On Day #9 in Hawaii we made a morning trip to our local grocery store. Briefcase wanted to buy a flashlight and extra bottled water in case Hurricane Felicia knocks out the power here. Right now we're hearing the island of Hawaii and Maui (where we are) are the two islands that will be hit the hardest.
We picked up some saltine crackers and peanut butter to have on hand "just in case" also. I don't think we'll need any of it, but I suppose it's better to be safe. I also stopped into my favorite little coffee shop to buy some chocolate-macadamia nut coffee beans to take home with us. To my dismay they were completely out of stock and not expecting more until after we depart.
I was disappointed. I love my chocolate macadamia nut coffee in the morning.
Next, we made our way to Kaanapali Beach. We were on a mission for an adventure. We paid an exorbitant amount of money to rent three sea doos. A small boat took us out to a loading station out in the ocean. We donned life jackets, made a note of the very choppy water (hurricane coming!), and boarded our sea doos.
RC had a sea doo to himself. That was a good thing because he's a maniac with the spins and turns and tricks. PR and Briefcase shared one and took turns driving. My daughter TR and I also shared one. Originally I was going to have one of my own, but if the sea doo were to capsize I wouldn't be able to upright it with my bum arm. Also, if I were to fall off it might be difficult to pull myself back on without help. I'm so uncoordinated with just my left arm.
We had a blast. A photographer took over one hundred photos of us and some of them came out great. My family, as you already know, doesn't want to have their pictures put on Twenty Four At Heart so I can't show them to you. Also? My thighs could not be cropped out of the photos where I'm actually riding on the sea doo and that is truly a terrible thing. I would never subject you to seeing that. Suffice it to say, we had a great time.
We arrived back to our condo in the afternoon. We swam in our cove for awhile and said hello to the turtles. By the way, I've fallen in love with a wooden turtle (which is also a box) that is a decoration in our condo. It looks like this:
I don't know what kind of wood he's made out of. Possibly mango? When the box opens it looks like this:
I'm love this turtle! I've tried to find one like him and I've been unsuccessful. I've even thought of kidnapping him and leaving behind a ransom note for the owners of the condo. Alas, I don't want to be arrested for turtle-napping so I'll have to leave him behind when we return home.
After showers we embarked on a beautiful one hour drive to our favorite restaurant on Maui. We drove along the coast for a long time and then we headed inland for awhile. We passed a lot of sugar cane fields.
Eventually we emerged on the opposite coast. It didn't take long after that to reach our destination.
I love Mama's Fish House, but I have to warn you the place is outrageously expensive. It's a special treat to come here for a visit when we're in Hawaii. Most of the entrees run $40 – $50+ and a mai tai will set you back $16. Salads, etc. are all additional.
Why was the restaurant packed even on a Sunday evening in our bad economy? The food is absolutely amazing and the atmosphere can't be beat. People make reservations weeks (and sometimes months) ahead of time to dine at Mama's Fish House.
The restaurant looks out at a small, but beautiful beach. We arrived just prior to sunset.
To add to the ambiance the restaurant has staged torches along with another prop on the beach.
We walked from the beach on a path to the restaurant entrance.
Despite having a reservation we had a short wait for our table. We sat on a bench by some tiki men while we waited.
We all ordered different entrees so we could share and sample different things. The most unusual presentation was the Moi (fish) PR ordered. The fish is cooked and served whole. I swear it was staring at me across the table.
For dessert we ordered a Black Pearl which is chocolate mousse served inside a wafer "shell."
To be honest, we ordered it more just to SEE it than to eat it. We were absolutely full from our dinner at that point.
Afterwards, we walked on the beach for a little while. The stars were spectacular. Then we got in the car and drove for an hour to get home. It was a wonderful day.
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