Posts Tagged ‘Hawaii’

Pioneers from Kaua’i, Hawaii, to Rolfe, Iowa

February 23, 2010

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Because I’m catching up on communication regarding Rolfe’s oral history project and I’m also having fun with Jackson, I’ll likely not post again until Monday or Tuesday. In the meantime, if you’d like to read the history of the previously mentioned Tip Top Motel & Cafe on Kaua’i, click here.

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By clicking once (or even twice) on this image of two photos taken eight days apart, you'll magnify the detail.

The top photo was taken nine days ago as Bill and I were driving around the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i. The bottom photo* was taken yesterday, February 22, 2010, as I was driving around rural Rolfe, Iowa. The sign in the lower photo is on the farmstead of Mick and Sue Reigelsberger…which is also the original home of Mouser, and is 1/8 mile from where my father, Deane Gunderson, lives.

I’m not wild about the winter of 2010, and especially would not be if I still had a 35-mile work commute, but I do enjoy experiencing seasons. What a work ethic our pioneers had, enduring the elements, for us to enjoy life as we know it today.

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I’ll be back to the blog in about a week, or maybe before if timing works out.

* Photo-posting permission is granted by Mick Reigelsberger.

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The Tip Top Motel & Cafe (at Lihu’e on Kaua’i)

February 20, 2010

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I have another 1940s-Pocahontas-grain-elevator story, but I don’t have it ready to go yet. However, when I do post it, you’ll find it is just a t-a-d, very loosely related to the post below.

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Banana pancakes with "homemade kettle cooked Guava Pineapple Jam" at the Tip Top Cafe, Lihu'e, Hawaii. (Click photo to "t-a-s-t-e"!)*

Three days ago Bill and I returned from a business trip to Hawaii.  Our Oahu destination was predetermined. We also fit in a day-trip to Kaua’i. Our Valentine’s Day trip involved an approximately 100-mile, 30-minute-each-way round trip flight from Honolulu (Oahu) to Lihu’e (Kaua’i).

When we arrived at Lihu’e around 9:00 AM, Bill and I asked the airport shuttle driver and also the car rental attendant where we should have breakfast. (After all, the best people to ask for advice are the locals.) The first (actually only) recommendation given by each was Lihue’s Tip Top Cafe.  What a great recommendation.

I rarely have pancakes…not because I don’t like them, but because of how I feel after I eat them.  I am so glad I ate the banana pancakes with guava pineapple jam at the Tip Top Cafe.  Mmmm, mmmm, good! I hate to admit it, but I also doused my pancakes with coconut syrup. Um, and added a little bit of maple syrup, too. Soooo good. (And, my tummy felt fine afterward.)

(Did you click on the photo yet?)

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*Photo-posting permission is granted by Jonathan who runs the cafe that was started in 1916. Because the cafe is now combined with a motel, it is also referred to as the “Tip Top Motel & Cafe.”

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