Spa Day

On Thursday Michael and I started our day with a short run in the neighborhood.

After that we packed up for the beach. This time we went to Hapuna Beach. It was a really beautiful beach but unfortunately the waves were really really big so no swimming. 🙁

The lifeguards even put up warning signs while we were there. I was a little bummed I didn’t get to swim. I did go in the surf and get wet a bit (and lost my sunglasses to the sea!)

Huli Huli Chicken

Then we all drove to Waimea to get lunch. When my dad was in Kona 20 years ago he remembered the huli huli chicken and has been talking about it ever since. So we found a food truck, GJ’s, and had the most amazing lunch!

Michael and I shared a combo plate of pork ribs and huli huli chicken with rice and the best macaroni salad I’ve had yet! Lunch was SO good! Definitely worth the drive.

Spa Date

Michael and I got to have a date night. First we went to Mamalahoa Hot Tubs and Massage. It was a little south of downtown Kona.

It was so cool! It was in a little jungle and they had tiki huts with salt water hot tubs that were private.

We soaked for 40-ish minutes and then it was time for massages!

The massages were outside in a hut. It was so relaxing and I could hear the Hawaiian birds and the wind in the palm trees. It was heavenly.

Then we went to dinner in downtown Kona at Huggo’s on the Rocks. We went to the bar because the restaurant was full and had a wait but the bar was practically empty and it was also on the water, so it wasn’t really any different than the restaurant side!

I had my first Mai Tai of the week! I’d been dying to have one. It was SO good. Then they brought us some Hawaiian foccaccia bread that was to die for.

I got the ahi tuna appetizer with avocado and cabbage and then sweet potato chips on the side. It was absolutely amazing!

Then I got the tomato, Maui onion and burrata salad. It was so delicious. Michael got the lobster! We also had parmesan cheese bread. Too much bread honestly. But it was all so delicious.

Our table was right on the rocks with crashing waves and it sounded heavenly. It was such a nice time. I had a pina colada too!

My favorite. I was definitely a little drunk off my two umbrella drinks 🙂 and STUFFED from all the food but it was divine. Then we headed back to Waikoloa Village (slightly scary drive in the pitch blackness). Michael drove and I tried to stay awake. LOL I slept like a rock when we got home!

Hilo

Last time Michael and I were in Kona we never made it over to the Hilo side. We’d planned to do it a few times but always got a late start to the day and it’s a LONG drive.

Since we were staying in Waikoloa Village (about 45 minutes north of the downtown Kona area) we were slightly closer to Hilo. Wednesday morning we got up and had a quick breakfast and then hit the road.

The drive is long but interesting. We took the Saddle Road to the highway that goes by Mauna Kea . There were lava beds, rolling hills, interesting trees, goats, and the protestor’s camp.

The first stop was Carlsmith Beach Park. Logan did really good on the drive over there (about 90 minutes or so) and we wanted him to run around a bit.

It was a beautiful park with tidepools and little swimming holes. It would have been a great place to swim and explore!

Hilo can be pretty rainy. My parents stayed in Hilo for a week before we arrived and they said it rained pretty much every day. We got lucky and it was perfect weather the day we went there!

We made a quick stop at Walmart and then met the rest of the group at Akaka Falls. It was a really pretty drive!

I love Hawaiian flowers. They were so pretty.

The hike was really cool. It was two waterfalls on a loop. Easy and pretty safe for a toddler. Logan liked it a lot.

Then we went to downtown Hilo and had lunch at Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill. It was DELICIOUS!

I got the fish of the day, Mahi Mahi, in a sweet and spicy sauce on rice with a delicious salad. The food was so good. Everyone had a great lunch.

By this time it was way past Logan’s nap time, he was getting tired and cranky and we had a long drive back so we decided to head back to the house instead of going to the Volcano Park with everyone else. (They did a hike at the Volcano park that was 3.5 miles long and kinda steep and then had dinner in Hilo at a Vietnamese restaurant, not sure which one but they said the food was outstanding.)

Logan slept the entire drive home. Perfect!

We went back to A-Bay beach for about an hour and I swam some laps and played with Logan and then we went home for dinner and an early bedtime. We were ALL tired!