I am super late with this Hawaii trip recap but better late than never right? I went to Honolulu for work and then met my dad on the Big Island for a little vacation time.
I started my first morning how everyone should, with a fresh papaya from the Sheraton Waikiki hotel restaurant. It was perfectly ripe and a dash of lime made it the best welcome I could ask for to Hawaii. I also got a undocumented undercooked egg white omelet which my coworker and I had to send back :/ and the service was extremely slow (almost 1.5 hours for a papaya and two omelets!). The manager was super nice and came out with an apology and two new omelets though.
Then we worked all day. Nothing to document there! The next morning we had learned our lesson eating at the hotel and went to find a good breakfast spot nearby. After a quick Yelp search, we decided on Heavenly, a healthy, local ingredient place with great reviews. I love that they show where their ingredients come from on the menu:
My coworker and I started with the obligatory papaya and lime:
How cute are their tables?
I got a sort of rice and veggie has with an egg and salmon on top and a green smoothie. It was very good!
Then we went to work again so no picture until the next morning when we went back to Heavenly! This was really the only healthy breakfast place within walking distance of the Sheraton Waikiki (that we found) so I wasn’t feeling guilty about going back again. This time I got the eggs Benedict with avocado and a kale side salad, papaya and a green smoothie. THIS IS MY DREAM BREAKFAST. I wish I could eat this everyday.
I love plumeria flowers (the heart is covering my company’s name on my work polo). Did you know if you wear it behind your left ear it means you are taken and behind the right ear means you are available?
The view from my hotel room which I hardly spent any time in!
Most of our dinners during this work week was subway or granola bars but we had time to go out to dinner one night so we decided on the Hula Grill, which sounds pretty cheesy but it had really good reviews!
We started with some delicious moscow mules with ginger beer in some appropriate tiki mugs:
Our table had a great view of the sunset
Then we got a delicious raw ahi appetizer:
For my entree I got the coconut seafood chowder with lobster, shrimp, scallop, a Hawaiian fish I can’t remember and peanuts, coconut cilantro broth. This definitely fulfilled my seafood cravings. I savored every bite!
Our waiter told us we should try their famous “hula pie” so we had to, right? I can see why it’s famous, this pie is the bomb.com. It has a chocolate cookie crust, macadamia nut ice cream, hot fudge, toasted mac nuts & whipped cream…drool! My pics aren’t that great because of lighting + iPhone. We almost finished this enormous dessert but couldn’t get the last few bites in. Nothing like a good sugar coma!
After the next day of work, it was time for me to leave my coworker and fly to the Big Island to take some vacation time and hang out with my dad and our family friends that live in Hilo, HI.
We stayed at my dad’s friend’s house and they have kids of a mini farm going. This is their cutie dog:
A baby sheep was just born (in the back) so we tried were trying to hold it but big daddy (front and center) wouldn’t allow it and kept trying to charge us! He is pretty scary!
One day I want to live somewhere where I can just pick fruit in my yard!
My daily papaya:
My dad’s friend Marcos picked some oranges for us and made fresh juice, such pretty colors!
The first day we went to visit my dad’s other friend who lives in the mountains in a sort of commune he has built. It’s pretty cool since he has set up his own water system, cabins and gardens. This is his turtle:
This is a chocolate (cacao) tree!
This guy also makes his own chocolate from the cacao he grows. This the cacao fruit, looks strange huh? He cracked this one in half, gave me a spoon and said to spoon out the seeds and suck off the white residue on them. Hesitantly, I did and was pleasantly surprised by the taste. It tasted kind of like a slightly sour grape but was very good, like a candy, not like chocolate at all of course.
He also has his own private waterfall/swimming hole
Once we got back to my dad’s friends house, I helped make some fresh hibiscus tea. This was a fun activity. You just cut around the bulb and remove the skin and then soak the skins in hot water for a while, add some honey and you have some delicious tea!
This is the part you don’t use:
The part you use for the tea:
Whew, that was a long post! I have a lot more photos but I should probably stop here. I’ll do another post soon. I hope you enjoyed the pictures!