Hawaii 5 Ohhh! – Part 1

The Big Island of Hawaii is so diverse; in weather, topography, people and activities. You'll even see signs for Nene and Donkey Crossings on your travels around the island.

I'll hope you'll enjoy my impressions of the-week-that-wasn't-quite-long-enough on The Big Island.

5 Things I Would Have Loved to Do

  1. Balanced and dipped on a Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) or in Hawaiian, Hoe he'e nalu.
  2. Zoomed along on a Zip-line.
  3. Rented a scooter.
  4. Para-sailing.
  5. Paddled an outrigger canoe.

It's a case of the spirit being willing, but the flesh weak, however. In more practical terms, it was hubby declaring that he doesn't want to see me go the Emergency Department. Again.

Realistically speaking, I know that these activities are verboten with hip replacements, fusions and weak joints; the legacy of rheumatoid arthritis. A girl can dream, can't she?

Why is it so hard to get a picture of me with my eyes open?! Tidal pools on the east coast of Hawaii.

5 Hawaii Must-Sees and Dos

  1. A walk under the canopy of tropical trees. Make sure you also look down, as well as up. There's a bounty of succulent fruits, including my favourite, the Liliko'i or passion fruit.
  2. Volcanoes National Park.
  3. Markets abound in Hawaii - stop in for fresh produce and unique made-in-Hawaii goods. The local papers and guidebooks list days and locations.
  4. Spend some time driving around the entire island and stop at points of interest along the way.
  5. A water excursion of some sort - sail, jet-ski, zodiac or outrigger canoe. There are a number of providers offering these services.

We saw these along the side of the road. Does anyone know what they are?

These market-purchased tomatoes were quite possibly the best I've ever eaten!

Just one of the many facts you'll learn at the Visitor's Center in Volcanoes National Park.

5 Products & Services I Loved

Pool at Kalani next to the Watsu Pool, where Sarah Lynn Joy does Deep Wave Healing.

  1. Positive Drive Fins - I saw these on some of the swimmers. I'm thinking about ordering a pair.
  2. Kona Bay Books (and CDs and DVDs). I can't go by a bookstore without making a detour. This was one detour well worth taking!
  3. An Unexpected Journey to Joy thanks to Deep Wave Healing by Sarah Lynn Joy at Kalani.
  4. Kona Brother's Coffee - not acidic, like a number of different cups I sampled.
  5. Kona Natural Soap Company - each morning it's a bit of Aloha in the shower.
The sense of smell is a powerful memory trigger. It is connected to the Limbic System in the brain which affects emotion. If you wish to relive your wonderful vacation, I suggest bringing some scentful things like Kona Brother's Coffee and Kona Natural Soap home with you. Your sense of smell triggers those pleasant memories. Revisiting them is a powerful stress undresser when you augment it with heart power. Aloha!
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