Molokai Day 9-12

We’re lazy this morning, and don’t get out of the condo until 11am. We decide to go to Goodz and Grindz for lunch. We each have the Mahi Mahi burgers with macaroni salad. The sandwiches are good, but I decide I’m sick of macaroni salad. Lunch is about $15 with drinks.

I’m a bit bummed by the lack of free activities on Molokai. Husband and I decide to go to the beach and build sand castles. We head to One Ali’i Beach with an assortment of tupperware containers. We can’t agree on the proper way to build a sand castle, so we decide to build our own. Husband’s ends up being a mega complex; mine is more simple and streamlined. I call it a sand sanctuary. The beach is very windy, but we spend a good 2 hours here.

It’s hard work building sand castles…
Marc’s inferior sand castle.
My superior Sand Castle!!
Waterfalls in the surrounding hills.

It’s already 3-ish, so we head home, wash the salt mist off, and go for a swim. Husband decides to join me. He teaches me how to do a flip and push off at the end of a lap. We spend an hour frolicking in the pool. This is my 3rd time swimming, and it’s empty, yet again.

We’ve decided to go to the Cookhouse for dinner. I’ve read about their macadamia nut pie, and after mentioning it to husband, he agrees it sounds like a good place for dinner.

It’s a 20 mile drive, and it’s dark outside. When we arrive, the tables inside are full so we sit outside. We’re told that there are no plate dinners available, only the “specials.” I notice on the menu that they don’t take cards, and ask husband how much $$ he has. Only $37. We both want the bacon-wrapped shrimp, but it costs $24. The cheapest “special” is $20. We decide to order sandwiches. They’re also out of macadamia nut pie. It’s a bit of a disappointment after such a long drive.

Day 10 Molokai

Today we drank beer, went swimming in the pool, and lazed around. Not necessarily in that order…

Day 11 Molokai

We woke up early for our snorkel trip with Tim and Molokai Fish and Dive. Arrived at the wharf at 6:45, and we left at 7:00 am. The weather is clear and calm. There are 9 of us total going out snorkeling. The cost is $69 per person, which includes snorkel gear, wetsuit and drinks. It’s smooth sailing to our first snorkel site. The boat drops anchor, and we peer over the side. The water is crystal clear and we can see a plethora of coral. Husband and I jump in. We’ve got 45 min. at this site.

Within 10 minutes, I see a sea turtle. It is absolutely amazing. He swims slowly about 15 feet below me. Then he sees me, and takes off. There are tons of fish here. They feed in giant pods, nibbling on the coral. I’m amazed by what I see. I also wish that I’d used one of the wetsuits that Tim offered, I’m a bit cold. After 45 minutes, Tim calls us in. Everyone saw a turtle. A couple that ventured farther away saw 4-5 turtles.

Next we head to a second site that is the “turtle site.” The wind is already picking up, and the ride to the 2nd site makes me feel seasick. The 2nd site has sandy areas interspersed with coral, Tim says this is where the turtles like to hang out. He’s right. We see 5-6 turtles at a time, just hanging out below us. I try to be as still as possible, but they don’t seem afraid of us and linger. One seems to be staring right at me, as curious about me as I am about him. I snap pictures with my underwater camera.

After about 20 minutes, a horrible feeling of nausea comes over me and I feel like I’m going to vomit. I look at the boat, and 4 people are on the boat. The waves are getting bigger and bigger. I tell husband I need to go back, and he is ready too. By the time we get back to the boat, the rest of the snorkelers have come back. It’s amazing how fast the wind picks up.

Mele Kelikimaka!!

We get back home and take showers. We’re hungry, so I make french toast with the rest of the sweet bread roles that we picked up earlier at Kametsu bakery. A hint about Kametsu bakery… We bought a roll in the morning for about $1.50. Delicious, warm and fresh. We came back later in the afternoon and scored 5 rolls for $3.50. So if you want to buy in bulk, wait until later in the day.

After second breakfast, we take a nap, our first nap of our trip. After that, we head to town for lunch. We order food from the Molokai drive-in, then take it to the beach and eat there. I order the Bento box, husband orders the fish and chips ($6.99). My bento box consists of rice, 2 chicken wings, a piece of spam, scrambled eggs, 2 “lil smokies” and a piece of bbq beef ($8). It’s fairly nasty. I don’t know why I was imagining tempura vegetables… Husband’s fish and chips is good and a real bargain.

Pretty church on Molokai.
Statue of Father Damian.

We then go to Miyaki’s grocery to shop for dinner. They have some tasty looking prime rib at $7.99 a pound, but husband doesn’t eat steak. There isn’t any other meat that I know how to cook, so we go to Friendly Isle, where they have wild Atlantic salmon at $7.99 a pound. We get that and some teriyaki marinade, and yet another loaf of Molokai sweet bread.

Passion fruit soda.

