A typical day for me includes a surf session at Pohoiki Bay followed by a warming dip in the adjacent volcanic hot pond. Bodyboarding at Pohoiki is way different than San Francisco- the grim stares of the Nor-Cal surfers are replaced here by friendly smiles and waves from strangers and regulars alike. You can see what the "Aloha Spirit" is about as you quickly earn your spot in the lineup.
After riding some fun waves, I step over the rocks and dip into the 20ft-wide, 3ft deep pool of water, heated to the mid-90's by the Goddess Pele's volcanic energy. Shaded by tropical jungle and surrounded by hanging vines, it feels man-made but is totally natural- and enchanting. Another day in paradise.