Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

For three days we zipped around the Big Island of Kona, Hawaii trekking to gardens, national parks, volcano sites, healthy eats and lava attractions. We admired the natives and their beautiful lives while they ogled in reply. Fun, energetic places make you want to engage in fun active routines such as the set of reverse dips I completed on the hitched Thule rack carrying our Specialized road bike while admiring the all-mighty Pacific during lunch break. But it was the food that really set the tone of our Hawaiian vacation.  

You know, it’s the simple things in life I cherish most. After visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in our Chalk White Hyundai Kona I discovered this enchanting, vibrant and eco-friendly vegetarian eatery off the beaten path dubbed Cafe Ono. Set within a 3-acre old Hawaiian garden estate and botanical garden, all the food was organic and the spiritual presence was omnipresent. The owner, Ira Ono, has lived on the island for over 40 years and has cultivated a palate for natural foods and the gardens in which they flourish. He personally selects items from local farmer markets and has built a rapport with the farmers in the area. Here you will also find art collectibles, fish ponds, a meditational area and Zen cottages.

I had the vegan panini with artichoke, hummus, tomato and green onions on seeded panini toast with soup and a garden salad. My drive partner chose the homemade vegetarian chili with brown rice, a garden salad and fresh garlic bread. We split the organic vegan carrot cake which was moist, warm and flavorful.

As I drove back to my resort on the other side of the island I begin to appreciate the nature of Kona much deeper and was thankful for elements that make life easy like pure foods, daily fitness and positive attitudes. During this time it began to rain and rainbow appeared. Life!

For more info please visit https://www.volcanogardenarts.com.