Tales from the Island

Various other stories from this week’s Spring Break to Kauai:

  • At dinner our first night in Kauai one of John’s co-workers mentioned Kauai was the home of the western-most bookstore in the U.S. Really?!? How cool is that?!? So I had to go. We already plans to go to that part of the island late in the week, so a short stop-over at the bookstore was easy to add to the agenda. It’s a little used bookstore in the town of Hanapepe. The boys picked out five books each (buy 4 get 1 free). I bought one book — Don Miller’s “Searching for God Knows What” — more to say I bought something at the western-most bookstore in the U.S. than anything else, although I do intend to read it.

  • During one of our layovers the boys played with children from a family from Toronto. The dad of the family asked us where we were from. “Alabama,” we said. “Huntsville?” the man asked. I was surprised — “Yes, how do you know Huntsville?” I asked, thinking maybe he was engineer with some business connection. “It’s the largest city in the state,” he replied. Ha! I couldn’t help but think that was funny. Huntsville is pretty well known, I guess for it’s NASA and military connections, but being from here I have no sense of that. Depending on where people from sometimes all people know about Alabama is the Mobile/beach area. A clerk at one of the souvenir shops this week didn’t really know where Alabama was, asking if it was near Louisiana. So it still all comes down to perspective. As it turns out, according to Wikipedia, Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama by population but Huntsville is the largest city in the state by land area.
  • Kauai’s Garden Island newspaper advertised an opening for a reporter. Tempting … work for a newspaper on a tropical island? There’s definitely some built-in perks there.

  • I made this lei out of Hawaiin Ti (pronounced “tea”) leaves. You take two leaves and braid them in a certain pattern and then connect several two-leaf chains to make it the right length. The lady teaching us added Ti-leaf roses at the joints of the chains and the white Hibiscus bloom, made of a thin foam-like clay. The leaves will stay green for about two weeks and then dry a pretty brown. It reminded me of making cornhusk roses in Indiana.


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