Malasadas are Hawaiian donuts and boy am I searching for the recipe! We had them at the breakfast buffet at the resort and they were good, but when we stopped at the Punu'lu bakery on our way around the southern tip of the island and they were right out of the oven and dripping with fruit fillings and exotic nut creams, they were absolutely divine. We spent the rest of our trip searching for another malasada bakery with no luck (although we did find plenty of other yummy Hawaiian treats to keep us fast and sassy.)
Here I am with a bag full--shoulda bought a TOTE bag full--next to a tree that I have only seen as a houseplant back home. See my happy little raffia string bag that I decorated with Felt Flowers before I left? And that morning at a coffee plantation in Kona, I bought a shell lei for Natalie and decided to use it as my lanyard for the rest of the trip.
We had signed up for the "volcano tour" through our travel agency and we were blown away to discover just what that meant--an all-inclusive round-island tour with many different stops besides "just" the volcano. We stopped at a coffee plantation, where inexplicably we did not take any pictures (probably too busy juggling multiple sample cups of Kona coffee); we stopped at the above mentioned bakery (where we roundly and soundly spoiled our lunch), and we ate lunch at Volcano House on the edge of the crater.
It misted quite a bit that day and we were disappointed to arrive at Volcano House and it was all socked in. However, as we ate, it gradually cleared, and by the time we got out to the observation trail it was quite clear. That "steam" you see rising out of the volcano is actually sulpur-something (hey, I'm a history nerd, not a science geek), which we were told when combined with moisture makes sulphuric acid. If you breathed it in, it would sear your lungs and throat and you'd instantly suffocate. They have to watch the wind very carefully and sometimes close the park or certain trails with no notice. The rangers all have gas masks on their belts! We learned a lot about volcanoes that day--the first being that you never take them for granted.