Wish You Were Here: Kona Side (of the Big Island)

by brian lam

I have some friends who I don’t see often, but when I do, it means an little adventure is about to happen, usually in a weird place and by plane or boat.

Kozy and Dan were visiting Oahu from LA to put up a mural at the Honolulu Art Museum. After a few days of town life (and eating a ridiculous amount of food) we departed for a quick few days on the Kona side of the Big Island.

There would be no time for volcanos or hidden valleys with waterfall hikes. We were not on vacation and were actually writing and painting (I was writing, Dan and Kozy were painting, of course) but we did manage to steal away to two-step to see dolphins before they took their daytime slumber and  a manta night dive, which might be the most touristy thing I’ve ever enjoyed.

I’m a little embarrassed to say how much I enjoyed having mantas doing loops over my head, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t do a lot of squealing in my mask like some teenage fan of the Beatles in the ’60s, front row and center.

Animals aside, the highlight of the trip had to be Kozy’s cooking, including this Macadamia and mango pancakes made from nuts harvested from the farm we were staying at.

 Group yoga with Celeste, Kozy and Dan

 The air’s altered state from volcanic emissions seems to make the sunsets extremely RED.

 Dan painting waves and surfers on postcards.

 Mac nut

Kozy

Kozy’s magic pancakes

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