Well that went by fast! I didn’t even get a chance to make another post before leaving Kona. Flew into Honolulu just this afternoon. 45 minute from KOA to HNL. Short and sweet with POG served mid-flight. Gotta love inter-island flights. Mom picked me up from the airport. We’re back home and I’m typing from our breakfast table. Dinner? Takeout from Wanted to share some of my favorite Big Island moments from the past few days.
Saturday evening beer at Sansei with Leanne. Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Company, so smooth and refreshing…I believe we might be able to find this local beer in some NYC shops too. We caught part of the Waikoloa Ukulele Festival…
…then headed to the Raiatea Helm and Lim Family concert at the Waikoloa Bowl. An entire night of Hawaiian music, beach chairs on the grass lawn and bento boxes with miso butterfish, rice and mac salad. Couldn’t ask for a more beautiful evening.
Climbing out of a lava tube near Hilo. Man this was a workout! We went down this one crazy steep tube (low “ceilings” included) with flashlights, then shut off all the lights. Pitch black, so eerie, all you could hear was the slow drip, drip, drip of water. Don’t remember the last time I exercised this much…
Our reward for all that work? A stop at Two Ladies Kitchen!!!!! I’ve been itching to visit this legendary Big Island mochi shop for decades. This made my week…or even month. Going to write a separate post on this place, but let it be known that the whole strawberry mochi is insanely delicious.
We spent an entire day up at the Kilauea Volcano site and nearby craters. A million thanks to Janie for snapping this photo. Got so cold and rainy I had to borrow a parka and umbrella. If you look carefully you can make out all the steam from the craters.
After the sun set we drove back to see the Halemaʻumaʻu crater. Check out all that red…fiery. Next morning we found out that a nearby lava flow destroyed a house in the Puna. It was the last home standing in Puna, what a story!