Woke up to another glorius island sunrise. Kona coffee, portugese sausage, tortillas and eggs. Papaya. We ventured out early and decided to find Wailea Beach (69). The drive was short. As soon as we got there we never wanted to leave. Clear , calm, turquoise water. Honu. Beautiful (big!) turquoise and green and white fish near the shore feeding. The shade trees were great too, created our own little “hut”.
Drove to “Hawi Town” for Tropical Dreams ice cream (mmm lilikoi and coconut for me) and a little shopping. Love it. Very green after being in Kohala area! Continued on to Polulu lookout, stopped at roadside stand for oranges, papaya, mac nuts and starfruit.
Had some of the Costco pulled pork with teriyaki bbq sauce for dinner. My little guy had a bad headache—probably dehydrated ;(. Was shocked to find the nearest ER was in Waimea, 45 min! Went to Foodland Farms and got Pedialyte and Motrin. Thank goodness he was OK after a good nights rest. No kidding, have the kids drink water ALL DAY! I know we made sure the rest of the trip after this!
In bed again by 9.
OK, you get the drift? Yup another sunrise. Went exploring along the ML coastline. Saw those Aqueline pools? I LOVE the lava! Beautiful. More whales offshore…I swear I even heard them—is that even possible??
Stayed “close to home” at Maikaiwa Bay all day, picnicked on the sand, kayaked, and snorkeled.
Decided to check out Waikoloa area. Walked around the Queens Shops. Loved ABC store ;), became a guilty pleasure. Had Japanese noodles at food court while kids had a burrito-fix. Bought some souvenirs and hubs and kids snuck away and surprised me with gold “honu” earrings for my birthday—sweet! I love them, on my ears right now:)
I was very glad we did NOT rent in Waikoloa this trip—almost did. It was very nice, but had a congested feel to it, kinda “corporate” and reminded me of the O.C. Did not have any interest in seeing the Hilton. And, it’s still a drive to the beach at A-Bay. Although we saw a lovely sunset, and I loved all the coconut palms, “our” beach at ML was so much nicer. That being said, I would consider using this as home base if the price was really great, just to get us back to B.I.!
We are on the road by 8 am!
We were on a mission to get breakfast at the Waimea Homestead Farmer’s market. I forgot to remind my girls to dress warmly, and so $45 later they had “Printed in Hawaii” T-Shirts. Lol!
It was drizzly and a bit chilly as we enjoyed crepes made onsite, and our first “plate meal” of Aunties pork laulau, bbq and rice. We ate everything. The lady at Aunties told us how to make the laulau at home, we bought some seasoned sea salt from a vendor per her instructions. Also got some goodies for later—bag of papaya for $4, avocadoes, lilikoi bars, banana bread (yum!!).
Continued on to other side of island—rainy-yes—in search of waterfalls. Experienced our first (and happily, only) Hawaiian traffic jam. About 1 hour no movement…bad accident on Hwy 19 (hope they are ok) Could not see Mauna Kea-too cloudy.
Stopped at Akaka Falls, no charge for parking I think the thingy was broken. Beautiful falls (did not know there were 2 there) and lovely lush surrounding. I almost got trampled—literally—by tourist busload of people running—yes RUNNING and snapping cell-phone pictures-- though the narrow, slippery park paths. (Please be careful!) Stopped at fruit stand on the way out for coconuts with a straw poked in. I love how everything was honor system.
We were looking for the turnout for Hawaiian Botanical Gardens but missed it. We ended up in Hilo. Got gas, and left to backtrack to the turnout. By that time my kids were cranky and hungry, so we found What’s Shakin’ and got a filling, albeit very expensive, lunch. (7.00 smoothies, 11.00 nachos)The gardens there are gorgeous! I met a lady from our hometown there—what are the odds?
We were back by 4pm. Overall, nice day, although we missed a lot, I know. "MIssing a lot" became a theme for our latter days in Hawaii, but we saw a lot too and left plenty of time for relaxing. We will come back someday.
To be cont…………….