that tree today. The flowers are beautiful but seem to wilt a little sooner than the white ones do. F8E0183D-44CF-4032-9B69-8E541CB5AAFF.jpeg
Aubrey thought this statue looked like grandpa.

We went to Duke’s today because Hilary’s husband Darryl was coming to join us. Duke’s is at a beach relatively near the airport and so we were able to have a nice lunch and wait for his flight to come in.
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Duke’s was good, and as our lunch was ending Hilary got the call that Darryl’s plane had landed so she headed to the airport to retrieve him while we all had dessert.
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The famous hula pie from Duke’s.

Once Darryl arrived he came into the restaurant and the kids ran to greet him. They were pretty tired from all the sun and excitement of this vacation, and so they all went back to the house to rest for a bit.

We went to the beach with Daniel’s parents, and tried to rent kayaks and a cabana. Unfortunately we were not able to as the kayaks were all out and not scheduled to come back until the end of the day. We decided to drive down to the Russian Fort Elizabeth on the south side of the island.
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A mother hen with several baby chicks at the Russian fort.
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Some views of the fort, and us visiting. Daniel’s parents liked having the chance to see this piece of history which is so little-known in the world at large.
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More views of the fort.

After the fort we stopped at the “Hawaiian Trading Post” and looked at some Ni’ihau shell leis. Ni’ihau is a private island near Kaua’i where visitors are not allowed and the entire population (really only about two hundred people) speak Hawaiian and live without much of modern technology. They make these leis out of unique shells and sell them in other places. We didn’t buy any, as prices started at $300 and went up to $25,000. It was a nice shop with a lot of different items.

Afterwards we had the third party, this one at Daniel’s Aunt Vickie’s house. It was Daniel’s cousin Jerry’s birthday, and Jerry is Vickie’s son. Thus the party was something of a birthday party for him. We had a great time at the party. The food was very good, including burgers cooked by Daniel’s cousin Robbie and his friend Shane. The unfortunate news from the party was that Daniel’s Uncle Tommy had a problem with his eye and needs surgery. He’ll have to go home tomorrow and miss his planned excursion to Maui after the rest of the family goes home. Unfortunately he will miss the rest of the trip but thankfully he will be okay.

Posted by danielcatherine 02:57 Archived in USA Tagged beach kayak jerry russian hilary tommy plumeria dukes vickie darryl Comments (0)

Maui and Kauai Day 8: Our Hawaiian House

semi-overcast 88 °F

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We started off this morning by playing with our niece and nephew, Aubrey and Dalton. It was a fun morning and we made the plan to go see the Kilauea Lighthouse. We all drove up to the lighthouse, but we took a separate car because we intended to go beyond the lighthouse to drive as far as possible.
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The lighthouse is on the grounds of a beautiful nature preserve. There were beautiful views of the ocean, and a lot of native birds.
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The lighthouse itself, as well as a picture of us in front of the lighthouse.
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A nene, or Hawaiian goose.
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Another pandanus, or tourist pineapple.
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Catherine and Dalton in the wind.
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Us at the lighthouse.
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After the lighthouse we went to lunch at a restaurant nearby. We got Portuguese bean soup, and even had the chance to try breadfruit hummus! It tastes a lot like regular hummus, but it was interesting to try it anyway. Aubrey made friends with two girls who were also eating there. They asked her to stay, feeling that she shouldn’t leave if they are friends. “Where do you have to go?” one asked. “To our Hawaiian house” replied Aubrey.
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We drove as far as we could west to the northwest corner of the island. The state park required reservations for non-residents, which we didn’t have. We went back a bit to the next farthest beach, Ha’ena. It was beautiful and very calm water. We swam and got shave ice from a nearby stand. It was a great afternoon!
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Us at the beach.
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Tropical landscapes on our way back.
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We got a delicious dinner at “Da Crack,” a Mexican food stand near where we are staying. It was very good. After that we went back to the house. It was a wonderful first full day in Kaua’i.

Posted by danielcatherine 00:24 Archived in USA Tagged nature park beach swimming tropical drive lighthouse hawaiian mexican portuguese kaua’i nene da_crack Comments (0)

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!

Posted by danielcatherine 00:49 Archived in USA Tagged food beach san_francisco portugal seats boston kauai bulls Comments (1)

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