A Leisurely Sunday Morning and Afternoon

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Keiki Hula Show at the Ala Moana Center
While Mar ran some late Sunday morning errands, I opted to hang around the Ala Moana Center to buy souvenirs and write some post cards.  The Ala Moana Center is an indoor/outdoor complex with shops, eateries, and even a center stage for entertainment.  I was lucky enough to catch the tail end of the Keiki Hula Show which is performed every Sunday morning from 10-11 am. 

I had 4 things to find...1) macadamia nuts for my mom, 2) Kona coffee for Joy, and 3) li hing mui flavored dried mango for my cousin Donna, and 4) Macadamia Nut Shortbread Cookies.  Li hing mui is a salty dried plum, which in powdered form is used to flavor snacks from dried mangoes to gummy bears.  I ended up buying the macadamia nuts and Kona coffee at the ABC Store which is a popular convenient store around the islands that sell locally made souvenirs.
A Hawaiian landmark...Diamond Head
  Since the ABC store didn't have the li hing mui mangoes, I bought them from Rite Aid. 

With most souvenirs checked off my list, I needed a caffeine pick-me-up so I headed to my FAVORITE coffee house...COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF...and got my FAVORITE drink the Vanilla Ice-Blended Light No Whip...sooo much better tasting than that other major coffee franchise.  As I enjoyed my Ice-Blended, I filled some post cards and sent them on their way to destinations around the globe in the TB post card exchange. 

I decided to take a stroll around Ala Moana Beach Park, which is conveniently located across the street from the Ala Moana Center, until Mar returned from her errands.  After she picked my up, we immediately headed to the Ward Center specifically to buy cookies from the Honolulu Cookie Company.
Diamond Head and really tiny surfers
  Their Dark Chocolate Dipped Macadamia Nut Shortbread Cookies are soooo yummy!

It was around noon and we had a lunch date at my Auntie Rosie's place in Chinatown.   Auntie Rosie is my dad's sister and she ALWAYS cooks my favorite food when I come to visit...steamed local crab.  In addition to that my Auntie Rosie made chicken sotanghon, a chicken soup with bone-in chicken pieces and bean thread noodles, while my Uncle Pepe broiled some beef steaks.  Oh man was I stuffed!  My cousin Edith, her husband Egay, and son Christian also stopped by for a quick hello.  Too bad it was a short visit but I'll be back in October for my brother's destination wedding. 

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Keiki Hula Show at the Ala Moana …
A Hawaiian landmark...Diamond Head
A Hawaiian landmark...Diamond Head
Diamond Head and really tiny surfe…
Diamond Head and really tiny surf…
Diamond Head
Diamond Head
Diamond Head
Diamond Head
A view of Diamond Head from Ala Mo…
A view of Diamond Head from Ala M…
Diamond Head
Diamond Head
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