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Maui and Kaua’i Day 7: With the Gently Flowing Rains

rain 86 °F

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Went to the airport and got lunch at Maui Snackbar, then boarded the plane for Kaua’i. Our plane, which was Hawaiian Airlines, was called ‘Amakihi
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Some beautiful views of Maui as we flew for Kaua’i.
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Our car for Kaua’i. We were pretty excited to be able to rent the two most quintessential Hawaii cars for this trip.

We saw Daniel’s family at the house where we are staying. It is very nice, and they had already gotten checked in. We were planning on going to Hanapepe for the street fair, but Daniel’s family decided to get pizza so we went alone. Hanapepe is famous as the town that inspired the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch, which Catherine especially loves. As we came into town, one of the booths had some children hula dancing and they were playing “He Mele No Lilo,” (the title of this blog post comes from the translated lyrics of the song, and also describes the weather). A better welcome to Kaua’i couldn’t be found.
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Except, perhaps, in the form of malasadas, which we bought from one stand to have for dessert.
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Our dinner came from Chipwrecked, a food truck with Hawaiian-inspired nachos. We got kalua pork with crispy spam and jalapeños, lilikoi-habanero hot sauce, and cole slaw. Catherine called it the best nacho she’s ever had.
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Some pictures showing the street fair.
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Catherine got this baseball cap, and designed the image on the hat herself.
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We found an amazing store in Hanapepe, which was very similar to Lahaina Printsellers. They had reproductions of old maps, including original prints from the 18th century. It was an amazing store, and we had a long conversation with the salesperson and ended up buying something!

Posted by danielcatherine 03:19 Archived in USA Tagged rain flying maui hula nachos hanapepe lilo_and_stitch malasadas Comments (0)

Hawaii Day 5: Honu Adventure

overcast 81 °F

Today we have very few pictures because our main adventure was not documentable with our phones. In the morning we drove to Honolua Bay, north of Kapalua. We parked in a small parking lot, and then walked through the jungle to reach the rocky beach. There were "falling tree" and "falling coconut" warnings everywhere, but thankfully we did not encounter either. We did, however, encounter countless chickens, including hens with baby chicks. They made a great deal of noise, but mostly got off the path when people walked by. Though the path through the jungle seemed somewhat deserted, the actual beach was full of people, and there were three snorkeling/ scuba diving catamarans in the bay. We got our snorkel gear on and started snorkeling. There were beautiful, colorful reefs there, and there were tons of fish. We snorkeled for about an hour and a half to two hours. At one point we heard someone yell "turtle" and we went to where she was. There was a green sea turtle (honu in Hawaiian) eating algae on the reef. We kept snorkeling, and saw three more turtles. They would come up for air very briefly, then go back down for more algae. As we were looking at one turtle, we saw a giant eel swim by. Afterwards, we swam back to the shore and started to get ready to go. Daniel noticed a stand where a man was selling fresh coconuts and papayas. We didn't have any cash, so Daniel went back to the car to get his wallet and we bought a coconut. First we drank the coconut juice/ water, then the seller broke it and we ate the meat. We all liked it except for Katie, who felt that it tasted too different from the "coconut" flavor she was used to.

We went to the Times Supermarket to get lunch, and had the pineapple that Steve gave us yesterday in the field for dessert. It was Catherine's parents' wedding anniversary, so we had reservations at Duke's, which is within walking distance of our hotel.

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We saw a plumeria tree on our way, and there were a lot of flowers on the ground, probably due to the aforementioned fiercely-blowing trade winds.
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We picked up some flowers for Catherine and Katie to wear in their hair.
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Anniversary dinner.
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Some pictures from our dinner. The restaurant is right by the ocean and we were there for sunset, which was beautiful.
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The food was delicious: taro rolls before the main course, then our dinner: chicken and mashed potatoes, and Maui onion soup (suspiciously similar to French onion soup, but made with Maui onions).
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The famous "hula pie" which we had for dessert.
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We went for a walk on the boardwalk after dinner. The stars were coming out and it was a beautiful night. It started raining as we were walking back.
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Pictures with the statues in the lobby of the hotel.
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We stopped at the gift shop and picked up this souvenir. We got a metal sign in Ireland last year, and this year we bought this one. We can add them to the same area in our garage to decorate.

Despite the lack of pictures, today was a wonderful day and we loved everything that we did. Seeing the turtles was spectacular, and we had a pleasant and happy day overall.

Posted by danielcatherine 02:34 Archived in USA Tagged fish rain adventure reef snorkel coral stars turtle honolua eel honu duke's Comments (0)

Ireland Day 10: God Bless Our Daniel

overcast 67 °F

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First, we drove to Gort na Coiribe, where Daniel lived when he was attending National University of Ireland, Galway. The houses are student housing during the college terms, and holiday rentals in the summer. We had thought about trying to stay there but their minimum stay was slightly too long. However, it was nice to see it again. We took some pictures in front of the flat where Daniel lived, and then went over to Dunne's Stores across the street.
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Years ago, Daniel had told Catherine of a brand of juice called Fruice. She never believed it was real for some reason. At Dunne's Stores, the truth was revealed.
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We turned down a side street while trying to find a place to park, and encountered this banner. We have no idea what the actual intention was of the people who put it up. But it seemed like a nice "welcome back" from the people of Galway.
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From Dunne's Stores we walked to the University, along the route Daniel would take when he was here. These are a couple pictures of the River Corrib from the bridge.
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The old Quadrangle building at NUIG. THis is the most photogenic building on campus, but Daniel didn't actually have any classes there when he attended. However, it was a nice spot to take some pictures and look at the historic part of the campus.
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Just past the campus, a canal that runs beside the campus and a view of the cathedral. This was the route Daniel would often take to go to lunch.
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The Galway cathedral. It is not as old as it looks, having been built in the sixties. It is a beautiful building, deliberately built as a sort of Irish-Mediterranean (especially Spanish) hybrid to emphasize the historic links between Galway and Spain. It is quite large and has a variety of artwork, including stained glass windows and murals on the walls. We used a paper "self-guided tour" booklet to tour the cathedral, then went on to lunch.
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On our way, we saw this evidence that someone doesn't know how to read a sign.
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When Daniel was here before, he and his friend Adrian would often visit An Tobar Nua, a small cafe in Galway. We went in to have lunch there. It was started by an American, and the food seems to reflect that, as some menu items that are not particularly common in Ireland are available here.
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Us at An Tobar Nua.
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Ran into one of Adrian's friends and heard some amusing stories.
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DInner/snacks at Monroe's Tavern, right across from An Tobar Nua. It's one of the places Daniel went on his twenty-first birthday, and we were happy to go there now.
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Catherine tried a beer called "bogman" in commemoration of her adventures in the bog in Glencolumcille.
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The beginning of our "pub crawl" in Galway.
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A view towards the cathedral from the Claddagh.
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Some buskers playing the song "Wagon Wheel" as well as some traditional Irish and American songs.
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Drinks at The King's Head, a popular pub in Galway.
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From Breaking Bad?
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Drinks at Sally Long's at the end of the night. Pubs seem to close fairly early here.
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Capital Turkish Kebab House for some chips to finish the night.
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The relatively empty and quiet street late at night. From here, we got a taxi back to our room and headed to bed to rest for our trip to the Aran Islands!

Posted by danielcatherine 16:05 Archived in Ireland Tagged rain clothes college chips laundry memories galway kebab pub_crawl irish_pubs monroe's king's_head sally_long's Comments (0)

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