Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Moloka'i Day 3

It rained during the night and was quite windy. When we woke up this morning, it was overcast and gray. It wasn't cold, but it still had a wintery feel. We enjoyed a leisurely morning... D made eggs sauteed with mushrooms & toast.

A view from the balcony in thru the living room to the kitchen. The bed in the shot is a murphy bed that is optional to pull down... there is also a bedroom. We have been watching movies on the murphy bed and sometimes sleeping there because you can't BEAT the view!

We took the movie back to the Mana'e shop and rented a new movie. Then we drove to Purdy's Macadamia Nut Farm. This small farm has 50 original trees which have been growing for 90 years and 200 more back behind which were planted in the 80's. The owner farms them himself with a helper and he was the one who gave the presentation which was just an educational talk about farming macadamia nuts. Macadamia nut season is continuous... all year long. On any one tree you can see all the stages of the nut's growth. There were green spiny growths that eventually blossom (bees pollinate these and make honey - macadamia blossom honey) then thin out and then you can see the little, baby nuts. Then the nuts grow bigger and when they are ripe, they fall to the ground. You peel off the outer husk and if they are done, there will be a brown inner hard shell (if they are not done, they have to be thrown out... once they fall off the tree, they will not ripen). You can't crack a macadamia nut with normal nutcrackers... you have to hut them with a hammer... hard enough to break the shell but not so hard you break the nut. We got to try this a few times and taste the nuts fresh out of the shell. D said they reminded him of coconuts. After this stage they dry them. In the sun this takes 2 weeks but they recently started using dryers to speed up the process. We got to try these along with the honey and other products. The tour was free and of course visitors show thanks by buying some products... yummy!

You can see both the macadamia nut farm and the Kalaupapa Lookout on the map.

After the farm, we drove to the Kalaupapa Lookout and looked down on the leper colony we will visit Thursday. (So I will give more info about the colony then :)

We also hiked into the forest a little ways to Phallic Rock. They say this is a sacred rock. (I wonder if it helps with fertility - haha!)

Then we drove down (with the hitchhiker we picked up) to the Kualapu'u Cookhouse for a late lunch/early dinner. I had the plate lunch of mahi mahi and pork teriyaki (with rice and mac salad) and D had country fried chicken with gravy and rice and mac. Tasty and plentiful.

On the way back to the condo, we stopped by the wharf and got to watch some canoers working out!

We came back to the condo and hung out until evening when we went back into town and went to Kanemitsu Bakery for "hot bread". Everything we read said 10PM, but we saw some people walking out of the alley at 9:20 with bags - and they were nibbling. So we headed back to this dark alley that didn't look like it could be anything, but sure enough, this is what we found.

At the back door waiting for hot bread at 9:30 at night.
In the back alley - we found the right place and ahhhhhhhh... we have our two loaves of hot bread!
Loaves are a little bigger than a cantaloupe around.

Mine was filled with cinnamon sugar and butter and D's was filled with strawberry jam and cream cheese.
Worth going out for! Mmmmmmmmmmm...

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