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Paradise

Man was I exhausted after a fitful night’s sleep. Nevertheless I powered through a run.  Ashley walked over + we all made our way into Kapa’a for breakfast.  Kountry Kitchen was on my mind y’all.  Ashley had a fluffy macadamia nut pancake the size of her head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After breakfast Jeff + I headed to pick up his family.  Ashley decided to go on her own today because yesterdays festivities were a little too much for her sensibilities.  We asked if she wanted us to drop her off a little more into town, but she was so ready to get rid of us, so she was like, “Sayonara, bitches!!!!”

The menfolk went with Jean + the children to do what Jean + children do.  Jeff + I + the ladies all braved a mass Costco trip to fill up the house with enough food for 18 people.  No, that wasn’t a typo.  Here are the Canadians freaking out about the cheap plentiful supply of booze.  You can only buy alcohol at government run liquor stores + it’s usually twice as expensive.  Sad, right?

 

 

 

 

 

We had 3 full carts of food.  Since I come from a small, insular Japanese family, it was all a little overwhelming, considering Costco gives me hives in the first place.  He told me to take off for a bit + do errands.  I had to go to Home Depot to clear my head.  Aaaaaah.  Sanctuary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daphne, Kelly + Deb in the grocery filled car.  The booze total came out to $375.  I freaked out, but the Canadians were ecstatic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next stop, renting paddle boards.  Kelly + Deb ran across the street to get smaller item groceries while Daphne + Jeff were strapping the boards to the roof.  Look at me in the front seat dejected.  I think all the residual stress from the storage unit fiasco has worn me out.  But I’m soooooooo happy that Jeff’s family is here now because they are helping distribute Jeff’s intensity.  I’m passing the torch.  Put a knife in me.  I’m done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We got to the gargantuan house at dusk.  Kelly is the maestro of the kitchen + we were all her assistants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Da kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner was awesome!!!!  Got to go!!!  Wedding stuff to do!  More later!!!  Aaaaaah!!!  Getting stink eye from Jeff!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Real

This morning Ashley walked the 1.7 miles to our place.  She + I found an article in Women’s Fitness called, “No gym? No problem!”.  It was a circuit of various timed exercises with as many reps as physically possible.  It was hardcore.  We were in the zone in our zen garden yelling, “YOU CAN DO IT!!!  GOOD JOB!!!!  10 MORE!!!!!”.  We were pouring with sweat!  After, we did Billy Blank’s ab bootcamp.  For any of you ladies who hate doing abs – this is the video for you, sister!!!  Billy is your buddy + the best motivator ever!!!!  Feel the burn!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today was marriage license day!!!!  We went to Pono Market.  A local plate lunch spot where you can eat + get a marriage license!!!  Our marriage license agent was also Pono’s barista!!!  So, when we were filling out our application, every once in a while he had to excuse himself to make a cappuccino.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We even got a bumper sticker!!!  Da kine!!!!!  And they took a picture of us to put on their wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afterwards we were all famished!!!  Pono Market has the best plate lunches evah, brah!!!!  Plate lunches are typically two scoops of rice, a main entree + sides, like kalua pork, lau lau pork, nishime, seaweed salad, poke, etc.  Poke is cubed raw sashimi, onion, soy sauce, garlic, hot sauce – omg.  Where else can you get a marriage license + eat after?!  Here’s Ashley salivating over the choices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had some fun window shopping around Kapa’a.  Jeff was his overheated polar bear self, so he had to take a dip at Lydgate Park.  Lydgate Park has an enclosed + protected pool where kids can swim + snorkel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After, we headed south towards Lihue to do more wedding errands.  My poor sister.  Jeff + I are running her into the ground.  She has had it, y’all.  O-V-E-R IT.  While we were all driving down the country highway, Jeff + I were making up stories about all the people we were driving by – but in Jamaican accents.  Sometimes it would morph into an Irish accent.

This was going on for about 20 minutes.  Ashley was pretending to be asleep + finally she burst out, “Okay!!!  Enough!!!!  Enough with the Jamaican accent, you two!!  I was wondering when it was going to end + it didn’t!!!!”.  Sneaky.

