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Friday Hiking & Beach

On Friday I (finally) got to sleep in a bit, which was nice because it was a late night! We had breakfast (I had two fried eggs and my leftover onion and tomato salad!) and my brother and his wife left for a big (not Logan friendly) hike:

So my parents, Michael and I packed up a picnic lunch and headed north from Waikoloa Village for two hikes.

The first hike was in the Hawi wind country (Opolu Point). It was at the airport up there. We parked in the airport parking lot and then hiked on a lava rock/dirt road to the Point.

We also saw whales out in the ocean.

The second hike was at Lapakahi State Park. It was so cool! It was a historical site with some huts.

We had a picnic lunch in the shade at the park and then drove to the beach and thankfully Logan took a nap in the car.

When we got A-Bay at Waikoloa Village, Logan was still sleeping so Michael hung out in the car for another 30 minutes or so so Logan could get a good nap and I went to the beach with my parents.

While I waited for Logan and Michael I swam laps in the ocean. It was nice but on this particular day the waves were choppy and kind of big so it was harder. Several times I was swimming laps and it felt like I wasn’t moving at all!

Then Michael and Logan joined us and we played in the ocean and then did some beach walks and then headed home to clean up before dinner. We got happy hour ahi nachos at Kuleana Rum Shack in Waikoloa Village.

There was a free hula show at the mall and we saw 5 minutes before the toddler was done so we went home for an early night.

The trip was fantastic. Not relaxing in any way but not TOO stressful. Our pattern was up, breakfast, hike or run and something touristy and the beach in the afternoon. It seemed to work well. I felt like we saw a TON of stuff and did a ton of stuff. I wish we could have spent more time at certain things we saw but it’s hard with a toddler who has a short attention span. So it is what it is. It was still paradise!

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. πŸ™

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 πŸ™‚ 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!