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With snow starting to flurry down around Pittsburgh, warmer places are sure looking nice. So, for this week’s Travel Bug we’ve decided to vicariously voyage to a city so scintillating that its sure to make everyone exclaim, “Maui wowie!” Say hello to Hilo. Central to interesting locations, from Mauna Loa to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, the state of Hawaii’s second biggest settlement is erupting with entertaining things to do. Here’s some ideas to help ‘lei’ down some structure for your next visit to Hilo!
1. Assuming you’re not a Hawaii native, you’ll probably assume that the “Kawate Seed Shop,” is a gardening center. It’s not. On the contrary, the Kawate Seed Shop is a mom and pop food shop full of local flair. No one can stop raving about this joint’s shaved ice, and their crack seed is just as yummy. Crack seed, you ask? Despite its eyebrow-raising name, crack seed is merely a tasty array of preserved fruits ever-popular all around the Islands!
2. Dangerous roads, an extremely high altitude, no public accommodations – you might be wondering why a person would ever go to the Mauna Kea Observatories summit. Well, when you’re high above the clouds, gazing out either at the vastness of the landscape or the endlessness of the stars (likely to be the most you’ve ever seen), you’ll understand why. Don’t forget to bring your jacket, though, this snow-covered peak can get chilly!
3. Food for thought for those of you who like off-the-beaten-path places: Take a trip to the Kinoole Famers’ Market. Filled with 100% regional comestibles and tons of lovely locals, this produce market is sure to produce feelings of joy in every heart. Whether you’re there to see the cooking demonstrations, buy some edibles (anything from perfectly golden homemade donuts to unique Hilo Rainbow Lemons), or purchase some pretty flowers, this 7AM-12PM Saturday market is on the mark when it comes to being a great place to go!
4. There’s nothing better than a day spent outdoors, so chalk Wialuku River State Park into your schedule. Within these lush 16 acres, you can stop by Rainbow Falls (a nice sight for even the most ‘roy g ambivilant’ of folks), whiz around the PeePee Falls, and let off the city steam at the boiling pots (pools of bubbling water heated by underground lava flows).
5. Hiding at 790 Leilani St, Poke to Your Taste sells a fun array of foodstuffs, including not-to-miss poke. This raw fish dish is an Island favorite, and Soloman, the shop’s endearing owner, full of stories and spirit, is ready to tailor your poke to your palate. More kokui nuts? Of course? Light on the garlic? Sure thing! Now that’s what we call yummy.
Next time, we’ll make a warm weather about-face as we head to Trodheim, Norway, recommended by ModLife reader Ingrid. Get excited!