Tarzan of Hawaii

Our trip is almost coming to a close, but not before some further exciting adventures through the island’s jungles. Really, who knew the climate and topography could change so much across the island: from dessert lava to lush, vibrant forests.  Mia, Meghan, and I went for just a short run, then we all drove back along the Kohala coast for ziplining.  We all had excellent memories from ziplinning in Costa Rica together, so it was a perfect activity to end on.  I think this company’s tour was far superior to that of the one we did in Kauai last summer, and might be on par with the Costa Rica trip.  While it wasn’t as exotic, it probably did have some safer platforms.

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My favorite part of snack time was the ability to crack our own macadamia nuts!

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Back at the start, we browsed through this famer’s market, which was more like a hippie market with kombucha, vegan-ginger cookies, odd-shaped produce, and organic fertilizer.  While I didn’t come away with any kombucha, although I had considered it, my dad did spot this bracelet, which I promptly purchased.  A little extra power/luck can’t hurt can it?

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After the Spinellis took a trip to one of the macadamia nut factories, Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company, with LOTS of free samples, Meghan and I met up with them for lunch at apparently our favorite spot – the Kohala Burger & Taco. Meghan went for a regular cheeseburger, but Mia and I sampled some of the best fish tacos ever. I highly recommend this place if you are in the area!  Obviously we liked it if we made it back there three times.

ImageDad and Gene were going to play golf at the Mauna Kea, but at the last moment, Meghan decided to go instead.  So, while she and dad set off, mom and I made our way to the gym. She has started a running program and has been doing so well!  While I was on the elliptical, I caught part of the Spain-France replay.  I was definitely pulling for my Spanish boys and good thing they won. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL 🙂

Once finished, I headed straight back to my favorite place yet…the BEACH! Such a relaxing place to be; by the water, listening to the waves crash, reading a book, or bobbing in the sea.

ImageImageFor dinner, we all got dressed up one last time and headed out to the Mani Lani shops for Tommy Bahama’s.  For some reason, the wind had picked up again so sitting outside was out of the question.  The tables ended up being split between adults and kids and personally I think the kid’s table got the better end of the stick 😉 Just kidding.  We all love listening to the gossip and stories swapped, but it was fun to catch up with Mia and Jack on our own.

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Hawaiian Walu, chicken pasta, shrimp, BBQ spare ribs, and a special goat cheese appetizer complements of the parents.  Actually, it was free because the restaurant had cancelled our reservation earlier in the week. 

While we passed on dessert, we were extremely frustrated with the tables that barely finished theirs and instead sent it back.  What a waste of sugar and money.  We were one of the last tables to leave, but needed to head back to enjoy our last night in paradise.

Fun Fact: The Hawaiian flag is the only U.S. state flag to have flown over a kingdom, a territory, a republic, and a state.  Also, the number of stripes on the flag has varied over time, but was standardized at 8 after 1843, for the 8 principal islands. 

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