Aloha!! Last spring we spent two wonderful weeks in Hawaii enjoying friends, sunshine and the best nature Hawaii has to offer. Here are a few of the chameleons my boys found at our friend George’s house. They did so much searching that George said they showed him more of them than he has seen in the 20 years he has lived there.
Another huge highlight for me was the flowers! Things were still gray and dreary when we left Alaska, so they were a welcome sight.
Here I am sitting on Mark Twain’s bench at Pu’uohonua O Honaunau, or Place of Refuge.
This is the biggest fiddlehead I have ever seen in my life! It was bigger than mine and my husband’s heads combined.
What did I say? Here are more flowers! This is the Ohi’a tree which bears the Lehua blossom. Hawaiian legend is that Pele and Ohi’a were both in love with Lehua. Lehua loved Ohi’a though which made Pele very jealous. She was pretty temperamental being the goddess of fire. So she decided to let them have their way and turned them into a tree, Ohi’a, and a flower, Lehua. So now they can be together but only when the tree is in bloom. it is a sacred tree to the Hawaiian people.
This is at Akaka falls state park. The tall waterfall is Akaka falls itself.
What is Hawaii without a little beach time?
Halemaumau crater in Volcanoes National park as seen from the Jagger museum.
A beautiful sunset for a beautiful trip. We didn’t go out to eat so I have no reviews to make. We simply did what we do at home and wandered to our hearts content. we sustained ourselves with fruit, meats, cheeses and mac nuts. We cooked simple meals at the home of our friends or the condo that we rented. that also serves the side purpose of making the trip cheaper and healthier! Wander away friends!
Hawaii is an exceptionaly beautiful place!We recently returned from a much needed two weeks in Paradise. My husband and I got married there over 11 years ago, barefoot, on a beautiful walk in beach. We also have some lovely friends there that we got to spend good quality time with. It is good for the soul to be in paradise around people who love and care for you. Here are a few flowers from my friend’s house!
We didn’t spend much time on the town or at most of the normal tourist places, instead we wandered freely visiting and beach hopping. I do recommend the green sand beach at South Point. We went with our friend, but you can also make the hike in or hire one of several people at the trailhead to take you in. I am by no means against a good hike, but this one is very dusty. The beach is beautiful though and well worth the adventure, no matter how you get there.
We did not go out to eat once. Instead we chose to survive on easy made meals at our friends’ home and the condo we rented. We had fish tacos several times. It was one of the main gluten free offerings at the restaurants anyway. We also had a few halibut fillets that we brought to share. It was a surefire way to stay safe and save money. We carried lunchmeat and cheese with us, fruit and other things too, everywhere we went. Water is essential, in copious amounts. Larabars and Barney butters were also great hiking fuel!
Now, you will have to forgive me! It is a glorious day outside and I have a garden to plant. I was hoping to add a few more images, but I seem to be having issues with them at the moment. I will work on those issues and provide a post full of Hawaii images! You can also follow me on twitter or instagram @thewanderingceliac. The season is picking up fast and early this year! Look for new Alaska posts to be up soon!
I thought I would type up a checklist for the gluten-free road trip kitchen to make it simpler to accomplish.
Gluten-free road trip kitchen checklist
- Large rubber tote– large enough to hold everything, but not so big it won’t fit in your car.
- Camp stove
– you need a heat source of some kind, sometimes we just use our Colman portable propane grill since it has it’s own legs.
- Pots and pans –don’t go crazy here, all you really need is a frying pan and a small soup pot really.
- Cooking Utensils –a pair of tongs, a metal fork, a spatula and a sharp knife.
- Accessories – heavy duty aluminum foil, a small cutting board, hot pads, dish soap, clean cloth, towel, tub or bowl and tablecloth of some kind will make it a much safer prep, cooking and eating space.
- Disposable dishes –a gallon bag with paper plates, cups and plastic silverware are almost mandatory, with safe dishes on hand. I have been able to eat in situations I shouldn’t have because I had clean utensils. I carry these even when I don’t have my portable kitchen with me.
- Coffee cup –maybe this one is just me, but again, I’ve at least been able to have a cup of coffee safely to substitute a meal in those moments.
- Other –it has really been handy to keep a few things along with the dishes. I keep salt and pepper packs with me, as well as a small jar of coconut oil and of course coffee!
I really hope this helps!! If you have any questions please feel free to ask!