This sign in Hawaiian simply asks customers not to bring their food and drinks into the store. (Photos by Tom Sadowski)
This sign in Hawaiian simply asks customers not to bring their food and drinks into the store. (Photos by Tom Sadowski)
The wife and I ride our bikes into town for breakfast. I am looking for fresh Hawaiian fruit bowls but can not find any in town. I settle for a bagel and cream cheese with my coffee. When I am finished I notice another customer walk away from the counter with what appears to be a giant fresh fruit bowl. It turns out that no one serves a fresh fruit bowl but they all serve what they call pitaya or acai bowls. News to me. Pitaya comes from a cactus and is also known as dragonfruit. Acai “berries” come from a South American palm. These fruits are made into a smoothy of sorts and served with fresh Hawaiin fruit on top. All very trendy if you ask me.

We stop at a few shops and study what kind of merchandise tourists buy. It is very nearly like what tourists buy back in Maine only with a Hawaiian theme. My wife asserts that this is what makes it different. I consider arguing the point but I figure you have to pick your battles so I go along to look at everything with her.

We pedal back to the cottage; a 7-mile round trip. It's what you do when you let your daughter take the car for the day. On the trip back we note that the beach houses all have some kind of security hardware or service in place. It must be because of the sharks in the area. One sign reads “Have Gun, Have Shovel. 'Nough Said.” These are very expensive properties on the beach and must be well-protected. One estate is called “Rancho Costalotta.” Must be pricy here but with a sense of humor.

This is the end of day number 9 and it marks the half way point of our vacation. None of can believe it is half over. This is the first vacation we have taken where we stay in one place. It's a very different style for us but we can already tell that as we get older we will be taking more vacations like this as it takes us about a week just to get our bearings. We are still taking wrong turns.