Hawaiian Adventures Day 5: Trolley Rides, Hula Pie, and Cliff Diving!
Good Morning Everyone!
We’ve been soaking up our time here on the island of Maui, trying to make the most of every single moment. Yesterday we were a bit tired, so we kept things more low key. As a very fair-skinned person I’ve been thankful to have Neutrogena’s Ultra-Sheer 100 SPF Sunscreen on daily. (Though here’s a tip for you: be careful not to rub it into your eye accidentally. I’ve done that twice and it burns!). Besides my eyes burning, I’ve yet to turn even pink from the sun. Woohoo!
Anyway, yesterday and today we’ve been keeping things more low key. We’re taking time to slow down, stay more out of the sun, and just get some much-needed rest and relaxation. Did I mention that there was a “false alarm” of a ballistic missile strike yesterday? There we were at the breakfast table when the warning sounds pinged all of our cell phones. Now my husband, daughter, and I are quite familiar to that sound given all of the recent wildfires and flash flooding back home. But when we looked at our screen and it read: WARNING! BALLISTIC MISSILE HEADED FOR HAWAII. EVACUATE TO THE NEAREST SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL! We went “Uh….” with wide eyes. What the heck do you do when a missile is headed your way?! Long story short, someone pushed the wrong button and set off a panic chain for 30 minutes across the islands until they flashed the warning again to say it was a false alarm. Whew! Crisis averted.
Back to rest and relaxation…. LOL.
Now out here there is a very famous dessert called Hula Pie. Many restaurants serve it and they are all identical so take your pick where you’d like to eat this behemoth of a confection. I was wary to try it since my pouch can only stomach so much dairy and sugar. But, when in Rome, right? 😉 So we sat at Duke’s under beautiful shaded umbrellas with tall glasses of water, feeding macadamia nuts to little birds at our feet, and dug into wedges of this dessert with sporks. It was divine. I’m not a huge chocolate person, but that macadamia nut ice cream in the middle made me completely swoon. It was vanilla… but then had this gentle caramel flavor… Mmm…. I really recommend it. If you’re out in California, Duke’s also has locations in La Jolla and Huntington Beach so you can experience Hula Pie now on the mainland! Woohoo!
Then we were off to enjoy a fun trolley ride around Ka’anapali Beach. There is a FREE trolley that goes from resort to resort. It’s open air and the ride is really comfortable. Given all of the heat and humidity, it was a nice welcome change to have the wind blowing in our face as we rode along for 40 minutes soaking up the sights.
We hopped off the trolley at the Sheraton Resort at Black Rock to watch the nightly cliff diving ceremony. Every night at sundown Hawaiian drumming begins and a man with a torch goes around lighting up torches across the resort as he climbs out over the cliffs of Black Rock. A man with a microphone explains what he’s doing, but I was intently watching the diver. He lit the torches across the rocks. Bowed to all four directions and gave thanks to the ocean. With his arms outstretched he dove into the deep surf below! Believe me, it was quite high up and we all stared to make sure he was okay. (Of course he was. This diver has been doing it for almost 20 years!).
The sun was setting behind Lanai shooting pink and blue across the sky. The ocean surf was getting higher making the crashing of the waves a glorious sound to listen to. As I sat on a lounge chair all I could think was, “how could anything be more relaxing than this?”. It was awesome. I wish I could transport all of you here to experience it too. To just bask in the beauty of Mother Nature. To inhale the ocean air and be humbled by how small we are, and how powerful the ocean is. I love it.
One last thing before I end this post. I discovered that Hawaii has some of the best avocados! For $2 USD these avocados are the size of cantaloupe!!! No joke, check out the picture below. The best part? You can cut off a wedge, wrap the rest in cling wrap, stick it in the fridge, and it doesn’t turn brown! I was stunned…. and really giddy too. lol! Alright that’s it for today. Stay tuned for more of our island adventures! Have a wonderful day everyone and as always, keep on cooking! ❤