Day 2!!! After our sunrise shoot at Anahola Beach, breakfast at Tip Top and a 2-hour total-zonk-out nap, we were off again . . . this time westward to Hanapepe and Waimea. I have previously blogged about Taro Ko Chips many times, most notably here, here, and here. It was so cool that I was finally going to da "factory".
Isn't this so so so so cute!
I wasn't 100% sure that this was the entrance, so we kinda meekly tiptoed in. It was! Sure enough, Dale Nagamine was there doing his thing. I recognized him from an article that I had read in Hawaii Magazine here.
The article mentions Stanley Sakoda, Dale's friend who hangs out with Dale everyday. We talked story for a little bit and then left with two boxes of our pre-ordered taro chips. After driving a bit we realized that we forgot to get a bag for us to eat, so we went back. Dale gave us the bag for free! How awesome izdat?! Dunno why, but it made me teary.
Next on our agenda was to go find some "super-ono fried chicken" recommended by Leslie's friend, Ryan. After being misdirected by Ryan to the Hanapepe Shell Station, we finally found the chicken at the Waimea Shell Station, a few miles away.
The chicken was $2 each. We bought the last three. The crispy chicken skin was indeed "super ono", but to be honest, the meat inside was small-kine dry.
Since our fried chicken hunt took us to Waimea we decided to go check out the Waimea Canyon, a day earlier than planned. On our way there, we stopped for some shave ice at Jojo's.
When I ordered my strawberry/li hing shave ice ($4.75), this guy quickly made me a sample spoonful of the li hing syrup to taste first. He said that they make it with actual pulverized li hing mui seed and is pretty potent, so he wanted to make sure that I'd like it. Let me tell you . . . IT WAS DA BOMB LI HING MUI FLAVOR!! I'm drooling right now just thinking about it. I did tell him to not put too much, though, 'cause it really was potent.
Here is Leslie's vanilla/melona shave ice. Hers was good too. Sooooo refreshing. I only wish that they had a smaller size. We both couldn't finish ours.
Next stop . . . Waimea Canyon . . . tomorrow's post.