Friday, August 16, 2013

Buying a lei in Kailua (as in Kaneohe, not as in Kona)

Aren't you glad I didn't title this "getting lei'd in Kailua"?

Suppose you're a young newlywed and you want to buy a lei for your honey, and you're staying on the windward side of Oahu. You type "lei" into Google maps and you notice this entry.

Well, it doesn't work. First, 776 Kailua Road isn't where google maps says it is. Second, 776 Kailua Road actually has a surfboard shop and an Arthur Murray studio. So what's a young lei-seeker to do?

Well, it turns out that Walgreen's has leis. At least an orchid lei (a "vanda lei" as I would call it). The folks at the Portuguese Bake Shop told me that Foodland, 7-eleven, and Long's (yes, it's still called Long's here in the islands) all have leis.

But not Lavender Lei, and not at 776 Kailua Road.

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