We arrived in Hawaii!!!

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Sylvia and David... On the plane and on our way!

We stood in line at the ticket counter hoping to get an exit row seat but they were already gone.... Then the lady suggested she try for the second leg of our trip to see if they are available for the longer 5 hour trip.... Hooray! they were available and she put us into the seats.  The is really good news for us as David has a difficult time folding into the regular seats.... (he is 6'6 or about 2 meters)  We checked through after we chatted with several friends we know....  great to be from a small town...

We both slept on the 2 hour trip to San Francisco.  We always carry on (although I have a rolley pull along this time) and we were happy that we did.  We got breakfast in San Francisco Airport and I bought a loaf of San Francisco sourdough bread.

United coffee. It was free ... food is not! Food was really expensive!!!
  United makes you pay for the meals so I stood in line and bought a large ham and cheese sandwich and two bananas.  It cost just over $12.00 ....  I think it is safe to say that airport venders don't give their food away.  When we ate it later we thought it was a great sandwich with an ample amount of ham and fresh french bread.  Plus the bonus of not purchasing food on the plane, of course.....

Our seats were perfect.  We were one seat from the movie  (which was not the best movie in the world... ) and we had tons of leg room.  The stewardess was careful to explain that the emergency door is different than others as it pulls in instead of pushing out.  We don't have any experience with either type (thankfully) so we studied the door and card to make sure we could do it.

Kona Airport: the Lei Makers... a wonderful sculpture showing women making traditional leis...
  Once we were experts (without actually doing it...I think that would have annoyed the airline) we settled down for the trip.  It was pretty uneventful except for a bunch of cool shirts people were wearing...(I photographed one) and a boring movie called "he's just not that into you"  a silly confusing film that came together at the end but it was still silly.  We meant to sleep but we weren't able to ..... the trip passed quickly and soon we landed at the Kona (KOA) airport.  As soon as we walked out we were hit with hot, humid air.... The Kona airport is being redone but we took pictures to show how it is.  The personell were very friendly.... I stopped and chatted with a vender selling leis...   She was really a nice gal and told us that the airport would be great when it's finished. 

We walked past the huge building where people were claiming their luggage and looked at the people lining up for the conveyer belt.

flowers by the highway
  That's when you are glad you carry on!  We caught the Alamo bus and rode a short distance to their office.  David had found a convertible SUV jeep wrangler for a reasonable price.  We were sent to the back area to pick one out.... We wanted a red one but they were dented in the back so we chose a white one..... One of their personnell, Jeannette came over and chatted with us for a while.  She has been on Hawaii for only 9 months and has been exploring places one by one.   She gave us restaurant names and places to go.  What a great gal.  She also mentioned we should do grocery shopping at Costco.

We drove into town and checked into the condo: Hale Kona Kai.  It was a darling one bedroom, kitchen/living room and Lanai (deck) facing the ocean.

view to the right from the condo balcony
  We were about 30 feet above and 5 feet out from the water.  We could see schools of yellow fish through the clear, clear water.  The paint was light colored and the place was really clean.  The cleaning girl was there and we had an opportunity to talk to her.  She and her husband live out of town .... they have 4 acres and raise figs, avocados, Hawaiian bananas, and papaya.  I asked her if she sold it and she said she barters with her neighbors but never sells it.  I asked her if she would consider trading some for the San Francisco Sour Dough bread I purchased that morning... yes!  She knew the bread and was happy to bring us some produce ...  she'll bring us some fruit on Friday.... Hooray!

We needed to shop but we were hungry.

Beautiful phone booths ....
.. we decided to go to the restaurant Jeanette at Alamo's recommended, LuLu's.  She raved about their Hogzilla, pulled beef sandwich.  Unfortunately it had a flight of stairs to get there.  (I had just had surgery so I'm an elevator girl for a few more days... :D  )For now we decided to go to the ground floor restaurant and go to Lulu's later this week.  We went into Bongo Ben's Cafe instead.  I got a Mai Tai and David had a local beer.  The mai tai was pricey at $4.95 .... it was good but not five bucks worth of good.  For food David got the Hawaiian pulled pork sandwich and I got the Hula Chicken Sandwich.   Both were good and were presented well.  I always love it when they put an orchid on the plate!

Costco was really interesting.

Sign telling about the Lei Makers.
   Definately not your run of the mill Costco.  They had quite a few local foods and plants.   We got pulled pork sandwiches, greek salad, and breakfast things.... (the traditional Hawaiian Breakfast of Champions: Cheerios)  and a bottle of Volcano wine.... I photographed the unusual and beautiful orchids they had for sale.... so amazing to see!

