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Maui and Kaua’i Day 16: Sunset

sunny 88 °F

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We started our day with mass at St. Raphael’s in Koloa. Afterwards we went to the “leftovers” brunch hosted by Daniel’s Aunt Jackie.
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Dalton with Gretchen’s daughter Maddie, and Darryl in the background.
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Aubrey explaining that her cats sleep the entire time she is gone. She found the idea that Flora is an “energy ball” immensely funny.
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Catherine practicing hula with Daniel’s mom and Jackie.
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After the party we went to Sueoka’s to get a car picnic lunch of Spam musubi.
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We stopped near Kealia Beach for our picnic. It was a beautiful spot.
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We then arrived at our destination: Hanalei Bay! Daniel’s parents met us there but they didn’t want to swim. It is an amazing bay with gentle waves and warm water, at least today.
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Us about to swim in the bay.

After we swam we headed back through the traffic to Poipu. The traffic was only really bad on the bridge. After that we could move freely.

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We walked down to Poipu Beach for the sunset gathering with Daniel’s family.
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From left: Eric, Gretchen, Hilary, Darryl, Jerry, Hillary, Robbie, Shane, Catherine, and Daniel.
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From left: Vickie, Grandma Jackie, Kate and Ed (Daniel’s parents), Peter, and Jackie.
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Aubrey digging for “buried treasure” on the beach. She always finds some if Grandpa is around.
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Around sunset time.
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Kate, Jackie, and Catherine doing the hula they learned.
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Back row: Daniel, Shane, Peter, Dalton, Darryl, Hilary, Kevin, Ed, Jerry, Eric, and Robbie.
Next Row: Charlotte, Catherine, Jackie, Kate, Grandma Jackie, Vickie, Hillary, Gretchen, and Maddie.
Front: Aubrey.

We want to take this opportunity on our blog to thank Grandma Jackie for this wonderful trip. We have enjoyed every minute of our time in Kaua’i, and loved spending time together!
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Us on the beach at sunset.
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After it was dark we decided to have dinner at Brennecke’s. Kevin and Charlotte and Robbie and Shane came with us. It was a fun night and we enjoyed visiting with them.

Posted by danielcatherine 16:33 Archived in USA Tagged peter eric hanalei shane brunch kevin charlotte robbie jerry jackie grandma hilary gretchen hillary aubrey maddie dalton brennecke’s vickie darryl Comments (1)

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 Kaua’i Day 12: Icebox Memories

all seasons in one day 84 °F

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The day started with Aubrey and Dalton wanting to go outside. Once outside they found a lizard that was staying “very very still.” They got this lizard several leaves to eat and rocks to use as pillows. When Daniel’s dad went out to remove the dead lizard, it was actually alive!
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Hilary had arranged a hula lesson for the group at our house. The group learned to do a dance to the song “Hawaiian Lullaby.” Everyone enjoyed the class and they are planning on practicing and maybe performing at one of the coming parties.
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We had lunch of spam musubi, chips, and some leftover watermelon from the party.
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After lunch we drove to the Grove Farm plantation. Daniel’s grandma had done the tour last year and decided to do it again this year. The grounds were beautiful as we walked up to the office.
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Some pictures of the office and the landscape of the plantation.
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George N. Wilcox started this plantation, and one of the first stops on the tour was his own house. There was a large plantation house, but G.N. decided to build himself a house where he could be alone. This was his library/reading room.
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Wilcox’s turtle-shaped spittoon.
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Wilcox’s summer bedroom, which is basically a screened patio. It seemed like such a pleasant place to be able to sleep.
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Wilcox’s hat collection, which Catherine felt Daniel would like having.
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The garden outside Wilcox’s house.
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One of the cottages by the house.
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The beautiful interior of the plantation house. It was full of incredible art, books, handmade pieces from the plantation days, and the most beautiful koa wood fixtures around the house.
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Miss Mabel was the last member of the family to live on the property. Her 1974 Buick Skylark is still in working order in the driveway.
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This piece of art was made entirely of butterfly wings.
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This cabinet was won in a contest and was made in Japan. It reminded us a lot of the Asian artifacts that Catherine’s grandmother was given by her own aunt, who ran a store on a liner that travelled to Asia and brought home a lot of items.
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The library inside the plantation house is amazing.
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This large “rock” is actually an old sea sponge. One of the family members would use it to trick people into thinking she was carrying a heavy rock.
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Next we visited the kitchen, which had a wood burning stove which was being used. A woman who had worked in the kitchen when Mabel was still there gave us an explanation of everything. 5E145209-38E9-4A55-A551-39DFFAD030BC.jpeg
Daniel’s grandma and his Aunt Vickie with their fans in the kitchen.
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We had the chance to try the mint ice tea and icebox cookies that have been served at this plantation for years.
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Catherine doesn’t usually like mint, so she wasn’t sure about the tea. She loved it! More importantly, we both loved the icebox cookies. Catherine has loved her Aunt Helen’s icebox cookies as a child. When her aunt died she wanted to find the recipe but was unable to do so. These cookies tasted the same! Thankfully, the plantation gives out the recipe to everyone who comes through! We will be enjoying icebox cookies and mint ice tea when we get home! The lady in the kitchen also gave us some bananas and avocados from the farm.
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This chair converts to a ladder. We were able to get the plans for the chair before leaving. Apparently people all over the world have built them from these plans.
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Some books, a picture of a school class, a World War I helmet, an old shave ice machine, and what Daniel called the Wheel of Misfortune.
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The blacksmith’s shop and the woodshed, which is also home to some of the feral cats around the property.
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The banana fields.
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The laundry at the plantation was done by a woman from Japan who lived in this house.
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Some beautiful views around the plantation.
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All of us at the end of the tour.
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We came back to the house and had a relaxing evening. We went to the pool and saw Aubrey and Dalton’s swimming “tricks” (mostly just swimming) and then came in to have burritos and/or leftovers for dinner. It was a wonderful day!

Posted by danielcatherine 02:24 Archived in USA Tagged tea plantation bananas kauai sugar grandma avocados lihue aubrey dalton vickie icebox_cookies Comments (1)

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