Are we there yet?
Kailua-Kona Travel Blog› entry 1 of 6 › view all entries
March 1st, 2008 – by: agarcia
Our flight was at 6 am and since it is recommended to be at the airport 2 hours beforehand we had an hour to get to the airport. We tried to dress quickly and eat some breakfast before we left the house to ride the CTA blue line train to O’Hare airport, but in the end we didn’t get to the airport until about 4:45 am. The train ride had taken about a half hour from where we started.
There were a number of people in line to check-in but several kiosks had been set-up to check-in electronically. This was the first time I had ever used the machines to check-in and neither my sister nor I had ever used these machines in our previous travels. Luckily, it was simple once we figured out which number in our reservations was the reference number.
The security lines to go into the waiting areas on the other hand were a bit longer even this early in the morning. It is at this point that we spot the other 2 persons who were part of this Hawaiian trip - my sister Patricia and her husband Jim. They were just getting to the front of the security lines.
We arrived to our assigned gate / waiting area by 5:15 am.
We had a 45-minute layover in L.A. that was annoying and turned worrisome when we realized just because there was a small difference in gate numbers doesn’t necessarily mean the gates are close to each other. We had 10 minutes to spare before they began boarding procedures for the next leg of our trip. Again there was no time to eat a decent meal for the next 4 hours.
We finally arrived to the warmth of Hawaii around 1 pm Kailua-Kona time (5 pm Chicago time). We were pleasantly surprised with the open-air airport but as expected the flight was exhausting.
On our way to the resort we had seen several restaurants along the way to choose for dinner. We decided for some Thai food and ate at the Thai RIN restaurant located on All’i Drive. From our outdoor table we had a good view of the western coastline of Kailua-Kona. The meals were delicious but considering that this was the first decent meal we had all day our views may be slightly skewed.
Afterwards we walked along All’i Drive, which runs along the western coast of Kailua-Kona for several miles and seems to be the main thoroughfare for the tourists and locals alike.
They also have an open-air market that is open from Tuesday through Saturday. There we saw stands of colorful flowers along with some strange fruit that is local to the area.
There are several areas along All’i Drive where you can gain access to the rocky coastline in the area. The rocks were dark and looked like they can cause injury if you take a misstep. We walked along the coast for the while and watched as the sun slowly went down.
Overall, we got a sense that the island was going to be very relaxing and peaceful.
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