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Kona Town, Hawaii – Last Day

Day 9 – 26th January 2016, Tuesday

Journey back to Kona Town

Wake up time: 7:30am

Some shots of our accommodation at Volcano Hale:IMG_4008

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Living area with fireplace.

IMG_4007The kitchen area.

 

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Up the stairs!IMG_4005
The entrance to our room.

It was another early start! I wanted to put in a run at Volvano park just before we left but when I woke up at 6am, it was below 10degrees and it was PITCH BLACK! No street lights, nothing! I didn’t bother moving from my comfy bed.

IMG_4014We packed up, checked out and had coffee and cup noodles before driving back to Kona Town.IMG_4018

Our first stop: Papakolea Green Sand Beach (one of the two green sand beaches in the US)

We heard a lot about the Green Sand Beach and apparently, it is one of the MUST-SEES in Hawai’i.

Green Sand Beach is not Green Sand Beach without GREEN SAND! Yes, the sand IS GREEN. It is green because of the glassy crystal Olivine. Olivine comes from olivine-rich lava that spewed out of cinder cones years ago.

Olivine is locally known as “Hawaiian Diamond” and it is denser than the other rocks/lava flows. The ocean current separates these heavier particles and concentrates them to form this beach!

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My first “outdoor” toilet experience. It was HORRIBLE! T_T

Like all things in life, good things don’t come easy! And that includes getting to this beach! It was quite remote and not easy to reach!

We drove to a harbor where they had parking lots.

2 ways to get to Green Sand Beach:

-Take a 4WD car

-HikeIMG_4759Loving the Garmin FR235! 😀

Distance to beach: 4.5km one way

We thought we’d hike/walk/jog there and take the 4WD back (to save time). On the way there, the guide in the 4WD told us that it was easier to take the 4WD THERE and HIKE back because heading there was mainly uphill! HE WAS RIGHT! It was not easy! IMG_4054The hike was hot with the sun blazing and shining directly in your face with no cover from trees/clouds. The terrain was also not easy to navigate with lots of rolling hills, sand, rocks and dried out grass. IMG_4024BUT, the view made it ALL worth it.IMG_4020 IMG_4050 IMG_4056 IMG_4059

IMG_4053I thought it was a really tough hike but my mom made it all the way! SO PROUD OF MY MOMMY BEAR!

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Enjoying the view!

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You can see the GREEN sand.IMG_4069I climbed down the lava cliff to get to the bay. I made a mistake of NOT wearing my shoes! IT WAS BURNING HOT! I had to rush to the sea to cool off!

IMG_4070 IMG_4077It was a steep hike down!

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe settled for a cafe along the way to Kona Town. I cannot remember the name of this place but they had decent food!

We were so tired, we drove straight to our AirBnb accommodation in Kona town. IMG_4128Kona town Oasis!

IMG_4127It was a really nice place that was super central! It was just 300m walk to Ali’i Drive (tourist area). It was also just 10mins away from the airport, shopping malls, food etc. The couple who runs this place actually started it to accommodate athletes that were competing in the Kona Ironman!

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Perfect day out!

After resting for a bit, I went for a run! It was one of the best running experiences along the Kona Ironman route! I didn’t know that that was THE Ironman route! Our Airbnb host, Marc, said that you can see 100s of swimmers training every morning! I ran to the pier to check out the place where they do their bike transitions. It is a big event and there were many permanent signs everywhere.

It was a pleasant run along the killer tough route! It was hilly and windy. I ran right along the coast and occasionally, sea water would splash and burn your eyes and skin. Too salty! There were SO many people out there training, running, swimming, biking, surfing etc. I followed a guy who was doing his brick training! It was fun to pace with someone else. Great way to connect with people too! I loved every bit of running in this town. Kinda miss it now.


Day 10 – 27th January 2016, Wednesday

We didn’t do much at night, mainly packing. Our flight was at 7:50am the next day and we had to be up by 4am! IMG_4172The al fresco style airport at Big Island! Yes, that’s the waiting area.

IMG_4186Coffee and breakfast at Honolulu airport.

IMG_4177Mahalo Hawai’i!

