Hawaii (Part VII)

DING! DING! DING!  Another milestone!  This is the 750th posting on this blog!  Do I win anything?

November 30

[A day to hang around the neighborhood.  Remember the previous discussions of Roy’s wild “pets”?  Well, here’s the spider that guards the garage door – doesn’t look like someone to trifle with!  And the giant moth on the swing – well, here he/she has moved to the screen door at the back of the garage.]

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[We left Roy’s in the morning to go to his favorite local coffee plantation.   From “Hawaii Revealed”:  This ultra-pink 1926 building is up at the 1,400 foot elevation level in Holualoa (above Kona town). It’s cheap, bare bones, no nonsense and doesn’t seem to change much between editions. No mints on your pillow, no phones, shared bathrooms, but they have a tv in the lobby. If you want two beds, it’s $40, a double bed is $35. It’s $30 if you’re by yourself and plan to stay that way. Rooms #9 and #10 are the best bet and are for couples only; the rest you may want to avoid.]

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[Now I mentioned the Kona Hotel only because it was neighborly to UCC Hawaii, our coffee destination.  And like the Kona Hotel, it was another 1,000 feet above Roy’s – great views and cooler!]

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[Then we took a little hike down the hill (and then back up – oy, it was steep) to see the coffee plants.]

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[Later in the day, it was luau night!  Heading down the hill from Roy’s, we would be going six miles south.]

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[You may notice the luau ads and invitation are for the the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel.  The Ka’anapali Beach Hotel is on Maui.  We are no longer on Maui.  I lost most of my pictures from Maui.  We did not go to this luau anyway.  I believe this was the night I stayed in to do my nails.]

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[But we did luau at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay on the Big Island . . . ]

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[Standing in line, enjoying the grounds, a beverage, a sunset, the swimming pool, the sunset again and again and again . . . ]

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[Oh, here’s the swimming pool . . . ]

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[And our emcee and entertainers . . . you’re going to find this hard to believe, but it featured the hula!]

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[First, hula lessons . . . ]

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[Then tattoing!  Mine read, “You need lessons on eating California rolls.”]

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[This Super’s read, “I’m ticklish!”]

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[Appetizers and other stuff . . . ]

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[Let the entertainment begin!]

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[And keep going . . . ]

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[This is my computer wallpaper . . . because the dancer on the left is the one who tattoed me!  🙂  ]

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[And going . . .  Well, because we can’t get this stuff in the greater 5-county area.]

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[This guy was good, a real entertainer who knew how to milk the crowd.]

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Airline travel is hours of boredom interrupted by moments of stark terror.  ~  Al Boliska

Up next:  Hawaii?

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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1 Response to Hawaii (Part VII)

  1. G. says:

    Looks like a wonderful time spent in Hawaii. And, happy that you were able to spend time with Roy and have him show you around his neck of the woods.

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