Back at the condo, we sit on the lanai for awhile, drinking beer. Then I read for a bit, then do a couple hours research on Oahu. Our condo doesn’t have Bravo, so we’ll miss Project Runway The salmon is absolutely delicious, probably due to the quality of the fish. Finally, a dinner that turns out well! After dinner, I go for a swim in the pool. Then we head to bed.

Day 12 Molokai – Last day on Molokai

Called Molokai Plumeria at 9am to find out when their tours are. It turns out that they start at 9am… We decide to go by the next morning since our flight isn’t until 12:30.

The only thing on our itinerary is to visit the Mac Nut farm and the library, and hopefully finish our Xmas shopping. We go to the Kamakana Gallery in town, which is a co-op that features art and crafts made by Molokai residents. The shop is upstairs above the American Savings Bank. There is tons of beautiful artwork and jewelry. We buy turtle pendants made from opal for my sister-in-law and my two nieces, and some handcrafted soaps.

Next we visit the public library. The library is filled with patrons, as all libraries should be. It looks well stocked with good materials, and it’s nice to see a public library system that is well supported. We run into the woman we gave a ride to from 20 mile beach. We chat with her for a bit about our snorkel trip.

Molokai library!
Marc has found a fascinating book at the Molokai library!

We’re heading over to a place that sells shaved ice when we notice a van selling fish tacos. The van is located in the parking lot of the non-Chevron gas station… I didn’t get the name. The fish tacos are heavenly. They come with a mango salsa that is delicious. We get a small salad, rice and a soda for $8.00. As we’re waiting for our food, a woman gets fried ice cream and tells us it’s the best. After lunch, we’re too full for shaved ice, so we head to Purdy’s Macademia nut farm.

Taco truck.
Fish tacos! At the taco truck by the Chevron…

We get there just in time for the next tour. It’s very interesting and we’re invited to ask a lot of questions, and to crack our own mac nut shells. We also get to taste the roasted nuts, their honey mustard sauce, and their honey. We buy 3 small bags of roasted mac nuts for gifts. Our shopping is almost done, and we’re glad to have supported the local economy.

Mac nut farmer.
Macadamia nuts on the branch.
Marc demonstrates how to crack a mac nut.

After the Mac nut farm, we head back to town and have ice cream. On the way back to the condo, we stop by Hotel Molokai to check out their dinner menu. It’s got great ambiance, and the food seems reasonably priced, so we make a reservation. Then we go to the condo. I stop at the office to get quarters for laundry, and ask about the cats we’ve seen hanging out in the parking lot. They’re feral, and I ask if there’s an animal shelter on the island. They don’t have one, and once the feral cats are caught, they will be euthanized. There are no vets on the island who spay and neuter animals. This strikes me as most unfortunate.

Back at the condo, we hang out on the lanai, drinking the last of our beer. I do laundry, then I go read by the pool and take a swim. It saddens me to think that this will be my last swim in the lovely Wavecrest pool. I chat with someone hanging out there, and learn he’s from Whidbey Island, WA.

At 5:30 we head to Hotel Molokai for our dinner reservation. We get a seat right by the ocean, and the sun is setting. The restaurant is open air, and it has a lot of island character. Perusing the menu, husband can’t decide between the pork loin roast with mango chutney ($15.95), or the mac-nut crusted chicken ($14.95). I’m leaning toward the coconut shrimp ($19.95), but I decide to order the pork and we agree to share entrees. I order a side salad, and Marc has the soup (chicken and wild rice). I get a lava flow drink for 6.50.

Pretty view, mediocre food at Hotel Molokai

The soup and salad are good. My entree, however, is extremely disappointing. Pork loin is one of the few things I can cook well, so I know how a good one should taste. First of all, it’s luke-warm. The pork tastes like it’s the kind from a bag with marinade. It’s slightly chewy and overly salty. The chutney is good, but there’s also some kind of sauce that isn’t good. I recall with longing my plate lunch of melt-in-your-mouth pork from the Goods and Grinz…

The pork comes with mashed potatoes that are really good and garlicky, and a pile of mediocre peas. Husband’s chicken is good, but it’s covered in another type of strange mango/papaya sauce that isn’t very good. For dessert, we order the mango cheesecake, which has chunks of mango inside. It’s good. If I were to dine here again, I’d stick to something that is impossible to mess up, or stick with something cheap like the quesadillas or coconut shrimp from the appetizer menu. Our bill comes to $48.

Another thing I didn’t like about the restaurant was the fact that there were animals begging for food on the beach. A skinny, nursing dog stood on the beach the entire time begging for food, and a black and white cat showed up later. I tried not to let these poor animals spoil the nice ambiance of the restaurant setting, but couldn’t help but feel sorry for them.

After dinner, we went back to the condo, packed, and headed for bed.
Go on the next part of the journey!

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