I am very grateful to be able to visit such a beautiful place! This trip was fun (SO FREAKIN AWESOME OMG!) and it also made me appreciate the beauty of nature (even more!) and the wonderful hands of our CREATOR.

Just. Too. PERFECT.

W.O.W!

Volcano Park, Hawaii – Day 8

Day 8 – 25th January 2016, Monday

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my brother, Ethan!


Journey down South to the Volcanoes National Park

Wake up time: 7:00am

Had breakfast of yoghurt and a mandarin orange.

Departed from Hilo Reeds Bay Hotel at 8:30am.

IMG_3610I was still a little hungry.

IMG_3613Stopped at Subway to pack a sandwich.

IMG_3617We arrived at Kilauea Chalet (where we would stay for the night) at 10am. It was still too early to check-in. They offered complimentary coffee at the reception area. We packed 2 cups to-go. It was one of the best and most fragrant Kona coffees that I had throughout my trip!


 

Volcanoes National Park

IMG_3618Since we couldn’t check-in, we decided to head to the Volcanoes National Park. It was just right around the corner from our chalet.

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We stopped at the Kilauea Visitor Center to get some information on what to do/see and also to pick up the park map. They had a suggestion list of what to cover which was super helpful! My mom and I hadn’t planned on what to do at the park.


 

Sulphur Banks (Ha’akulamanu)

IMG_3626We started off with the Sulphur Banks (Ha’akulamanu) walk from the Kilauea Visitor Center.

IMG_3632 It was 0.6km one-way. This trail connected to the Steam Vents (Wahinekapu).

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IMG_3638Active Halema’uma’u Crater (Check out the night glowing version of this below! At the end of this post that is)

From there, it was about 0.8km back to the visitor center. It was around 12pm. We took a short break (we had our packed food/snacks/drinks) before pushing off to Kilauea Iki.


 

Kilauea Iki Crater

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Distance: 6.4 km loop trailIMG_3645

Estimated time: 2-3 hours leisure hikeIMG_3649

Kilauea Iki descends 400ft through the native rain forest into the crater. The hike goes across a hardened lava lake that is currently steaming from the 1959 eruption. IMG_4451We walked around the rim of the Kilauea Iki Crater. It was a beautiful view from the top! We were advised to go for this trail but it was one of the longest (in terms of distance) trail routes in the whole park. We didn’t know if we had the time (we also couldn’t estimate how long it would take) to cover this trail. We only had one day in the park and we had no idea if this was worth our time.IMG_4452

As we were walking along the rim, I saw people walking across the crater! I knew that I HAD TO DO THIS TRAIL! And I am SO GLAD that I did! I didn’t know that the trail included a walk into the crater. It was THE HIGHLIGHT of my trip!

IMG_3650The trail started off with a 0.6 mile jungle hike down to the crater.

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I turned on my Garmin FR 235 just so that I could track my walk on the map. The crater was HUGE!IMG_4270

I did a light jog down to the crater as I didn’t want to waste much time. My mom knew that she would take too much time to do the full trail, so she only hiked down to the crater and then back up.IMG_4268

It was a nice gradual descend down to the crater. When I was down there, I took my time to truly be in the moment and to soak in my surroundings. IMG_4266Words cannot describe how it felt like being down there. You feel SO SMALL. As if I am not small enough! I was just speechless and in AWE.IMG_4267

IMG_4265IMG_3671I was not posing for this! I was simply not ready!

As I was alone, I had to take many self-timed shots and selfies. IMG_3651As the crater was so vast, they stacked hardened pieces of lava (as in the picture) to mark the route. I used them as my tripod. I was being very resourceful. 😉

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IMG_3656Came down through this path.

IMG_3659As the hike was pretty time consuming, there were not many people that attempted it. I was alone for most parts of the hike across the crater which was both peaceful and lonely.

IMG_3735Failed jump shot. The same goes for the rest of the shots!

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IMG_3811Failed shot turned artistic. Not too shabby!

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IMG_3818Steamy.

IMG_3832Chilling on what used to be molten lava!

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IMG_3855I got lost a few times! It was not easy to navigate your way through once you’re down there!

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IMG_3860I took some time to look for the trail head that led back up to the top. The other end was rocky unlike the opposite end which was flat and smooth. As such, I had some difficulty locating the trail.

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Hello from the other side… of the crater!

