Aloha to Hawaii! We leave you once again but hope to return very soon. Thanks for all of the memories!
(An FYI about the Hawaiian language is below. I guess that is why the Hawaiian words are so long. They only have 12 letters in their alphabet.)
The Hawaiian alphabet contains only 12 letters: 5 vowels (a, e, i, o, u) and 7 consonants (h, k, l, m, n, p, w).
Koa Pancake House, it is like a fast food breakfast place. The banana pancakes with coconut syrup are delicious! They also have an orange marmalade syrup that is very good as well. Everyone in the restaurant, but us, had white rice with their pancakes. A moco loco is an Island favorite. It consists of a big bowl of rice with a hamburger patty and an egg over easy, covered with brown gravy. Milt and Craig both loved it. They made their own several times for breakfast at the condo.
Koa Pancake House in a newer strip mall near Ko’Olina where we stayed.
This is one of Nate and Heidi’s favorite restaurants in Haleiwa, where they live. The “catch of the day burrito,” is supposed to be delicious. We ran out of time this trip to try it but maybe next time. Can you see our rental car in the reflection of the windows? If you look very carefully, you can see me taking a picture out the window of the car. Crazy Tourist!
Matsumoto’s Grocery Store. Aoki’s and Matsumoto’s rival for the best shave ice on the island. Milt tried Matsumoto’s and I tried Aoki’s. You can’t go wrong at either place. Yummy!
This is the Chao Phya Thai Restaurant in Kaneone. It was suggested by one of Julie’s friends. ( I know this isn’t a very good picture but it was raining and I took it through the car window.) It was one of our favorite places to eat. They have all fresh foods that are very authentic and have won several recognition awards. You must try the tapioca pudding and the coconut ice cream. YUM, YUM!
This is one of the menu screens from The Dole Plantation. The Pineapple Sipper Cup has pineapple juice and pineapple ice cream floating on top. Very good, can you see a theme here? LOL! We had lots of delicious food.
At the Dole Plantation, Craig bought this special pineapple carving knife. As you can see he is ready for the cruise ship kitchen. Very professional looking, Craig.
This is Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck with Julie approaching it with wet wipes in hand. If you look at the next picture you will see why you need wet wipes after you eat. I know this truck doesn’t look appetizing at all but it doesn’t seem to keep the crowds away. Giovanni’s only serves 4 items on the menu, shrimp with lemon butter, shrimp with garlic butter, Cajun shrimp, and a garlic hot dog. It is $13.00 for the shrimp and $4.00 for the hot dog. It is worth a trip to the North Shore.
This is one of our plates after we were done eating. There isn’t much left, is there?
This is cute Ivy sitting in her baby sister’s stroller being silly. I think she is adorable! Ivy is 5 years old.
This is Elysse lounging in the chair on the porch. She is a little bit shy. I love the look on her face. Elysse is 2 years old.
This is Kezia showing off her climbing skills at the beach across from her house. Kezia is 7 years old.
I love that all the girls have to do to go to the beach is load up the Radio Flyer with beach toys, suntan lotion, and other supplies and it is a quick 2 minute walk to the beach for the day.
This is a beautiful beach up on the North Shore.
This is the rainbow over Burgoyne’s papaya tree.
So, as the nursery rhyme says, “Wee, wee, wee, all the way home.” As we flew off into the sunset that is surely what we were all saying.
Aloha Hawaii, a hui hou, a hui kaua, good-bye until we meet again.