|Our plane arrived at around 5:00PM and reached our condo about aun hour later. After settling in we took a gass of wine to our deck and talked about our plans for Hawaii, The Big Island!
On our last night in Kona we enjoyed happy hour on the beach and talked about our times here. The hustle and bustle of Kona was a welcome change from Princeville . (We enjoyed the tropical feel of Princeville but were ready for more restaurants etc.) Best of all, our condo was about two miles from town, so we could retreat and relax at the end of the day.
Two highlights of our time in Kona were visiting the volcano and renting the Honda. We joined a bus tour to Volcano National Park, stopping on the way at a coffee farm, black sand beach with twenty turtles, the southernmost spot in the U.S., Thurston Lava Tube, a winery and to see the still active Kilauea Volcano. It seemed unbelievable that we were seeing lava which had flowed from this spot for centuries.
The Honda we took north, stopping along Queen Ka'ahumanu highway to see fish ponds, lava tubes, temples, and ancient paths through the lava fields. At Hawi, at the northernmost tip of the Big Island, we fueled with local coffee and drove to the end of the road where we took a steep hike down to the ocean. It was spectacular!
Almost every restaurant had a "happy hour" and we enjoyed five of them! We also had "poke", a traditional Hawaiian fish dish for dinner one night.
Hiking and beaches occupied the rest of our time. The hiking was rugged, and beaches were lined with lava rock, but both were very enjoyable. We are especially enjoyed our two mile hike to the Captain Cook Memorial. It travel to times to farm fields and had beautiful views of the ocean. At the end there was offshore snorkeling which provided beautiful us with beautiful views of coral and many different colorful fish.
We will remember these adventures along with quiet nights sipping wine and reading on the waters edge