Last month I had the privilege of hosting a couple that I have known for twenty-plus years. This couple was on a cruise from California to the Hawaiian Islands and they had one day in the Port of Hilo. I had so much fun seeing the island through their eyes. They were thrilled to be here and to reconnect, to take pictures and to see parts of this beautiful BIG island. We only had a few hours together. So, we traveled up the Hamakua Coast to Akaka Falls. We drove through downtown Hilo, and stopped off at several beaches – Onekahakaha and Waiuli being two of them. My friends had the opportunity to see several large sea turtles, and attempted to take many pics of them. The turtles we not as cooperative. Because it was an overcast day, it was somewhat difficult to see them until they raised their shells out of the water or came up for air. I just loved having Fred and Jane here and sharing what I am learning about the island and the people, and some historical information.
This week I have had the privilege of having a friend from high school come and stay. He came a few days early and then his wife and children joined him. He had us in stitches the entire time he was here. Mostly, we got a kick out of his attempts at the Hawaiian language. The first day we hosted him, we picked him up at his bed and breakfast to take him out to the Umauma Experience for a zipline tour! On the way, I packed a light, snacky lunch… local style. You see, my friend Lance will eat ANYTHING once, and he is a fellow foodie. When a foodie is on vacation…they are willing to try many things and they are not so worried about the contents of their food as much as the flavor, and experience. Are you dying to know what I made him? Spam musubi!! He loved it! He could not believe how much he liked it. That evening we had him over for more local style food. We had a spread…and after all was said and done he said, spam musubi (that is not actually how he said it at all…in fact it came out much different than moo-sue-bee) was the highlight of his day. We made plans to go snorkeling the following day at Waiuli (a.k.a. Richardson’s) and he requested…yep, you guessed it…spam musubi. For spam haters : I will never force you to eat this Hawaiian treat…and musubi’s can be made with many different ingredients, no worries! We can make more wholesome musubi’s, however, I wanted him to try this local flavor.
Both of these visits were incredible! I so enjoyed our time with our guests. We look forward to a time when we can host someone, or a family and have them stay with us! Until then, seeing familiar faces from the mainland from time to time will have to do. A hui hou friends!