Monday, August 29, 2011

Kauai Gymnastics Academy

As we mentioned earlier, Cory is currently working at the Kauai Gymnastics Academy which is the ONLY gymnastics facility on the island.  In fact, he is there as I write this. He has to take an hour bus ride to get there from Waimea.  Luckily, we will be moving much closer this week so he won't have to spend quite as much time on the bus... but he tells me he meets some interesting people there.


We learned that the gym has a pretty interesting history, the guy who owns the gym was the assistant coach for the Olympic Medal winner Dominique Dawes  who became famous in 1996!  I remember being obbsessed with her in 3rd grade.


Last week, Cory had four girls in his class who were all trying to learn how to do a back-handspring. By the end of the class ALL of them could do it on their own! Very impressive! Maybe someone that Cory teaches will end up at the Olympics one day. 

-Emilie   

Off-roading in Waimea Canyon


Despite the fact that we have been living in Waimea for the last month, it wasn’t until this weekend that we saw the town’s main attraction… Waimea Canyon.  It is nicknamed the “Grand-Canyon of the Pacific”.  We went there with our friends Branden, Natasha, and their daughters.  As we drove up the long road into the mountains our first stop was quite a unique sight.  A waterfall surrounded by mounds of red dirt, and not much else.  We felt like we were on Mars!

Next we went to one of the look-out points.  We were surprised at how cold it had gotten after driving up so far!  It felt almost like fresh, crisp fall air… which was kind of a nice change because Waimea can get pretty hot, especially in the afternoon.  The view was beautiful! 

As we drove further up the mountain we arrived at a restaurant and museum, which was about another 15-20 minutes down the road.  It struck me that it must be kind of strange for the people who work at the restaurant to have to drive up a mountain to just get to work!  We went to the little museum.  We enjoyed looking at the Niihau Shell Lei’s and other historical items.  They also had some information on display about the unique plants in the area. 

We had a picnic outside the museum in a huge open grassy field.   After eating we couldn’t resist doing some gymnastics and stunting in the field.  There is something about a open, flat grassy area that just makes us think of doing back flips!

Eventually we continued our journey into the mountains… and it was quite a journey!  Before long the paved road turned to dirt, and then into mud, and then into water!

We parked on top of the small waterfall and waded into the river for some fun pictures…

It was a wild ride, one side of the road is sheer cliff, and the other drops off hundreds of feet.  We eventually made it to an amazing lookout point. We had hoped to have this spot to ourselves so we could throw paper airplanes off and watch them fly forever, but there were already other people there...they were hunters who had gotten a wild boar.

We drove to a dead end and decided to get out and do some hiking and went down a steep path and found some wild fruit and some amazing views.  We did not venture out too far before deciding to turn back to the truck and back down the dirt road. We started our trek back home, but not before stopping for a quick game of golf.  For all you golfing pros, this was a par 1, with a guarantee of getting a hole in 1 on your first time out or your money back!

With Waimea being on the warm side, we had a completely wrong impression of the Waimea Canyon.  If your reading this, and you decide to visit Kauai, rent a jeep and make this a MUST STOP on your stay here. Bring food, water, a full tank of gas, and some golf balls.

-Cory

Kauai County Fair

Friday we went to the fair which happens only once a year. This is probably the biggest event for kids and teenagers and because of that, it got packed! We got there about 30 minutes before everything opened and took a quick tour of the place and bought some delicious food.  It was some of the better food that I have had at a county fair. They did of course have their deep fried Twinkies and Elephant Ears… but we tried to stick to some of the healthier choices.

Anyways Emilie and I had been spoiled living on the mainland, and only hours from Cedar Point. The rides here were so small, even the Ferris Wheel!  They were also very expensive to ride. The most expensive was the Zipper… $6 per person.  The kids didn’t seem to mind though, the lines were long and they seemed to be having fun. There was also a BIG tent with every carnival game you could think of. You could throw balls at 3 pins, throw balls into holes, throw balls and get them to land on something with holes in it, you had dart games, racing games, water games, BB gun games, and basketball hoops that were the size of one you would find in a doll house (not really).

