Monday, April 5, 2010
big island / honolulu - day nine & ten
On day nine, we stopped at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory and went on a self guided tour. The factory is 3 miles from the main road where you drive through 2500 acres consisiting of 250,000 macadamia trees. I made Robert stop the car, so that I could check out the trees. You were allowed to take the nuts that had fallen on the ground, but obviously, not off the trees.
The factory has a row of windows where you basically pressed your faces on to watch the workers inside which was a bit odd, but I love factory tours!
The machine places the base of the chocolate on the conveyor belt and these ladies place the macadamian nut inside by hand. Yes, folks... by HAND.
They then travel down the conveyor belt where they get their chocolate covers... through a cooling vent.. and then are met by these ladies which place them in the box. Again... they do this all by hand! It looks a time management game on the iphone! It seems pretty fun for maybe 30 minutes are so, but I can't imagine doing this all day, 5 days a week.
Our last day was spent coasting around Hilo, relaxing in the jacuzzi and enjoying the warmth of Honolulu one last time. That's it for Hawaii.
PS. We returned home last Wednesday, but I wish I was still there!