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Hawaii Day 7 - Dole Plantation, Green World Coffee, Maui Mike's Chicken 
7th-Oct-2014 04:07 pm
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Today we went up to the Dole Plantation for the little train tour around the grounds, and the audio garden tour around the grounds. The tour had a lot of good history about the pineapple plantations in general, the rise and expansion of Dole's business empire, and the pineapple business as it waxed and waned on the islands. The garden tour was interesting more for the legends and names than the content. (I think we may have seen sufficient gardens to be able to know the difference now.) We ended our tour with pineapple ice cream.

With the clouds boiling over the ridge into the valley, we scooted off to Green World Farms for a late entrance to the morning knitting group (and coffee). We had barely settled at the tables when the skies opened and the rain came pouring down. It was impressive, and impressively loud, too.

We called in our lunch to Maui Mike's and stopped to pick it up during a lull in the rain on the way back to the house. Maui Mike's is a local restaurant that does roasted chicken simply and well. I definitely recommend it, as long as you don't need anything resembling a vegetable in your meal.

The afternoon was half-over before we were done with lunch. We spent the rest of it knitting and chatting with one of our hostess's friends. Dinner was simple and included the leftover spinach and apple salad that I made last night, so I got my greens that I missed at lunch. We made crepes for dessert to carry over the crepe feeling from yesterday.

I went to wash my snorkel gear from yesterday to prepare for tomorrow, and discovered the snorkel is missing a piece, so we'll be going back tomorrow morning for me to yell at them. Really. I talked to two different shop assistants and still managed to walk out with bad gear. I'm not impressed. ETA: the snorkel was fine; it was the labeling on the snorkel and the directions with it that were bad. Ok, they weren't bad, they were just for a different snorkel.
Comments 
8th-Oct-2014 11:17 pm (UTC)
Some day I want to visit Hawaii - I'm living vicariously through you :)
9th-Oct-2014 05:44 am (UTC)
I'm glad you are enjoying Hawaii through my posts. I'm enjoying being here.
9th-Oct-2014 01:47 am (UTC)
I wanted to thank you for the beautifully, detailed posts. I haven't been reading much LJ lately, but this past week, I've been looking forward to reading your Hawaiian ventures. :) Today was especially drool-worthy between Hawaiian pineapples and Hawaiian coffee. I appreciate the sharing!!
9th-Oct-2014 05:45 am (UTC)
The pineapples have been fabulously sweet. The coffee isn't really my thing, but everyone else is enjoying it.
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