We were shocked to find a place hidden in the back. This place breaks all the rules of Carnivals; they had free samples of food!  There must have been over 20 cooks complete with the white chef’s hats passing out Emilie size meals of meatballs, mashed potatoes, ribs, and steak. On top of that, they had free samples of different juice and coffee.  Unfortunately we found this after we ate, but we did what anyone else would do… pigged out on the freebees!

Behind the carnival game tent was another tent for your farmers and arts and crafts people. We spent a good amount of time in that tent and saw lots of HUGE fruits and vegetables on display.  One is called a Jack Fruit.

We also saw a 45 year old Bonzi tree that was no taller than 3 feet. There were probably about 30 Bonzi trees and trees in the same family I’d guess on display. Very cool to see.


-Cory

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Creatures of Hawaii

I think I am finally getting the hang of things here...as far as coordinating all the plans for each grade. I have a system going that is keeping me organized and from having to feel like I'm scrambling each day. This past week went great! I brought the baby chick to school all week, and the kids loved it. During reading time I let them read out loud to the chick and everyone wanted to! Two of my students even stayed in for recess to read to it. Having kids voluntarily stay inside for recess to READ is a dream come true for a teacher. I also started reading "Witches" by Roald Dahl aloud to my class and it seems like they are really enjoying it.

So although things are going well at work there is ONE big problem... I have discovered two unpleasant creatures inside the school building this week. The first was a scorpion and the second was a gigantic Cane Spider. It was the biggest spider I have ever seen, it was awful! I really sincerely hope one never touches me or gets in our home!

-Emilie

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Ocean Views at Poipu

Friday was Hawaii's "Statehood Day" so that meant we had the day off!  We spent two days with one of the wonderful teacher's that I work with.  We went snorkeling together at Poipu beach... it was amazing!  She told us the experience is quite different if you have fish food with you, so we brought some out with us.  She was right! The fish swarmed at us once we let the food go. 

We saw fish of every size and color imaginable!  Some of the high-lights were a slate-pencil sea urchin and a sea turtle!

As we went a little further out into deeper water we were able to see even larger fish.  Such as the one in the next picture that you see near Cory's head.
 So now we know that food is definitely the trick to snorkeling! After spending quite a bit of time in the water we took a walk along the coast.  Further down are some cliffs that we explored to catch some different views of the ocean and to see the waves crash into them.



I think that this would be a nice area to have a picnic sometime.  Watching the waves is very entrancing.  The water is extremely clear here and we could see dozens of sea turtles. We were told that in the winter you can see whales from this spot!

Eventually we made it back to the beach where we discovered a lost baby chick.  Kids like to scare the chickens which is too bad because when they do that the babies can become separated from their families and they often end up dying.  If a baby chick tries to join another family it will get pecked to death! So to make a long story short, I now have a class pet named "Chicky"... at least until it get's big enough to survive on it's own.


-Emilie

Cory's 25th Birthday!

Last Saturday (August 13th) was Cory's 25th birthday!  Last year at this time we were in Oahu and had just gotten engaged the day before! 

This year we went to Kipu Falls in Lihue which is fed by the Hule'ia Stream.  To get to the falls we had to park our car on the side of the road and take a short walk along the river.  The path was very narrow and surrounded by very tall grass and banyan trees.  



 We were amazed by the by the falls from the moment we saw it... and from the moment we saw people jumping off of it. 

So I guess we have upgraded from "bridge-jumping" into the Huron River to "waterfall jumping" in Hawaii!  We appreciated the clearness of the water compared to what were used to from the Huron.  Of course Cory jumped off the falls immediately and without hesitation.. and not without a back-flip!  It took me quite a bit more courage, but eventually I jumped in!

