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Maui and Kaua’i Day 14: Parakeet Invasion

sunny 87 °F

Hilary and Darryl took their kids out to Salt Pond Beach, and the rest of us went to Kalapaki Beach, where Daniel’s mom, his grandma, and Catherine had lunch at Duke’s and Daniel and his dad went kayaking. It was a beautiful day and the bay was very clear and perfect. There were people riding an outrigger canoe, a lot of surfers and paddle boarders, and people swimming by the beach.
The Norwegian Cruise Lines Pride of America was pulling out of the harbor as we left. It was amazing to see such a large ship in the bay.


Daniel and his dad joined the group for lunch at Dukes.
Us at Kalapaki Beach.
On our way back to the house we decided to do the Koloa Rum tasting. It was amazingly good. We learned that the Koloa Rum Company is actually still growing sugar cane to make their rum.
The rest of Daniel’s family went to the Smith Family Luau, while we had a date night at The Beach House in Poipu. Daniel got Catherine this beautiful multi-colored plumeria.
Our reservation was for 7:30, so we were able to watch the sunset from the lawn.
Some views as we waited for sunset.
Just as the sky was really turning pink we started to hear a lot of birds chirping and flying overhead. At first we didn’t think much of it. Then we noticed a lot of little green parakeets in the trees. Those were the birds coming in!
The beautiful sky at sunset!
The famous Monkeypod Mai Tai from the Beach House.
Our delicious meal, including a strawberry cream pie for dessert.
Another wonderful day in Kauai!

Posted by danielcatherine 02:49 Archived in USA Tagged kayak kauai rum luau poipu beach_house kalapaki parakeets Comments (0)

Kauai Day 3: Pineapple Princess and the Dancers of Fire

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Started the day with the same breakfast we had regularly in the Azores: sweet bread, pineapple, and passionfruit juice.
Then we headed off to Hole in the Mountain Farms/ Kauai Sugarloaf Pineapples for our second pineapple tour of the month. The sugarloaf pineapple is white and lacks much of the acid and fiber that the typical yellow pineapple has. Our tour was led by the owner of the farm, who had a great deal of scientific information for us. It was interesting to the adults, but our niece and nephew Aubrey and Dalton preferred to play near the car with Daniel’s dad.
The inside of the leaves of the pineapple contain the respiratory cells, which the farmer explained are kept closed all day and only opened at night, which leads to great drought tolerance.
A pile of “slips,” which are produced by pineapple plants and can be grown into new plants.
A cover crop of sunn hemp or Crotalaria, which is planted in used pineapple fields to restore nutrients to the soil. The farmer says that Hawaii’s soil is very poor, but that the temperature makes things grow well nonetheless.
Some pictures of the pineapple fields.
Us in the fields.
The flowers, or baby pineapples. These grow right with the mature pineapples, which is very different from how it is done at Arruda Ananás or at Maui Gold. You learn so much by touring multiple pineapple plantations.
Then we had the opportunity to plant pineapples. Some of the tour started wondering whether we had been tricked into performing agricultural labor and paying for the privilege.
Daniel’s Uncle Peter planting a pineapple.
Daniel’s cousin Gretchen planting a pineapple.
Daniel planting a pineapple.
Catherine planting a pineapple.
Daniel’s mom planting a pineapple.
Daniel’s Aunt Jackie planting a pineapple.
Us again.
We also got the chance to pick our own pineapples.
Pineapple Princess redux.
After this the farmer, Jude, cut some pineapple for us and let us try it. It was delicious. Very sweet and low-acid. Jude was convinced that we would no longer like yellow pineapple, we agreed that we still like yellow pineapple, especially Maui Gold.
They also make pineapple frosties, out of nothing but pineapple. They were pretty delicious.
After a brief rest and change of clothes at the house, we went to the luau.
Catherine with her Blue Hawaii.
A beautiful rainbow formed as we were watching the beginnings of the hula show.
Us under the rainbow.
Some pictures of the show, with dancers performing dances of various Polynesian cultures, including Hawaiian, Samoan, and Maori dances.
The fire knife dancers were very impressive. Some of them danced with two fire knives, and some crouched on top of each other while spinning the knives. It was a very impressive show.
Aubrey loved the “pink tree.”

Posted by danielcatherine 02:05 Tagged new_zealand hawaii maori sugarloaf luau pineapple polynesian samoa pineapple_princess fire_dances blue_hawaii hole_in_the_mountain Comments (1)

Hawaii Day 3: Bug Free's the Way to Be

sunny 86 °F

This morning, Catherine called to "battle" with the rental car company. They said at first that we would have to bring the car all the way back to Kahului to exchange it for another car. There was a sister company in Lahaina which had cars they could give us, but a variety of paperwork problems prevented it. So in the end, Catherine's parents drove all the way around the north-west side of the island to exchange cars. Thankfully, the new car appears to be bug-free.
While they journeyed around the island in search of a new car, we had a relaxing lunch of pizza from the poolside restaurant. We sat at a table overlooking the ocean.
After lunch, we went for a walk and sat by the beach. These pictures show the view of Lanai and Molokai. We also saw some land in the distance that might be a faint view of Oahu. It is a beautiful view.
After our walk, we had a ukulele lesson! The class was interesting, and we learned how to play several songs. We are interested in obtaining a ukulele so that we can continue to learn.
Afterwards, we went to Lahaina for the Old Lahaina Luau. These pictures are us at the beginning, before dinner or the show. It's in a beautiful setting near the ocean.
Catherine at the luau.
The table at the luau, including taro and sweet potato chips.
Views from our table.
Catherine has been very excited to try poi. She read Hawaii by James Michener and felt like poi sounded like an interesting and potentially good food. This picture shows her very first taste of poi. "It tastes like nothing!" was her immediate reaction. It ended up being rather good with the kalua pork.
Our plates of food. Everything was delicious. Daniel especially liked the laulau and the taro leaf stew, and Catherine loved the sweet potatoes and the kalua pork.
The desserts. Brownies with hot pepper, lavender cookies, passion fruit bars, and haupia (a coconut-milk based custard that was delicious.)
A toast.
The dancers who performed, as well as a view of the stage towards the end of the night. The chanting, singing, and dancing were spectacular.
Catherine and her dad with the waitress for our table. She was very helpful and gave us extra banana bread to take with us at the end! We had a great time at the luau. Afterwards, we went back to the room and re-taught Catherine's parents how to play 500. This was fun, except that some of us were having trouble staying awake.

Tomorrow we are visiting a pineapple plantation, where Maui Gold pineapples are grown. It is one of the last pineapple growers operating in Hawaii, and we are excited to learn more about it!

Posted by danielcatherine 02:28 Archived in USA Tagged car pizza lahaina hula luau chanting haupia laulau kalua_pork mai_tai Comments (2)

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