On day four, we had to check out of our cabin at Volcanoes National Park and make our way towards our new place south of Kona. We decided to go through the south part of the island and make a few pit stops. The first was the southernmost bakery in the United States – Punalu'u Bake Shop. We ordered some freshly made malasadas to take with us to the beach, but enjoyed some coffee and a mango smoothie while we were there.
We backtracked a bit to the Punalu'u black sand beach and set up camp there for a while. The sand was so pretty (but hot) and the water was a bit crazy to swim in, so we all had fun eating our treats, exploring the shoreline and finding hermit crabs.
It was time to get a late lunch, this time at the southernmost café in the United States, Hana Hou. It seriously feels like we ate our entire way through this island, but it was so worth it. The food there was great – grass fed beef hamburger, awesome homemade tomato soup and homemade buttery cornbread, oh my! Of course, we needed some coffee after this meal so we got some caffeine to go at Flyin’ Hawaiian coffee truck (I guess this could also be the southernmost coffee truck in the United States?).
We then made our way to South Point (Ka Lae), which is THE southernmost point in the US and hiked around the shoreline. I love exploring with my family and seeing new things – it truly makes my heart so full.
We made our way to our rental house and checked in with the owner. It is a super cute house on 5 acres of land covered in macadamia nut, coffee, avocado and mango trees. Our family loves the off-the-beaten path adventures, so staying here was really fun and unique. The owner of Aaahhh Paradise (that is what the place is called) recommended a few places to eat and we ended up jamming to the band Ocean Grown while eating pizza at Rocco’s, which has awesome beer on tap and delicious pizza.