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Hawaii Island Bound!

One of my new year’s resolutions this year was to do more traveling within Hawaii. When I was growing up on Maui, I don’t think I truly learned to appreciate the islands. I was always pining to be somewhere else – living in New York City, spending holidays in Paris, or taking extended trips around the globe. I’ve lived in Hawaii all my life, yet I’ve really only gotten to know Maui and Oahu. Such a shame!

A friend I made in Kona on my last trip...
This year, my brother moved to Hilo to study tropical agriculture. What a perfect reason for me to come visit! Next week I’ll be headed first to Kona/Kealakekua for a few days, then to Hilo. It’s a much-needed vacation so I’m trying not to pack my schedule too tight.

For Hilo, I told Todd that the only two things I really want to do while I’m there are to visit the Hilo Farmers Market and to go see Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Also hoping to detour to Waimea at some point (a friend was just raving about Merriman’s) but we’ll have to see if there’s time… Can’t wait to share pictures and tips!

I’m also signed up for the Kauai Half Marathon which takes place over Labor Day weekend. It’s a long way off, but I’m excited to visit Kauai as well. Hopefully these won’t be the only two interisland trips this year, there’s a lot more to explore even on the islands that I know best – Maui and Oahu. Miss those low interisland airfares!

Do you have suggestions or tips for Hawaii Island or Kauai? Please share in the comments!

4 replies on “Hawaii Island Bound!”

Hey Malia 🙂
If you’re going to be in Hilo, not sure if you’ve had the mochi from Two Ladies Kitchen. Their creations are beautiful and taste great. If you get there, try the Strawberry Mochi, you will not be disappointed!
Waimea has a place called Hawaiian Style Cafe. Went for breakfast and the food was great. It’s a local style place, so you will get huge portions for your money – bring your appetite!
Have a great trip ~ can’t wait to read about and see pictures of what you did!

– Manago Hotel for pork chops. Same frying for so many years.
– Tex’s Drive-In for malasadas.
– Volcano Winery if you drink wine.
– Two Ladies Kitchen for mochi. Call ahead. Definitely call ahead.

Thanks Michael! That’s two recommendations for Two Ladies Kitchen mochi and Tex’s Drive in malasadas. A friend of mine used to always stay at Manago Hotel so I hope we get to try the pork chops there. And yes, I do drink wine. In fact, that’s the next post I’m working on for this site. I’m going to see if I can detour my friends to the winery too. Thank you for the suggestions!

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