Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Clearwater Jazz Holiday 2016 Trip

10/11/16 Day 1

For Mitch's birthday trip, we drove to Clearwater, FL for their Jazz Holiday music festival.

On the drive there, we stopped at Ingleside Village Pizza in Macon for lunch and met a cute pooch on the porch seating and saw a nice mural. The food is good and it's in a trendy shopping area of locally owned stores.

In Tampa, we stopped for dinner at Cigar City Brewing. The food is not our favorite and since this was our second time to their brewpub, we plan on trying Tampa Bay Brewing next time. Good beer, though.

Terry the terrier in Ingleside Village Pizza in Macon, GA

Mural on the building next to Ingleside Village Pizza in Macon, GA

Seen in a truck stop

Florida welcome center

Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL

Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Departure day, Day 11

03/27/16

On our  departure day, the landlord of our accommodation to photos of us on his deck. We headed out in traffic over the pali towards Waikiki, beautiful mountain view. Before going to the airport, we headed to Halekulani, House Without a Key for one more Mai Tai (and some other cocktails) and a dessert. It's a good restaurant, open air, with a world class view of Waikiki Beach and Diamondhead crater. We will definitely return.

Our accommodation in Lanikai

Driving over the pali

At House Without a Key

Patio at House Without a Key



A proper Mai Tai is not pink, and must contain orgeat. Recipe on their website.


Diamondhead volcanic crater, Waikiki beach

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Beach, Pig & the Lady, Kumu Kahua Theater, Day 10

3/26/16 Started the day swimming on a beach in Lanikai just a short walk from our accommodation. Saw a cute tiny house during our walk to the beach. At night we went to Chinatown and had a fancy dinner at very popular The Pig & the Lady restaurant, followed by a locally written play put on a Kumu Kahua Theatre. We make an effort to see a play there when we are on island; locally written productions and pretty much all locals in the audience. The play we saw this time was "Pelicans" by Eric Yokomori, the second play of his we have seen.

Swimming off Lanikai
Mini house on our walk route to the beach
Surf board bench at the mini house
Popular restaurant in Chinatown. Make reservations.






Part of the set of the play "Pelicans", Kumu Kahua Theatre

Part of the set of the play "Pelicans", Kumu Kahua Theatre



Sunday, November 27, 2016

Retro Poster Exhibit, Halekulani, Simplisity, Day 9

03/25/16 Waikiki day! We went to see a retro travel poster exhibit at the historic Royal Hawaiian, sampled beers with lunch at the Yard House, had the best Mai Tai ever with the best view at Halekulani and saw our friends in Simplisity play music at Snappers.

Bride at the Royal Hawaiian hotel

Bride at the Royal Hawaiian hotel

Retro travel poster exhibit at the Royal Hawaiian


Diamondhead crater and ocean view from Halekulani

Mac Nut Tart and Hale Tai cocktail at Halekulani

Coconut cake and Mai Tai at Halekulani

Simplisity playing at Snappers

Sweets singing with Simplisity

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Beach Road Trip Playlist


Boat in Belize, Kelly Maguire
Laid Back 'n Low Key, Alan Jackson
Reggae Night,  Jimmy Cliff
Gin and Coconut Water, Baha Men
Fortunate Few, Delbert McClinton
Spread The Love, Kenny Chesney
Just Another Gringo in Belize, Jerry Jeff Walker
Island Boy, Henry Kopono
Rainbow, G. Love/Jack Johnson
Lucky Enough, Scott Kirby
One More Song About Mexico, El Camino
Come As You Are Beach Bar, Keith Sykes
Castaway, Zac Brown Band
Dreadlock Holiday, 10CC
Lay Me Down, Dirty Heads
Crazy Baldheads, Bob Marley
Wild World, Maxi Priest
Trenchtown Rock, Bob Marley
Vahevala,  Loggins and Messina
Homegrown, Zac Brown Band
Hold Up My Heart, Cas Haley
Do The Reggay,  Toots and the Maytals
Smile Jamaica, Chronixx
Guava Jelly, Owen Gray
A Night On The Beach, Scott Kirby
Tropical Heat Wave,  Big Pineapple
Pirate Flag, Kenny Chesney
Surfing in a Hurricane, Jimmy Buffett
Gulf Coast Time, Roger Creager
Making Music For Money, Jimmy Buffett
I Need A Break, Orleans
Always Saturday Night, Thom Shepard
Key Lime Squeeze, The Survivors
Satisfy My Soul, Bob Marley
Atlantic City, Peter Joseph Burtt
Summer In Your Arms, Anuhea
Bucket, Kenny Chesney
Bar At The End of the World, Kenny Chesney
Smooth Operator, Sade
Year Of the Cat, Al Stewart
You're the Only Woman, Ambrosia
Ventura Highway, America
Escape (PiƱa Colada Song),  Rupert Holmes
Sentimental Lady, Bob Welch
Time Passages, Al Stewart
No Static, Steely Dan
Just The Two of Us,  Grover Washington, Jr.
Right Down The Line, Gerry Rafferty
Lido Shuffle, Boz Scaggs
Steal Away, Robbie Dupree
Baby Come Back, Player
Drift Away, Dobie Gray
Tequila Sunrise, the Eagles
An American Dream, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Dancin' in the Moonlight, Orleans
Thunder Island, Jay Ferguson
Champagne Jam, Atlanta Rhythm Section
Third Rate Romance, Amazing Rhythm Aces
Romeo's Tune, Steve Forbert
Part of the Plan, Dan Fogelberg
Sail On, Commodores
I'd Really Love to See You Tonight, England Dan and John Coley

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Road trip, Haleiwa, Waimea Valley, Harbor Pub, Day 8

03/24/16 On this day, we drove up the windward coast from Lanikai to the north shore, to Haleiwa. There we had lunch at a vegetarian cafe named Beet Box, where a band was playing. Then we walked around the botanical gardens in Waimea Valley, saw beautiful flowers, plants and the waterfall and swimming hole there. In the evening, we drove to Waikiki and saw friends Andy and Dean play at the Harbor Pub in the Honolulu marina.

Driving up the Windward Side

Music at Beet Box Cafe

Entering Waimea Valley

Waterfall swimming hole, Waimea Valley



Andy Sexton and Dean Lum playing at the Harbor Pub

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ho'omaluhia Gardens, Morning of Day 7, O'ahu.

03/23/16 On this day, we visited Ho'omaluhia Gardens, a free garden on the windward side in Kaneohe. It's free and it's fantastic. The 400 acre garden and 32 acre lake was created as a flood protection measure for Kaneohe (steep Ko'olaus mountains funnel lots of rain). Ho'omaluhia means "to make a place of peace and tranquility".

At the Visitor's Center

Starting our hike at the lak
Cacao beans in the garden

Common Waxbill
Red-crested Cardinal
Mitch finally got to see a mongoose in the wild.
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Ohia lehua flower