Day 4 – 21st January, Thursday
We had the luxury to snooze in today. Ahhhhhhh! Finally!
But we still had a program. My mom’s company organised a Hawaiian Cultural day by the beach. Just for the fun of it. They had a few different stations set up – flute making, Hawaiian dancing, banana throwing and canoeing. It started at 9:30am but we only went down at 11am.
Canoeing was the only activity I did that morning.
Heading to the open waters.
After building some upper body muscles, it was time for lunch!
After lunch, it was free and easy for the rest of the day.
Came back to the hotel and took a nap before smashing out a “track session”. It was great! One of my best workouts so far! WOOHOO! Hawai’i has been good to me. 😀 *Will talk about that in more detail in another post*
Day 5 – 22nd January, Friday
Waterfall Hike Adventure, Kohala
Early start – 5:45am – Wake up. Get ready. Coffee. GO!
We left the hotel in a shuttle bus at 7am with 8 other DDI associates. It was a small but super sweet group with a wild sense of humour. Our tour guide, Peter, helped with the ice breaking by getting us to talk a bit about ourselves, our passion and expectation for that day.
Peter, born and raised in Hawai’i, was very knowledgeable. You could tell that he was very passionate about what he was doing. He shared a lot about the land/sugar plantation, the Hawaiian legends, island traditions, kings and the Hawaiian heritage.
We were headed up North, through Kapa‘au and Hāwī and finally, Kohala. As mentioned in my previous post, Hawai’i is an interesting place with microclimates. Our adventure began in the dry and hot lava fields of Waikoloa (where Mauna Lani Bay is at) and as we went further up North, everything turned from barren and brown to lush and green (just 45 mins away). It was also wet and rainy!
45 mins later, we were in Hāwī town where we switched to a rugged four-wheel drive.
It was another 20 minutes to Kohala park and then an additional 10 minutes of rough riding through the field to the trail head.
At the trail head.
This part of the island was more tropical with familiar greens. There were also many unique indigenous and endemic plant species. Most of them have been brought in either intentionally or by accident. Some of them have managed to out compete the indigenous species.
The more you think about it, the worse it gets. Plus, I didn’t come all the way only to leave without immersing myself in the goodness of the Hawaiian falls.
Dropped my sunnies and he found them. haha!
We were just 300m away! I turned on my Garmin FR235 during the hike and it clocked a total of 1.3km. I know, that doesn’t sound like much of a hike. I didn’t think so either.
I like how the Garmin tracks and records your walks/runs/hike/bike on the map and you can SEE where you’ve been! I love looking it up on the map! It is a great way to remember where you’ve been.
The rest of the day was spent chilling by the beach, long naps and an evening run.
It was the last night for the VIP trip and DDI prepared a special dinner and program (Hawaiian dance performance).
It was a long day! My mom and I had to stay up to pack, check out (the next morning) and get ready for our ROAD TRIP around Big Island!
Next post – Heading to Hilo and the WATERFALLS!