Mahalo

Sunday November 22, *Sourdough Notes* this morning I baked pomegranate scones for our afternoon sail with friends. Yana brought delicious cupcakes and Jana brought a tasty hummus dip with chips and we had bubbles! (Champagne) Joey, Fieldling and his wife Faye and her friend Chris, also joined us for a windy afternoon sail.

Monday November 23, our last tourist outing in Hawaii. Dan and I ventured to the Dole Plantation. It recently reopened. We did the garden tour and the train ride. And of course we purchased a few pineapples.

Pineapples are a member of the Bromeliad family with over 3000 varieties, given the name because it resembled a pine cone. Earth Star, Urn Plant, Scarlet Star, Flaming Sword, Blushing Bromeliad and the Pink Quill are common varieties.

James Dole arrived in Hawaii in 1899, with Harvard degrees in business and agriculture, he was eager to farm there. The following year he purchased a 61-acres of land in Wahiawa, in central Oahu, where he established the first plantation that would later become an agricultural empire, the Hawaiian Pineapple company. Now known as the Dole Food Company, it is one of the most recognized brands in the world. Realizing the world wide attraction to the fruit, Dole’s first pineapple cannery opened in Wahiawa in 1901. A few years later, the cannery was moved to Honolulu Harbor, closer to labor, shipping ports, and supplies. By 1930’s the cannery was processing over 200,000 tons of pineapples per year. James Dole passed away in 1958 at the age of 80.

Tuesday November 24, last boat project day for awhile. In this storage compartment is the electronics for the wind generator. Some of the components get hot and actually melted a plastic bottle in there. Using plexiglass and 3” cut pieces of PVC pipe and 4” screws, Dan created a protective shield.

Second project was installing a backup bilge pump. The pump sits deep in the bilge, connected to a flexible hose we could run into the cockpit or out a window if needed. There is also an on off switch located on the instrument panel.

On our Sunday sail with friends, Fieldling and Faye brought us some traditional Hawaiian foods. This was our dinner tonight. Vegetable Lau Lau, wrapped in Ti Leaves, Taro leaves, purple sweet potato, carrot, mushroom and string beans. with Fresh Pesto from Maui and Haupia, coconut pudding.

Wednesday November 25, we declined a Thanksgiving dinner invite at our friends as there will be too many people there. I had offered to make sourdough dinner rolls for that dinner, so I made them anyway and brought them over tonight, a small gathering.

Thursday November 26, Happy Thanksgiving! Christmas light up, FaceTime with the kids, 3 loads of laundry, Turkey dinner for 2.

We FaceTimed with these beautiful faces today! Miss them dearly!

In keeping with tradition, wine drinking while Turkey cooking. Poached Turkey breast in chicken broth with wine! Mashed potatoes, stuffing with gravy and roasted Brussels sprouts, butternut squash and red onion drizzled with pomegranate molasses, sourdough milk buns and pumpkin pie of course!

Friday November 27, Goodbye Hawaii!

We left the dock at 10am, stopped at the fuel dock to top off the tank. By 11:30am we were sailing past Diamond Head. Several “land” friends stopped by to see us off, Beth and Mark, Yana and Joey, Faye, MaryGrace, Chris and Corkey. It truly was a pleasure meeting them all!

Two weeks of Paradise

Tuesday November 10, *Sourdough Notes* today’s bake Pomegranate scones, so good!

Before dinner we walked 4.6 miles around Waikiki.

Wednesday November 11, dinner at Yana and Joeys, they wanted us to meet their friends Frank and MaryGrace who may also go to French Polynesia. They own the catamaran HH55 Ticket to Ride.

Thursday November 12, Dan performed sewing machine maintenance, with a video we received from Sailrite. An adjustment was made to the pressure foot alignment.

Friday November 13, pancakes with blueberries and pomegranates for breakfast, so good!

Today is survey day. We are in the market for new boat insurance, our policy expires on December 1. As with most if not all new policies, a boat survey is required, similar to an inspection done when buying a house. Four hours later, the survey was completed. We also had a diver come and inspect the hull. That was a better option than to hauling the boat out of the water.

Saturday November 14, Facebook live from the Chart House Waikiki featuring Tito and Kimo.

Our friend Joey Cabell, born in Hawaii, became the most iconic surfer in America during the 1960’s. Joey developed new boards and a completely distinct riding style that would begin the next evolution of surfing. In the 60’s he was the finest all-around surfer in the world. With his power and precision, he was one of the first to successfully navigate hollow tube wave sections. In the early 70’s Joey had fallen in love with slopes of Aspen, Colorado, opening the first Chart House restaurant there.

Sunday November 15, football day in Hawaii starting at 8am.

