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Maui and Kaua’i Day 15: The Sting

all seasons in one day 87 °F

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We started our day with a brunch of blueberry pancakes (made by Daniel’s mom), some leftover linguiça, and some pineapple.
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After brunch we made banana bread using the apple bananas from the Grove Farm. It turned out to be delicious. Daniel’s dad, who loves banana bread, said it was the best we’ve made. The apple bananas might make a difference, as might eating it on Kaua’i.

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After finishing that we headed off for Polihale State Park, which is the farthest you can go along the south shore (although it is actually on the west coast of the island.) along the way we saw some beautiful scenery...
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And learned that it is apparently oatmeal time.
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Us during the journey. Before we left, Aubrey saw we were both in baseball caps and asked if we are going to play baseball. We told her no, we planned to go to a beach.
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The drive to Polihale involved a several-mile pothole-filled dirt road. At times it seemed like we should turn back. But when we arrived, it was one of the most spectacular beaches we’ve ever seen. The sand was soft and perfect and the water was warm but refreshing. The surroundings were incredible. There was some kind of canoe club at the beach doing some kind of races, as well as people fishing, surfing, paddle boarding, and swimming.
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These are the last pictures taken of Catherine in her straw hat. This hat has served her well on various vacations through the years, and she was wearing it in the water today. A wave came up and she went under, and the hat was lost (Daniel also lost one of his water socks, but they are not visible in the picture).
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Daniel was stung by this creature. While we were swimming, Daniel suddenly felt a painful burning sensation, and told Catherine. Catherine believed it was a “purple necklace from Hilo Hattie’s.” She said she saw it wrapped around his arm. He went up to the beach to put sand on the wound (which we later learned is not advised, but which seemed soothing at the time. Catherine was certain it was a necklace. Daniel worried that it was somehow a fishing line and hook. It was only after we finished swimming that Catherine saw this creature washed up and realized that the “necklace” must have been a tentacle of the creature. (If anyone knows from the image what kind of animal this is, please let us know in the comments.)

The only possible course of action was to head back out the way we came. We started driving along the dirt road, and got stuck because a pedestrian walked by and we stopped. Thankfully one of the canoe club members was standing nearby and helped us push the car out. We got on our way and hoped Daniel wouldn’t have any reaction to the sting.
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Some views of the scenery from the dirt road as we left, with a slight rainstorm coming in. Despite the losses and stings, this excursion felt well worth it.

Afterwards, we went to the party at Daniel’s grandma’s house, which will be the last party of our time in Hawaii.
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Catherine talking to Daniel’s cousin Kevin and Kevin’s girlfriend Charlotte.
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Daniel’s cousin Robbie and Robbie’s friend Shane, who were the cooks. We had some delicious tostadas.
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From left: Hillary (Daniel’s cousin Jerry’s wife), Daniel’s Uncle Peter, Kevin, Daniel’s grandma, and Charlotte. It was a wonderful party and we were happy to have the chance to spend more time together.
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After the party, Daniel made a small batch of guacamole from the avocados we got at Grove Farm. Sadly one was bad, but one was good and we made a nice batch of guacamole mostly from leftover ingredients.

Posted by danielcatherine 03:24 Archived in USA Tagged peter baseball polihale party hat shane kevin jellyfish charlotte robbie grandma sting hillary blueberry_pancakes tostadas Comments (0)

Maui and Kaua’i Day 11: Nobody Candy Nigh

“Chocolate’s healthy? I thought it was just a treat!”-Aubrey

overcast 86 °F

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This morning we took Aubrey for her belated birthday excursion (or “birthday extravaganzo” as she called it.). We started by driving to Lydgate chocolate farm in Kapa’a. Along the way Aubrey had some Portuguese sweet bread (Aubrey said “I want to crunch and munch a bunch of this!”) We had a great conversation with her that touched on the purpose of tree tunnels in Hawaii (“for princes and princesses!”), genealogy (“someday I’ll be a mommy, and then a grandma, and then a grandma Jackie!”), and current family relations (“so I’m aunty’s niece?!”)
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When we arrived at the farm Aubrey was instantly popular with everyone. She was the only child on the tour, and was incredibly polite and inquisitive throughout the tour. The guide, Andrea, first helped Aubrey feed a chicken. Aubrey fearlessly held out her hand and let the chicken eat crushed macadamia nuts.
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Aubrey “posing” with the macadamia nuts and nutcracker.
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All of us before the tour began.
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The tour guide showing us vanilla beans growing.
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Trying some cherries.
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A demonstration of the papyrus plant which culminated with Aubrey receiving her favorite toy of the day:
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A papyrus frond! It can be an umbrella, a sweeper, or even troll hair!
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Getting ready for the tropical fruit tasting.
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We tried longan, egg fruit, lychee, dragonfruit, soursop,
palm blossom honey, and black pepper.
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Aubrey wielding her papyrus frond.
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Aubrey trying the palm blossom honey, which she asked to be able to do.
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Daniel trying fresh black pepper. It was incredibly good.
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We then got the chance to look at cacao pods and even try the beans from the pod. Aubrey didn’t like them, but we found them palatable.
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Aubrey with her frond.
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All of us in the cacao orchard.
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The tour guide gave us an interesting talk on the origins of chocolate as a precursor to our tasting. Aubrey didn’t have much interest in that part (although we found it fascinating and informative.)
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Thankfully the farm had some coloring books and markers for her.
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Aubrey participated in every part of the blind tasting, and liked every one of them besides the 100% cacao baking chocolate. Her tasting notes (transcribed by Daniel) included “Emma Ems (M&Ms),” “Oreos,” and “Yummy!”
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Aubrey asked if she could give Andrea the “recipe” she created, which Andrea was happy to accept. She also wanted a picture with Andrea.
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More frond time!
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We all had a great time on the tour.
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Aubrey asked Andrea if she could feed the chickens one more time.
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One last “ice cream cone water” (water in those pointed conical water cooler cups).
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And a few pushes on the swing, and we were off to lunch.
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Daniel got a veggie enchilada stack and Catherine and Aubrey got nachos. Aubrey was very sleepy, and we talked about jet skis because we saw a truck pulling one. Aubrey, differing greatly from her mother at her age, said she wouldn’t want to go on a jet ski and if she did she wouldn’t want to go fast.
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We then went to a place called Uncle’s Shave Ice. Aubrey and Catherine speculated that you have to be an uncle to work there, but the girl at the counter probably wasn’t an uncle. Aubrey got birthday cake, pineapple, and cotton candy flavor, while we split a lilokoi and guava one.

