I spent a brilliant day at the Kona Historical Society. It seems sorta funny to me that I had to come all the way to Hawaii to make traditional Portuguese Stone Oven Sweet Bread, but I did! The oven was built by descendants of the first Portuguese that came to Hawaii as dairy workers. They brought their traditions with them from the Azores Islands.
It is sort of cool that we separate the bread into 7 balls (seven being a lucky number for the Portuguese people) and 7 in Mayan Shamanism stands for the Sacred Dream of Life. It then gets put in a flower shape in a pan. The egg wash gets brushed over top just before they go into the oven.
I came back two hours later to watch them taking them out of the oven. I enjoyed their beauty and their smell.
For $7 US a loaf, you can take them home and enjoy them with your family. They tell me they are highly anticipated by the locals and all sold out at the end of the day. Some people even pre-order!!
I also got to take a tour of a real Kona Coffee farm. The Greenwells are an old family on the island and came over from England in the 1800s. In fact, I got to meet one of their decendants who happened to be there from San Diego trying to tease out her family history.
We toured the farm and got to taste all the blends and coffee roasts they offer. We also got to taste the coffee beans (the actual pit of the cherry or fruit) and they were so sweet just out of the casing!
Here is the view down to the ocean from the coffee farm:
The grounds are gorgeous and covered in fruit trees: orange, banana, mango, and avocado.
When we got back from the tour, I saw a bunch of kids in the orange trees and I went over to see what they were doing. It turns out that they had caught Jackson chameleons that live in the tree and came down to show me:
The most interesting thing was how they immediately started changing colour as soon as the kids grabbed them from the trees and when we put them back, they altered again to match the colour of the branches and foliage. Their eyes moved 360 degrees and were so wild to watch. The ones with three horns are the males and the ones with one are the females. Males take a tree or two as their territory and chase out all the other males so they can mate with the females in the trees. If a female isn’t groovin’ with the male’s advances, she basically jumps on top of him and holds his neck in a vice grip. Chameleon romeos, beware!
I came back to Kailua-Kona Village a happy woman and relaxed by the ocean and watched the sun go down.
Tomorrow I am off to meet up with my friends who are all arriving from different parts of Canada for our week long excursion. I probably won’t have time to write any more and I will post photos when I come home. Hope that was a nice taste of Hawaii for those of you who have never been. It is REALLY kid friendly and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to come. Can’t say I would recommend the hostel I am staying at, however. I am glad to be moving on tomorrow.