I know it’s been a few days, I just really don’t like blogging on the weekends (not to mention my daughter has control of the computer most of the time) and my full time job has kept me pretty busy lately. Don’t you wish we could all live in a world where nobody had to go to work for a living? I do!
So I think I am up to Wednesday of the trip…shopping day at International Marketplace. That day was also my payday so a few trips to the ATM and we were set. My mom had gotten up early and done to Lenard’s bakery for malasadas. If you are just now tuning into my trip report and didn’t catch my rant about malasadas on day 1….go back and read it.
We spent a few hours at the International Marketplace and I’m still certain we didn’t see all of it. My son got this weird T-Shirt that lights up when you talk, my daughter got some jewelry, we bought some hand carved tikis from the “natives” for us and my son’s BFF and did some tattoo-ing. My mom and my son got the traditional air brush tattoos but my daughter got a henna one. Once the guy started applying the dye to her skin he starts spewing out the rules…. Can’t go in the water for 4 hours, can’t touch it, can’t allow anything to come in contact with it, can’t let your shirt hit it etc..yada yada. I was starting to think why the hell did I agree for her to this?? It did end up looking pretty cool tho. Later that day the ink dried up and peeled off and left behind the actual tattoo. Now, 2 weeks later you can still see it on her arm. We spent the better part of the afternoon trying to avoid her arm like the plague.
My husband stopped to have a hot dog at this place called Hank’s Haute Dogs over by the tiki guys. Seeing that it had been on Food Network and that Anthony Bourdain had eaten there, my husband and son had to try it out. He said that it was good but that it’s more of a sausage than a hot dog. (That’s what she said….)
The final stop of our shopping day was to the Ukelele store to buy one for my kid. He just HAD to have one so where better to buy one than in Hawaii? One Uke, coming right up……we’ve been home over a week and I still haven’t heard any Hawaiian music coming out of his room……. Looks like it is soon to be MY Ukelele.
On the way back I nabbed some sushi at Sushi 2 Go (sounds scary I know but it was really good) and the kids had Subway again. We had made plans to visit the lagoon over at Hilton Hawaiian Village with my aunt and little cousin Kai.
The Hilton Hawaiian Village lagoon is like a big man made swimming hole. I much prefer the actual ocean side because the lagoon is…well, kinda nasty. The sand is packed so hard it’s like you are walking on concrete and it’s not very clean. Even though you are not allowed to smoke in that area I saw several cigarette butts on the ground. The positive thing about it is the reason we went – its shallow for the little ones and there are no rocks to fall on while you are learning how to paddle board. The paddle boards cost twice as much as they do on the Oceanside but the kids enjoyed learning on them. My son was actually able to take his out and around the lagoon a few times without having to worry about waves or rocks. By the time we were done my daughter thought she was an expert paddle-boarder!
While walking back to the ocean side, we noticed that they were setting up for fireworks later that night and invited the Hawaiian fam back over our condo later on to watch them. My aunt and cousin left for home and it was definitely time for a beverage. We stopped at the Hale Koa beach bar and I had the 2 most yummy drinks ever. Both a concoction of vodka and some kind of juice. The non-drinkers in our group — namely everyone but my mother and I — had ice tea. This tea must’ve been like no other iced tea known to man as it was gone within a few seconds. Either that or they were just really thirsty.
We laughed our asses off when the kids ordered an ice cream brownie sundae (described as a chocolaty brownie topped with ice cream) and what they got was a brownie wrapped in plastic wrap and a blue bell vanilla Dixie cup sitting on top of it on a plate. The fact that I had downed two vodka drinks in less than 30 minutes could’ve attributed to the hilarity of the moment as well…
Off to the beach for a while until the sun started to set. I attempted some beach yoga which was very interesting and drew some very strange looks…it could’ve been that I kept falling face first into the sand while trying to do crow. The beach was sloped. the beach was sloped!! I got some awesome sunset pics that evening.
After our beach time we hit the snack shack again for dinner. Shortly after, the fam came over to watch the fireworks. My cousin brought over some Mochi Ice Cream which I had never tried before but instantly fell in love with. My kids loved it too and now that we are back in Texas we are on the search for how to get our hands on some here.
We were able to see the fireworks pretty good from our lanai. There was one tree slightly in the way but overall it was really nice to be able to sit out there and watch. I think everyone had a great time that evening. I ended the night with yet another vodka tonic – this time I mixed some guava juice in there – and a few chapters of my book. Alas, another day had come to a close.