Big Island, Hawaii

17367526305_8dce2568c8_cSnapshots from a quick trip to the Big Island ^-^

We split the visit between both the Hilo and Kona side of the island…both so different but equally magical.

17160442607_7801e352bd_cThe Hilo side involved lots of mochi from Two Ladies Kitchen…

17367894985_5042ed2b00_c…remember our last visit?

16747622613_75a91b2fc9_cMy four favorite items: fresh strawberry mochi, fresh grape mochi, chichi dango, and…butter mochi!

17341933966_5700ee4cc4_cA 6:45am visit to Kawamoto Store. Gotta go early for the good stuff…

17341929246_337104d3fe_c…like the nori chicken!

16747600293_e16061b40e_cAlso get long rice, spam musubi, chicken-tofu, simmered fishcake.

17160423737_0d9eb0f3e8_cEvenings at Moon and Turtle for the amazing smoked sashimi.

17365956232_fb4a2bb60d_cCafe 100 for loco moco with spam and Portuguese sausage on the side.

17367753365_d0da15cc74_cWe made our way down to Punalu’u for the black sand beach…

17367763655_bbc52291f1_c…and had to stop by Punalu’u Bake Shop for sweetbread, ice cream, and coconut cream pie.

17365838132_0dcfe7a887_cAfternoons on the tea estate with Eliah and Cam (so happy to see you both!)…

17181424929_59f8f983f6_c…and Mike. Detailed posts on the tea estates coming soon.

16747355023_13b85807a2_cWe drove up the north side of the island, stopping by Tex’s for malasadas…

17180064550_794ba66130_c…such big, poofy squares.

17181407619_17fc5dc932_cAnd had lunch at Merriman’s…

16745103194_3eb44abf92_c…kalua pig saimin.

16747264273_298a9e664a_c…before heading to Four Seasons Hualalai.

17180047170_6c7df156c2_cAt last!

16745035684_07aeab8064_cWe woke early most days, starting with a Japanese breakfast…

16747334703_e75ac411fc_c…and working from the property (I always feel more productive when traveling).

17179963050_0d9d04d2ae_cNighttime baths with with scrub of salt blended with local green teas…

17367201711_72d771bbe4_c…and a visit to Hualalai Spa where treatments ends with caramel mac nuts and brisk black teas.

17180000450_8576558f96_cEarly evenings on the beach…

17365568082_8e5448d6d9_c…and breakfast the last morning at ‘Ulu. A lobster loco moco and haupia pancakes…

17160048427_ee7e9f5928_c…they dice up the haupia and fold it into the pancake batter. Perfection ^-^

1 Comment
  • aileen d
    May 12, 2015

    Love following your travels and experiences

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