Since we landed at Lihue airport Tuesday, July 1, here are the important life lessons I've learned here in Kaua'i.
1) No matter how harmless geckos may be, the sight of one runnning across the ceiling will create pandemonium among the Rowell women every time.
2) Shave ice on top of macademian nut ice cream is nearly suicide by sugar. And some folks add a little "snow on the mountain" by pouring condensed sweetened milk on top.
3) Pupus are appetizers, not what you think they are.
4) The rainbows are bigger here. Not the fish, but the actual refractions of sunlight.
5) The ukulele is far cooler than I ever thought it was, especially when played by Jake Shimabukuro, who you can see on YouTube and whom we will see live tomorrow night at the Concert in the Sky.
6) No one you know is as laid back as the average waiter or waitress on Kaua'i. I will know I have reached the desired state of relaxation when I am not bothered by the slow service.
7) There is always someone bigger and whiter than you at the beach.
8) If you're going to wax your back, make sure you go down below the beltline. The guy at Poipu today with the butt beard hanging out of his shorts was distracting.
9) In spite of the hype, Kona coffee is pretty bland. Give me some Tanzanian Peaberry any day.
10) Driveways are much steeper where they don't have snow.
More valuable life lessons from Kaua'i coming soon.