When I picture Hawaii I picture cliffs, water, beaches - definitely not volcanic rock. D'uh seriously, Hawaii is 3 volcanoes, what did I think they spewed out, those lovely smooth lava rocks they use when I get a pedicure. Today we are heading up to the north and east coasts. I am so excited today we are going up to see the 424 foot waterfall at Wapio and hike through the rain forest. We have our lovely walk, a swim, a quick breakky and off we head to Waimea, also known as cowboy country. The exact opposite of where we are staying, lush fields, big trees, rolling hills, absolutely beautiful. They are also famous for their farmers markets and wonderful produce.
Macadamia nuts and the best coffee ever. I am a 3 spoonful of sugar, cinnamon latte and I was able to drink this coffee black. And then he added in almond milk, I was in heaven. The coffee we wanted he was sold out of, so luckily he gave us his card and we can order online. He was also a true salesman, named Jim lol, with quite the patter, kept us very entertained.
Next stop the Wapio Valley. There is another very interesting thing about volcanoes, you can very rarely see the top. Every day there has been this nasty looking rain cloud just clinging to the top. As we drove into the Valley we were actually driving in the clouds. I'm just glad it was clouds and not volcanic smoke :). As you drove down to the lookout your mouth just fell open, even with the cloud and mist cover it was majestic.
We were a little disappointed as we got closer we realized the actual hike down to the falls was closed to tourists because of the dengue fever outbreak. Better to be safe than sorry. It was definitely a mosquito type of day.
Hawi and the Pololu Valley which is the other end of this same stretch of coast, but at the northern tip of Hawaii.
|A little visitor joined us for lunch|
One last stop to take a picture of King Kamehameha who united the Hawaiian Islands and off to the Mai Grille for a wonderful dinner - all local food. lol when I checked out the menu earlier in the day the prices were amazing. I didn't realize that this was a tasting menu and you need to order about 6 things to share. Chef Alan Hess is a famous chef here on the island and his dishes were amazing. And so was the bill :)