Mr. Bear and I have both been to Hawaii. We have both been to Maui and Oahu. We have never been to any of the Islands together. My mom’s cousin moved to the Big Island five years ago and has been urging us to come and visit. We finally booked our trip in late December and arrived on the Big Island on Sunday.
After the tsunami in Japan last week, we watched the news, wondering if it would hit the Big Island. It hit parts Kailua-Kona, along the shore and waited to hear news from our family in Hawaii if it was safe to come. Although there was some damage along parts of the coast, the damage would not affect our travels. After hearing the “all clear,” we watched with sadness at the damage in Japan.
We arrived at the airport in Kailua-Kona in the afternoon. My mom’s cousin Teri and her family surprised us with the warmest Aloha welcome we could have imagined—complete with flower lei’s for the girls and macadamia nut beaded necklaces. We were greeted with the Aloha Spirit and made to feel quite welcome.
We then got our rental car and followed Teri’s family to Costco, where we stocked up with goods for our ten day stay on the island. Harold, Teri’s husband, introduced us to poke. It is officially my favorite food and I am certain I could live on it. It is so tasty! Next, we went out to eat in town, where we were able to witness some of Kona’s famous beautiful sunsets and much of the tsunami damage that hit Kona. Dinner was delicious!
We are staying at a condo that has magnificent ocean views from most of the windows. It feels like home over here. If you are ever looking for a reasonably priced place to stay that is beautiful, fully gated, and comfortable, e-mail me. The place is amazing and the owner is wonderful!
This was our view, our first morning at our condo.
We spent the second day and night visiting with our family, at their beautiful home that sits on top of a hill, overlooking the coast. They sit at 1900 feet and one can see the entire shore of Kona on this side of the island. They have an incredible view from their lanai and their lanai is the most comfortable, inviting place to sit around and enjoy the scenery. Allie Kat played with the dogs, the chickens, the cat, and her cousins. I do not think we have ever seen our kid have so much fun as she has been having the past couple of days.
Allie, climbing the black lava at the harbor.
A sea turtle, beached at the harbor.
We walked around their property and picked fresh fruits from their trees. We tried bread fruit last night and learned how to properly cut a mango. Their house is beautiful! It is a fantastic place to be and their hospitality has been fabulous!
This was our dinner, which most of us kissed and posed for a photo. This is my dad kissing the fish. Harold is holding the fish.
Bread fruit—not from their trees, from the local market. Deliciously prepared.
Allie, enjoying local bananas and mango for breakfast.
Mr. Bear, in his Hawaiian lei.
Just one of the beautiful photos I snapped, while relaxing on the lanai at my mom’s cousin’s house.
We have been around different parts of the island and have spent a lot of time laughing, relaxing, and enjoying the moment. I do not think there is a place we have been that has felt like home, the way we have been made to feel here.
The harbor, near Teri and Harold’s home. There were sea turtles on the beach. It was another perfect sunset!
Tomorrow, we have waterfalls, botanical gardens, and who knows what else to discover. What I do know, is that it will be amazing, like every day has been so far.