Green Hilo Fields
I stayed in Kona on the west side of the Big Island and it was very nice to go to the east. Hilo area is one the most wet places in the world (at least I've been told that by locals) and everything I saw was *green*.
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The custom of placing a flower behind your ear is a great one. It is much easier to see a flower than a ring finger. It is very important to note which ear it is placed. If it's behind the left ear, it means the girl is married or involved. If it's behind her right ear, this means she is unattached.
I was always forgetting which was which until someone said "A good way to remember is that the left is also the hand you wear a wedding ring on. " Good point!
Kukui nut oil
The Kukui nut tree is the official state tree of Hawaii.
For centuries Hawaiians have used the oil from the Kukui nut tree to relieve and protect their skin from the salt water and drying winds on the islands.
They are now making skin products for retail.
Hilo is small town and...
Hilo is small town and friendly - always give out smiles and 'talk-story' with the locals. Be sensitive to Hawaiian sites and respect the aina (land) which is most important to the Hawaiian people. There are many ethnic groups here and if you have a problem with mixed races you will not be comfortable here.