Hilo, get ready. February 22 marks the next Lions' Club Annual Chuckwagon Breakfast!
Normally, I don't get all wound up about pancake breakfasts, but THIS one is an exception. Check it out: Pancakes, rice, scrambled eggs, SPAM, and fruit. Not pictured: Coffee or cocoa and fruit juice. This is the quintessential Hawaiian breakfast, baby. Also not pictured: The hardworking Waiakea Lions' Club (stuck in the kitchen) and the Boy Scouts who will help you out to your car. With am umbrella. In the rain. These people have pancake breakfasts down to a science. There are even speedy lines dividing those of us who arrive in our pajamas, and just want to take our food home, and those of you perky folks who actually get dressed by on a Saturday morning and are inclined to be sociable with your neighbors in the Waiakea High cafeteria. That is not my category. The Lions accommodate me.
Did I mention this is only $6 a ticket? Talk about a bargain.
Be there or be square. February 22, 2014, 6:30 - 9:30, Waiakea High School cafeteria. Want pre-sale tickets? Contact me and I'll help you out. See you there. I'll be the one in pajamas with messy hair.
This is an update to my original post about Loko Wraps. A kind reader let me know they have changed their hours (now open until 6:00 p.m., closed Sundays). Even better news is that they now have their menu posted online, so you can see what deliciousness awaits.
By now you know I love to try out little restaurants here on the Big Island. Oh, happy day yesterday, when we walked out of ChoiceMART. Wait - did we smell kalua pork? We followed our noses to this little eatery and ventured in. We did smell kalua pork! Turns out, we could choose between the pork, shoyu chicken, or tofu and veggies wrapped into a burrito with pineapple slaw and rice. Delicious! We split a kalua pork burrito and got an extra side of the 'slaw. Here is a nice write-up by Carolyn Lucas-Zenk of West Hawaii Today. Since Carolyn's article, they have also added kombucha to the long list of beverages. There is outdoor seating (pictured) both near the restaurant and also through the breezeway, which affords a view of the Pacific. Great spot. If you're in the area, check it out. The staff is very personable, prices are reasonable, and the food is fresh and delicious.
Located between the tiny towns of Pahala and Na'alehu is this treasure of a beach area. The beach really does have black sand. If you want to see sea turtles, this beach is a really good bet.
On one side, you have the ocean. (I wouldn't recommend swimming there unless you are an expert swimmer. It is quite rough, but you can paddle around in the shallow areas and play in the surf. The bottom is very rocky.) On the other side is a charming pond. If you position yourself in the shady palm trees in between the two, the views are absolutely great. There is a very small snack shop, but I'd bring a picnic. There are bathrooms and a covered picnic area, too.
After relaxing for a few hours, we hit the road and went to the Punalu'u Bake Shop for eclairs and lilikoi cheesecake.
Don't forget your sunscreen!
One of the most stunning areas of the Big Island, Onomea Bay is worth taking the time to visit. It is located about seven miles out of Hilo, on Highway 19. Look for the "Scenic Drive" signs. Be careful on the narrow, windy road. You will come to a wide spot in the road where the bay is visible - there is limited parking there, along the guard rail. We took the (free) trail down to the ocean (where Mr. L took these beautiful photos). You can also see the bay, as well as by going to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. Their map, admission prices, and hours are on the link.
With our Miss Scarlett home for a visit, we decided to spend a week doing Big Island tourist-y things. Hilo has a delightful zoo, the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo (which also includes a very nice playground, parents). Here is a slideshow featuring some of the inhabitants.