Monday, November 20

Frank took me to a chiropractor first thing, and then we all went to Kountry Kitchen for breakfast. Everyone else went to Waimea Canyon…Truth be told, I had a lovely quiet day reading on the lanai–I finished Provence, 1970, and the rest of the NYTimes from July. I pushed myself a little bit (probably too much) and walked gently to town. I wanted to check out the Bamboo shop, but there wasn’t really much of interest. I walked back, and tried to go to the Nani Moon Meadery, but they are closed on Mondays. I ate at the Shrimp Shack, which I enjoyed, although I wasn’t in the mood to peel the shrimp, and would have been better off with the fried ones, I bet, or even the tacos that she said were medium spicy.

Sunday, November 26

Frank and I walked to the Maui bakery and stocked up on the filled pastries for breakfast; we added a breakfast bowl smoothie from the coffee place, and brought everything back to the condo, where they were promptly devoured. Today was a surfing day: the Women’s World Cup was not held today, so we went to Honolua Bay, and the boys sat on their boards in the gorgeous water and the professionals surfed around them. We actually did see Tyler, who is currently 2nd in the world, an some of the not-pro Australians in her posse.

After 1.5 hrs, Xavier caught a wave for a few seconds; after a bit longer he came in, because he’d raked the crap out of his leg on the reef and was bleeding everywhere.

We took X to a supermarket in Kanapili, where we bought supplies to patch him up with. E stayed at Honolua with Grandy, who was taking photos.

Once we got back, it wasn’t long until Elijah came out of the water. We stopped at Whalers village shopping center for lunch at Joeys Kitchen, and to hit the Tommy Bahama store. There was also an unscheduled Crazy shirts stop.

At 3:50, we got in line for dinner happy hour at Sansei at 5pm; good thing we did, because the entire place fills up for their half-price sushi specials. We got $200 worth of sushi for $100, so was totally worth it.

Then was home to pack.

Wednesday, November 15

Frank and I were on the beach (our ‘Baby Beach’, which is apparently called Fuji beach). for sunrise, watching the sand crabs. After everyone else got up we brought Becky and the boys out to the beach, and sloshed down to the proper sandy shore bits.

We went to snorkel at Lydgate Beach, which had 2 protected pools, but even those were turbulent, with lots of sand and limited visibility. We at lunch at Saimen

which was very tasty huge bowl of Hawaiian ramen followed by lilikoi chiffon pie which was so good we came back on the way home and bought a whole pie.

We went down to Poipu to check that beach out, and while exploring a monk seal just flopped up onto the beach to sleep!!

Frank took Elijah and Xavier north to check out Hanalei Bay and I went with Fred and Beth to shop.

Saturday, November 18

The multi-use path runs right along the ocean from our rental up to Donkey Beach; there are multiple areas with pavilions and scenic overlooks. Frank, Elijah, and Beth made it out of Kapa’a on rental bikes, but not all of the way to the end.

Massages for the boys from Tara @ A Heavenly Massage at 11 and 12; Frank and I did a little bit of wandering/shopping, including a stop in the Aloha Images gallery, where $50 holds any piece of art in the gallery for you, and you pay it off, interest-free, until you own it. There was also cool color-changing glass jewelry at Kela’s. Also many shops with incense.

Trusting the Utimate Kuaia Guidebook, we drove south to Poipu and did serious off-reading

to get to the Maha’ulepu Beaches; Gillin Beach was deemed not suitable, but the sandy side of Kawailoa Bay was a good point to snorkel from, and then we just messed about in the ocean until the rains started again.

Dinner was at the Italian place right across the road: Kauai Pasta, which was more than adequate, and we can home and fell into bed.

Friday, November 17

Early leave to surf at Hanalei.We ate at Lei Petite Cafe in Princeville, which was as adorable as its name, and not only saw a double rainbow leaving town, we also saw it dropping into Hanalei Bay off the overlook~ it was spectacular.

Once we made it to town the boys got surfboarded and to the beach; I went running, and returned to find everyone had migrated to the east end of the beach, and Fred and Beth had joined us. There is a very cold freshwater stream that flows down fro the mountains and makes a bracingly cold but clean parallel channel to the ocean for a few hundred feet. I took a dip, which cooled me right down.

The issue with the surfing there is that the waves are breaking so far out that you can’t see anything, or really communicate at all with the surfers. They don’t even ride all of the way in, but fall off still very far out. The frequency and strength of the rain showers gradually increased all morning, so we spent more and more time under the trees, and eventually were joined by Jessica whose people were also out surfing.

