Lihue, the first full day

As I mentioned yesterday, we all went to bed pretty early last night, right around 9 PM. I was pretty tired and dozed off almost right away, but I was awakened 40 minutes later by the sound of… well… I couldn’t quite tell where it was coming from because sound seems to echo among the buildings here, but somewhere nearby people were, you know… and it was pretty darn loud. I walked out onto the Lanai, curious to find out where it was coming from. We’d seen a honeymoon couple earlier in the day and I thought perhaps it was them. I never did find out who it was. It only lasted thirty seconds or so. I had the momentary mental fantasy of standing there on the balcony and saying into the night, “That was quick,” only to hear a disappointed woman’s voice say from somewhere in the darkness, “You’re telling me!” Instead I went back to sleep and slept through the night with the screen doors wide open listening to the sounds of the Pacific and slept soundly through the rest of the night.

I woke up around 6 AM. Dan was already up and eager to get started. He was out the door pretty early to scope out the beach conditions, and in particular, the wave conditions. After showering, we headed into town to get some groceries and have breakfast.

View of Hanalei Bay from our Lanai
View of Hanalei Bay from our Lanai
Breakfast on the balcony
Breakfast on the balcony
Dan gets ready to rent a surfboard
Dan gets ready to rent a surfboard

When we got back from town, we ate our breakfast out on the Lanai. Dan was getting a little stressed about renting a surfboard so he made a number of phone calls and finally found a place on the east shore that rented long boards at a good rate. He was out the door in a flash to get himself a board. In the meantime, Megan and I sat around on the porch chatting and waiting for Dan to return. Dan had taken his cellphone with him and when we called him, we found that he was in the parking lot. The fact that he had his cellphone with him plays an important part in the unfolding events so keep this in mind. When he finally got back (well over an hour later, it seemed) we prepared ourselves (sunscreen, towels, books, etc.) and made our way down to the beach.

We staked out a good place at the beach. It was mostly cloudy, but the air was warm and there was a strong offshore breeze, and most importantly, the water was warm. The waves were breaking pretty far out and Dan had to paddle out 200-300 yards to catch the wave. Megan and I sat on the beach, soaking up what sun we could, relaxing, and watching Dan surf. He was out there for quite a while, and had gotten a couple of good rides when suddenly, he came paddling in.

After giving us a brief description in surfer lingo of exactly how totally awesome it was out there, Dan mentioned that he’d come back in because he was sitting out there waiting for another wave when he began to vibrate. Well, not him exactly, but the cellphone that he’d put in his pocket when he’d gone to rent the surfboard. After so much time in the warm salt water, the phone finally shorted out. Among the pictures below, you’ll find the wrecked remains of Dan’s cellphone, first surfing casualty of the week.

Waxing up his surfboard
Megan keeps an eye on Dan while he surfs
Megan keeps an eye on Dan while he surfs
Paddling out
Paddling out
Riding a wave
Riding a wave
Ah, the view!
Ah, the view!
Returning home
Returning home
The infamous phone incident
The infamous phone incident

I did a little bit of swimming in the water but not much. There was a lot of coral and I cut myself on that the last time I was here back in 2001. Besides, my plan for today was to relax. I did manage to get one fairly decent picture of myself while I was in the water.

Cool cameo
Cool cameo

In the afternoon, we drove into Hanalei looking for something to eat. We ended up at a place called “Tropical Tacos” which is a famous local place that was once just a roadside van but is now a small restaurant. We had tacos, burritos and casadillas there. We then drove around Hanalei and eventually stopped so that Dan and Megan could get some flavored shaved ice which is popular here. I got a chocolate shake which was delicious and filled me up.

Back at the condo, feeling full, and with the sun setting, we decided to stay in for the evening. I downed a couple of bottles of Pacifico while Megan read Dan and I questions from the “Battle of the Sexes” game. Dan got a craving for some pineapple and went about slicing one up. He sliced a little too much and managed to get some of his finger.

Slicing pine apple (and fingers)
Slicing pine apple (and fingers)

Dan and Megan ended up watching one of the DVDs here (Lilo and Stitch). My plan was to catch Smallville at 8 PM. However, as I found out, Smallville airs at 7 PM here, as it does in Central time, so I missed it. Oh well.

I’m about ready to call it a night. Dan and Megan are already asleep. It’s raining lightly out right now and I’ve got the balcony doors open so I can listen to it. The plan for tomorrow depends on the weather. If its bright and sunny, we’re going to the beach again. If its overcast, we’re doing an all-day hike, 8 miles round-trip to get to a waterfall and natural pool. Either way, it should be fun.