Public Market in Hilo

Today I needed to be in downtown Hilo by 8AM for an appointment. The commute was awful! According to GPS it should only take 40 minutes to get downtown to the harbor area but at that time of the morning it actually took a little over an hour. Let me tell you—if these islanders drove like we do on the mainland I would have made it a lot quicker. They truly are islanders: very laid back and easy going! I turned off the AC, rolled down the windows, and listened to some good tunes. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!’

For lunch I wandered through the public market. I didn’t take too many photos but oh I DO love a good market!

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I can’t remember what they call these here but its something like “wanapau” anyway this one is sweet potato both in the dough and in the middle–yes that lovely purple is a yam. It was delicious but high in gluten so my stomach didn’t thank me for tasting this.

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Here are the full “Rollinia” fruit. You really need to try this — it is delicious. The flavor of it reminded me of the “marrang” fruit in the Philippines–only the flavor.

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The best Dive Shop on the island! Bill is quite the guy. He’s been teaching diving here for 32 yrs and he is a great instructor.

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Yes!!! The lovely anthuriums—-in lots of different colors.

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Young ginger. Can’t you just imagine all the stir-fry you could enjoy with this?!

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Bread Fruit

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I was happy with my choice—the coconut juice. YUM! Not sweet at all.

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Green coconut. Hacked open right on the spot.

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Loved this park. During the lunch time part of the day folks just sprawl under these trees on the grass. What a lovely spot!

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