Hawaii Edition – Oven Roasted Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes

Hawaii Edition – Oven Roasted Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes

A week ago, this was my view.
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I wish vacations were longer!

Hawaii Edition - Oven Roasted Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes

 I could snorkel here for hours.

Off to the left there, I actually did, I have the sunburn to prove it.

This was our third time to Hawaii.  First, we explored Kauai in 2013, then Maui last year.  This year we decided on the Big Island and stayed in Kailua-Kona.  No sons, just me and my man, and my brother and sister-in-law.

A quiet condo

Hotels are nice, but noisy, and food can be expensive if you are buying every meal out. We have learned condos are the way to go.

Hawaii Edition - Oven Roasted Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes; Punalu'u Bake Shop

Monday morning we had to stop at the famous Punalu’u Bake Shop and have fresh Hawaiian malasadas (donuts) on our way to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  The malasadas were warm and wonderful. Go early if you are ever in the area; on our way back home we stopped in again, and that case was empty.

Volcano National Park was a full day trip. Worth it?

Volcano National Park

Yes!

You can even walk on a volcano.

It was amazing to walk down into and across the crater of Kilauea iki.

Trail across Kilauea Iki

The rest of the week included powdery white sand beaches.

Manini'owali Beach
Manini’owali Beach

Hawaiian Shave Ice

Hawaiian shave ice.

Downtown Hilo

A visit to downtown Hilo, and the Farmer’s Market – papayas 3 for $1. I think I could survive on just strawberry and rainbow papayas alone.

Rainbow Papaya and mango

Another stop, well worth it in Hilo was Hawaiian Crown Chocolate (160 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, HI 96720).  We had a wonderful conversation with the owner, Tom, who promptly cut open a cacao bean and let us try a piece.

Cacao Pod

How cool is that! (That’s actually Tom’s daughter giving us a sample.)

I still can’t wrap my head around how something that tastes like a tropical fruit can morph into what we know as our beloved chocolate. Hawaiian Crown Chocolate, though a little shop, had a delicious variety of chocolates.

Green Sand Beach - Hawaii

Green Sand Beach in southern Hawaii, gets its green color from the mineral olivine in the sand.  Though it was quite a trek, it was well worth the time spent.

Greenwell Farms Coffee

No trip to the Big Island is complete without at least one stop to a Kona Coffee Plantation.  We passed Greenwell Farms multiple times before I was able to convince our small group to stop in and check it out.  They offer tours, tasting and have a small array of coffees at various prices.

Hapuna Beach

We attempted to explore as much of the island of Hawaii as we could.  Though we did visit every section of the island, 7 days is far to short to fit it all in.  This much will have to suffice for now.  If I can offer any advice, it would be to enjoy the time to relax, don’t be afraid to try out snorkeling, and try some of the local favorites.

Oven Roasted Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes

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These were nice small potatoes that were great for quick oven roasting. Just a quick scrub, cut in half, toss with oil and season (we had Grillmates Mesquite on hand), and roast cut sides down 20 minutes on an oiled cookie sheet at 425F.

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Oven Roasted Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes

Dinner Hawaiian style.

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6 thoughts on “Hawaii Edition – Oven Roasted Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes

    1. I hope that you get to go and enjoy Hawaii for yourself sometime soon. Maui or Kauai would be my first choice. =D

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    1. Thank you, Nicole. I’m honored that you even stopped by; you are one of my blog mentors. Armed with my iPhone, I dream of one day designing photography shoots like you do. Well, and combining flavors like you too. For now, I’ll keep reading and learning. By the way, Maui and Kauai are even more incredible than the Big Island.

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