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

My Birthday, Bishop Museum, Craft Beer, Chinatown. Day 6, O'ahu.

03/22/16 On my birthday, we visited the Bishop Musuem where we experienced a very nice docent tour. The Bishop Museum is a great natural history museum and I recommend it to anyone visiting Honolulu. Then we enjoyed beer flights and lunch at Honolulu Beerworks. In the late afternoon, we sadly arrived too late to Chinatown to get groceries, they close early. We headed to a grocery store on the way back to our rental and still had a nice home cooked meal. Thanks for the tasty stir fry, Mitch! No birthday cake for my 50th, they sadly had run out of the guava chiffon I was waiting for...but I did have some very nice locally made coconut ice cream. I must have had fun, because I hardly got any photos this day!

The Bishop Museum

A flower in the Bishop Museum's native plants garden

Honolulu Beerworks takes work to get to, but is worth it.

Honolulu Beerworks flight, very good.

Arrived too late to buy in Chinatown

Birthday sunset from our rental in Lanikai

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pillbox Hike, Chocolate Tour, Kailua. Day 5, O'ahu

03/21/16 We started our day by walking 1.4 miles to the trailhead of the Kiawa Ridge Pillbox Hike (and back). Then it was up, up, up along a ridge to beautiful views. After lunch at our rental, we went to Kailua for a chocolate tour at the Manoa Chocolate Factory, which is surprisingly located in a two-story shopping center. We visited Lanikai Juice for some well earned rehydration and Lanikai Bath and Body for soaps made in Kailua. All of these are locally owned businesses. For dinner we went to Cactus Bistro in Kailua which was very good, but I was so tired by then, I didn't get any photos. No wonder I was tired...we won the Skyscraper Badge on FitBit for climbing the equivalent of 100 floors! Total on Fitbit was 116 floors.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Poke, Malasadas, Beer. Day 4, O'ahu

On 03/20/16, we flew from Kauai to O'ahu and from the airport, went straight to Nico's Pier 38 for lunch al fresco.

Then we went to two of our favorite places. Leonard's to pick up malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts...ours were macadamia nut creme filled and haupia [coconut] filled) and Ono Seafood to get the best poke on the island.

Then we headed across the island and over the pali to to our rental in Lanikai. This was the view from the shared porch.

After meeting the owners and dropping off our luggage, we drove to Kailua to try a craft brewery: Lanikai Brewing. From there, we walked to Bella's Bistro nearby for dinner on their patio.

Finished off this travel day with a beautiful sunset view from our rental.