Sunday, August 26, 2012

Moving to Hanapepe

On Wednesday we will be moving further west to Hanapepe!  I'm looking forward to the move because I will be closer to work and my bus ride should only be around 20 minutes.  This means I can wake up later and get home earlier!  We are going to be living in a cute apartment above a granola store. 

Every Friday night in Hanapepe there is an art fair, which we will be literally seconds away from.  We are also going to be closer to the beach!  Only 1 mile away from a great place to go swimming called Salt Pond.

We will post more pictures later in the week once we have moved in.  

A lot of people have asked us what the rent prices are like here in Kauai.  Well, they are nothing like Ypsilanti, MI. There are very few apartment complexes.  Most rentals are additions that people have added on to their homes or sectioned off.  Some home owners have a separate studio behind their house for rent.  There are not very many options.

Most 1 bedroom apartments/studios are about $1,000 a month, but once in awhile a better deal will open up -- but won't be available for long!   Electricity prices are extremely high, so finding a place that includes utilities is kind of important.  Many people here hang their clothes on a clothesline to dry.  We know people who don't even own a dryer.  Luckily, our new place has both.
Hanapepe was the setting that Disney based the movie "Lilo and Stitch" off of!  We will have to watch the movie and look for the granola store :)

- Emilie

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Lucky Day

Yesterday was our lucky day!  We went to the grand opening of the Kauai Island Brewery in Eleele.  They were giving away door prizes every hour and had a few bands playing, it was packed! Everyone who came got a raffle ticket.  A huge group of people left and gave us all of their tickets.  We ended up winning a t-shirt, a gift certificate for ice-cream, and a sunset boat tour for two people, we are so  excited!!  We are going to save the boat tour for when visitors come.  So for the people who are coming to see us, let us know if this is something that you would like to do.  It is with Holo Holo Charters.

- Emilie

School Garden

I can't believe that we are already 3 weeks into the school year.  It is going great so far.  My class and the K-1 class started a school garden.  We planted carrots, lettuce, and grape tomatoes.  A lot of schools in Hawaii have gardens and our principal wanted us to start one last year but it was too late in the year.  There is a group of teachers from all over the island who meet up periodically to collaborate about their school garden projects.  My coworker and I went to one, and they gave us all of the seeds we needed.  We also got seeds for sunflowers.  We plan to have the kids plant them outside of the windows to our classroom so we can enjoy them during the school day.

We planted our garden in pallets like this one (this is not ours, nothing is growing yet).  We like how it keeps the plant in neat rows.  Plus, the soil in Kekaha is not very good, so we filled ours with potting soil.

We also got a planter similar to this one.  It is made out of a big plastic barrel that was cut in half.  Ours is elevated with a wooden frame which is at nice height for the kids.  Since it is off the ground it will be more protected from the chickens (which are everywhere).

- Emilie

Monday, August 13, 2012

Cory's 26th Birthday!

This past weekend we celebrated Cory's birthday! His birthday is actually today, but I was working all day and he works all evening at gymnastics.  I won't even see him until tomorrow!  On Saturday we went to Shipwrecks beach to go swimming. The waves were huge!!  We spent a lot of time in the water while we were there.  The water temperature is definitely warmer in the summer months.  A lot of people were out body boarding or surfing.  We even saw people jumping off the cliff at the beach.  It is too high for  me though! The picture does not do it justice!

Later we went to lunch at Keoki's and had our traditional hula pie (which we get for every possible celebration).  One slice of hula pie is enough for four people, it is ridiculous.  We definitely did not leave hungry.  While we were there we discovered that we have been to 8 of the ten locations of Keoki's restaurants, including three on Maui and one on Oahu.  That is one restaurant  that Michigan is missing out on.

Happy Birthday Cory!

- Emilie

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Canyon Trail

Last weekend we went up to Waimea Canyon to go hiking again.  It is really enjoyable to hike there because the temperature is cooler because of the higher elevation.  We chose to hike Canyon trail, which was about a 5 mile long trail.  We saw some great views of the canyon!  We are discovering that there are tons of trails in the mountains and it is much more fun than just going to the lookout points off the side of the road. 

 Somehow this one lonely tree grew on the edge of the cliff.

 If you look closely you can see a cool looking stone arch on the edge of the cliff.

 There were a few small pools of icy mountain water and small waterfalls at the end of the trail.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures!

- Emilie