Monday November 16, *Sourdough Notes* Today’s bake, 2 Pain au Belle loaves with seed inclusion. 37g Flax/Chia mix (soaked), 8g Fennel, 51g raw mix of Pumpkin, Sunflower and Watermelon seeds, 24g Toasted Sesame Seeds. One was baked in a loaf pan.

For dinner we grilled peppered steaks, served with sautéed vegetables and a 2017 Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tuesday November 17, today we did a 5 mile walk, around a few parks, then stopped at Whole Foods for lunch and free WiFi. My phone was finally backed up, updated and download installed. Our destination was the FedEx store to scan Dan’s documents for his USCG captains license renewal.

Wednesday November 18, first thing in the morning, Dan helped Joey move his sailboat to a different marina where they were hauling it out to paint the bottom.

Dan wanted to install on the navigation panel a wind direction/speed meter. This involved cutting the hole bigger. We duct taped a plastic bag to the back to help collect the sawdust. This made the clean up much easier. Later it was laundry day again.

For dinner I made pasta Primavera.

Thursday November 19, must have been a lazy day, I have no notes just the sunset.

Friday November 20, provisioning day. With a borrowed car, we went to West Maine, to purchase a new EPIRB. We received permission to enter French Polynesia and we’ll be sailing again soon! As a result, we updated our EPIRB, since the existing EPIRB’s battery is expired now. What is an EPIRB you ask? An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon or EPIRB is used to alert search and rescue services in the event of an emergency. It does this by transmitting a coded message to the multinational Cospas Sarsat satellite network. There you go!

We also shopped at Lowe’s, Costco, Whole Foods, Walmart, and Safeway. An exhausting evening for sure.

Saturday November 21, *Sourdough Notes* today’s bake, 2 Pain Aux Urbain loaves. Late morning till early evening, we helped Mark and Beth with projects on their new boat. Dan assisted in identifying the extensive sail inventory. I helped Beth measure numerous old stainless cables that were once used as the standing rigging. They are replacing the rigging that is currently on the boat. Measuring old cables was a check on what they measured compared to existing ones.

Hanging in Paradise

Tuesday November 3, Election Day in America! We voted absentee ballot, having them mailed to us here in Hawaii. Mine took 14 calendar days to arrive, and 10 days to go back. It was recorded as received on November 4. Not sure if it will even be counted. Pennsylvania had said they would count votes received up to three days past Election Day if it was postmarked by November 3, but a law suit was filed contesting that.

Wednesday November 4, honestly the day was spent flipping between CNN and Fox News watching the election count coverage. We are unable to get local stations, so we streamed using Apps on our phones.

Sourdough pizza for dinner, this was by far the best pizza crust recipe I’ve made.

Thursday November 5, *Sourdough Notes* 2 Belle loaves baked today, taking them to a dinner party at Yana and Joey’s. Outdoor poolside dining, with Greek food and Ouzo, oh and Greek dancing!

Friday November 6, girls day shopping. Yana invited me to join her and her girlfriends to a private event held at the boutique Trina Turk, in the International Market Place. The store was open to only us! We had champagne and macaroons. Everything in the shop was 30% off, plus we received a free candle!

Saturday November 7, was spent investigating boat insurance and applying for quotes. We currently have Pantaenius, it is due for renewal soon, comparing different companies and coverage.

Sunday November 8, after watching the Bills football game, we went shopping for a few items. We took Mark and Beth to Costco, they were interested in getting a wagon like ours after they had borrowed it. We also went to Home Depot.

Monday November 9, *Sourdough Notes* Two Belle loaves baked today. One I baked in a loaf pan, Dan likes that bread shape better.

More Honolulu

Thursday October 22, We had a professional marine mechanic on the boat today to clean the oil heat exchanger which cools the engine’s oil. This job looked difficult for Dan to perform, plus a few specialized tools are needed. This cleaning helps ensure the engine temperature remains in the correct operation range, and all went well!

Friday October 23, boat cleaning, the chain locker. This area tends to get really dirty. Dan washed it down with vinegar til we ran out. We took a walk to Sams Club to purchase more vinegar and a few other items. It’s hard to walk into those club stores and come out with only one item!

In the chain locker, there is a wedge shape board of marine plastic plywood the chain slides down. It is used to direct the anchor chain to the deep part of the compartment. We cut the long side about 2 inches more narrow as to make the wedge go further forward.

Saturday October 24, *Sourdough Notes* I baked a loaf shape of sourdough bread, pretty tasty. The recipe came from one our followers, friend and fellow thistle sailor Jack Mahaney.

Also here in the harbor is the s/v Hazana. It is the actual boat the true story movie Adrift was about.

Sunday October 25, beach day.

