March 20, 2001 The Windward Side
There’s something about the Windward Side of Oahu that I like. This past Sunday, Kyle and I took a short trip to Kaneohe, and although it was nothing special, I always enjoy it.
First of all, the drive there over the H-3 freeway is beautiful. It’s just like the mountains surround you, and that’s all that you can see. And then when you come out of the tunnel, the view of Kaneohe is just spectacular. Especially when it’s clear (like Sunday was), you can see everything. Because it’s always raining on that side of the island, everything is green…
We usually go to Yamashiro’s. It’s a hardware store (an Ace Store, I think), but it carries a lot of tools and supplies that Home Depot, City Mill, Lowe’s, and those other “big” stores don’t. It’s a place you can immediately like, even if you don’t know a thing about drills, bits, or saws. The place looks like it’s been there forever – you know, run down and old! But the people are so helpful and nice, and they don’t all have the same tacky orange vest, or matching shirts, or anything.
Then, we make a stop at Windward Mall. There’s nothing really there, except the best pickled mango you can buy! (It’s in the seed shop on the second floor.) Without Grandma around, I have to buy pickled mango (one of my favorite foods!) And this one is really, really good. Also, Kyle loves to go to the Hot Dog on a Stick place. He really likes it there. I like it because they have the Green River drink, or something like it, anyway. It’s really good.
Sometimes we make a stop at the Bay View Golf Club. If you’ve never tried their mini golf, it’s pretty fun, but a little pricey. They also have a driving range, and golf course, complete with those cool, classic car-looking golf carts. Kyle doesn’t especially like the golf course there, but we have fun at the driving range.
Otherwise, there’s nothing else too special about the Windward Side to us. But if you have a chance, go and check it out. I think you’d like it, too!
Susan Sensei’s English Lesson #70（スーザン先生の英語講座）
This week’s lesson is more of a reminder: Remember that in Hawaii (and America) we buy things by the pound, or the ounce, not by the gram. So, if you’re buying deli meat, for example, you’d say,
“May I have a pound of pastrami??”
Try grocery shopping in Hawaii!
|Loco Girl’s Profile（ロコ・ガールのプロフィール） Born in Hilo, I grew up going fishing with Dad, shopping with Mom, and trying to be a good “big sister” to a younger sister and brother. A Waiakea High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa alumni, I taught English in Japan for two years on the JET Program. I love doing a lot of things-shopping, reading, lettering, making jewelry & crafts, watching Friends-and that’s just the start of my list! I like being busy, and am active with the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) and the Honolulu Junior Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJJCC.) My family and friends are, of course, very important to me, and are why I live a very typical, happy, local-style life in Hawaii and will never leave!|