I hope you all had a great weekend. Are you guys excited to start the 150 Mile June Walking Challenge tomorrow? I know I am! Before I move on to more recipe posts and weekend recaps, I wanted to share the rest of my Hawaii trip! I have to warn you, this post is FILLED with photos. Hawaii is so beautiful and worth every photo captured. I have about 2500 still on my memory card. If you missed my first Hawaii post, you can read it here!
All of our nights pretty much ended on the back porch watching the sun go down over the ocean. The view was breathtaking.
On Thursday night, we made a spaghetti squash dish. It had tomatoes, kale, garlic, pepper, onion powder, olive oil, parmesan, black pepper, onions, and spaghetti squash. So delicious. I also made my broccoli salad for a side.
I was excited to visit the Sunshower coffee farm on Friday. That will be a whole separate post 🙂 I learned so much about coffee. Before I headed out, I made scrambled eggs and had leftover spaghetti squash on the side.
O.J. Simpson the kitty.
These were the coolest goats ever. They were named after pop stars. I’ll share more when I write the coffee blog post.
When I got back, I took Kona for a long walk up the hill. This was the steepest hill I’ve ever walked up. I felt like I’d roll all the way down if I took one wrong step. This was harder than any mountain trail I’ve ever done (other than camelback mountain.) But the view at the top was worth it.
I had leftover spaghetti squash, brussels sprouts, broccoli salad, and sharp cheddar cheese for dinner. I’m now obsessed with Blue Sky Zero Sugar soda. It’s made with Stevia and tastes the closest to actual diet coke! SO GOOD. We all watched The Voice and then I headed to bed around 9 pm.
I planned on spending the morning at Daylight Mind to blog. Before I left, I had an omelet with spinach, goat cheese, avocado, and strawberries.
If you do visit Kona and need an awesome spot for yoga, check out Daylight Mind. They have yoga Monday through Friday! Yoga and ocean views? YES.
This was the perfect place to sit down and blog. I’m still dreaming of how amazing the coffee was. I had a cappuccino with skim and an extra shot of espresso.
We headed to the Mauna Lani Beach Club when I was done working.
We stopped at Napua Restuarant for fish tacos and martinis.
The fish tacos had grilled swordfish and it tasted just like chicken. They were topped with Topped with Kamuela tomato poke and sriracha ginger aioli. I couldn’t get enough of the aioli sauce.
How gorgeous were the shaved ice martinis?
After lunch, we stopped at a craft store to buy supplies for Mandala stones. These were so fun to make and I can’t wait to have the girls over for a wine and mandala night. I ended up having popcorn and wine for dinner.
BEACH DAY BREAKFAST: I made scrambled eggs with spinach and goat cheese, macadamia nuts, blueberries, and strawberries for breakfast.
I had been waking up at 4 am every day in Hawaii. I’d start with my coffee and an RXBAR hours before having breakfast.
I decided to hit Magic Sands for my beach day. All the red flags were out warning people about the waves, so I stayed back on the shore reading my book. I was there for about five hours watching people get wiped out, break bones, and get completely annihilated by the ocean. The lifeguards were having a very busy day.
I started reading “The Four Agreements” and finished it in two hours. It was so good and I felt so inspired to look at life and people differently after reading it. It really forces you to dig into your mind and analyze the way you react or feel about people and situations. If you struggle with low self-esteem, anxiety, or face any struggles with people, you should totally read this book. It was incredible! It is only $7.00 on Amazon.
After spending the entire afternoon at the beach, I drove down to Lava Java for lunch. I heard they have incredible breakfast, so I’ll have to try it next time I visit. I ordered the Island Lava Java salad. It came with grilled chicken, Lehua Farm’s organic greens, shredded carrots, Big Island goat cheese, Minvista Farm’s macadamia nuts, and tossed in a vinaigrette dressing. This salad was so fresh and tasty! The chicken was flavored and grilled perfectly.
I needed an afternoon pick-me-up, so I walked down to Kona Haven Coffee. Their espresso was so good! I was totally impressed with Hawaii’s coffee shops. I ordered a 12-ounce cappuccino with skim and an extra shot of espresso. I spent some time having coffee, listening to the ocean waves, and started on my next book, “The Perfect Stranger.”
