Day 3-Hamakua Coast, Big Island Farms, Ironman Championships, Waimea Bay

If I had a case of jet lag then it was working in my favor because I was wide awake before the alarm went off which is very unusual for me. I was showered, dressed and sitting at a table before the breakfast rush of people had arrived. Breakfast once again was delicious or seemed that way as nothing could spoil the mood that the view overlooking the Waimea Bay. I could have been eating cardboard and would not have noticed.

It was about an hour and 20 minute drive to Big Island Farms which is located about 5 miles from a little town called Honoka’a. The Big Island of Hawaii is the biggest and youngest in the chain and posses 10 of the world’s 14 microclimates. Daniel took part in the biology internship program to explore the biological dynamics of Hawaii’s ecosystems and how to further apply these concepts to Permaculture and other sustainable systems.

Daniel and his instructor Anu gave us a tour of some of the 64 acre the farm, the classroom, an overview of organic permaculture and insight to some of the experiments that were conducted earlier in the week. The tour was a little rushed because Daniel had plans to meet up with the other students who went to Kona for the weekend to stay in a rental home near the beach. Before parting ways with Daniel, we had lunch at the Canoe Club then toured some new parts of Kona. The Ironman World Championships are held in Kona each year so we paid a visit to the Ironman Store in front of the bay where the swimming portion of the event is performed.

The day ended back in Kona with me trying Thai food for the first time at a restaurant called Kona Taeng On Thai. I can’t remember the name of the dish I ordered for dinner but it had noodles, beef and it was delicious! My travel tip of the moment is to take daily notes to remember the details of your trip.

I had to to take a picture of this Hawaiian shirt because there was so much going on in the embroidery. I still can’t figure it out. By the way, it was on sale if anyone is interested. 668CF967-0F4E-461C-BCB2-130983523FA3

By the end of day 3 Hawaii was starting to run through my veins. I was missing my ukulele that I left at home. I did the next best thing, I went to the ABC Store and bought a souvenir ukulele for around $40. I though how wonderful it would be to sit on the balcony, play ukulele and sip on the refreshing G&T I purchased at the ABC Store. Like a kid on Christmas I took the new ukulele out of the box and began to tune it. There was a major problem though, by the time I finished tuning the A string, G was out of tune! Ugh….I should have know better.

Needless to say I did not play any ukulele. My 3rd night in Hawaii ended with me finishing my G&T in a can and having a couple of Hawaiian Host chocolate covered macadamia nuts.

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