Tutu Pele reveals herself once more. With displays of fire, destruction, beauty, and a lesson of love from the “Big Island” of Hawaii. The youngest and largest island of the Hawaii chain is home of Kilauea. This young volcano currently holds the record of the longest erupting volcano in our lifetime. For the Hawaii natives, active volcanos are an intuitive force of decreed. And the increasing desire for life and retirement on the islands is sought out by those foreign to the old culture and aloha way of life.
While the legend of the volcano goddess has divulged us in the creation of the Hawaii islands, there have been several stories told of her and her wrath, jealousy, and destruction. But, Is the legend nothing more than folklore? Or is it as true as the heat of a fire? I guess it all depends on the lesson you take away from the fable of the volcano goddess.
Stepping off the plane and into a tropical realm of a fiery island you would expect to be greeted by smoke and sulfur. But I experienced the exact opposite. I was wrapped in a warm hug of perfect warmth and humidity. I could immediately feel all my fine lines, wrinkles, dry skin and worries disappear. Landing in KOA and lodging in the Volcano Village at Volcano Hale, gave me the opportunity to explore the vast majority of the island via rental car. The terrain changes much like that of So Cal. Majestic oceans, to mountains, desert, to forest, jungle to beaches. Hawaii is truly breathtaking.
Some of my favorite features of the big island happen to revolve around coffee! There are coffee mills at almost every stop, and after experiencing literally all of the coffee mills on the island of Hawaii, I’d like to introduce Kona Joe’s. I am a huge fan of the Pea Berry coffee and an even bigger fan of the Mojo Coffee. If you are into mocha, or chocolate lattes you haven’t experienced life yet until you’ve had one of these! The “Mojo” is the perfect blend of chocolate, coffee and cream. Not too sweet, not too creamy, but perfect. Kona Joe’s happens to be the most beautiful coffee mill, with a view for the gods and that perfectly balanced coffee. The mill is a vacation getaway of its own!
Speaking of coffee, I discovered Kona Skincare at Olivia Claire, in downtown Hawi, Hawaii. In honor of the Kilauea eruption, I went on a quest to discover Hawaiian beauty that features volcanic ash. I nailed it with “Hawaiian Kona Coffee Volcanic Clay Mask” by Kona Skincare. The all in one mask helps with brightening, tightening, reduces inflammation, and pulls impurities from the skin.
Ola tropical Apothecary makes a Hibiscus Volcanic Mask that draws out impurities but leaves the skin hydrated and smooth. This Pua mask is anti- inflammatory and is extremely high in anti-oxidants and nutrients for the skin. The only disappointment from this mask only comes if you don’t experience it for yourself!