It was another 0.7 mile jungle hike back up. Again, I jogged my way up! Going up this end was much steeper with more stairs. I would have preferred to go down this way and back up the way I came down.

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Tip: If you ever attempt the Kilauea Iki Crater trail, go down the right side (look out for the 0.7 mile hike marker) instead of the left side (0.6 mile hike).

Total active + photo time: About 1 hr 15 mins (please take into account that I jogged down and up the trails)

I took the same amount of time as my mom which was perfect as she didn’t have to wait for me!


Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

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Time: 2:15pm

Distance: 0.6 km loop trail

It was a very short walk through the lush rain forest and through the 500 year old lava tube!

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Check-In: Kilauea Hospitality Group @ Volcano Hale

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The latest check-in time was 5pm. After the Thurston Lava Tube trail, we still had much to see. Since we were still near our chalet, we decided to back track to check in first before continuing the rest of the tour. GOOD CALL! We would not have made it if we had continued.

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Kilauea Hospitality Group has 3 properties. We were at Volcano Hale. It is a little house with 5 rooms, 3 bathrooms, dining area, kitchen area and a living room with a fireplace.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetVery cozy! I would definitely recommend staying here!


Crater Rim Drive and the Chain of Craters Road

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After checking in, we did the drive all the way down to the end of the Chain of Craters Road.

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Distance: 61km round-trip drive

Total driving times (one-way): 45 minutes down winding narrow roads

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThis road descends 3700ft to the coast and it ends where the lava has covered 10 miles of road since 1986. There were many trails/hikes along the way (Pu’u Huluhulu Cinder Cone, Pu’u Loa Petroglyphs, Mauna Ulu Lava Shield, Devastation trail) but we didn’t have time to do them.

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At the end of the road, we went down to see the Holei Sea Arch which was formed by wave erosion.

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IMG_4450Walked down another 800m on the emergency access route.

IMG_3911We had our packed late lunch/tea in our car before driving back up at sunset. It was close to 6pm.


 

Thomas A. Jaggar Museum

Museum operating hours: 10am-8pm daily

Viewing point: 24 hours

The active vent of the Kilauea volcano is located within the Halema’uma’u Crater in the caldera of Kilauea. We were there to watch the glowing fume cloud, a sign that there is hot molten magma churning in the lava lake below.

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Robust plume of volcanic gas.

We were at 4000ft elevation and the temperature dropped to 10 degrees. We went back to our hotel for a hot shower and to put our feet up after a long day of walking and hiking!

Honestly, if you are ever in Hawai’i, the volcanoes are a MUST! I LOVE this place so much! Don’t forget to bring some warm clothing and to look UP at the sky at night. 😉 You WILL BE AMAZED!

Day 9 – Back to Kona town the next morning which would mark the end of our trip! Till next time!

xoxo

Hilo, Hawaii – Day 6 and Day 7

Day 6 – 23rd January, Saturday

Checking out of Mauna Lani Bay

Packed and bid goodbye to the 5-star luxury life.

Next stop: Road trip around Big Island!IMG_3289First stop: Renting a car!

Everything went smoothly and we were on our way to Hilo at 11:15am. There were 2 ways to Hilo town – through Wimea or the Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe decided to take the Daniel K. Inouye Highway (because it was shorter in terms of distance), through Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea.

IMG_3297The drive was also quite scenic as the highway is in between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea (there is a viewing point where you can see yourself in between!). These are 2 of the 5 volcanoes that make up the island of Hawai’i.

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*Did you know: Hawaii is pronounced and written as Hawai’i*

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As we could not check-in to our hotel yet, we drove straight to Rainbow Falls.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe Wailuku River plunges 80ft in front of a natural lava cave to create the falls.

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IMG_3318Jump shot on the trails along the waterfall.

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IMG_3328Just a really nice looking tree. 😀

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIce Cream at Rainbow Falls on a rainbow table.

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe stopped for lunch in Hilo town at this place called Bear’s Cafe. Highly recommended! Good homemade FRESH food at VERY reasonable prices! The tuna wrap was SO GOOD!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAngus beef burger at $6.95?! Trust me, you cannot get this price anywhere else!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetTahitian Vanilla and Green Tea.

