I've discovered a couple of great treasures during the past few weeks that I never thought I would stumble upon here in the states. First, at the Doubletree hotel in San Pedro, CA, the hotel bar was serving up Hinano beers. Hinano? It's hard enough to find the stuff in Hawai'i. Impossible in Seattle, much less, San Pedro? You can bet we cleared out their inventory. It's sort of like drinking Royal Beer in Tonga...it's not necessarily the best you've ever tasted, but you just have to do it. Maybe to pay homage. I don't know.
Then I returned home to find that my monoi coconut oil was running low. I use this stuff for everything! Of course it completely solidifies all the time because it's so damn cold here--but no need to worry--a quick pop in the microwave for 5 seconds, and all is well. Otherwise, leaving it in the bathroom while in the shower is another quick solution. The steam zaps the cold right outta the bottle, and upon shower exit, you immediately feel as though you're warm and at home in the tropics. Anyhow, I regress.
Now, of course I can always fall back on my good 'ol Alofa Coconut Oil (which, if anyone has ANY idea of how to purchase it minus having to travel all the way to NZ, then help a sista out!), or of course some good Tongan lolo (yes girls, you know the kind...found in the soda bottles, straight outta Talamahu market). But what fun would that be, if it weren't for the fact that I found GALLON (you read right!) sized bottles of Monoi, available for purchase online?! Tahiti-iti Imports is now carrying the most gigantic bottle of monoi oil, perfect for refilling their smaller counterparts. I almost passed out at the ease of getting one of these in my hands. But it doesn't end there. Check out the Pitate Shampoo (what?!), Guava Artisan Soaps, and various Eau de Toilettes. And wait a second...all shipped from Washington?? There is definitely something going on with the import of all fine things from the Pacific. In the words of Oleta Adams--I don't care how you get here...just get here!