Wishin' I Was Hawaiian...

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shopping at the Swap Meet

I got TJ this morning at 7:30 from work.  I didn't have any problems finding the hospital.  He did drive back, though.  Once we got back here, we sat around and chatted for a bit.  And by bit, I mean TJ and Judy did all the talking for over an hour while I sat there and thought 'come on, the day is slipping by'.  Because Judy doesn't pass up a moment to say she's already been here.  But, once she got up and around, we went to the Swap Meet at the Aloha Stadium.  I was expecting cheap crap, but I found some really neat stuff.  I bought me and Emily purses, plus I found a coconut wood tea set.  It's pretty cool.  We were there for just over and hour when we decided it was getting too hot.  This has been the first day it has not rained.

picking out an oyster for a pearl
  We stopped at a scrapbook store on the way to the Dole Plantation.  It was a nice store.  We hit traffic on the way to Dole.  But, once we got there, we scored a first row parking spot. 

We went on the train tour through the pineapple fields and walked through the enchanting garden while our pineapple ice cream melted away.  We shopped in the gift store.  But, I couldn't find Judy for what seemed like forever.  So, I called Emily, she had left a voicemail.  Where Judy had been was the jewelry stand -- you could shuck oysters for pearls.  I didn't really know what I was getting myself into, but that is also why I wanted to go to the International Market.  So, I ended up doing it there.  I got a pink pearl made into a pendant and a set of earrings.

  For souvenirs, I bought a magnet and a pineapple necklace (similar to Mom's) and a cookbook for Mom.

We came back to TJ's and had just enough time to get ready to go to the luau at Paradise Cove.  We found it okay and got our tickets since we had just called yesterday.  We received leis and found our seats.  And then we played one of the games for a shell lei.  After watching the imu ceremony (Judy stayed at the table because she'd 'seen it before') we had dinner.  The food was okay.  I tried poi, but it's practically a tasteless paste.  The kahlua pig was good.  Judy and I drank virgin mai tais throughout the evening on our drink tickets.

I was absolutely entranced during the luau performance.  The dancers were incredible.  So talented and I could tell they were proud of their heritage.  It almost made me wish I was Hawaiian!

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shopping at the Swap Meet
shopping at the Swap Meet
picking out an oyster for a pearl
picking out an oyster for a pearl
Pineapple in the field at the Dole…
Pineapple in the field at the Dol…
Fresh pineapple!
Fresh pineapple!
Bird of Paradise... one of my favo…
Bird of Paradise... one of my fav…
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