I am a big fan of deals and coupons. I am absolutely the sucker that marketing companies target because I will buy 2 of something if the second one is 30% off or whatever. I am naturally drawn to big ass bright signs that say "CLEARANCE" or "50% OFF!" I also go to the store and compare unit prices and get the item that is the better buy, even if I don't need two 60oz jars of peanut butter. It's just smart shopping, in my opinion. This is why I love Costco. I also love Groupon and LivingSocial - programs that harness group buying power to lower prices of events, activities, spas, and restaurants in major cities around the world. If you're not familiar with these websites, you get one email a day alerting you to some phenomenal deal for the day. It's free to sign up and you don't get spam as a result (other than the daily email).
|Mission Houses Cafe and Tea Parlor|
The pastries, pristine tea sandwiches, and carefully prepared teas are served on fine china and are great for a relaxed afternoon break if you're walking around downtown or sightseeing at the Palace/Supreme Court building. Note that the tea is ONLY done on Saturdays from 11am-4pm. The Saturday tea menu commemorates the women who came to Hawai'i as Missionaries in the 1820’s. Each menu offering is named after one of these women and highlights her contributions to Hawai'i. They give you a little booklet that briefly talks about each woman, and I have to say their contributions were impressive. One woman founded the first organized school in Hawai'i. Another translated Hawaiian into English so they could teach scripture, but she went further and also taught Hawaiians how to speak English. Lucy Thurston, another woman whose name is on the menu, was diagnosed with breast cancer, underwent the island's first mastectomy in her late 50s, and yet continued to teach in the Hawaiian schools for 21 years (until she died just before her 83rd birthday).
|Presentation of Treats|
You can see the normal menu here or the tea menu here. Overall, this is probably something that older couples or mothers/daughters would spend time doing, but it was admittedly a cool place to check out. The food and tea were good and it was peaceful. As I have said before, I am not a fan of museums, so I didn't tour the museum itself, but you can always do that too if you're interested.
|Museum and Cafe Grounds|