Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Kauai - The Local Flavor

Some of my favorite memories from my travels are those "local flavor" moments - the times you stumble on how the locals really live, rather than hanging out with all those tourists you've been with for days. For example, when we were in Xi'an, China my husband and I accidentally found the Muslim Quarter - streets filled with food and produce and merchants selling exotic Middle Eastern and Asian trinkets. We decided to be adventurous and dine with the locals - we tried lamb and beef shish-ka-bobs - 20 ka-bobs for 2 US dollars! We thought we were pretty clever, dining on street faire in such an exotic locale, that is until we woke up the next day feeling a little funny...

So on our first full day in Kauai we decided to trek on over to Hanapepe, Kauai's "biggest little town" for their weekly art show, complete with street vendors and live music:

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Main Street, Hanapepe

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That's Westside Smitty - more pics of him later...

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Westside Smitty on the harmonica and slide guitar.

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A fun evening with the locals, indeed.


Sweet Pea's mommy November 5, 2009 at 9:22 AM  

those are great pics melissa!
but im curious to know how he became westside smitty? love that he was selling the dvd (of what exactly?) + cd :)
love the local flavor

Westside Smitty April 9, 2011 at 5:15 AM  

Aloha "Sweet Pea's mommy"! When I read of your interest in Westside Smitty, I was flattered, grateful, and inspired. It's obvious from Ms. Brandman's photos (some of my favorites!), that I'm deep into the "retro" lifestyle, but the possibilities of easily answering the kind inquiries of anyone interested is the very essence of the world wide web. It's been like a dream come true to have forums such as Facebook and Google's "Profiles" as additional media for spreading my music. Hope all your questions are answered (8 minute t.v. interview available just by a google search for "westside smitty")and thank you for your kind interest and inspiration! Hope to see you at the show-you'll be my guest of honor.