We were told by a few sources that the best farmers’ market on the island was in Waimea (about 30 minutes away) on Saturdays. We found the market in the middle of town - small, but very nice. We bought a cinnamon roll and strawberry turnover for breakfast, some coffee beans and jellys, corn on the cob for dinner, and a nice cutting board.
But we found out that this is not THE Waimea Farmer’s Market - that’s another 2 miles down the road. So we drove to that one - it wasn’t nearly as nice as the first one!
In the afternoon, a highlight of our trip: Ric’s cousin Debbie came to visit. She is a school teacher in Hilo. With her as our guide, we decided to take the chance and visit Makalawena Beach - the beach we thought we had visited 8 years ago and had looked so inaccessible to us.
We came in from Mahai’ula Beach on the south side. A 4-mile trip down a very bad road. Barely passable by 2-wheel drive cars. Our Jeep Wrangler handled it fine, but the Corollas in front of us went very slowly down and up this road.
From Mahai’ula Beach, it is about a 30-40 walk along a lava trail. But was it worth it! Makalawena Beach is the most beautiful beach we have seen, as we hope the pictures show.
Spent about 3 hours at the beach, exploring and swimming. One thing we did discover as we explored - this was NOT the beach we had visited 8 years ago!
We found the caretaker of this beach, and described the black sand beach we had visited before - he and Debbie told us we were describing Kiholo Bay, just up the road. So we have another beach to visit before we go!
We returned to the condo just in time to see the sunset. Debbie, Kathy and Ric had a very American dinner of fried chicken, corn on the cob and salad.
Altogether a delightful day!