Saturday, January 14, 2012

Aloha Oe

This is the moon on our last evening in Hawai'i.  

Our last day in Hawai'i was marked by delicious foods, a day at the beach and then the most perfect sunset at Kaena Point, which is at the end of Farrington Highway on the Waianae Coast.  There used to be a road that wrapped around the point and took travelers to the North Shore, but it was washed out in Hurricane 'Iwa (named after the Hawaiian frigate bird whose name means "thief" when  I was a child.  The beach is known as "yokes" or "Yokohama" beach and boasts the most beautiful sunsets on the island.  We were racing the light to get there to see the sunset, and we made it.  I felt terrible because we exploded onto the beach at sunset right next to a couple trying to enjoy a romantic sunset watching time.  I guess that night we were "those" annoying tourists who go take pictures of a sunset, then leave.  But I'm still glad we went.  A trip to Makaha is not complete without watching the sunset at Kaena point.

We went and had breakfast with my parents at Hannara Restaurant, the best food I ate all trip. 
Kim Chee!

Portuguese sausage, eggs and fried rice


Hannara is right between Waianae mall and the Seventh Day Adventist Church
Sunset at Makua Valley.  The US military practiced bombing here. It's still barricaded by chain link fences topped with razor wire.  It's probably one of the most beautiful valleys on the island, but the only way you can really get to enjoy it is by hiking the ridge above it.  I did that in high school.  

Racing the sun

Aloha Oe

mom and dad
me and my guy
trying to get a family picture

That's the best we got! 
This was just after the sun dipped below the water
Looking back up the coast toward Makaha

Makaha Beach

Breakfast before the plane.  Chili and Rice at Zippy's

Going home

Friday, January 13, 2012

Wai'anae Christmas Parade and Menehune Surf Match

Your day is bound to be lovely if you get to wake up to these delicious avocados for breakfast.  They were given to us by my friend Claire, who was one of my dearest friends from 8th through 12th grade and still holds an important place in my heart.  Her family has an avocado tree in their back yard in Mililani that's two stories tall.  These avocados were twice as heavy as a Hass from the grocery store.  They were about a thousand times tastier too.

On our last Saturday in Hawai'i we decided to stay in Makaha.  It is hard to drive the 45 minutes or more it takes to get off the coast into Honolulu and other places, especially with 5 bickering children in the car.  Anyway, we like Makaha best.  It was the perfect day.  It started with the Wai'anae Christmas parade, longest parade ever invented, with most candy ever given out.  The kids loved it.  We went last year and I saw people I knew there, but this year I knew no one.  I guess we have lived in the mainland for 13 years.  That would account for it.  After that, we took a quick stop at 7-11 to pick up some Spam musubi for lunch.  We snarfed those down and parked at Makaha Surfing beach to check out the 2011 Rell Sun Menehune Surfing Match that was in progress.  As a kid, we never really watched the surfing matches, but I thought it would be fun for our kids to see, especially because some scenes from the movie Soul Surfer were filmed there.  The day closed with quiet time at grandma and grandpa's house and a beautiful sunset.
doing the morning programming

The spoils of the shell and beach glass collecting day

my huarache saved my foot from some owies
the thorn from the shoe

waiting for the parade just outside the public multi purpose buildings where my parents' church met
ok, tired of waiting
grandma and grandpa wait too

I'm impressed with the volume of floats this parade has.  I was really shocked when I moved to Washington that logging trucks and tractors took precedence in the parades.  
I think these girls were from the intermediate (middle) school

One float had replicas of all the main buildings in Wai'anae.  The white one is the Wai'anae Protestant church that is over 100 years old.  My dad did our wedding ceremony there.  
of course they had the new Jack in the Box that was being built : soon...ish!

big bro
Gotta have the obligatory showcasing of rims, speakers, flat screen tvs and hydraulic doors.
U.S. and Hawaiian flag merge a little.  U.S. colonialism in Hawai'i has a frustrating and enraging story, but the people of Hawai'i are resilient and have their culture well in tact.

Ma'o organic farms, a local CSA, gave out these palm frond flowers and fishies instead of candy.  Last year they gave out mustard seed, which I grew in my garden!

Makaha Beach, site of the 2011 Rell Sun Menehune Surf Match, a surfing competition for kids. 

A young surfer participates in the surf match

Alexander palm, the view from our stairwell

Alexander Palm fruit
my big green eyed boy
I wish i made this!  This is down at Turtle Beach that evening.
God light.
asking to be buried 
Super duper serious 'kine God light


good night.