Fred and Beth went for lunch; the rain continued, and I bailed; Frank and Becky and the boys were not far behind. Lunch was at Hanalei Bread Company; we walked across the street to replace Elijah’s swimsuit, and then went in search of Tunnel Beach to surf more, and snorkel.

. We drove over a bunch more one-lane bridges all the way past Haena Beach and Maniniholo Dry Cave (Frank should have some good photos from his camera) into Haena State Park at the end of rte 560. The Kalalau Trail leaves from here:

We only did the first .25 miles which was just up, to overlook Ke’e Beach before coming back down. We stopped several more places on the way out, looking for access to Tunnels, but did not find it. Further reading of the guideboooks suggests that Tunnels is not something that is well-labelled, has parking, or is directly accessible from the road, and we can back that up.

Dinner was steak and pork and all sorts of good things Fred cooked, along with bread from the bread company.

Thursday, November 16th

It is 2:45 in the afternoon and I am locked in the house, waiting for lunch and confirmation of how to proceed. We are supposed to lock the house when we go, with pipes on the sliders and deadbolts on the doors. All well and good….but they locked me in when I was beside myself with a headache and they left for lunch. I was going to walk down the bike path and meet them at the Olympic Cafe, but needed to lock the house.

Problem solved when I called Frank and he told me that there was an extra key in the packet from Kauai Vacation Rentals. I locked the house up and walked down the bike path and met up with everyone; I scarfed my to-go fish tacos, and we went for shaved ice at Wailua Shave Ice truck, which (according to Hannah, the boys’ scuba instructor) is the best shaved ice on the island. Totally awesome, all natural, they look HUGE but turn out to be the perfect size. Most everything has coconut in it, which I am not enamored of; but it turns out that they will totally adjust stuff on the fly, as we saw other people in line leaving stuff out. But, that doesn’t actually matter, because Love Potion #9 is strawberry with vanilla milk, and it is the bomb!

But, starting from the beginning, Fred took the boys scuba diving and left at 6:45 am, so Abeth, Becky, Frank and I went to the Kountry Kitchen Restaurant & Cafe. My traditional loco mock (which is just an excuse to eat brown gravy) is made with ground beef from Makaweli; Becky and I split that, and the Portuguese bean soup, which was beany and oniony and lemony goodness. Frank had the Kauai Benedict, made with Kalua pork.

This was followed by an excursion for me, Frank, and Becky to Kilohana Plantation in Lihue in order to visit the Tasting Room of the Koloa Rum Company. There turn out to be a number of great little shops and galleries– even the run company store had good art: there was a guy who has an eye for water, called Scuba Tom, and there is an idea to check out his work at Fish Eye Gallery in Princeville. There was a pottery studio run by three sisters, which also had some beautiful things–the website doesn’t really do their work justice. We wandered back to the house, and I had a meltdown to go with my HUGE headache, so I went to bed.

After the very late lunch, we went in search of hikes. It turns out that the Opaeka’a Falls can be seen from a lookout off the highway; there is no hiking, but there is an awesome tree:

Across the road, looking down into the river valley:

Waimea Falls is the other waterfall in the [insert area}; it is the double falls from the opening credits of Fantasy Island. There is supposedly at least one path down to the base of the falls, but there is a chain link fence and many, many signs warning of hazardous rocks and saying that the area is closed. The boys wanted to go down anyway, but parental intervention prevented that.

Dinner was random fridge food; there was a stop at Costco, but lunch was so late it didn’t make any sense to do a full meal.

Tuesday, November 14th

TUESDAY, November 14 to KAUAI

3:45 is an early wake-up time, even for me. As the 4:30 leave time left, Frank was getting wounded up in his own stress, but didn’t even snap as we drove back and forth between 67 and 80 collecting shoes and pillows and Becky. The last–minute grab of the transponder out of the Prius was brilliant, except for the fact that Jared’s van was already registered to a different transponder, and they are now doing pay-by-plate anyway, so we hid my transponder and hopefully we won’t get charged anyway.

7:10AMEST BOS to SEA Alaska Airlines 737

10:34AMPST Arrive Seattle (SEA)

Confirmation # QJYFAY –

Seat 18C, 18A, 18F, 18D –

Aircraft: Boeing 737-800 (winglets) Passenger/BBJ2, nonstop 6h, 24m, 2,488 mi

And, of course, Becky, who was in 18E.