We did some pick ups at Wal Mart + scurried to Lihue airport with leis + kukui nut necklaces in hand to greet 3/4 of Jeff’s family.

Step-brother Rob, Mac + Aidan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly!!!!  She was so tired from being up for 48hrs that she thought I was a random Hawaiian girl handing out leis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff’s sister Daphne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly, me, Daphne + Jeff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Me, Jeff’s niece Ambur, Jeff’s mother Jean + Jeff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We headed towards their hotel where Jeff’s brother Tom, Deb, Tobin + Matthew had already arrived.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff is giving kukui nut necklaces to a reluctantly shy but excited Tobin (with Jeff’s brother Tom in the background) + a happy Matt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner was 11 hungry scavengers stalking tables at Monico’s Taqueria in Wailua.  I told the kids to linger by the door + rub their bellies with sad, hungry looks on their faces.  It was well worth the wait!!!  Everyone was super happy with their meals – I had their famous fish tacos, which were insaaaaaane!!!!  I would go back tomorrow!!! Same with Mermaids Cafe, BTW. Check out this family!!!!!  And this is only 3/4 of us!!!

 

 

Soon we shall conquer the world…..soon.

Canmore-Vancouver-Lihue

Yiiiiiikes.  So sorry for the lapse in blogging.  I’m so exhausted.  Yiiiikes.

SATURDAY 8/27/11 – CANMORE TO VANCOUVER

We packed for Vancouver.  I don’t know how we got everything into Jeff’s Toyota Matrix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

He wanted us to be on the road at 9am.  Fat chance!!!!  I packed up + cleaned the entire cabin while Jeff was running around town doing last minute errands.  I actually fell asleep on the couch which is something I never do.  The car was so packed that there was no space left in it.  Not even 1/2 an inch.  I was surrounded by stuff all around me so that I had to sit with my knees propped up against my chest.

 

 

I don’t know if you can tell, but that coche is full, homies.

 

 

It took us FOREVER to get out of town because we would run into people Jeff knew.  His other Native name is Short-Story-Long.  That’s because he can go onandonandonandonandonandonandon.  I would gaze absently off into the distance when he would tell stories which was nice because it gave my brain a bit of a break.  Here is me with my Native future “sister-in-law” Dolly standing next to the stuffed car.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We didn’t drive out of Canmore until 6:30pm!!!!  Here is a beautiful view of the mountains that gave me some relief.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The drive was excruciating.  Repeat.  Excruciating.  We were both so tired.  I couldn’t keep my eyes open.  What freaked me out even more was the fact that Jeff was probably worse off, + he was the driver. We sang very loud renditions of the Grateful Dead + Flight of the Concords to keep ourselves awake.  Here’s Jeff happily singing along to, the Grateful Dead’s, “Box of Rain”.  Thank God he’s such a happy-go-lucky person.  We balance each other out, if you know what I mean.  When the road became dark + desolate, that was when it got really bad.

 

I didn’t want to perish in a car crash before I was about to get married, so we took an hour + a half nap at a rest stop + kept on keeping on.  We didn’t get to Jeff’s brother Tom’s house until 6am.

 

 

 

 

We got up at 10am + I was SO relieved to see Deb, Tom + Jeff’s nephews Matt + Tobin.  I was like, “SAVE ME!!!!!”!  After breakfast we did a bunch of Vancouver related errands + oh, guess what???  Went to Jeff’s storage unit!!!!  Sigh.  I was about to give up.  But the great thing is, Jeff is ready to get rid of things because he’s seen how all of his possessions are weighing my spirit down.  I’m really happy about that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That night, Deb made dinner for us + our fellow interracial couple friends Steve, Liz + their cutie 1/4 Japanese girls Keiko + Hana.  Deb is awesome like that.  Deb is my savior.  Here is Keiko + Hana.  Hana makes the most adorable scrunchy smiles!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At this point, we hadn’t even started packing for Hawaii!!!  We completely took over Tom + Deb’s entire garage floor + spread out.  It was like blind people packing because we were so out of our minds.  I had to keep Jeff in check to not pack so much.  Especially to leave behind his Blundstones.  Hello!!!!  We’re going to the tropics!!!  GAAAAHHH!!!!