Around 3pm, we checked into our hotel – Hilo Reeds Bay. We spent the rest of the day exploring Hilo town.

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetPINEAPPLES!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetGiant avocados.

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Bought some fresh fruits at the market, snacks and drinks for our trip the next day!

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI’m such a sucker for animal biscuits!

In the evening, I went for a nice cool walk along Banyan Drive (the road just outside our hotel).

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetSaw this little shop that had ICE CREAM! When it comes to ice cream, you can never have too many. Quick blueberry muffin and ice cream stop before strolling back to the hotel.


Day 7 – 24th January, Sunday

I woke up before the sun was up to put in a semi-long run along the Hamakua coast. Will blog about it in detail in another post!

I was feeling very sleep deprived before my run but I knew that I would feel so much better after! And I did!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetRoad trippin’, Maui style (although we were on Big Island)!

Came back to the hotel and it was time to get ready for our journey up North! We wanted to get an early start to cover whatever we had planned.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetGreen apples wherever I’m at!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBear’s cafe was so good, we had to go back! Had the Salmon wrap this time. We also packed coffee from Shark’s cafe for the road.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetStopped for this view!

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First stop: Akaka Falls

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Akaka Falls was named after chief ‘Akaka-o-ka-ni’au-pi’o-i-ka-wao. There are many ancient stories (like all the other places) associated with this waterfall.

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It was a 700m loop trail to see Kahuna Falls and Akaka Falls.IMG_4407

Recorded it with the FR 235. 😀 You can see the waterfall!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAkaka Falls is the highest free-falling waterfall in Hawai’i. Kolekole stream drops 442ft from the gulch.

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Kahuna Falls is a cascading waterfall and plunges 300ft into Kolekole stream. Kolekole stream cuts a deep and narrow gorge into the ash and basalt of Mauna Kea.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAfter Akaka Falls, we drove 45mins up North to Waipi’o Valley – the valley of the Kings. It is actually privately owned and they plant a lot of taro, rice and sugar!

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IMG_3502 We might have joked about it.

We were not allowed into the valley due to a dengue outbreak! The valley was huge but we could only see part of it. You can Google to see the full valley. Pretty spectacular!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetOn the way back, we stopped at Honokaa for coffee and ice cream. It was a Sunday, so majority of the shops were closed!

IMG_3548Spotted a painted church on the way back!

IMG_3550Just a quaint little Catholic church with colourful murals and stained glass windows.

We drove straight back to our hotel – Hilo Reeds Bay. We pumped petrol and bought some snacks along the way. We still had daylight and time to kill so we took a drive ALL THE WAY down South (highway 130) to check out the black sand beach.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWell, it WAS black but definitely not a sand beach anymore. It was just hardened lava forming a cliff. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe island’s landscape is ever changing.

IMG_3557We were told that we could see the lava flow through the highway but it no longer exists (it was just months ago).

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThere was nothing much to see there. If you ever come to Big Island, you can give this one a miss.

It was around 5-ish. On the way back, we stopped at Walmart to pick up some food and drinks for our journey to the Volcano Park the next day.

We were cracking our heads on what to eat for dinner and then we came across Ken’s House of Pancakes that was opened 24 hours!

IMG_3564The place was packed! It was a typical American Diner with HUGE hamburgers, sandwiches and PANCAKES! There was something called the Sumo and trust me, the pancakes were bigger than my face.

That’s the end of Day 6 and 7.

Next up, VOLCANO PARK! The highlight of my trip!

Stay tuned!

xoxo

Kona, Hawaii – Day 4 and Day 5

Day 4 – 21st January, Thursday

Cultural/Beach day

We had the luxury to snooze in today. Ahhhhhhh! Finally!

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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.

DCIM102GOPROSun in your eyes, sand between your toes. Bliss.

Canoeing was the only activity I did that morning.

DCIM102GOPROWe were in teams of 6.

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The guides behind us.DCIM102GOPRO DCIM102GOPROThe rest were paddling hard while I was busy taking photos.

DCIM102GOPROWe did a few rounds of practice before getting our game on! We were preparing to compete with the other team.

DCIM102GOPROLovely day out!

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Heading to the open waters.

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Crystal clear!

DCIM102GOPROOur competitors.