Monday October 26,*Sourdough Notes* baking day, Pain aux Urbain loaf.

Tuesday October 27, *Sourdough Notes* I baked a pumpkin sourdough bread loaf, added mini chocolate chips to the batter. With the left over pumpkin purée, I made pumpkin scones.

Wednesday October 28, the family is growing! Our son Luke proposed to Mecca and she said YES! We’ll add a wonderful daughter-in-law and 3 beautiful granddaughters! Couldn’t be more excited for them!

*Sourdough Notes* baked another Belle loaf this morning, this one rose higher than the others.

Six interesting Hawaii facts, 1, always on Hawaii standard time, so Sunday when the clocks get turned back an hour, we will be 5 hours behind East coast time. 2, Surfing was invented here. 3, Billboards are outlawed. 4, There are 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet. 5, You can mail a real coconut, not in box but, as is. 6, There are no snakes in Hawaii.

Thursday October 29, Dan’s US Coast Guard Captains License, 6-pack, is up for renewal soon. We spent a lot of time going over our journey, recording the days sailed. He also took a Biki to get a drug test, and Homeland Security TCA background type check. Dan also received a physical from our new friend, Beth who is a licensed medical professional in Hawaii, Beth and Mark came over for dinner, we ordered pizza.

Friday October 30, for two days this week the marina parking lot was partially closed due to the TV show, Magnum P.I. filming on the beach. We walked over to watch for a while.

Saturday October 31, Yana and Joey invited us for a sail on their catamaran sailboat, HOKULEA. There were 7 of us on the cruise. The girls had the best seats on the trampoline with champagne, the guys were in the cockpit.

Sunday November 1, continued cleaning out deep compartments in the boat, alternating using vinegar and Mr. Clean.

Monday November 2, laundry day.

Honolulu Week 4

Thursday October 15, we rode Biki bikes about an hour today, went the other direction towards Diamond Head. (which is still COVID closed).

Friday October 16, laundry day!

Saturday October 17, last week we met this couple Mark and Beth, her daughter Abby, who are in the process of purchasing a sailboat that is here in the marina a few boats away from ours. This afternoon we took them for a sail on our boat. The winds were light to moderate, fun afternoon.

Sunday October 18, our friends Joey and Yana invited us to a private brunch and Facebook live event at their restaurant The Chart House Waikiki. Featuring Dean and Dean, they’ve played there for many years. We brought Julie and Will with us as we had planned to go out sailing with them in the afternoon.

Monday October 19, *Sourdough Notes* new English muffins started today, different recipe hopefully these will be better. They will be ready to bake tomorrow. Also preparing for another Belle loaf, levain started, mix later this evening.

Tuesday October 20, *Sourdough Notes* English muffin success and Belle loaf #7 is pretty amazing too!

Wednesday October 21, Happy Birthday Danielle!

Gilligan’s SS Minnow was in this harbor!

Biking Around

Wednesday October 14, *Sourdough Notes” a Pain au Belle loaf is in Delayed fermentation in the fridge, may bake either tonight or tomorrow morning.

We rented Biki bikes this afternoon for a 9.5 mile ride around Honolulu.

First stop to see the Aloha Liberty Bell. Presented to the State of Hawaii on July 4, 1950 by the federal government, as a testimony to the history of the United States and of the ideals and principles that have shaped our nation.

King Kamehameha I Statue, he united the Hawaiian Islands into one royal kingdom in 1810 after years of conflict. This statue stands in front of the Hawaii Supreme Court building.

Across the street from the Supreme Court house is Iolani Palace, former residence of the Hawaiian monarchs. The only official state residence of royalty in the United States. Two monarchs, King Kalakaua and his successor, Queen Liliuokalani (his sister) lived there from 1882 to 1893.

Queen Liliuokalani, first and only reigning Hawaiian queen and the last Hawaiian sovereign to govern the islands 1891-1917. Her statues sit in a courtyard next to the Hawaii Capital building.

The Cathedral of St. Andrew has grand stained glass windows.

On the left- Emma was queen of Hawaii as the wife of King Kamehameha IV from 1856 to his death in 1863. She was a candidate for the throne but King Kalākaua was elected instead. This bust is in Queen Emma Square.

On the right-Saint Marianne Cope, in 1883, Mother Marianne Cope along with 6 sister, member of the Sisters of St Francis of Syracuse, New York, arrived in Hawaii to care for the leper’s on Molokaʻi and aided in developing medical infrastructure in Hawaii. Despite direct contact with the patients over the years, she did not contract the disease. Cope was Beatified in 2005, canonized in 2012. Her statue is located in Kewalo Basin Park.

