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Yesterday, we all piled in the van and drove to Oahu's North Shore. Unlike many, we weren't going for the surfing, we were going for the shopping. There's a huge place that's technically a strip mall, but it's more like a bunch of shops that happen to be together.

Tara + shops = Tara helping the local economy.

The glass store had a lot of colored glass paperweights and sculptures (I loved the pewter surfer on the green glass wave), but I was there for the dichroic glass pendants. After major deliberation, I got a small dark blue one on a black leather cord. Jungle Gems had displays of jewerly sorted by gemstone. The moonstone and apatite displays called to me, but only until I went over to the amber display. That's when I saw a sterling silver locket with a rose carved into an oval piece of amber. At the pearl store, I got a black leather bracelet with a large black cultured pearl. Finally, at the Aloha store, I got a kukui nut lei and a 500+ page book of Hawaiian Mythology. It makes for rather dry reading, so I should have no problems falling asleep on my flight home.