4:31PMPST SEA to LIH Alaska Airlines 839 –

9:00PMHST Arrive Kauai Island (LIH)

Confirmation # QJYFAY –

Seat 22C, 22F, 22A, 22D –

Aircraft: Boeing 737-800 (winglets) Passenger/BBJ2, nonstop 6h, 29m, 2,698 mi

Arrive Hale Niu, 963 Niulani Rd, Kapaa, HI

Depart 11/21/2017 10:00am

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Hawaii 2017, the Beth version

Hawaii things I do not want to forget. possibly also things I do want to forget, but shouldn’t. Itinerary:

TUESDAY, November 14 to KAUAI

7:10AMEST BOS to SEA Alaska Airlines 737

10:34AMPST Arrive Seattle (SEA)

Confirmation # QJYFAY –

Seat 18C, 18A, 18F, 18D –

Aircraft: Boeing 737-800 (winglets) Passenger/BBJ2, nonstop 6h, 24m, 2,488 mi

Frank Pulito, FT# 180137860, Ticket # 0272134637068

Elijah Pulito, FT# 193243105, Ticket # 0272134637070

Xaver Pulito, FT# 8R0PK18, Ticket # 0272134637071

Elizabeth Storrs, FT# 41K8X44, Ticket # 0272134637069

4:31PMPST SEA to LIH Alaska Airlines 839 –

9:00PMHST Arrive Kauai Island (LIH)

Confirmation # QJYFAY –

Seat 22C, 22F, 22A, 22D –

Aircraft: Boeing 737-800 (winglets) Passenger/BBJ2, nonstop 6h, 29m, 2,698 mi

Frank Pulito, FT# 180137860, Ticket # 0272134637068

Elijah Pulito, FT# 193243105, Ticket # 0272134637070

Xaver Pulito, FT# 8R0PK18, Ticket # 0272134637071

Elizabeth Storrs, FT# 41K8X44, Ticket # 0272134637069

Arrive Hale Niu, 3-3311 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, HI, 96766

Depart 11/21/2017 10:00am

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TUESDAY, November 21 to MAUI

1:11PMHSTLIH to OGG Hawaiian Airlines 244

2:02PMHSTArrive Kahului (OGG)

Confirmation # TXPJLF

Seat 22A, 22B, 22D, 22E, 22F, 23A, 23B –

Aircraft: Boeing 717-200, nonstop 51m, 201 mi

Frank Pulito, FT# 339727142, Ticket # 1732163775454

Elizabeth Storrs, FT# 339728016, Ticket # 1732163775455

Rebecca Pulito, FT# 339742082, Ticket # 1732163775456

Xavier Pulito, FT# 339742404, Ticket # 1732163775457

Elijah Pulito, FT# 339742442, Ticket # 1732163775458

Frederick Manheck, FT# 339742160, Ticket # 1732163775459

Elizabeth Manheck, FT# 339742200, Ticket # 1732163775460

Arrive Maui

Check-In: 3:00pm

2575 S. Kihei Road, Unit F102 Kihei, HI

Confirmation # HA-K14Q34

Depart 11/27/2017 10:00am

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TUESDAY, November 21 to Hawai’i

11:30AMHST OGG to KOA JetBlue Airways 260

12:04PMHST Arrive Kailua-Kona (KOA)

Confirmation # IPMKYK

Elizabeth Storrs, FT# 3191241621, Ticket # 2792182572159C1

Xavier Coda Pulito, FT# 2134611561, Ticket # 2792182572160C1

Frank M Pulito, FT# 3714381282, Ticket # 2792182572161C1

Elijah Pi Pulito, FT# 2134611943, Ticket # 2792182572162C1

Rebecca Pulito, Ticket # 2792182572163C1

Frederick Manheck, Ticket # 2792182572164C1

Elizabeth Manheck, Ticket # 2792182572165C1

Arrive Hale Kai O’Kona

76-6204 Ali’i Dr, Unit 1 Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

FRIDAY, December 1 coming home

11:45PMHST KOA to PHX American Airlines 664

8:27AMMSTArrive Phoenix (PHX)

1h, 23m layover

Confirmation # YYTCJH

Seat 18C, 18B, 19A, 18A –

Connects to AA 1046 at 9:50am MST

Aircraft: Boeing 757-200 Passenger, nonstop 5h, 42m, 2,855 mi

Elizabeth Storrs, FT# 41K8X44, Ticket # 0012116326620

Frank Pulito, Ticket # 0012116326621

Elijah Pulito, Ticket # 0012116326622

Xavier Pulito, Ticket # 0012116326623

9:50AMMST PHX to BOS American Airlines 1046

4:45PMEST Arrive Boston (BOS)

Confirmation # YYTCJH

Seat 16C, 16D, 16E, 16F –

Aircraft: BOEING 737-800, nonstop 4h 55m, 2,293 mi

Elizabeth Storrs, FT# 41K8X44, Ticket # 0012116326620

Frank Pulito, Ticket # 0012116326621

Elijah Pulito, Ticket # 0012116326622

Xavier Pulito, Ticket # 0012116326623