Sunday, September 30, 2007

Day Two- Hawai'i

Michael and I started Saturday morning off with the local favorite breakfast of Spam and eggs on white rice. Spam shows up in a lot of places and dishes in Hawaii. I intend to try the Musubi before I go, which is two slabs of Spam on either side of a square of sticky rice, all wrapped in a seaweed wrapper so it looks like a piece of sushi. When in Rome, right?

We took the rental car around the southwest corner of the island yesterday and saw some beautiful terrain and coast. Sadly, many of the most beautiful things I could not get photos of since the road was so narrow by the cliff edge to the ocean that stopping was not an option.

We drove past Diamond Head and then Michael took me back by Hanauma Bay, which is where he took the teaser photo that he sent me earlier in the week. We plan to go back there for a day trip to snorkel above all of the coral and look for sea turtles. We drove through Waimanalo, Kailua and then wrapped around inland by Pearl City. We were looking for groceries to stock the kitchenette in the room, so we "toured" Pearl City and Honolulu until we found a grocery store.

We had a quick bite to eat at McDonald's before grocery shopping. Interestingly, they don't serve apple pies in Hawaii at McDonald's, instead, they serve Haupia pies. Our curiosity caused us to order two pies and the filling is a coconut cream type middle. I also noticed that on Waikiki Beach that the McDonald's seemed to be serving a Udon Noodle dish, that I have never seen in a New England McD's, that seems to cater to the Asian crowd.

We hung out early evening on the recreation deck until a light rain actually did make it to the pool area. And that quick shower of course brought another Hawaiian rainbow with it.

While Michael napped, I found the makings for Mai Tai's in the mini mart of the Resort and whipped up the best Mai Tai's I have ever tasted. I think it was the fresh Guava juice that is abundant here that made it so tasty, and the coconut rum. For dinner, we had garlic beef over brown rice and then a big oriental green salad, mostly made with the fresh produce and the entree I bought from the street vendors on Saturday.

It is amazing how different the view is from the room's balcony. Many of the photos in the blog so far have been from approximately the same place on the landscape, taken from the balcony. The first morning photo, the rainbow photo, and the night view photo, so compare them fore yourself. I played with my exposure length on the camera last night and got a good photo of the view in lights. I like how you can see the lights on the homes up the hill abruptly stop where the terrain becomes so steep that you couldn't possibly build there. If you click on any of the photos, you can look at a much larger version, and then use the back button to return to the blog.
As is usually par for me on vacation, I went to bed by 9:00 pm. Which technically was 3:00 am on the East coast. Michael was able to stay up later because he had a nap.

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