Season 2, Episode 5
Hawaii: The Big Island
Available now for AMC Premiere subscribers. Norman and photographer Patrick Hoelck ride the Big Island of Hawaii; taking in local customs like fishing, ukulele music, and exploring volcanoes.
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Norman Reedus is in Hawaii. Upon arriving, he's stunned to have his preconceived stereotypes of the island challenged. Although he made his first visit in 2010 to shoot the pilot for Hawaii Five-0, he's ready to get a closer look at the big island this time around.
Norman’s first stop is to meet up with his renowned photographer friend Patrick Hoelck and load up on some loco moco, the go-to comfort food of locals. At Blane's Drive Inn, the guys chow down and catch up. Patrick also hasn't seen the island up close and is ready to take on the journey together.
When the guys spot a double rainbow near water, they can’t help but stop and get a closer look. Soon enough, they come across a fisherman, Calvin, who shows off his catch for the day including a unicorn fish. Calvin mentions having some extra snorkeling gear and the guys hop in the water together. Norman and Patrick are left amazed when a whale jumps out of the water nearby. After a swim, Calvin invites the guys to grill up some fish with him and shares a little more about Hawaiian culture and the long-held Hawaiian belief of "sharing your catch."
Norman and Patrick are ready to head to a spot that is known to serve the best coffee on the island, but first, a quick pitstop at a pink hotel named Kona is in order. Kona features an infamous outside bathroom that offers a scenic view of the island and Norman deems it the greatest pitstop ever. Now it’s time for the guys to ride through Holualoa and make their way to Aikane Plantation, a working ranch and coffee farm in Pahala.
At the plantation, the guys enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and it's not long before Norman declares he's moving in. Soon, the guys are put to work herding cows on the ranch and enjoy every minute getting dirty. As the sun starts to set, friends gather around to enjoy a luau party together.
The next day, the guys head to one of the most picturesque spots in Hawaii: Akaka Falls State Park in Pepeekeo. After a stroll, the guys are right back on their bikes to meet up with a dual sport biker group called Rock Island Riders. Norman calls their digs a "guy's wet dream." The group shares stories of their memorable rides and the close calls they've had on the road. After chatting, the guys all head out as a group for a bite to eat at Suisan Market for some poke, though Norman quickly decides poi is not for him.
The next day, in the coastal town of Hilo, Norman and Patrick hear a ukulele being played and pop into a guitar shop. Ken, the owner, talks about his humble beginnings and lets the guys strum on some ukuleles. Later, they stop at Aloha Farm for breakfast and sample some fresh fruit. Patrick also tries his hand at cutting down a banana tree.
The next stop is Kīlauea, right into the heart of volcanic land, at Volcanoes National Park. The winds are fierce, but the guys make it to their destination where they talk to a ranger about the legend of Pele, Hawaii's volcano goddess, and observe a lava lake from a distance. The guys get shivers while standing on such sacred land, but take in the majesty nonetheless.