Hawaii Day 5: Pineapple and Coffee Land
Last night, we met up with Geoff after the symposium and we all went to an amazing burger place called Chesseburger Waikiki. On the walk back home, I stopped in front of a little store with a sidewalk display to try a lei on Eloise, who was in my arms. The store owner saw us, came out, and tried leis on ALL of us! He also showed us the cute headbands for the kids, which they loved, so I bought them.
Today we were ready for adventure again now that the laundry was caught up and so was everyone's sleep. I took all the children to the Dole Pineapple Plantation! It was gorgeous - beautiful gardens and water, and a fun train for us to ride called The Pineapple Express. We rode through the farms, and I was surprised to see that they grow a variety of things there, not just pineapples. They also grew cacao beans, among other tropical crops. The kids were being kind of out-of-hand, so I promised a reward if they did not get to three strikes. Gracy did not make it, but Cannon did, so he used his "treat" to buy a doll for her. He is the sweetest brother. Then, since she was four and didn't understand, wanted to buy something for him to say thank you, and even though I explained it, she still just didn't get it, so that's how we wound up with a hula doll Christmas ornament.
While we were in the gift shop, I bought one of those oysters that you randomly pick and they slice open for you to see if there's a pearl in it. It's hit or miss, and many don't have pearls, but we got TWO pearls! Maybe I should make them into earrings or necklaces for the girls when they're older.
Finally, I was browsing a stand full of beautiful shell jewelry, and I did buy a gorgeous white shell necklace made with hundreds of teeny tiny shells. While I looked, Cannon asked the lady making jewelry what his name would be in Hawaiian. She wrote the following on the back of a little scrap of paper for me, asking all our names in turn.
Geoff = Keopele
Emily = Pa'ahana
Cannon = Kanonu
Grace = Alohalani (I love that it means full of compassion - describes her perfectly)
Eloise = Eloike (el-oh-EE-kee) (Cute, right?)
After we left, I met up with a former student, Lydia Stuemke, who was living on the island at the time. We met at a cute little lemonade & smoothie shop, which served its drinks in tall Ball glass jars, and I will keep mine on my kitchen windowsill, full of our little Hawaiian beach treasures.
We took the long way home, through many small coffee farms and small roads. On the way back I dicovered a beautiful hidden-away valley where farm workers lived, and they were all coming home, kicking up dust on the dirt road, which danced in the misty Hawaiian sunset over the mountains. It looked like pure heaven.