Hawaii Island - September 2016

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Sydney Duenas

Lakewood, WA
Hawaii and Tropical Destination Specialist

Aloha!  People of all walks of life should be able to explore this great Earth we inhabit, and I hope to help you make the most of your travel investment.  With a passion for sunshine, the outdoors, health and wellness, and indigenous cultures, I ...

Plumeria in Kona

My husband and I took a quick getaway to Waikoloa, Hawaii Island, that was anything but fast-paced.  

We stayed at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Sept 6 - 13, 2016, our third stay at this resort.  We already have plans to go back this year with the entire family.

Along with sipping fruity drinks and watching for the mythical "green flash" at sunset, we did many of your typical Hawaii activities.

One of my favorite things was eating all the fresh, exotic fruits I can't get back home, including my most favorite food on this green Earth, Guanabana!  This ugly, green dragon-egg-like fruit, also known as Soursop or Graviola, has the perfect sour-sweet flavor that even the most expensive gummy worms couldn't rival.  If you ever get the chance to try it, savor a bite for me.  Just don't eat the seeds!

Besides Guanabana, I also had more than my fair share of fresh Hawaii Island Rambutan--nature's candy, Strawberry Papayas, Mango, Pineapple, and the aptly named Starfruit.  And who can forget fresh POG juice every morning with breakfast?

We also had fun going to a great on-site luau, daring each other to taste (and surprisingly enjoyed) Poi, hiking through 'Akaka Falls, taking a few photo-ops, and just general lounging by the water, soaking up the Vitamin D.  Stand-up paddleboarding and hiking made up for our lack of exercise, but hey! Who works out when they are on holiday?

We didn't make it down to Kilauea to experience Pele's power ourselves, but there's always next time!  Word around the islands is that once you smell lava fresh from the Earth, you'll never forget it's powerful aroma.

Life is better in Hawaii!  Aloha!

PS - The best tip I can give to anyone interested going to Hawaii - the Big Island or any other island in the chain - try to go the week after Labor Day!  You'll have the island basically to yourself, as most families are going home, getting ready for the kids' first day of school.  You can get lost amongst the locals, experiencing what life in Hawaii is really like.

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Waikoloa, Hawaii Island, September 2016
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