DCIM102GOPRODDI founder was on my team. Good sign. I was definitely on the winning team.

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Lining up.

DCIM102GOPROGetting ready… sorta.

DCIM102GOPRODCIM102GOPROIn position.

DCIM102GOPRO DCIM102GOPROWe WON! 3 out of 3 times.

DCIM102GOPROWe were paddling so hard, we cruised the last 30m. 😀

DCIM102GOPROStrong team behind me.

After building some upper body muscles, it was time for lunch!

IMG_3113Fresh scallops were fresh.

After lunch, it was free and easy for the rest of the day.

DCIM102GOPROI decided to rent a bike to cycle around the resort. Bike rentals were free!

IMG_3114Cycled to The Shops for ICE CREAM! It was a hot day out. I went for the LARGE! Salted Caramel Espresso, Tahitian Vanilla and Kona Coffee.

IMG_3118So creamy and so good! Perfect for a hot 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*

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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!

IMG_3166Our 4-wheeler!

45 mins later, we were in Hāwī town where we switched to a rugged four-wheel drive.

IMG_3167Wefie. The whole group + our guide.

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Wet roads.

It was another 20 minutes to Kohala park and then an additional 10 minutes of rough riding through the field to the trail head.

IMG_3176It was steep and ROUGH!

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IMG_3180It was beautiful!

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IMG_3178Back to the trails!

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At the trail head.

And then, we were ready for our short hike to the waterfall! DCIM102GOPROA mini one.

DCIM102GOPROCrossing over the bridge that was built over the flumes.

IMG_3191Peter talking about the Strawberry Guava!

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.

IMG_3195Water feeding the taros. They have a lot of taros here and the Hawaiians seem to eat a lot of them.

IMG_3196Indigenous species – the ʻōhiʻa lehua plant. It can grow in lava and are able to find deep waters. If the volcanoes erupt, they can close up and not breath for 2 weeks!

 

IMG_3199The Ohana Waterfall!

IMG_3201*Interesting info: Hawai’i State Fish – Humuhumunukunukuapua’a*

DCIM102GOPROWe were finally at THE waterfall!

DCIM102GOPROI was eager to dive right in but the waters were SO COLD!

DCIM102GOPROI. JUST. HAD. TO. DO. IT.

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.

DCIM102GOPRO DCIM102GOPROWaiting to swim under the waterfall!

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Dropped my sunnies and he found them. haha!

DCIM102GOPROALOHA! That’s me on the left! 😀

DCIM102GOPROI wasn’t wearing goggles and I NEARLY lost my contact lenses there.

DCIM102GOPROAfter the quick dip, we got out and changed before heading back to our 4-wheeler.

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.

IMG_3208Speedy ride back!

IMG_3209We headed back to Hawi town for coffee and ice cream!

IMG_3215  Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetEnjoying my hot cuppa. I was still a little soaked and it was COLD!

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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).

IMG_3258Tofu and Ahi Tuna. HEAVEN!

IMG_3259Second plate of food. I guess I had a LOT of protein. I was really hungry from the hike and run. 😀

IMG_3262They performed MANY different types of dances. Very entertaining.

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!

xoxo

Kona, Hawaii – Day 1 & Day 2

Day 1 – 18th January, Monday

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia –> Narita, Tokyo –> Honolulu, Hawaii –> Kona, Hawaii

Total time (door to door): 24 hours

Total time spent flying: 14 hours

Compared to my other trips to the USA, this was the most bearable one! Despite having ZERO sleep on Sunday night, I was surprisingly okay!

The journey started at 4:15am (when we left for KL Sentral), Monday morning. As the last minute hero, I was up all night packing till 1:30am. On top of that, I had some work to finish before leaving the house which explained why I had no sleep. Also, I was out the WHOLE day.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetGetting ready for the LONG journey!

Took a nap on the train to KLIA. We checked in and headed to Starbucks for coffee! 

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The flight was good and the service was superb. Managed to catch some sleep and watch 1 movie!

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe layover was about 3 hours. We decided to have our late lunch at around 4-5pm (KL time). I was FAMISHED! I was glad that this meal didn’t disappoint! It was the ONLY place that had decent food. Very fresh but also very expensive.

