Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the rain forest! Let’s be realistic, though… Days on end, trapped inside without the faintest ray of sunshine can really dampen the spirits. Fortunately, we live in a very unique place where a difference of only a few miles can completely change your climate and surroundings.
Our side of the mountain had been under days of torrential rain, so we decided to drive up and over the volcano and dry out for a spell.
First stop: Pahala & The Kau Coffee Mill
Not only is the Pahala countryside breathtaking, but it’s also home to several farms, including macadamia nuts and my life blood – coffee. The winding road to the coffee mill is lined with dense, vine tangled forests and beautiful flowers.
Next stop: Punalu’u Beach
Punalu’u is a gorgeous, black sand beach, perhaps best know for the Honu [Green Sea Turtles] that frequently climb out of the ocean and rest upon the warm sand.
Opposite the ocean lies a lily filled pond and the ruins of an old restaurant that have been swallowed by the jungle.
Naturally, we needed some “us” pictures, too:
After our visit to Punalu’u, we headed up the coast, stopping in the little town of Na’alehu to hit the Punalu’u Bakery for their super delicious malasada sweet rolls. Sadly, it was a busy day and they were sold out. Learn from our mistake and be sure to get there early! You really don’t want to miss out on these. We decided to grab a loaf of their taro sweet bread, anyway, an hit the road again.
We then proceeded to visit our other “lavastead” in HOVE [Hawaiian Ocean View Estates]. Most people would find the vicious a’a wasteland to be ugly and daunting, but we get excited about it, knowing its true potential.
On the way back, we stopped briefly at Whittington Beach Park then hit Punalu’u once more so Izzy could play in the water for a little bit. Then, it was back over the mountain to the rain and drizzle, but feeling happy and recharged.
Thank you for joining us on our adventures!