Monday, February 28, 2011

Wahiawa Foodie Desserts

Sunny Side Bakery.- Chocolate Cream Pie
Dot's - Chocolate Chip Scones (available after 10am)
Kilani Bakery - Butter Danish (aside from their brownies)

(a list from a friend)

Which should I try first?

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sea Horse Farm, Kailua-Kona, Big Island

On our last trip to the Kona side of the Big Island, our family took a very unique tour of the Ocean Rider Sea Horse Farm. To enter the farm we had to wash our hands and arms up to the elbows and clean the bottom of our shoes by walking through a very shallow rinse. After we were thoroughly sterilized, we were allowed into the wonderful world of the sea horses.

At the start of the tour, we walked down into a pit like area, where a lava tube was unearthed and naturally filled with water. In a little plastic cup our guide collected little red volcanic shrimp (Opae ula). These shrimp were the perfect food for the sea horses.

We learned later, that while at first, the sea horses would only eat live food, there was a special little sea horse named "Mikey" who was the first seahorse to eat frozen food. This pioneer among sea horses was then able to teach his frozen food eating trait, to many other sea horses, and subsequent generations became frozen food eaters too.

We were able to see the farmed sea horses in many stages, from the tiny babies, to the grown adults. We even were given the opportunity to have a taste of seaweed. The highlight of the tour was having a sea horse wrap it's tail around our finger. One at a time, we got our turn at the big plastic tub. We submerged our hands into the tank with our finger at the ready. Then, with the assistance of a guide, one of the many cooperative seahorses were brought over to meet us and wrap itself around our awaiting finger. Such a wonderful experience!

If you are at all intrigued with sea horses, this is a tour you shouldn't miss.

The photo above is a picture I took at the end of the tour from the tanks which showcased different varieties of sea horses.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Shige's Saimin Stand, Wahiawa

A Look Back: Salt Pond Beach, Kauai

In search of tide pools.

We arrived at Salt Pond Beach Park before noon just after the low tide. We took a look at the natural salt pond, then followed the coastline to the left toward the airfield, until we came to the point where the rock outcroppings, which protected the cove, met the sand. The kids quickly put on their water shoes so they could climb up the rocks and get a closer look as the waves rolling in and crashing into the outside barrier. The surf outside was big and rough, but behind the barrier, in the cove, the waters were serene and flat.

I put on my water shoes too and we spent some time peering into the tidepools, discovering sea cucumbers, sea urchins, crabs, striped fish, mollusks, and other cool creatures. The crabs were skittering in and out of crevices and holes in the rocks. Two small crabs were battling it out with raised claws. I even caught a brief glimpse of a large turtle as it surfaced for air in the surf.

The tide pools continued on to the left, but before long we were hot and thirsty and feeling the heat of the midday sun.

So, we backtracked to the protected cove and took a dip in the cooling waters. Ahhhh. What a perfect day.

I have to add Salt Pond Beach to my list of favorite beaches. It has a wonderful coastline to explore and also has inviting calm waters for the kids.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Nachos with Kalua Pork @ Brenneckes, Poipu, Kauai

Nacho's with a local twist. Yummy!

Kauai Backcountry Adventures

Kauai Backcountry Adventures is the only tour company on Kauai that offers tubing down the old Lihue Plantation irrigation ditch. On the way up to the launch point, we got off the Bright Yellow Military Vehicle to view Mount Waialeale.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sueoka Snack Shop, Kauai

There are chickens all over in Kauai

Hawaiian Monk Seal at Poipu, Kauai

Poipu Beach, Kauai (that was my iphone that changed the name to Poop Beach!)

Spouting Horn, Kauai

Yummy Puka Dogs, Poipu, Kauai

Puka Dog

On a scale of 1 to 10, my 11 year old son gave this an 11. He thought it was his best meal on Kauai. They have yummy polish sausage hot dogs. I tried mine with mango relish. I recommend this place for lunch, especially if you have hot dog lovin' kids.

Salt Pond Beach, Kauai

Poipu Beach, Kauai

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Tuesday, February 01, 2011