Now, in Daniel’s family the song “Happy Birthday” is always followed by “For He’s A Jolly Good Fellow.” Daniel grew up believing they were one song. Catherine asked Aubrey if we could sing her “Happy Birthday.” Aubrey replied
“Okay, you can sing happy birthday but not the jolly o fellow part and not the candy part, cause the jolly o fellow part and the candy part can get pretty long.” Catherine wasn’t sure what Aubrey meant by “the candy part.” Daniel said “when it says ‘nobody candy nigh.’” We sang her “Happy Birthday” without
the “jolly o fellow” part or the “candy” part. She told us that even though it’s not our birthdays she wants us to try some of the delicious birthday cake shave ice.

At the end of the day, we came back to the house and started to carry Aubrey in. She started vomiting and screaming. So after a beautiful and joyful day, it looked like she was miserable. It could have been from eating more sugar than usual or too much time in the heat and humidity. Thankfully she recovered after a nap and was feeling well by the time the party started.

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We all worked on getting ready for the party we’re hosting. During this trip we each are hosting a meal at our family’s house. Today was our day. Here Dalton is helping Catherine ice the drinks.
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We served linguiça, or “Portuguese sausage” as it’s called here, sandwiches, with Hawaii chips, macaroni salad, Hawaiian fruit juices, and mai tais. Everyone seemed to enjoy the party quite a bit.

One of the best things at the party was Daniel’s mom’s pineapple pie. Daniel’s parents had this in Costa Rica and loved it, and his mom learned to make it after their trip. Here she was able to make it from Maui Gold pineapples, and it was incredible.
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People eating, and Dalton seeing what it’s like to sit in a plumeria tree.

Posted by danielcatherine 20:11 Archived in USA Tagged chocolate tree party farm sick tour birthday verde cacao plumeria aubrey dalton Comments (0)

Maui and Kaua’i Day 9: I Spy

With My Little Eye

overcast 85 °F

We started our day by going to mass at St. Raphael’s with Daniel’s grandma. St. Raphael’s is the oldest Catholic church on Kaua’i, but both times we’ve been there we’ve gone to mass in the new church building. It was nice but very hot and humid, to the point that Daniel and his grandma’s glasses fogged up when we got out of the car. After mass we bought some mango bread and some flowers from a fundraiser.
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We then went to Pizzetta in Koloa Town. Catherine got a slice of pizza and Daniel got penne pesto pasta. Daniel’s grandma had the caprese. It was a great lunch. We split a chocolate lava cake for dessert.
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A picture of the spaghetti harvest on the wall of the restaurant. Daniel has used this joke with his students for April Fool’s Day (that spaghetti grows on trees). We took a picture of this image that seems to support the joke.

After lunch we joined Daniel’s parents, his sister Hilary, and her kids Aubrey and Dalton who were having dessert and shopping at a nearby shopping center.
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Aubrey leading the way while we play “I Spy.”
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Aubrey’s look of disbelief at our inability to spot the thing that she claimed to have spotted (a quarter mile away, completely invisible to her from where she was, and matching none of the description she gave us.)
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Daniel’s dad, Ed, with Dalton.
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Daniel with Aubrey.

Afterwards we went back to the house and finished watching the Mayo vs. Donegal match via GAAGo. We had tried to watch it yesterday but not been able to finish it. Mayo won and is going into the semi-finals against Dublin next week!

Then we went to Daniel’s Aunt Jackie and Uncle Peter’s house for their party. Each family on this trip is hosting a party night during the time we are here. Their theme was Asian fusion, and we had rice, noodles, teriyaki beef skewers, pineapple, watermelon, and pineapple upside down cake for dessert. It was a delicious meal. We spent time talking to Daniel’s family and enjoyed the first party.

Posted by danielcatherine 01:30 Archived in USA Tagged church party mango match bread mayo asian_fusion mass aubrey dalton i_spy_with_my_little_eye Comments (0)

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 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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