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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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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!

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

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Lining up.

DCIM102GOPROGetting ready… sorta.

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

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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*

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetFor dinner, we decided to walk to The Shops to pack something light – salad and fruits. We were still feeling stuffed from lunch and all the other foods consumed throughout the trip.


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!

IMG_3187 IMG_3184We stopped at a scenic point for a panoramic view.

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!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe had breakfast in the plane at around 10am (KL time).

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.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWho wants to guess the cost of this meal?

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetSo FRESH!

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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.

IMG_2421ALOHA!

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_2497My mom is kinda goofy.

IMG_2498Too. Funny.

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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!