Hawaiian Adventures Day 3: Monday

We had to wake up SO early this morning that we didn't even get breakfast! We had to head up north to the Hawaiian Forest and Trail  for our guided hike through guava forests to see some waterfalls. We saw about 6 and even got to swim under one. The water was cold, but oh-so refreshing. Our guide was really entertaining and sure knew absolutely everything about the Hawaiian islands. We tried freshly picked common guava, pineapple guava (which was my favorite), and strawberry guava, along with kukui nuts, and thimble berries. I ate SO. much. guava. Yum! After the drive to and from our trailhead in a Austrian pinzgauer (a 6 wheel open-air army transport vehicle) we ended the tour with a packed lunch on a cliff overlooking a gorgeous bay.

Later that night we had tickets to a bona fide, award winning luau at the Royal Kona Resort. The tickets included authentic Hawaiian cuisine and an open bar, plus a magnificent journey into the Hawaiian culture through traditional dance (can you tell my mom carried the guide book around and read it to us the. whole. trip?!) It was a great show though, and the food was amazing- they even cooked a pig underground all day in an Imu oven. The most tender and delicious pork I've ever tasted. After the show the dancers were available to get pictures taken with and I chose the male star of the show. When I walked over to him to pose next to him for a picture his nipple totally rubbed against my arm… awkward… The whole experience was a memorable one, if I do say so myself :)

Tomorrow will be all about swimming with dolphins and diving with manta rays!