Shop, Shop, Shop!

Trip Start Feb 21, 2006
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Trip End Mar 08, 2006


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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Dear Readers,

Thanks for the messages you've been sending us! We're still having a wonderful time. Today has been pretty low-key. I'm not sure we even took a single photo, but I've tried to upload the movie clips we've shot.

This morning we went to the beach across the street again. It was a little earlier in the morning and we were hoping to try snorkeling once more. As soon as we crossed the park and descended to the sand (beautiful, soft, very pleasant), we noticed that there were warning flags up. There was a dangerous shore break happening, although there were still a number of people in the water. We sat for a few minutes and watched the waves, but we could see that the waves were pretty big and crashing on the sand in such a way that we would really be asking for LOTS of sand in our bathing suits. So, we gathered up our stuff again and headed back to the pool and hot tub.

After a bit of lunch, we put on our Shopping Shorts and headed out. We tried a number of shopping plazas and enjoyed the Hilo Hattie shop the most. We'd made a quick stop here the other day and discovered that they give everyone person who comes in the door a free shell necklace. Excellent! We plan to visit a number of times and Hilary expects to amass quite a collection. One of our last shopping stops was a little open air market. There weren't many vendors, but the ones there had some great selections and even better prices. We'd shopped enough already to get a feel for the prices of the kinds of things we wanted.

One of the vendor families was Hawaiian and we overheard them speaking to each other in Hawaiian. I hadn't really expected to hear that outside of things like the luau. It was wonderful to hear; Hawaiian sounds like singing to me.

Several of the tables had lots (LOTS) of shell jewelry. Some of the necklaces and bracelets were $3 each or 2 for $5. Hilary walked up to the vendor with three necklaces in her hand. He took one look at her and said, "For you ... $5 for all three!" This was just what happened to Megan in Paris at the antique market. Deja vu!

Hilary says she found a lot of treasures including: "A coconut purse, shells and a starfish, a dress and a shirt, a shell lei and lots of souvenirs for my family and my friends."

After dropping all our goodies off at the condo, we went to a Fish & Chips shop we'd noticed for supper and then to the movie theatre to see "Eight Below." Hilary says the movie was "great and all my friends should go to see it."

And that was our day!

Aloha,
Hilary & Janice
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