 Poor Cory jumped in before me and had to tread water for five minutes while he waited for me to gather the courage to jump in!


There is a ladder bolted into the rocks to help people climb out and back to the top.  There is also a large Banyan tree with a massive rope swing, a perfect way to drop into the beautiful blue water which is must have been at least 15 feet deep.
 

We spent a couple hours at the falls, mostly watching other people jump off the 20 foot cliff.  It was a pretty popular spot, probably about 50 people came in and out during the time we were there.
 

After we left the falls we went to the Kilohana Plantation.  They have a complimentary rum-tasting room where we got to sample three types of rum and a mai tai.  They also had some little stores with hand-made pottery and jewelry that we spent some time looking in.

The last part of our day was dinner at "Keoki's Paradise" which was the nicest restaurant we have been to so far!  We had an awesome table next to some beautiful landscaping and several palm trees.  We got there in time for their "sunset special" which was $20 for an appetizer, entree, and dessert.  Needless to say we did not leave hungry.  The food was delicious!  The waiter gave Cory a gigantic piece of Hula Pie because it was his birthday.  Hula pie is macadamia nut ice cream on top of a chocolate cookie crust with whipped cream and fudge on top.
 The view from our table!

 Unfortunately we didn't have 25 candles.. but we had one!




-Emilie








Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Emilie-- The Bus Driver?

Yesterday was a sad day... we had to return our rental car!  I was all ready to start taking the bus to work when my principal offered to let me borrow the school van... for an indefinite amount of time.  The school van is the largest van you can possibly have without needing a chauffeurs license.  I was very excited! I get to school an hour and a half before school starts to make sure I am prepared for the day, grade papers, etc.  I really didn't want to have to worry about catching the bus so early!  Plus, it's always nice to have an option to drive for certain things.. like grocery shopping! We don't want to carry lots of grocery bags on the bus.

The school van is only used for field trips, camping trips (yes our school goes camping together), and other miscellaneous events (the kids normally come to school on a bus).  EXCEPT if the bus driver is sick or cannot come to school for some reason. If that happens then this means I am the bus driver for the day (with the school van not the bus).  The principal is going to take me on the route so I can be sure to know where everyone lives.  I'm really hoping I never have to do this though! 

I also found out that I am able to use the van to take my class on field trips!  I don't have to send home any permission slips or anything.  I just check to make sure that no one else is using the van that day and I can just take my class on a field trip if I want to!  I'm in the process of working something out with the local library so my class can have a tour and learn how to find books that interest them. 

-Emilie

Extra-Curricular Activities and Baby Chickens!

The school I work at does not have any "extra-curricular activities"... which kind of makes sense when you remember there are only 50 kids in the K-12 school.  It would be hard to put together a team.  One of the 9th graders decided to make her own "hip-hop dance team" (completely student-led).  So the group of about 8 students preformed at the Open House last week.  There routine includes some simple gymnastics moves so Cory came to their practice yesterday to help them out.  They were SO excited!  Cory helped them clean up their choreography and added a cheer-leading stunt into the routine. 

I also have a funny story... I don't know if we have mentioned that there are wild chickens EVERYWHERE on this island!  At first we could hardly sleep because they kept us awake at night.  Well, some baby chickens have been living in our school-yard.  But sadly, a dog keep's trying to attack them.  Today at recess the principal asked me to help her catch the chicks to set them loose somewhere safer for them.  Wow, they were fast!  But we managed to catch them all!  I never thought I could say I caught chickens while I was at work!


-Emilie

Friday, August 12, 2011

Lei Making

Yesterday at school the students were learning how to make different types of lei's to wear for their hula performance (which was today).  I learned how to make them too!  There are many different types of lei's, but I made one of the most simple ones called the Kui lei.  All you need is a special long flexible needle which can be purchased at ACE Hardware, thin string, and of course you need the flowers!  The Hawaiian Culture teacher picked the flowers that morning before school.  He said it only took an hour and a half to pick them all, and he got enough for about 75 lei's!  I think I'm going to buy the supplies so I can make them on  my own if I want to.  They turned out very beautiful!



