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Most of the games we played, including football, were at a widening of the road next to the neighborhood store, and the barbershop. Our football games were played with a ball made from old rags to resemble a football.

At one of our games, the football hit the overhead electrical line, and the wires tangled together. Because of the frayed insulation, and in parts no insulation at all, the wires started to spark, and smoke came from the insulation. This affected the barbershop since the lines went directly to it. Unfortunately, there was a customer in the barbershop at the time, and when the electricity went out the barber came running out waving his arms, and yelling for us to untangle the lines. This wasn't an easy task made worse with all the sparking, the noise, and the smoke from the wires. After several tries at throwing the football at the tangled lines, smoke still coming from the sparking  insulation,  the lines were finally untangled, the sparking, and smoking went away, the electricity went back on, we continued with our game, and the barber went back to his customer.

Kauai had a football league where everybody played barefoot, and with a weight limit of 135 pounds. Olokele Sugar Plantation fielded a team with participants from the different camps throughout the plantation. There were seven camps in all so fielding a team was not very difficult. Our home games were played at the Kaumakani elementary school playing field, and the other games were played in Hanapepe, Waimea, Kekaha, and Kalaheo, all towns on the West side of Kauai where we were.

Our teams were average, win some, lose some, but attendance at the games were always good. I played in the defensive line, all 120 pounds, and in the only game I played in, I tackled the running back, and got a dislocated nose from his bare foot. I did not try out for the next season!!

Driving up to Kokee was an adventure in my uncle's Model A Ford. Driving uphill on the road with it's many sharp curves, the Model A made it's usual stop next to the same tree since this was about the time the radiator started to steam, and needed to cool down. My mother usually got carsick from all the curves at the same time.

Kalalau Lookout

This was also where we had a snack, saving lunch for the park further up the road on the way to Kalalau Lookout. The drive probably took more than two hours because of all the curves, and going uphill , but this was one of my favorite trips growing up on Kauai.

One of my favorite swimming spot was salt pond, about three miles from Camp 4. The beach is protected by an outer fringe of coral, and rock making it appear like one great big pond. The waves crashing on the outer fringe  are broken into small waves when they roll into the pond, and on to the beach making it a quite safe swimming area. We used to pack a picnic lunch, bring our fishing poles and make it a good outing for the day.

Salt Pond

Today, Salt Pond is still popular with families with young children, since the county built a park, put in bathroom facilities, and picnic tables, and water fountain. Every time I go back to Kauai, I make sure that I fish at Salt Pond.

I remember, the second time I took my wife to Salt Pond, we packed a picnic lunch and had a nice meal with everything spread out on a straw mat. Next to Salt Pond there is an airfield for small planes, and the day of our picnic a helicopter landed at the end of the runway near the beach. Out of the helicopter came two couples, and the pilot was carrying two large picnic baskets. They spread out their lunch, including wine, we only had pop, and they had a grand feast. After they left, I told my wife they probably paid a lot for their picnic compared to us driving fifteen minutes from my brother's house in Kaumakani to get to the beach.

This is a tip for a tourist or anyone visiting Salt Pond, and wanting to pack a picnic lunch. On the left side of the main road, in the town of Hanapepe, on the way to Salt Pond, there is a takeout restaurant called Omoide. It is just after you cross over the Hanapepe River. They carry local food, meaning Chinese, Japanese, Filipino...if you don't see it, ask, and they can probably make it for you. All their food can be carried out or eaten at the premise. They also carry water, pop, and some fruit drinks. And their specialty, a Lilikoi pie, is really worth trying. My brother from Madison, Wisconsin, whenever he goes back to Kauai makes certain that he stops at Omoide for the Lilikoi pie. Hey, my wife and I do the same!!