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Honolulu, Hawaii

The flight was delayed for about 1 hour, not sure why. The ride was also not as pleasant and it was quite turbulent. But it was all good, quite exciting actually. Managed a little more sleep on this flight. I had so many mini naps in between that I dragged one movie for the entire duration of the journey. Haaaaaa! Didn’t even manage to watch the ending when the plane landed!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAfter going through customs/transit etc, we had breakfast at an All-American diner. Although it was not eating time back home (12am KL time), I was feeling hungry! Okay lah, when am I not hungry? 😛

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe face of the exhausted.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAnd then had coffee at Starbucks while waiting to board the plane to Kona on BIG Island!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Using my new passport wallet from my special friend. 😉 LOVE it!

Kona, Hawaii

The airport was barely an airport! More like an al-fresco style waiting area. IMG_2359See that “B” sign? That’s the baggage claim area!

When we arrived, our taxi was waiting for us (DDI, my mom’s company). Jim, our driver, drove us straight to Mauna Lani Bay Resort.

IMG_2363Thankfully, our room was ready. It was about 10am and check-in is usually at 3pm. So, we were very fortunate!

IMG_2372A guy at the airport jokingly asked if I was sponsored by Puma. Haaaaa! Was it THAT obvious? 😉 Technically, not anymore.

 

 

 

IMG_2366Panoramic view from our room!

IMG_2381From our balcony.

If you ever visit Kona, Hawaii, here’s some info:

Mauna Lani Bay Resort at Mauna Lani

Deluxe Ocean View room (our room) at $549/night. Other rooms starting from $399.

25-30 mins drive away from Kona International Airport

I couldn’t wait to put my head under nice warm running water. After a hot bath, I was feeling so smashed and so relaxed at the same time. Had a good 1 hour nap before heading out for lunch.

IMG_2385The entrance.

IMG_2387Mauna Lani Bay Resort.

We took a walk to The Shops, a commercial area with food and some shopping. It was about 1 km from our hotel.

IMG_2395The Shops.

 After looking through the food list, I convinced my mom to have lunch at “Under the Bodhi Tree”. You guess it! It is a healthy, vegan and raw food place. My mom nearly flipped when she learned that there was no MEAT!

IMG_2397We had fungus hummungus (Quinoa with loads of mushrooms) and a veggie burger to share.

After lunch, we went to the grocery store (which was VERY well stocked) to get some stuff. As we were stuffed from lunch, we decided to walk back to the hotel (free shuttle service available all day around Mauna Lani).

IMG_2402Free bike rentals!

IMG_2403Took one out for a quick spin.

IMG_2415We took a short walk on the beach before returning to our rooms.

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IMG_2412The chill life.

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IMG_2431 IMG_2432 IMG_2433For dinner, we took the shuttle to The Shops (again!). We didn’t want to venture out from Mauna Lani. The next town was quite a distance away.  We settled for Tommy Bahamas. Fresh seafood and produce, everything was made from scratch!

Thanks to NO SLEEP SUNDAY, I was able to sleep like a pig the minute my head hit the pillow.


 Day 2 – 19th January, Tuesday

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My mom and I lazed around in bed till about 9:30am.

IMG_2438The day started with buffet breakfast at the hotel.

IMG_2440OOZING yolk! I love doing that – poking it and watching it flow!

IMG_2444Made my own bagel and lox. 😀

IMG_2449Loading up on CARBS!

IMG_2450I have a soft spot for cream cheese. Just had to have it with everything! This was all eaten in one seating. 😀 Safe to say that I started the day right – with a HUGE breakfast.

*Beach Shots*

IMG_2483Time seemed to fly by! We spent the whole day exploring the beach around our hotel and just chilling out under the sun! I also got to try SUP! SO FUN!

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IMG_2513  Jump shot!

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IMG_2708Chilling under the cabana. This post was actually written here!

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IMG_2831It was my mom’s Awards Day dinner that night so we had to be ready for cocktails at 5:30pm. I managed to put in a sunny run just before that! It was scorching hot with the wind in your face. It was all good.

IMG_2832Garden dinner by the beach.

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That’s it for Day 1 and Day 2 of the Hawaii trip!

Stay tuned for Day 3Ocean Power Rafting and Snorkeling!