Here are some of the finshished lei's and one of the bin's of flowers.


     Here are a few more of the finished lei's and the string we used to make them.


   Here I am with my finished masterpiece!


I think I found my new favorite thing to do!

-Emilie

The Hula- Performed by Students of Emilie's New School!

The students from her school performed the hula for the "Guardian Angels" a group of police, firefighters and people from the comunity that came together for the betterment of the Island and its youth.

video

I cant remember the last time I went 3 weeks without milk...

Yesterday we received a package from a family that Emilie knows from her church. Inside was some very delicious cookies!  A wonderful and thoughtful surprise! Upon seeing them, Emilie's eyes widened with joy just as my 1st tear dropped from my face. It was the last straw.  You CANNOT eat cookies without an ice cold glass of milk. So I pulled Emilie into our car and we proceeded to spend $4.87 on a gallon of milk.

Yummm...

After that Emilie and I decided to go to Lihue before I started work at 7:30pm coaching. That night I only worked for a hour and a half, but it was ok because Emilie needed to buy a new swim suit. Coaching has been fun so far, I would like more hours but at this point I am just happy to have something.  

My 2nd interview at that Kilohana Lighting Comapany went  really well. I should find out what there plan is by Monday. I guess there have been quite a few applicants and they even talked about having a third interview. Personally I hope not! They need to give me the job now so I can start working, its been almost 3 weeks from when I sent my resume.  :-)  here is a link to their website: http://www.kilohanalighting.com/index.asp

I will keep you updated,

- Cory


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Downside of Technology

Today I learned about the downside to technology.  I got to school at 6:00 a.m. to get ahead in my lesson plans and to my great unpleasent suprise, my computer would not turn on.  All of my lesson plans for the day were saved on the computer.  Immediately, the thoughts of getting ahead in my plans went out the window. However, that was not the only problem. In my classroom we use a Smart-Board instead of a white board.  I put all of the student directions on the board so they can be independent and I don't have to answer a million questions when I am rotating through the room teaching each grade.  Without the computer the Smart Board does not work.  I won't go into every detail of my morning, but I did eventually manage to get my lesson plans put together (hand-written) so I would be ready for the day.  At this point I was not in a very good mood.

At 7:30 a.m. I finally stepped outside of my classroom into the beautfiul outdoors to get ready for Hawaiian protocol I was happily greeted and hugged by a swarm of children.  One of the first graders brought be a pretty necklace made out of shells as a gift.  It was so sweet, it brightened my mood right away!


I have been trying to listen closely during the Hawaiian Protocol so I can learn it.  I have a feeling it will take a long time before I know it well.  I got a copy of part of it to take home and practice (remember this is in Hawaiian).  It was a good reminder for me to feel like what it is like to learn to read again!  It helped me to empathize with my students a little better.

Aloha ahiahi (good evening),

Emilie

Married for One Month :)

Yesterday was our  "one month anniversary" of being married.  I can't believe how fast that month went by.  We went out to dinner at a place called "Grinders".  I wouldn't recommend it... it reminded us of a very expensive coney island with slow service.  But the food was good!  Then we went to Salt Pond which is the closest nice beach to Waimea.  I became obbsessed with picking up shells off the beach while Cory watched crabs poke out of their holes in the sand.  It is hard to find any big shells at this beach, but I still enjoyed finding the little ones. Eventually I want to figure out how to make them into some type of jewlery.  The sunset was BEAUTIFUL!  The ocean litterally looked like it had been dyed purple and the clouds were amazing colors.  Cory said that it looked like a painting more than real life.

