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&nbsp;

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

 INSTEAD,&nbsp;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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