Dec. 6

Today always reminds me of Bill, it would be his birthday.  On a happier note, it is Mike F’s birthday as well.  After breakfast a walk is part of the routine where ever we are.  We headed down Ali’l Dr away from town a little way.

Another gorgeous day.  Not too interesting a place to walk, lots of cars, narrow sidewalk area, and not much to see so we headed the other way.

The pier is at the other end of town and it was very quiet compared to this time yesterday when all the cruise ship passengers were coming ashore.

One of the larger hotels is here and they have a little sandy beach where paddle boards and kayaks can be rented.

The hotel staff was getting ready for tonight’s luau.  Food gets covered on top of the fire to cook all day.

We headed our own ways agreeing to meet back at the condo at lunch.

After lunch we watched a  native fisherman try his luck right below own lanai.  Quite a precarious spot especially with the waves breaking over the rocks.

He had a long fiberglass pole with a snare on the end but we didn’t see him catch anything.

It was off to Target in the afternoon, then to a fabric store where Kathy has had success finding rayon for her quilting.  For me, the best thing about the Target store was the flowers growing up the side of the building.  They looked very seasonal.

Success at both stores and virtually no waiting.  This gave us time to relax some more when we got back.

We have the choice of sitting in the sun or the shade this time of day.  There is a bit of breeze and the odd cloud this afternoon so it is not too hot in case anyone should be worrying about our comfort level.

Around 5:00 we headed down the road and stopped at a couple places for an appetizer and to watch the sunset.

This evening looked liked it had potential for a really nice sunset but ended up being OK.  We were in a nice spot overlooking the water.  There are lots of places with entertainment along the way and we stopped to watch a few.

It is Looking like Christmas is coming.

We stopped one last time at the bar next to our place on the way home.  4 little mai tai tasters:

We will be moving on tomorrow. This has been a memorable time in Kona.

Wednesday the 5th

Good sleeps last night after a long day of traveling; seems like we have adjusted to Hawaii time, enjoying 2 extra hours.  We had wondered if we would see any cruise ships in Kona and this is what Kathy saw when she looked out the window:

There were 4 tenders ready to carry passengers to the pier, about a 5 minute ride.

We decided to go out for breakfast since we did no grocery shopping yesterday.  There are lots of choices close by and we stopped at a place along the main drag which runs along the waterfront.  A cute little gecko came along the rail looking for a handout.

 We went back to our place to think about what to do with the rest of the day.  The lanai is a pretty comfortable place to spend time.

Nice places to sit and have a cup of tea.

Before we knew it was time to think about lunch, still no groceries so out we went, settling on Kona Brewing Co. where we have gone most times we’ve been here.  Nice to be able to sit outside.

And have a nice fresh beer.

We carried on, Kathy to check out a few places to look for art supplies and me back along the waterfront.

The pier area was buzzing with lots of people, mostly passengers heading back to the ship.

The little boat on the left is one of the tenders just coming into the pier which is on the right.  This is the bay where the Ironman triathlon starts.  Hundreds and hundreds of swimmers head out toward the big building ion the background which is right next to our place.

The main tourist place in Kona is Ali’i Drive.  It is busy

and full of all sorts of places ready to separate tourists from their money.

I don’t think I’ll be driving anywhere today so probably no groceries.  It’s 2:45 and maybe Kathy will stop at the nearby farmers market for some fruit.  This might mean a walk next door to Don The Beachcomber’s where we were yesterday.  After the big lunch earlier, maybe an appetizer will be enough.

Kathy just arrived back with a nice Hawaiian dress and some breakfast supplies.  More later . . .

Our condo has a small pool right by the shore.  A big wave will splash water onto the pool deck.

As the sun was setting the cruise ship sailed away.

Meanwhile, there was quite a crowd gathering next door for a luau.

And almost right below our lanai someone was getting a massage.  I didn’t watch to see how it ended.  (Thanks to Kathy for this photo)

As we were leaving our place to find some dinner saw a little dog that reminded us of Greta.

We ended up next door and had a good seat where we could enjoy the luau dancers at the same time as music from the bar; Beatles, Tom Petty, etc. quite a mix.   Kathy looked great in her new dress.

The luau is happening on the other side of the hotel pool.

We sat out on the lanai when we got back.   There were not very big waves but they will help lull us to sleep before too long

Our trip starts Dec. 4

It was an early start to the day.  Here we are at the airport at 5:30.  Getting up was not a problem as we were quite ready.

 It was a lovely morning.  We saw the sunrise on the way to Seattle.

Kathy looked very happy to set foot on the ground.

 We picked up our car and headed to Kona to our condo.  It was 87 when we left the airport. Felt pretty nice.

We’ve stayed at this place a couple of times before.  Very nice spot on the rocky beach.  It is next to the Royal Kona Resort where we stopped for a drink.

 

It really  is a nice place to sit and look out over the water.

 We went for a walk and Kathy thought she might need to look at one of Tania’s favorite stores.

We haven’t seen these guys before in Kona.   They were quite ready to pose for pictures.  The oldest one is 25, the youngest is 1.

New Carving

Just finished painting a carved fish.  It is like a rock greenling, but coloured a bit differently.  It’s carved out of red cedar and is about 24” long.  The base is a piece of a maple burl.

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