Monday, August 8, 2011

New Home in Kalaheo and Project Wild

On September 1st we are moving to Kalaheo, which is about 30 minutes east of Waimea (where we are living now).  We will be living on the bottom floor of a two-story house.  We got it for a great price, it is furnished, includes utilities, and includes internet.  We are looking forward to moving in!  Kalaheo will be a more convenient location for us to live, it is closer to Lihue which is where all of the big stores are (and where the gym Cory works at is).  It is also closer to more of the nicer beaches to swim at.  One of those beaches is Poipu beach, which is great beach to learn to surf at!

We went surfing over the weekend at Poipu.  Cory did really well (MUCH better than I did).  Poipu beach is where all the "surf schools" are at.  But luckily for us, our friends Brandon and Natasha were there to teach us.  I need a lot of practice though!  Eventually we plan to get our own surf board.

On another note, school went really well today.  On Monday's and Tuesday's we combine with the kindergarten and first graders for science.  There isn't an actual science curriculum, but I discovered that the school has a "Project Wild" lesson book which has a lot of really great interactive science lesson plans that are designed to be used with multi-aged children.  Most of the lessons include some kind of game to reinforce whatever we are learning about that day.  It went awesome!  It was really easy to differentiate to the different grade levels, and we got them up and moving which was good (especially since it was the end of the day and they were restless anyways).

-Emilie


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Camping at Polihale State Park

Emilie and I went on a overnight camping trip on the west side of the island at Polihale State Park. The directions to get there were really easy, we had to drive west until the paved road ended and turned to dirt, and eventually into a one-lane road and then stop at the dead-end which was the campground. However we had a rough start to the night...we were already on the road for 10 minutes when we realized we forgot our tent and had to turn around to pick it up! 

But we did make it before the sunset!

We left at 6 or so, and it took about 30min to get there and set up camp. For as warm as it gets out here, the sun actually sets here very early. According to Google the sun set at 7:15 p.m. compared to 9 p.m. in Michigan.

So this place is awesome in the sense that your free really to do what you want with in reason. People drive on the beach which is basically the sand dunes, you can have fires on the beach too. I decided to set up the tent farther away from the water then necessary next to a hill to block some of the crazy wind... unfortunately it did not help one  bit. Emilie was off unpacking stuff so I had to try to set this tent up and the only way I could do it was if I staked it in first and then put the pole in, otherwise it turned into a kite.
If you look close you can see our tent in the background!

So we set up camp then went on a hunt for firewood which was a challenge, everything was alive, or had some huge thorns in them, which I learned about the hard way. I was lucky enough to find a partially dead tree that sufficed for our firewood that night.

We woke up, and for the first time we did not hear the dang wild chickens.

We grabbed a pop-tart and walked a few feet over to the ocean to have breakfast.

Ate our pop-tart, and hit some waves...


That one is my favorite! ^


We did do some exploring and got really close to the huge cliffs




The rest of the morning was spent body-boarding at the beach before heading home.   Some of the waves were as big as 6 feet tall!  The sand at this beach is very soft and there are not any rocks to worry about cutting your feet on, making it perfect for body-boarding.  Plus, hardly ANYONE was there since it is so far away for most people to get to, so we didn't have to worry about being crowded with other body-boarders or people in the water.  It has definitely become one of our favorite beaches!

-Cory  and Emilie



Friday, August 5, 2011

First Week and Naupaka

I have officially made it through the first week of school with kids!  The school just started using a discipline system Craig Seganti.  It is working really well for me.  It requires me to be strict and not allow ANY disruptions whatsoever, which is good.  When I am giving instructions you could hear a pin drop in my classroom, but there is still plenty of time where the student work in groups or have opportunities to share.

Yesterday, one of my 5th grade boys told me that my class is fun.  This surprised me because they are doing quite a lot of work for the first week of school!  The principal had passed through my room a few times (you need to go through my room to get to the copy room) and later she told me that she is “very pleased with how I run my classroom.”  That was good to hear!

