Biriba (from the Rollinia deliciosa plant), I love this strange fruit: its exterior covered in soft spikes, and inside, a white creamy consistency with large black seeds. We spread it on our toast for breakfast, and it was absolutely delicious -- tastier than butter! Breakfasts were my favorite: sitting out on the balcony, sipping pressed Kona coffee, watching the tall grass sway in the light breeze.
I must comment on the bananas here. They taste very different than the ones back on the mainland. They're not bland and mushy like the ones you get at the grocery store. Hawaii has 'apple bananas' which are shorter, thicker, and have a perfectly sweet and tangy flavor.
The property was simply beautiful, covering acres of lush, green land expanding off into the distance. You can see clear to the ocean from the observation tower in the tree house!
Each night brought rain, which we are not used to in Los Angeles, but we were warm and comfy in our bed. We drifted off to the sound of rain beating on our tiny tin roof and the occasional "thud" of an avocado falling to the moist earth. We woke up to nature's alarm clock, the morning crow of mister rooster. The property was filled with life: chickens, goats, dogs, a vegetable garden, and ample fruit trees.
Our hosts, Hugh and Elvira, invited us to stop by the main building which had many beautiful Thai style homes or rooms, connected by elevated walkways (which they rent out for yoga retreats). After visiting with them, they insisted we eat some lunch: they had made fresh green bean soup with ginger and bits of leftover pork (from a boar they hunted on their property), steamed rice, and fresh juice with ginger and chia seeds. Side note: they also run a ginger farm up in the mountains. What don't these people do?!
This was by far my best Airbnb experience yet! Check out the avocado tree house which is only $85/night! Hugh and Elvira are some of the coolest, most hospitable people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. I can't wait to visit them again.
Photos by Andrew Gregor