SUNDAY 8/28/11  – VANCOUVER TO LIHUE

I passed out once hitting the bed.  I was woken by bright lights at 3am, a good morning kiss + a, “you’ve got 15min to shower before the cab gets here.”  EXCUUUUUSE ME!!!!!????  Nevertheless, I managed to pull myself together in that amount of time to get to YVR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The customs agent asked Jeff, “So, where’s Magnum headed to today?” and Jeff replied, “Ironically enough, Hawaii.”  How hilarious is that????!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out #10 on our customs forms!!!!  Can you believe it!!!!???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff + I right before touchdown to Lihue, Kaua’i

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we got off the plane, Jeff was still in film set mode.  For those of you who don’t know what that means, it’s: walking fast, talking fast, demanding things to be done fast…you get the picture.  I kept telling him, “Hey, mon.  We on island time, mon.  You need to chiiiiill, mon.”  Man, was he uptight.  Luckily, my sister Ashley arrived 10 min after us from a flight from Los Angeles.  We got our rental car + where did we head to first????  The thrift stores of course!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After visiting multiple Lihue thrift stores, we headed to Costco.  Another shocker there.  I see a pattern…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Costco we drove north towards the east coast to Wailua + Kapa’a.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Me looking a little gnarly at Opaeka’a Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of Wailua River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner at Mermaids Cafe on Kuhio Hwy.  Famous for their Nori Ahi wraps.  Ono!!!  For you haoles that’s pidgin for good!!!  The guy in the kitchen that looked like a Kelly Slater brah (10 time ASP World Champ) asked if we were locals.  Jeff was so psyched.  He loves street cred.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Slater, bruddah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff + I are staying in an amazing vacation rental in a residential area of Wailua which is a guest house with it’s own private entry.  Their garden is extensive + our room is fully stocked up with a flat screen, dvds, kitchen supplies, etc.  Our host Carol Yasutake has been on the island since the ’70s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY 8/30/11 – LIHUE DAY 2

Jeff posing in Carol’s beautiful garden.  This is what we look at from our bed.  Paradise!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After my run + getting our wits together Jeff, Ashley + I headed out on our errands.  First we stopped by the Kapa’a music shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch at Papaya’s Natural Foods.  Da bomb natural health food store with salad bar, juices, smoothies + some hot items.  When the guy handed me Jeff’s fish taco, he said, “Have a blessed day.”  Ok yeah, we’re in Kaua’i.

Hippie lunch!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want cheap gifts, t-shirts + towels, don’t go to ABC store.  Go to Waipouli Variety.  Cheaper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super cute picture of Ashley.  I’m so lucky my sister is here on the island early with us.  She has been my secretary + research assistant.  I think she is a little scared of Jeff + I because we are so neurotic + intense.  She keeps saying to us, “Man, you guys have to relax!!!!”.  Because she’s actually pretty neurotic herself.  Not a good sign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ho’omana Thrift Store.  Don’t judge!!!  We like to thrift, ok?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unavoidably, we all walked into Wal Mart for the first time in our lives.  What can I say, y’all!!!???  I needed to get some things for the wedding + there was nowhere else to go!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner was Duane’s Ono-Char Burger.  It’s been around for 3 decades.  You all know that burgers + onion rings are on the bride’s diet list, right?!  Heck, yes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After you pick up your order, drive south of Duane’s to eat at Anahola beach.  Otherwise you’ll be eating at Duane’s sad picnic tables with tourists, surrounded by stalker chickens + roosters.  Anahola beach is pretty local, but since Jeff was with two Japanese girls, we were cool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After burger consuming, we headed to the North Shore to spy on our wedding rental home on Anini Beach!!!!  It’s GORGEOUS!!!!  I didn’t take a picture of the house because the current renters were hanging out on the porch + I didn’t want to be creepy.  But here’s a tiny preview of the beach!!!!  More to come!!!!  Stay tuned!!!  I miss everyone!!!