Even though it has only been a few days, I already feel much more comfortable about teaching three different grades.  I’m already getting a system worked out where the students work at stations.  It takes a lot of planning to make sure that everyone has something to work on (that is not just busy work) while I’m teaching one of the other grades, but hopefully I will get a hang of it so the day runs smoothly and I don’t spend so much time planning.

Reading looks like the biggest area in need of improvement.  I could really use more books for my classroom!  Especially ones at the “1st-3rd” grade reading level.  If anyone wants to send me some it would be very much appreciated!  I don’t think my students have many books at home to read, so what I give them to take home is important.

In Science this week we have been talking about some of the Native Hawaiian Plants.  One of the plants, called naupaka has a very interesting story associated with it.  I thought I would share it with you.
The Legend
In ancient times, one version goes, there was a beautiful Hawaiian princess known as Naupaka. One day, the villagers noticed that Naupaka looked very sad. They told her parents, who approached Naupaka and asked her what was troubling her.

“I have fallen in love with a man named Kaui,” replied the princess. “But Kaui is not of noble birth—he is a commoner.” According to Hawaiian tradition, it was strictly forbidden for members of royalty to marry people from the common ranks.

Distressed, Naupaka and Kaui traveled long and far, seeking a solution to their dilemma. They climbed up a mountain to see a kahuna who was staying at a heiau (temple). Alas, he had no clear answer for the young lovers. “There is nothing I can do,” he told them, “but you should pray. Pray at this heiau.”
So they did. And as they prayed, rain began to fall. Their hearts torn by sorrow, Naupaka and Kaui embraced for a final time. Then Naupaka took a flower from her ear and tore it in half, giving one half to Kaui. “The gods won’t allow us to be together,” she said. “You go live down by the water, while I will stay up here in the mountains.”

As the two lovers separated, the naupaka plants that grew nearby saw how sad they were. The very next day, they began to bloom in only half flowers.

There are different versions of the naupaka legend, but all carry the same unhappy theme: lovers that are separated forever, one banished to the mountains, the other to the beach.


The flowers literally look like half of a flower!

-Emilie

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hammerhead Sharks!

Yesterday I took Emilie out to celebrate her 1st day of school with kids, even though she did not have to teach them anything due to the funeral. We went to a J & J's BBQ restaurant that was more like a Chinese restaurant with a small menu of burgers and chicken. It actually was very good food and prices were even better. It was less then $2 for a nice size burger and $6 for a huge plate of Orange Chicken with fried rice.

After we had our early dinner we walked around and went into some shops just to look around. As we were leaving this particular shop, this lady (probably the owner) said "what,  every-ting ok?" in a very rude tone because we walked out without buying. Now this wouldn’t have even bothered me, but that’s how she talks to everyone as they are leaving who doesn’t buy something... That can’t be good for business. 

As we started walking back home we caught a glimpse of this pier in the distance that extends into the ocean about 100 yards. so we walked out and this particular beach is not good for swimming, or much of anything due to the black sand that makes up the beach, and clouds the water. However, fishing is quite good. We were out there for about 15 minutes watching kids with fishing poles and crab nets have a good old time, one of the older kids caught a small fish, nothing special. Then suddenly, the youngest kid’s rod starts bending... meaning he has caught a fish. Emilie and I start walking over to see what he caught… and it looked like this kid was fighting for his life trying to real this thing in... After what felt like 5 minutes he pulls out this fish....

After talking with this kid for a little while, I asked him what he was going to do with the shark. He looks at me and says, I am gonna us it as bait! Then takes his knife and cuts the head off.

I was not going to complain that he did not throw this little guy back. He probably just saved a life.


This was a good introduction to sharks, being that I was on dry land, and the shark was smaller then me. I am sure i will encounter one in the water at some point, but i hope no time soon! P.S if anyone wants to send me a diving knife, i will be more then happy to take it out with me anytime i go snorkeling/scuba diving.


