I met some incredible women in Hawaii who, to put it simply, get shit done, all the while being generously kind and absolutely inspiring. In Kona, where there is so much history to learn, things to discover, and outdoor activities to partake in, there was no shortage of said badass ladies. As action filled as Kona was, it was the women of the trip who really touched my heart and left me with the warmest sense of ohana (I told you, Hawaii has turned me into a total sap!).

Here's what went down in Kona:

SUNSET DINNER VIEWS OF KEAUHOU FROM RAYS ON THE BAY

SUNSET DINNER VIEWS OF KEAUHOU FROM RAYS ON THE BAY

WILD BOAR-THEMED DINNER AT RAYS ON THE BAY

WILD BOAR-THEMED DINNER AT RAYS ON THE BAY

FROMAGE DE TETE AMOUSE BOUCHE

FROMAGE DE TETE AMOUSE BOUCHE

WILD BOAR CHORIZO AND OLIVE WALNUT CROUTON WITH HOUSE MUSTARD AND GREEN MANGO JAM

WILD BOAR CHORIZO AND OLIVE WALNUT CROUTON WITH HOUSE MUSTARD AND GREEN MANGO JAM

SLOW-BRAISED WILD BOAR RAGOUT WITH HAND-CUT PAPPARDELLE AND CITRUS GERMOLATA

SLOW-BRAISED WILD BOAR RAGOUT WITH HAND-CUT PAPPARDELLE AND CITRUS GERMOLATA

CRACK YOUR OWN MACADAMIA NUTS AT THE ENTRANCE OF KONA COFFEE LIVING HISTORY FARM

CRACK YOUR OWN MACADAMIA NUTS AT THE ENTRANCE OF KONA COFFEE LIVING HISTORY FARM

CHARLIE THE RESIDENT DONKEY AT KONA COFFEE LIVING HISTORY FARM

CHARLIE THE RESIDENT DONKEY AT KONA COFFEE LIVING HISTORY FARM

COFFEE BERRIES STARTING TO RIPPEN

COFFEE BERRIES STARTING TO RIPPEN

COFFEE BERRIES ARE ALL HAND-PICKED IN KONA, NO MACHINERY

COFFEE BERRIES ARE ALL HAND-PICKED IN KONA, NO MACHINERY

IT TAKES ABOUT 6-7 MONTHS FOR BERRIES TO RIPPEN

IT TAKES ABOUT 6-7 MONTHS FOR BERRIES TO RIPPEN

BACK IN THE DAY, COFFEE BERRIES WERE DRIED INTO BEANS ON THE ROOFTOP BY THE SUN

BACK IN THE DAY, COFFEE BERRIES WERE DRIED INTO BEANS ON THE ROOFTOP BY THE SUN

MS. PAULINE CAPTURING HEARTS EVERYWHERE AT THE UCHIDA FARMHOUSE

MS. PAULINE CAPTURING HEARTS EVERYWHERE AT THE UCHIDA FARMHOUSE

INSIDE THE UCHIDA FARMHOUSE 

INSIDE THE UCHIDA FARMHOUSE 

INSIDE THE UCHIDA FARMHOUSE

INSIDE THE UCHIDA FARMHOUSE

SUN-DRENCHED

SUN-DRENCHED

FARMLIFE 

FARMLIFE 

LUNCH AT MANAGO HOTEL

LUNCH AT MANAGO HOTEL

MANAGO IS THE OLDEST RESTAURANT IN HAWAII

MANAGO IS THE OLDEST RESTAURANT IN HAWAII

BUTTERY BLACK-EYED PEAS, CORN/EDAMAME/CARROT, AND CREAMY POTATO SALAD

BUTTERY BLACK-EYED PEAS, CORN/EDAMAME/CARROT, AND CREAMY POTATO SALAD

MANAGO IS HOME TO THE FAMOUS PORK CHOPS

MANAGO IS HOME TO THE FAMOUS PORK CHOPS

...BUT MY FAVORITE WAS THE MISO BUTTERFISH

...BUT MY FAVORITE WAS THE MISO BUTTERFISH

SUNSET SAIL AND SNORKEL

SUNSET SAIL AND SNORKEL

SNORKEL READY (NOT SURE WHO SHOULD BE MORE AFRAID, THE MANTA RAYS OR ME, SINCE I CAN'T SWIM...)

SNORKEL READY (NOT SURE WHO SHOULD BE MORE AFRAID, THE MANTA RAYS OR ME, SINCE I CAN'T SWIM...)

