Slow Poke`s – Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

We woke with good intentions. It didn`t seem like we had too much to do but I guess we just ended up taking our time doing it. Steph and I went to the gym then back upstairs to do our pilates. It`s nice to be able to do them in private as we prefer to do them in as little clothes as possible. There is something very motivating about watching your muscles working.

We took a quick trip to Chinatown which was mere steps away from our downtown condo. We noticed as we got deeper into it the streets became dirtier and the stores more cluttered. There were several small stores that sold leis and we stopped to watch little old asian ladies stringing them together. They were of the most amazing colors, lengths and boasted such a variety of flowers.

A couple police tried to move along some homeless man sleeping half on the sidewalk and half on a stoop. The fresh fruits, bakeries and meats that I couldn`t even identify all mingled into a very pungent aroma wafting through the streets. We were able to pick out the tourist traps and where the locals shopped. After spotting a few great deals, we vowed to returned when we had more time.

I did take the time to stop and get a bubble tea. I took the time to satisfy my urge making sure I choose the “right” stand to buy it from. Am I glad I did!!! These tasty and filling fruit smoothies have become somewhat of an addiction. When made with fresh fruit they are irresistible. I slurped up the big black chewy tapioca balls (hence the name “bubble”) in the sweet mango and lychee icey milk concoction. Steph just laughed at me with my loud appreciation of my drink.

We arrived back and set off for Hananuma Bay where we would go snorkeling. We made a few pit stops to buy supplies. Tony needed sunglasses, we had to try a monster cookie blizzard from Dairy Queen, and an underwater camera was in order. We were also going to buy some snorkel gear but completely forgot. When we did remember we all just shrugged it off thinking we would just rent it at the Bay.

We arrived and to our dismay, things were just closing up. We were too late! The man at the gate didn`t make us pay the $5 park fee and said if we hurried we may be able to make it. Tony and I scrambled down the very steep hill but only realized that we had lost Steph when were were almost at the bottom. She had stopped to take some pictures of the amazing view and wandered down a few minutes later. We missed the snorkel rental but I guess it was just as well because the water was pretty chilly. We played in the sand and I got to practice a little bit of poi before they closed the beach.

We stopped by FoodLand on the way home picking up sushi and poke for dinner. We sampled several different kinds of poke which was just freshly made. It has been referred to as “Hawaii`s soul food.” I love it! Poke is served as an appetizer or snack (except for nuts like us who eat it for breakfast lunch and dinner), it usually consists of bite-sized pieces of raw, fresh fish mixed with seaweed and kukui nut relish.

Here`s a (one of many different variations) poke recipe:

1-1/4 pounds fresh ahi, cubed into bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup yellow onion, minced
1/4 cup green onion, minced
3 Tbsp. limu kohou (a reddish-brown seawood)
1 Tbsp. inamona (ground innards from roasted kukui nuts)
2 tsp. Sesame oil

All you need to do its combine the ingredients, mix well and then chill.

After dinner, we took a swim followed by a hottub then fell into bed for a much deserved rest.

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