Monday, July 25, 2016

Kauai - Omiyage


My last Kauai post. Boy, I made that last long, yah . . . so sad to see it come to an end.  But . . . all good things . . . 

This is what I brought back for omiyage. 

Taro Ko taro chips ($5.00) and potato chips ($4.50).
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Soooo delicious . . . Kauai Nut Roasters nuts. These bags were $6 each. They also come in a bigger $11 size. (Thank you so much, Lorna, for sending me more!!)
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This is not really an exclusive Kauai thing, but Leslie bought a bag at Sueoka store in Koloa for $1 something and it was so good that I went back and got about a half dozen to bring back. 
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This Kauai Kookie Macadamia Tea Cookie ($4.25) was really good. Wish I bought more.
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This . . . also from Kauai Kookie . . . was 9 bucks! And I bought two bags! I didn't know the price and just took them to the register. What a surprise! It tastes good but . . . 18 bucks . . . for seed!
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These were $3.75 each. I didn't get any for myself so I don't know how they taste.
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From Tip Top . . . the plain was $3.50 and the chocolate dipped was $4.25. Wendell got the plain one. He said it was "okay".
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These breadsticks were $3.95 each. 
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This was also from Tip Top. I don't remember how much I paid. It wasn't too good. Maybe it's because I forgot about it and ate it two days later after I came home and unpacked. 
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After we returned back home I learned about opihi cookies and Lawai manju. Wendell will be going to Kauai soon, so I've asked him to try check them out. Anything else? 

Anyway, that was such a fun trip, yah. Thanks Les!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Kauai - Po's Kitchen


Our last meal on Kauai was from Po's Kitchen. Sounds like a a noodle joint run by a goose and his panda son, right? We had actually planned on eating at Smiley's Local Grinds which is next door to Po's, but Smiley's looked crowded. As me and Les stood there debating if we should go into Smiley's a guy walks out of Po's with an armful of old-school box lunches. 

We weren't too keen on eating Chinese, but we walked on over and peered through the glass door.

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Surprise!  It's not even Chinese . . . it's an okazuya! That'll work.
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This is the deluxe box lunch ($8.65). It contains everything on the left side of the menu board. The regular has the same things but minus the shrimp tempura. I forget what's excluded in the small size.  It was good. We even ordered three more to go for the men back home.  They substituted long rice in place of the salad after I said that we were flying home with them later that day.  
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There was a steady stream of customers who passed through while we ate. I'm glad. 
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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Kauai - Koloa History Center


Last Day!   After our Hanalei sunrise shoot, Tip Top breakfast and power nap, we headed out to Old Koloa Town, where it all began for me . . . the place where in 1902 my great grandparents first settled and started a new life . . . for themselves, their children and their future descendants. 

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The Koloa History Center was my main focus of attention, and unlike my previous post, I took a lot of pictures here. 
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Kauai - Kauai Kookie Bakery and Kitchen


Sorry . . . this is gonna be a lame post.  For some reason, I took only two pictures at Kauai Kookie Bakery and Kitchen

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I think it's because I was busy looking at stuff to buy and plumb forgot to take photos. I'll show you what I bought later in an "omiyage" post. 
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Luckily, Leslie took this picture of the Lilikoi Cream Cheese Chiffon that we had. It was awesome good . . . possibly even better than the Lilikoi pie we had at Hamura's. You can kinda see the manju that we also ate. That was good too. 
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Kauai - Kapaa Hongwanji Bon Dance


On the evening of Day 2 we attended a bon dance at Kapaa Hongwanji.  


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Here is a flying saucer.  I swear . . .  Kauai people are so creative. You can check out coworker Michele's version including her recipe here
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Yummmmm!!
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Here's a Pronto Pop.
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Les also got mochi and Chinese pretzels.
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The dancing began at around 7:30. We left shortly thereafter . . . because it started to rain . . . and because we were pretty pooped.
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I did manage to take a couple of videos. I used my monopod. Yay!!! It came in handy after all!!