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Ania’s birthday: Two meals and new Hawaii shirts

Posted in Hawaii by Ulf on January 23, 2009

After spending the morning of Ania’s birthday in Pearl Harbor, we wanted to find something to eat. The Lonely Planet told us about a traditional Hawaiian restaurant. When we looked at the menu we had no idea what the names meant, but fortunatelly there were not too many options. Basically it boiled down to choosing one out of four meals: “chicken”, “pig”, “fish” or a mixture of pig and chicken. As a side order we could to chose between poi and rice. We all asked for poi, and I only remember that I took the “kalua pig”.
When the old lady (who seemed to be both waitress and owner of the establishment) asked us if anyone ever tried poi before, we all said “no”. Therefore she served two kinds of poi so we could try it. Well, in the end all of us took rice as the side dish ;-).

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Poi is the brown thingy in the small cup on the left-hand side of the first picture. In fact, it was not too bad, but rice was just the safer option.
All parts of the meal were served in individual dishes. After we ate everything (wow, it was really a lot!!!) we could use them to build little towers :-).

After our meal we went through the streets of Honolulu. We wanted to buy some Hawaii shirts — you just cannot leave Hawaii without them. At the more touristic places you can’t get around the “ABC stores“. They seem to be just everywhere. That’s why one of the meaning of “ABC” is “all blocks covered” ;-). We have seen two ABC stores with only one other store in between. Wikipedia says that there is an intersection near Waikiki with four ABC stores at the same place!
But as we were walking through one of the back streets, we did not see an ABC store at all. Instead we found a little clothing store which seemed to be family operated. They were covering the full price range from $10 for a shirt to $200 for another one. We were obviously more interested in the cheaper shirts ;-).

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After our little shopping trip (as you can see on the pictures, we’ve been sucessful) we went to the local Cheesecake factory. That’s a restaurant which mainly serves cakes. This is a great invention! And since it was Ania’s birthday, they’ve put a little candle on her piece of cake and even sang “Happy Birthday” when serving :-)
That was amazing! If I ever want to gain much weight in little time, I’ll just walk to the next Cheesecake Factory :-).

When paying in US restaurants, it’s common to add 15% graduity to the bill. Well, sometimes the 15% are automatically included. Most of the times however, you’ve to do the calculation yourself. But not in the Cheesecake Factory: They were so kind to give us a little chart where a reasonable tip can be easily read out.

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This also was the evening when I finished writing my postcards. That was really a tough job — I’ve written between 20 and 25 of them!


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  1. Din Mor said, on January 24, 2009 at 4:01 am

    You ate your first poi in 1997.
    ( August 13th, maybe at 8 pm. , Hawaiian time )
    There was a “Luau” at the Polynesian Cultural Center of Oahu.
    At the end all of us were “pappsatt”.
    You really do not remember any more? I daresay all the money was spoiled. We better should have left you at home with your grandparents.
    Whjat a mess.

  2. kalifornientom said, on January 24, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    :D … they nabbed you!!! :D

  3. Ulf said, on January 24, 2009 at 5:04 pm


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