Sunday, November 25, 2007

Walking Through Ward

Let me start by saying that not all preschool photographers are created equal. Maybe the reason is that she’s 6 months younger and about a foot shorter than her buddy Gabe whose beautiful pictures were shared in the Central Oahu post. Perhaps it’s that her petite little hands just can’t seem to get a good grip on the camera while she’s trying to aim for that perfect shot. There’s a good possibility that she’s been taking photography tips from her daddy whose handy work was observed in our first post about Kahala Mall. Whatever (or whomever) is to blame; the assortment of partial head shots, invading pinkies, or a combination of both like this one helped us quickly decide that, while Arwen was a welcome guest on this adventure down Auahi Street to 4 more Starbucks locations, she wouldn’t be taking anymore of our pictures. With a little help from Mommy to aim and keep the pinkies clear, she was able to successfully capture the three of us in front of the Ward Gateway Starbucks. The rest of her clever shots will go in her scrapbook. Arwen didn't really care anyway. Unlike her friend Gabe (aka "My Gabey") who thought we were totally nuts, this little latte lover actually likes going to Starbucks for "coffee" and was enjoying the drinks and treats right along with us. Okay...before you all scoff at the horrible parent who lets her 3 year old drink coffee, let me clarify that Arwen gets the Kids Cocoa, but as far as she's concerned, it comes in a Starbucks cup just like mine, so it's coffee.

For this visit:

Our Baristas:
Brandee (the cashier with an attitude) & Cathy

Our Drinks:

  • Larisa: Grande, Nonfat, No Whip, Peppermint Mocha in the beautiful Pike Place Starbucks tumbler Mai brought back from Seattle this summer -- saved her 10 cents! Woohoo!
  • Malia: Tall, Decaf, Nonfat, No Whip, Sugarfree, Gingerbread Latte
  • Mai: Grande No Whip Toffee Nut Latte
  • Arwen: Kids Cocoa (which was upgraded to a Tall because they were out of short cups.)


  • Larisa bought 3 Create Your Own Tumblers for us to enhance the journey. (Mahalo!)
We eventually made our way down Auahi Street to the Ward Entertainment Center and decided it was time for dinner. This is also where we realized that we needed to pick up the pace if Malia and I were going to make it home in time for Desperate Housewives and Larisa home for Nip/Tuck. I'm not sure if this is why we failed to get any other photos than this food shot (photo credit to Larisa) and also missed getting the names of the baristas or if it was because we were so excited to get free samples, but this'll have to do for now. If our mystery baristas happen to read this blog, please feel free to comment to let us know who you are! Of course, after forgetting the lemonade part of my order, they may wish to remain anonymous.

For this visit:

Our Baristas: ???

Our Drinks:
  • Larisa: will pass on a drink and just enjoy the food samples
  • Malia: also passing on a drink
  • Mai: Grande, Sweetened, Black Iced Tea Lemonade (but the barista forgot the Lemonade part)
  • Arwen: an Organic Apple Juice Box

  • Larisa: a Turkey Pesto Sandwich sample, a Ham and Cheese Croissant sample, and a $5 Gift Card with a cute Christmas Card Box of Chocolate. (Doing a little Christmas shopping?)
  • Malia: a Turkey Pesto Sandwich sample and an Egg Salad on Multigrain Sandwich
  • Mai: a Chinese-Style Chicken Sandwich with Side Salad to share with Arwen
  • Arwen: 2 pieces of chicken from Mai's dinner. Apparently she didn't agree with my dinner choice.

We hurry a little further down the street to the Hokua building, and as we approach this location, begin to get the sinking feeling that it's closed... there wasn't a soul in sight! What a relief to suddenly see movement behind the counter. Yes! We're not too late! This Starbucks does close earlier than its sister stores in the neighborhood, but it isn't closed yet. We hurry in to find Courtney and more samples! Another interesting discovery, this Starbucks location recycles. One more reason to heart Starbucks Hokua!

For this visit:

Our Baristas: Courtney

Our Drinks:
  • Larisa: sample of Unsweetened Black Iced Tea Lemonade
  • Malia: sample of Unsweetened Black Iced Tea Lemonade and a Tall, Unsweetened Black Iced Tea Lemonade
  • Mai: sample of Unsweetened Black Iced Tea Lemonade while still carrying the drink that was missing Lemonade from down the street.


  • Larisa: Dark Chocolate Graham Cracker Cookies
  • Mai: Holiday Gingerbread
  • Arwen: Rice Krispie Treat
Mahalo to Courtney for taking our picture with extra special thanks from Larisa for including her friend Louis in the shot ("the other brown one.")

Without much time left, we hustle across the street to the Ward Center Borders Starbucks. Aack! A Borders location and no time to browse?!?! The sacrifices we make for our Sunday night TV. As we climb the stairs to our last stop for the evening, we find a kind Borders guy to take our picture. Mahalo Mark.
Upstairs, Arwen quickly finds herself a table and sits down to enjoy her Crispy Treat that I painfully made her wait to open until now while the rest of us chat with our friendly cashier, Marcus. Larisa and I admired their Daily Offerings sign that included a drawing of the island chain and asked if one of their own baristas created it as some of the ones we'd seen in Central Oahu. Marcus explained that they have a partner that comes in to do their signs, but this one they almost had to erase because, though beautiful work, it didn't meet corporate specs. We learn something new with every Starbucks trip.

For this visit:

Our Baristas: Marcus & Nathan

Our Drinks:
  • Larisa & Malia pass.
  • Mai: Tall Java Chip Frapuccino
  • Larisa: Decorated Cookie Ornament
  • Malia: Rice Krispie Treat

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