Joe and I have just returned from Hawaii where we had the most amazing two weeks. We have dreamed of the day when we could visit these beautiful islands. We spent one week on Hawaii and one week on Kauai. Both islands were unique in their own way but equally gorgeous. The people there are so friendly and upbeat, who wouldn’t be living in such a beautiful place. They are proud people and enjoy sharing their culture much like my fellow New Mexicans do. Hawaii had all the things Joe and I love. . . sand, water, tropical flowers and trees, amazing fruit and vegetables, color, color and more color. What more can I say, it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever encountered. This picture was from Waipi’o Valley. It is my favorite picture and favorite place. After a steep hike down there is an amazing black sand beach that we both fell in love with. Here are some pictures from week one in Hawaii. Enjoy!
There were farmers markets every few days and we were fortunate to be able to go to the Hilo farmers market. I couldn’t believe the size of the ginger. They always had beautiful hand cut flowers grown by the local Hawaiian women and there were artistic craftsmen selling art and crafts that were so beautiful.
Rambutan was one of the things we discovered. They were amazing. Tasted sort of like plum with a seed inside the soft egg like fruit. The outside shell came off easily by cutting through the outer shell with a knife and it peeled like an orange.
After spending 5 days on the east side of Hawaii, we traveled to Kona for the next 3 days. On our way we made some stops. First stop was Ponolu’u Beach. We found sea turtles sun bathing and dark blue ocean views.
Our next 3 days were spent south of Kona near Captain Cook on a coffee farm. What an experience! The roads are steep and made us nervous but the view was absolutely gorgeous. Our host left a big bowl of avocados, apple bananas, papaya, rambutan, grapefruit, oranges, and other goodies on the kitchen counter. Little did they know that they had a stowaway. We picked up a piece of fruit and a gecko bound out of the bowl. The next morning we were greeted with a dozen fresh eggs courtesy of the chickens. They were large brown speckled eggs and so tasty. Wish I would have had the forethought to take a picture. But I’m not that good in the morning! Here’s our first outing at Kona for a whale watching tour. We saw a female and baby whale who put on a show for us.
Our 2nd day on the west side we spent the day at Anaeho’omalu Beach. The water was so turquoise green and blue but even though the pictures are pretty they still don’t reflect the vivid colors. Through my polarized sunglasses I could see such a distinction in the colors. Would have loved to have a camera with a polarized lens.
This little guy was so cute.
Going to Kauai, hope to have pictures up soon. For now, Aloha!