Take that shark week,

-Cory




Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Unusual First Day of School

Today was my first day of school with kids!  It was definitely not the typical first day.  We started the morning with Hawaiian Protocol which was all spoken in Hawaiian.  They began with a welcoming/opening chant, then said a prayer, sang the state anthem (which used to be the national anthem before Hawaii became one of the states) and then said another prayer.  Then the students ate breakfast outside on the picnic tables.

Instead of starting class after breakfast we all got onto buses and went to a funeral.  A parent of one of my students died last week and his funeral was today.  The funeral service was about 2.5 hours long and then we went to the cemetery.  Afterwards we went to a park in Hanapepe for a traditional Hawaiian meal which was prepared by the community.  There was a ton of food, but one of the most delicious things was pulled pork cooked in an imu.  Below is a description I found online about how the meat is prepared.

"The central feature of the luau is the imu, an underground oven (a shallow pit lined with stones). A whole pig (puaa) is wrapped in ti and banana leaves and placed in the pit's hot center. The pig and laulau (savory bundles containing side dishes) are covered with multiple layers of banana, ti, or sometimes ginger leaves, and a final coating of earth. In about four hours the coverings are removed and the luau begins."

By the time we arrived back at the school the day was over and all of the students went home.  So looks like tomorrow will be the real first day of school.  I did get to meet the students in my class today though, and judging from my first impressions they seem like a nice group of kids.

They gave me a "Hawaiian Name" - Emiliea ( sounds like Emma-Leah).  Most of the students have an English  name and a Hawaiian name.  One student was talking about how she didn't like her English name, because it is "too white" then she looked at me and said "no offense."  This particular student actually is white so I thought that comment was kind of funny.

One of the second graders in my class asked me what "the world I came from" is like.  I think it will be kind of fun to share what I know about the rest of the United States and Michigan specifically with my class.  I know I will be learning a lot from them!  I'm going to start memorizing the Hawaiian Protocol this week.


-Emilie

Monday, August 1, 2011

Snorkeling! & Fruit Hunting

We bought 2 pairs of nice snorkel equipment earlier in the week and used it on Saturday and Sunday. We did not have the fins on Saturday and we decided to pick those up on Sunday and what difference! Not only do they help make swimming easier, but more importantly they protect your feet. Below are some pictures from our 1st day of snorkeling.



After snorkeling we decided to relax on the beach…
This beach was nicknamed Hana Bay, how fitting!
Enjoying the sun...
Getting ready to hit the waves with our new boogy board.


After we got nice and sun burnt, we went to a restaurant that had a great second story view of the ocean and beach. We didn’t take any pictures, but we did have a great burger and fries!!


Sunday night we decided to go on a fruit hut! This involved a back pack and a sharp eye. We did not take from any houses, but only from public property.  Below is a list of what we have found:

Fresh Bananas!
Coconuts- We picked some young green ones that we drank the water inside, and ate some of the “meat” which is the most inner white wall of the coconut. When it’s a young coconut, it is a paste. As the coconut ages, it becomes hard and that’s when you  
Bananas- The bananas here are not your typical banana found at Kroger, they are smaller bananas that have more sweetness to them. Bananas are all over the place!
Oranges-  Oranges are not as easy to find, we found our tree by the local fire department.  We grabbed a few and realized that ants also really like the fruit. So we had to find some less ripe ones to take home that the ants have not attacked.
Limes:  I have never had a more fresh lime, we will never be in short supply!
Guava-  A very tasty fruit, but I would never buy it. You don’t get much bang for your buck. With lots of seeds in the middle, there is not much you can eat. I did read however you can eat it like a apple, rind and all. I have not tried that yet, I guess ill have to.
Papaya- One of the best breakfast foods in Hawaii, and is popular with the residents. This one was hard to find outside of people’s backyards, however we did locate a few trees in a hotel/resort walking distance from our place.
*All of these fruits we have found by just walking from our home! So this should help us save when buying food, something hard to do in Hawaii!


Thats all fo now!

-Cory