Big Island, Hawaii Day 4

Day 4 was all about eating, relaxing, and exploring! It was an open day with tons of possibility! It’s amazing how much you can do when you get up early. Here are some pictures of the hotel lobby from that morning.

For breakfast, we decided to try something different so we drove over to Queens Market (still on the Waikoloa property). I had read a little bit about a cafe there and it seemed like the perfect place for breakfast. Oh and it was way cheaper than anything at the hotel!

We pulled up to the adorable Daylight Mind Cafe. It’s open air with a tropical island feel. I loved the cream color of the building and the adorable shutters. We were there pretty early so we got a table right away. The menu is full of so many breakfasts treats that we had a hard time deciding what to get. I wanted to get something more traditional so I picked eggs with spam and rice. Tom had the sweet toast made from Portuguese bread and served with local jams.

We noticed they had a condiment we had never seen before on the table called pepper water so naturally, I put it on my eggs. It was a light vinegar based hot sauce. It was delicious. We plan on trying to make our own soon.

Once we finished we planned on walking around the market place for a little while, but nothing was open. So back to the hotel we went for pool time.

At the pool, we selected our seats in the reserved section for our tower and just relaxed in the beautiful Hawaiian sunshine. After a little bit, we took a dip in the pool to cool off and then it was time for our midmorning cocktail. Don’t judge they start selling them at 10:30 AM.

The pool area remained pretty quiet for most of the morning. We continued to relax for a little bit and then decided it was time to check out the waterslide. Turns out it wasn’t open and would remain closed for the rest of our trip. Something about it being the offseason.

Sad about the waterslide we got in the hot tub for a bit more relaxing. It inspired us to go check out the spa. We made an appointment for a couples massage for early afternoon using a gift card my incredible bridesmaids gave us.

The couples massage was both weird and wonderful! Wonderful because who doesn’t love a massage. Weird because well you’re in a room with your significant other get rubbed down by a stranger. Tom also had a guy who made weird noises during the whole hour we were there. It was so hard not to laugh. It’s a memory we will have forever.

We were starving when the massage was over so back in Blue we went to check out another cafe I discovered in my research. The Pine Tree Cafe reminded us of any local deli here on the east coast, but this place serves up some Hawaiian staples.

Our plan was to try Loco Moco (Rice topped with a hamburger topped with an egg and covered in brown gravy) and Spam Masubi (Spam sushi). We ordered both to share.

Let’s start with the Loco Moco. This was so decadent and rich. The rice was fluffy and though overcooked the burger was seasoned nicely. The combination of gravy and egg yolk was incredible. This is definitely something to share if you don’t want to nap immediately after.

The Spam Masubi came in a bento box with fried chicken wings and kimchi. Spam Masubi is salty and rich! It’s the perfect little bite, but let’s talk about these chicken wings for a moment. We weren’t expecting to have them, but they were probably one of the best things we ate all trip! They were seasoned perfectly. They were crispy and the meat was tender. We still talk about them 3 months later.

They also had a nice sauce game! They had their own version of pepper water, chili garlic paste, and a special sauce that tasted like spicy Worchester soy sauce.

The only thing to do after a very large lunch at 3:00 in the afternoon is to wash it down with craft beer. Our Hawaii forest trail guide Jason recommended Ola Brew and this seemed like the perfect time to check it out.

Ola serves up some awesome craft beers using local ingredients, but the real stars are their hard fruit ciders made with fruits like dragon fruit and rambutan. If you are ever on the Big Island please make sure you stop here.

As always we both opted for a flight. Here are the amazing beers and ciders we tried:

-Watermelon Double IPA
-Hawaii Strong Ale
– Porter with Kiawe and Vanilla
– Kiawe Brown Ale
-White Pineapple Cider
-Dragonfruit and Lycee Cider
-Ginger Cider

On our way back to Blue a homeless person tried to harass us by screaming terrible things, but come on lady we’re from NYC! You got nothing on what we deal with every day.

We then decided to drive to the scenic point that we’ve passed a few times on the road. It is absolutely breathtaking. You can see every aspect of the Hawaiin ecosystem; the beach, and the lava dessert. You also can the volcanos.

Back at the hotel, it was time to get some Kona coffee ice cream and relax a little bit more. It was still pretty early in the evening and neither one of us was starving so we needed to come up with a gameplan for that night. Tom came up with the perfect idea.

We would continue relaxing by opening one of the Kona Beers we bought by the beach and then order pizza from Nui (more on this place in another post) to have back at the room when we were finally hungry. It was the perfect way to end a great day!

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