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
- Balanced and dipped on a Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) or in Hawaiian, Hoe he'e nalu.
- Zoomed along on a Zip-line.
- Rented a scooter.
- 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.
5 Hawaii Must-Sees and Dos
- 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.
- Volcanoes National Park.
- Markets abound in Hawaii - stop in for fresh produce and unique made-in-Hawaii goods. The local papers and guidebooks list days and locations.
- Spend some time driving around the entire island and stop at points of interest along the way.
- A water excursion of some sort - sail, jet-ski, zodiac or outrigger canoe. There are a number of providers offering these services.
5 Products & Services I Loved
Positive Drive Fins - I saw these on some of the swimmers. I'm thinking about ordering a pair.
- 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!
- An Unexpected Journey to Joy thanks to Deep Wave Healing by Sarah Lynn Joy at Kalani.
- Kona Brother's Coffee - not acidic, like a number of different cups I sampled.
- Kona Natural Soap Company - each morning it's a bit of Aloha in the shower.