I picked these flowers from the side of the highway. Aren’t they gorgeous? I made a beautiful bouquet for the patio table at the cottage.
I don’t know what it is about Hawaii, but my running capabilities have drastically improved. I initially thought running in heat and humidity would be tough (sometimes it’s uncomfortable in the sun) but I’m running faster, longer, and pain-free. It’s easier to breathe, and it just feels… effortless. Even on roads with multiple hills. I’m not developing any muscle stiffness or soreness, and my IT band issues have subsided. Maybe the heat and humidity is keeping my muscles and joints loose and limber? Or maybe it’s the Aloha?
I can’t get over how friendly the locals are either. Nearly every passing vehicle offers a smile, shaka, wave or my favourite – an ultra-enthusiastic thumbs up which came shooting out the drivers side window (from an old man… thanks, friend.)
Yesterday morning, I ran 5 miles in under 45 minutes to Kalani, where I met Court. I actually beat him there! (He drove. I told him to give me a 30 min head start.) I credit the banana bread I ate earlier that morning. It was like rocket fuel for my legs.
We brought home a new friend from Kalani’s cafe, Hale Aloha. Vanilla Cherry Chocolate Chip.
One of the owners recommended we try it. “The cherries are so…. alive!” he said. Alright, if you insist. Twist my rubber arm. Court was in heaven – he’s obsessed with chocolate chips.
Since we’re leaving Puna soon, we decided to go say goodbye to Paolo and his amazing restaurant.
Court and I both ordered ono, (one poached, one pan fried) with a tomato basil sauce and fresh rosemary, seasonal veggies tossed in olive oil and a side of basil pesto penne. “The love is in the pasta” I kept saying during our meal. I liked watching and listening to first time diners reactions, too. And eavesdropping on Paolo’s conversations with other patrons. So.not.creepy….
We chatted with Paolo after, and asked him for advice on Big Island restaurants he likes to eat at. We’re going to miss his food!
During the week, we went snorkeling at the Kapoho tide pools. From the parking lot, it appears to be your average lava rock tide pools. But beneath the surface it’s a massive coral reef sanctuary. The pools are deep and filled with all kinds of coral, caves and an unreal variety of marine life. Tons of channels to explore, with each one leading to a new pool. Court and I liked swimming out to the ocean break and letting the current carry us back in.
We also bought lunch dining passes and went for a fresh, healthy lunch at Kalani Oceanside Retreat. It’s on 120 acres of land and they’ve created a sustainable eco-reserve/spiritual retreat. It’s basically like a wellness camp for adults.
Meals are served buffet style, and along with sandwich fixings on millet bread, I loaded my plate with white bean salad, hummus, cucumber & mint salad, kimchi, and the most delicious tomato soup. Court and I shared a glass of lightly sweetened lilikoi tea.
We’ve been well nourished on this trip, that’s for sure. We’re glowing from the inside out!