Next to last day, Friday woke up ate a leisurely breakfast of yogurt and fruit. Love the guava Then off to mail stuff back to the mainland. After that went up to Kilauea Lighthouse for a while. Just enjoyed the views, and visited" our brick" that we bought 6 years ago. Stopped at Common Ground for lunch, figured a light salad. The arugula ,goat cheese, cranberry and walnut was delicious , and enough for leftover for dinner. Then off to the Anahola market for the pineapple bread. You're right Jebett, yumm
Back to the hotel and hung around the pool for a little, came back , cleaned up and took a walk around the grounds, maybe 10 minutes. Here's the surprise. When I returned my shoes had been stolen from outside the condo door!! Had left them there all week, and for the past 14 years have had no problem, with shoes outside the door, I thought they were exempt from the "watch your belongings at all times rule". Thank goodness I was wearing my flip flops or I would have been barefoot. Since I can't walk long distances(read HNL and EWR) in flip flops I went to Kukui Grove to buy sneakers. Not an easy task when I need a 9 wide !! But , after a scenic tour of the shopping center I am now the proud owner of THE WHITEST sneakers I have ever seen.
Tried to get them dirty in the rain and mud today but no luck. They're like a beacon.
Came back and caught part of the hula show at Coconut Grove, then had leftover salad, and soup for dinner and went to the Malama Pono benefit at the Hukilau. Very nice evening, "Kauai sings Rodgers and Hammerstein" My dad was very involved with local theater in NJ and so I grew up on those songs.
Today I took a long last soak in the jacuzzi and then packed up. Of course it started to pour as I was leaving the condo, so I improvised luggage covers and a raincoat from the garbage bags I had bought. Not too stylish but they did the job.
Now comes the funny (in retrospect) story. Pulled into Costco to gas up the rental car. Rain is wind whipped, really nasty, and what do I do? Stick my membership card in the receipt slot. All I can say in defense of my stupidity is that we don't have self serve in NJ(actually it's not allowed), so this is a very occasional thing for me. Immediately after inserting it(hey, there was an arrow pointing in lol) I realized my error. The attendant very nicely opened the machine , got my card back and was very tolerant, A big Mahalo to him.
No further adventures, except I forgot to get a Right Slice pie, will have to wait for next trip. Ate a delicious traditional last meal at Duke's, Kalua pork sandwich and Hula pie. No I didn't finish the entire thing! Got my interisland flight without problems and now have a 4-5 hour wait for my delayed flight to Newark. But hey, it's in Hawaii so what's bad?
Can't wait to come back and spend more time in my favorite place. I always dreamed of owning a piece of Kauai , and thought the brick at Kilauea would be it. Ya never know.
As a final piece of good luck, the mileage upgrade seats in business first were further upgraded to lie flat when they changed planes. Ah to sleep perchance to dream , of Kauai of course.
Just a side story, which I don't think I wrote before. Last fall when my sister and I were here we stopped at the Anahola market and I bought some earrings from Katherine who had a booth there. We were sitting eating our boar and she came over and offered my sister a pineapple that her husband (I think)had just woven from fronds.. We had said nothing to her about the fact that my sister had just lost everything except the structure of her house in superstorm Sandy . Somehow she just knew my sister needed a lift. She had had a basket from a previous trip which was lost in the storm. I've been holding the pineapple since then and now that she and her son are finally back in the house as of Easter. I'm going to bring it down to her. Some people just sense things I guess. When I saw Katherine this time and told her ,she had remembered and was glad for the follow up. Another reason to love Kauai.