We ended our day exhausted but afraid to go to bed because it was too early.  We wanted to wake up to Hawaiian time in the morning and forced ourselves to stay up until the sunset was completed.  We ate cheese and drank the Volcano Macadamia Nut and Honey wine ...  and watched the surfers to the left ....  fascinating to see them....   and the ocean and the waves to the right and avoided looking straight out where an ugly cruise ship squatted.

magazines and guide books at the airport...
   It was polite and left just before the sunset.....  :)   .....   We felt like we had a great day!  We must have toasted the trip and Hawaii 10 times.....   Ohhhh  Yeah!   Good Times!      

 

 

Sunflower300 says:
At first I wasn't sure why you were carrying on; I thought to myself, "They don't seem the type to 'carry on'" Then I realised you meant your luggage. :) I'm not sure if you use the term in the states, but to give you an idea, when I was little and my brother and I would muck around, my mum would say, "Would you two stop carrying on!"

I don't think I've ever heard the term 'pulled pork', and now I've heard the term three times in the one blog - sorry, my mistake, one of those times it was beef. :) I'm just going to have to make sure I try a pulled pork sandwich.

Thanks so much for taking me back to Hawaii.
Posted on: Jul 23, 2009
larondahutch says:
Great view from your condo. I have spent a lot of time on this island, and I hope you were able to enjoy its charm as much as I have.
Posted on: Jul 12, 2009
Archie1978 says:
Congrats on the feature guys!!! Always good stories :)
Posted on: Jun 20, 2009
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United coffee.   It was free ... f…
United coffee. It was free ... …
Kona Airport: the Lei Makers... a …
Kona Airport: the Lei Makers... a…
flowers by the highway
flowers by the highway
view to the right from the condo b…
view to the right from the condo …
Beautiful phone booths ....
Beautiful phone booths ....
Sign telling about the Lei Makers.
Sign telling about the Lei Makers.
magazines and guide books at the a…
magazines and guide books at the …
These cool shirts were worn by abo…
These cool shirts were worn by ab…
The jeeps at the car rental place.
The jeeps at the car rental place.
I wanted the yellow one but it nee…
I wanted the yellow one but it ne…
cute sign as we left the Alamo dea…
cute sign as we left the Alamo de…
beautiful highway....
beautiful highway....
a painted wall in down town Kona
a painted wall in down town Kona
more of the wall
more of the wall
view from a neighbor condo... Our …
view from a neighbor condo... Our…
Our balcony was (from the right) t…
Our balcony was (from the right) …
view to the right from balcony
view to the right from balcony
View to the left standing below ou…
View to the left standing below o…
middle view with cruise ship
middle view with cruise ship
view.... surfers
view.... surfers
The back of Bongo Bens .... LuLu…
The back of Bongo Ben's .... LuLu…
looking out from the restaurant: b…
looking out from the restaurant: …
Bongo Bens.... my first Mai Tai
Bongo Ben's.... my first Mai Tai
Davids Hawaiian pulled pork sandw…
David's Hawaiian pulled pork sand…
Sylvias Hula Chicken
Sylvia's Hula Chicken
Dessert plate....
Dessert plate....
One of the signs as we left
One of the signs as we left
highway on our way to Costco... Is…
highway on our way to Costco... I…
Costco orchids
Costco orchids
costco orchids
costco orchids
costco orchids
costco orchids
costco orchids
costco orchids
Orchids: $14.99, $16.99 and $23.99
Orchids: $14.99, $16.99 and $23.99
The wall downtown... lava flow
The wall downtown... lava flow
painted wall showing man harvestin…
painted wall showing man harvesti…
sea life painted on wall...
sea life painted on wall...
front of Bongo Bens
front of Bongo Ben's
White Hibiscus .... I have never s…
White Hibiscus .... I have never …
Outside of the office at Hale Kona…
Outside of the office at Hale Kon…
Volcano wine....
Volcano wine....
Volcano Wine...
Volcano Wine...
Our first sunset....
Our first sunset....
cruise ship obscuring the horizon.…
cruise ship obscuring the horizon…
clouds...
clouds...
Ocean awaiting sunset...
Ocean awaiting sunset...
getting closer
getting closer
surf on lava rocks
surf on lava rocks
sun slowly setting
sun slowly setting
Ocean waves
Ocean waves
Sun setting...
Sun setting...
left of condo at sunset
left of condo at sunset
sunset condo
sunset condo
kitchen of condo
kitchen of condo
wash basin hall area
wash basin hall area
living room .... its a crappy pic…
living room .... it's a crappy pi…
couch... better shot
couch... better shot
computer table... We ate all of ou…
computer table... We ate all of o…
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Restaurant with a view...
We were greeted by a friendly waitress who was going to set us at a table in the back of the restaurant. I asked if she would mind if we sat at the b… read entire review
Kailua Kona Hotels & Accommodations review
Hawaiian Home by the Sea
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