Another Week in Paradise

Wednesday October 7, Dan and I went for a walk today, to the food store which was next to a mall, so we walked the mall first. The Ala Moana Center is a three story shopping mall with lots of high-end stores. The center isles of the mall are open to the sky.

We grilled hamburgers for dinner served on sourdough bread.

Thursday October 8, *Sourdough Notes* I have what I consider too much starter discard in the fridge. So, I baked biscuits and two batches of crackers. The first batch I added Herbs de Provence, which was very good, the second was Thyme, Cracked Black Pepper and Sesame Seeds. Meanwhile starting another Belle loaf to be my “inclusion” loaf. I will be adding a cinnamon, butter, brown sugar paste and raisins that were soaked in vanilla overnight to add moisture to them so that they don’t draw moisture from the bread dough. Baking that loaf tomorrow morning.

You may wonder why I spent the day baking, in Hawaii! We’ve visited all the places that are open, everything else touristy, is currently COVID closed.

Friday October 9, *Sourdough Notes* Cinnamon raisin bread, success!

In the afternoon we took a 5 mile walk , first to FedEx store to print a few documents, then to the post office to mail them. Afterwards we hung out in front of an Apple store on their WiFi, updating our phones.

Saturday October 10, Dan has been busy filling out applications and permits to enter French Polynesia, still waiting to hear from them. Because there are two of us aboard, its a 28 day quarantine, travel time counts, two weeks to get there, so we’ll need to stay on the boat for another week.

*Sourdough Notes* I made English muffins with starter discard, totally failed on this one! First I shaped the dough in the morning and forgot to add the rest of the ingredients, reworked it, the muffins were too big, frying pan too hot, the outside burned the dough was slightly raw in the middle. Next time remember to add all ingredients, make smaller muffins, lower the burner flame. The boat smelled of burnt bread all day!

Sunday October 11, marathon day. Today would have been the Maui Marathon. On his quest to run one in every state, Dan ran the distance (26.2 miles) this morning. He stopped at the boat three different times, for food, water and dry shirts.

In the afternoon we did a little shopping, Lowes, West Marine, Costco and Home Depot.

Monday October 12, what started out as a small project, turned into a big all day one! We’ve been having issues with the foreword head plugging up. After letting it sit for 5 days, Dan took the plumbing snake to it. We discovered the 2.5” ID pipe was now less than 1 inch due to lots of calcium deposits in the pipe. So, we pulled the pipe out after much effort, went to West Marine, purchased 12 feet of sanitation pipe, installed it. Quite the chore trying to thread the new pipe under the floor and connect everything back together. All better now.

Tuesday October 13, lazy day… Dan had reached out to a local HAM radio group here in Honolulu. A nice man named Todd come to our boat today and tried to troubleshoot the radio, without much success, likely too much marina interference.

Change is Good

Monday October 5, a few boat projects completed today, then late afternoon Larry left Trance after 57 days, to fly back home. He dropped us off at the laundromat on his way to the airport.

Tuesday October 6, this day was very stressful as our youngest daughter had surgery today and we’re 5000 miles away. She insisted we not fly home and stay in Hawaii.

Both of our daughters have the BRCA1 gene mutation. This past September Beth opted for a double mastectomy and reconstruction, today Danielle had the same procedure, both were preventative measures. So proud of them for their choices. Several other females in the family had breast cancer who have the BRCA1 mutation.

Before surgery

We chatted with her via FaceTime, later in the day after the procedure, she said she’s feeling great!

Enjoying Oahu

Friday October 2, the North Shore

We stopped at the site of the old Waialua Estate coffee/chocolate plantation. Had a quick tour on the coffee process. Founded by Dole foods, the 155 acre plantation now sits on a former sugarcane lands.

This evening we were invited over to Joey & Yana Cabell’s home for a dinner party. We had buffalo meat from Ted Turner’s ranch in South Dakota. Yana presented us with Leis and Tores made me a beautiful head wreath. We first met them in the marina parking lot, asking them about parking permits. We purchased the lamb meal kits from their restaurant The Charthouse, last weekend. Joey Cabell, in the 1960’s was the best surfer in the world.

Saturday October 3, beach day! We drove the other side of Pearl Harbor near all the resorts like The 4 Seasons, the Marriott and Disney’s Aulani. There are four lagoons, Ko Olina Lagoon #4 is public, the other 3 appeared to private.

Sunday October 4, *Sourdough Notes* two more successful Pain au Belle loaves today! There was quite a bit of sourdough discard in the refrigerator, so I used some of it to make scones and crackers.

Meanwhile, Dan and Larry went sailing with Joey and his friend JJ on Joeys catamaran.

Before dinner, Dan and Larry painted the chain links on the anchor chain.