THE SUNSET DINNER VIEWS NEVER GET OLD

THE SUNSET DINNER VIEWS NEVER GET OLD

TRACEY APOLIONA FROM FEEDING LEAF AND THE BEST FLAKY/BUTTERY/SWEET BUNS FOR THE AMAAAZING KEAHOLE LOBSTER ROLLS

TRACEY APOLIONA FROM FEEDING LEAF AND THE BEST FLAKY/BUTTERY/SWEET BUNS FOR THE AMAAAZING KEAHOLE LOBSTER ROLLS

FEEDING LEAF'S GINGERED CHICKEN IN WON TON LETTUCE CUPS 

FEEDING LEAF'S GINGERED CHICKEN IN WON TON LETTUCE CUPS 

HISTORIC KAILUA VILLAGE

HISTORIC KAILUA VILLAGE

HAVE A MAI TAI, FEEL THE KAILUA BAY BREEZE, AND LISTEN TO SOME LIVE MUSIC AT HUGGO'S ON THE ROCKS

HAVE A MAI TAI, FEEL THE KAILUA BAY BREEZE, AND LISTEN TO SOME LIVE MUSIC AT HUGGO'S ON THE ROCKS

MOKUAIKAUA CHURCH

MOKUAIKAUA CHURCH

BAY VIEWS FROM HULIHEE'S PALACE

BAY VIEWS FROM HULIHEE'S PALACE

SHOPPING ALONG KAILUA VILLAGE

SHOPPING ALONG KAILUA VILLAGE

YES

YES

GARLIC FURIKAKE FRIED CHICKEN, TWO SCOOPS OF WHITE RICE AND MAC SALAD

GARLIC FURIKAKE FRIED CHICKEN, TWO SCOOPS OF WHITE RICE AND MAC SALAD

LOCO MOCO - UNDER THAT GRAVY IS A BURGER PATTY, TOPPED WITH A SUNNYSIDE EGG AND OF COURSE, MORE OF MY FAVE, MAC SALAD

LOCO MOCO - UNDER THAT GRAVY IS A BURGER PATTY, TOPPED WITH A SUNNYSIDE EGG AND OF COURSE, MORE OF MY FAVE, MAC SALAD

I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE, THE BEST EATS ARE IN NON-DESCRIPT STRIP MALLS

I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE, THE BEST EATS ARE IN NON-DESCRIPT STRIP MALLS

AUNTY TUTU'S SPECIAL/COMPLIMENTARY LEI MAKING AND UKULELE LESSONS AT SHERATON KONA 

AUNTY TUTU'S SPECIAL/COMPLIMENTARY LEI MAKING AND UKULELE LESSONS AT SHERATON KONA 

I MADE THIS. MAHALO, AUNTY TUTU <3

I MADE THIS. MAHALO, AUNTY TUTU <3

NOT ENOUGH TIME TO JUMP IN, BUT JUST ENOUGH TO TAKE A SNAP OF THE GORGEOUS HOOLA SPA HOT TUB 

NOT ENOUGH TIME TO JUMP IN, BUT JUST ENOUGH TO TAKE A SNAP OF THE GORGEOUS HOOLA SPA HOT TUB 

INSTEAD, I TOOK A RARE 30MIN BREAK TO TAKE IN THE ONLY SALT ROOM ON THE ISLAND, WHICH DETOXIFIES AND CLEANSES YOUR LUNGS

INSTEAD, I TOOK A RARE 30MIN BREAK TO TAKE IN THE ONLY SALT ROOM ON THE ISLAND, WHICH DETOXIFIES AND CLEANSES YOUR LUNGS

ONE LAST LOOK AT MY SIG ZANE DESIGNED ROOM AT SHERATON KONA

ONE LAST LOOK AT MY SIG ZANE DESIGNED ROOM AT SHERATON KONA

...AND THE VIEW OF KEAUHOU BAY FROM MY BALCONY

...AND THE VIEW OF KEAUHOU BAY FROM MY BALCONY

SPECIAL MAHALO TO CATHERINE (ABOVE) AND ERIN (BELOW) FOR MAKING THIS SUCH A MEMORABLE TRIP

SPECIAL MAHALO TO CATHERINE (ABOVE) AND ERIN (BELOW) FOR MAKING THIS SUCH A MEMORABLE TRIP

GEEZ, EVEN THE AIRPORT IS ALL CUTE. ALOHA AND MAHALO!

GEEZ, EVEN THE AIRPORT IS ALL CUTE. ALOHA AND MAHALO!

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