Thursday, August 11, 2011

TTT: Everybody's gone surfing....

Today's Travel post (yes, I'm trying to get back in the Thursday habit), takes you to Honolulu's own Ala Moana Shopping Center. We did a tour of the surf stores there this summer when we took the boy shopping for his birthday.

What? You're surprised we have surf stores here?

In the Mainland, you folks probably call these flip flops or something else. While you are in Hawaii remember to call them slippers. Here Daughter is playing host to a rack of high end stuff.


If I was spending money on myself that day I might have bought these:
However, one thing I love about living over here is that it is perfectly acceptable to wear rubber slippers just about anywhere. Don't judge me that I am not a shoe person.


I took these photos especially for Captain Dumbass. I actually thought about buying him the T-shirt "zombies love nerds," but we were shopping for Teen Boy after all and we were on a teachers-got-a-pay-cut budget. Weirdly, Teen Boy would not give up a birthday T for a blogger friend of his mom's. I assumed as I actually did not ask him.


Cool art peice in the back of a store. Hubs knew who this was but I forgot already.


A better blogger would have taken a photo of each store's sign before she went in, then organized this post accordingly.




This next store is HIC, or Hawaiian Island Creations. Their board shaper is Eric Arakawa and these boards are moving around on a conveyor belt like a Disney Ride.

And the awesome longboards...



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12 comments:

Kristan said...

Ah to be able to wear sandals year round... Hm, I need a good pedicure, though. (Note: I've never had one!)

Mama Badger said...

Ooooh, I would have chosen those "slippers", too. I would love to wear floppers (as LG calls them) all day, everywhere. I firmly believe that people's toes need air.

Brian Miller said...

some cool places...i would love to wear slipps as i would just as rather be barefoot all the time...

formerlyonlyamovie said...

I love sandals, but have not warmed up to flip flops... One of our local haunts sells genuine Hawaiian Slippers though.

Michele said...

I'd want to buy those slippers because they are adorable. Unfortunately I never seem to be able to build up a callus between my toes.

Christy said...

We didn't make it to this shopping center, but it looks cool! I love Reefs, and those are really cool. I am a big fan of the back strap on sandals, my feet are lazy. =)

Sprite's Keeper said...

I'm pretty sure I've been to that shopping center, but I can't remember what about it stands out. The only place I really remember was going to a movie theater in Honolulu with John, we were traveling from the Army base where we were staying with my sister and her husband, and getting so lost. I think we called my sister a few times just to get back to the highway and find our way home. :-)

TechnoBabe said...

These kind of posts make me miss my son even more. He lives in Honolulu and he surfs. I didn't know flip flops are called slippers there. I have a pair of flip flops I have had for so many years they are finally starting to wear out. Now that I am older I don't like to wear them out in the wet grass, it is slippery and I don't feel comfortable slippy sliding around on my feet. Thanks for the tour and pictures.

Joanna Jenkins said...

I'm a flip flop/slippers kind of girl too. I wish I could wear them all year old.

Looks like a fun day b-day shopping. You guys covered a lot of stores and found some cool stuff. YEAH.

xo jj

secret agent woman said...

Wearing flip flops seems to be increasingly common all over. I'm glad they make some dressier ones that I can wear to work.

otin said...

nope. I got nothing for travel spots! lol. My life is so boring!

Captain Dumbass said...

Ha! Nice. Sorry, I totally forgot to stop by and check those out. That's what happens when I do all my blogging at work now. Damn customers interrupting me all the time.