Later on that night, we headed to Don’s Mai Tai Bar for dinner and a sunset view. I had never had a mai tai before, so I was excited to try one! We ordered a flight with all different flavors to try! I ordered a burger for dinner with a side of sweet potato fries. I usually wrap my burgers in lettuce 🙂 I was still full from lunch and too sunburnt for an appetite, so I packed up my food to eat later. I guess I should have put 50 on more than just my face.
The view was so beautiful 🙂
I ended up heading to Basik Acai Bowls for breakfast and going on a long walk in the morning. This made me love acai bowls even more! I loved the one I had in Jersey, but this one took the cake! I ordered the Kilauea acai bowl. The blend was acai and mango juice topped with granola, strawberries, papaya, goji berries, bee pollen, and honey!
After my walk, I had a green tea latte at Kona Coffee Haven.
For dinner, we headed to Umeke’s. It’s a great local spot with fresh seafood. We started with a delicious appetizer: Spicy Poke and Ahi Katsu.
I ordered grilled ONO (tastes like chicken), quinoa, and edamame. The ginger aioli sauce was so good.
Breakfast: I ended up making a salad with my leftover burger from Don’s mai tai bar.
We decided to head up to Hōnaunau and have a late brunch at The Coffee Shack.
The views were breathtaking.
It’s so cute because they keep jelly packets on the railings for the geckos. They come up and eat it.
They said I had to try the cinnamon roll because it was the best, so I ordered it for a bite. I didn’t want anything heavy, but I figured I should atleast try it. It was really good. I’ve never been a cream cheese frosting person, so I wasnt tempted to eat the whole thing, thakfully. If you do love cream cheese frosting, order it!
I ordered the papaya special for my meal. It had 1/2 papaya with melon and pineapple, lilikoi yogurt, and coconut. SO FRESH AND DELICIOUS!! It came with scrambled eggs and fruit pound cake.
We drove around a bit exploring the area. It’s prime fruit season on the Big Island.
Avocado! That night, we made zucchini pizzas. We were so tired!
Kona and his best friend! So cute 🙂
I tried to recreate the papaya with yogurt in the morning. I added Greek yogurt, toasted coconut, macadami nut, and banana on top of mine. It was really good, but unfortunatly you can’t find Hawaiian papayas here! 🙁 If you go to hawaii make sure to try out one of the papayas! They are so differet from the ones on the mainland.
We headed to Foster’s Kitchen for dinner and happy hour.
We started with fresh grilled calamari.
I ordered the Paniolo Salad. It came with onion, grass fed ribeye (medium rare), salad greens, tomatoes, carots, fried macadamia nut goat cheese balls, and a side of ranch. I wish I could find a salad this good in Charlotte! Amazing.
We decided to talk a walk in downtown Kona. The skies were gorgeous, so we lingered around waiting on the sunset.
Downtown Kona is filled with history and so much to see!
I decided to treat myself to ice cream on one of the last nights, so I stopped at Cuz’ns Deli Pizza & Ice Cream near Daylight Mind.
I brought my coffee down to the water to enjoy while watching the sunset. This was the BEST cookies n’ cream ice cream I have ever had in my entire life.
Such a gorgeous night.
I woke up early to head down for a walk and grab breakfast at Evolution Bakery. It’s a gluten free and vegan bakery in downtown Kona.
I started with a green juice that had ginger, apple, celery, kale, lime, spinach, and cucumber.
I ordered the vegan bagel with cream cheese, strawberry drizzle, and lilikoi drizzle. They also gave me a piece of their Hawaiian banana bread. HOLY MOLY! So fresh and delicious.
I grabbed coffee at the Kona Haven Coffe, and headed out on my walk.
I headed back to relax a bit and pack everything before my 14 hour travel day. I was going to take the redeye, so that meant skipping a night of sleep.
We saved their favorite restuarant for last, Jackie Rey’s.
We started with the Poke Tower…all I can say is “wow.”
I didn’t want anything too heavy before flying, so I ordered a grilled chicken salad. It had apples, candied pecans, farro, romaine, grilled chicken, avocado, and a strawberry vinigrette.
I headed to the airport at 7:30 pm, and took off at 9:30pm! I had a layover at 5:30 am in La, a layover in Atlanta at 1:45 pm, and landed in Charlotte at 4:50 pm! WHAT A DAY!
Questions for you!
- Do you love or hate the redeye?
- Have you ever had a favorite food on vacation that you can’t find at home?
- Have you ever done a mandala stone?