Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden In The Rain

Tuesday, we drove over to the Eastern side of the Big Island to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden close to Hilo. It started to rain just before we got there and about 2/3 of our time in the garden was in the rain. The good thing is Hawaiian rain is usually not that hard, it kept it cooler, and gave a nice shine to the plants…

Good Eats

There are a lot of good to great restaurants on the Big Island, especially if you like seafood. Our favorite is the Seafood Bar at a container shipping harbor just North of where we’re staying. The service is great, and the food is delicious. The ambience is real. It’s just a harbor restaurant that has the feel of the bar ‘Cheers’ where everyone knows your name…

We had a great fresh fish entree but started our meal with a shrimp puff appetizer that was great…

Later in the afternoon we went to the upper adult pool which has a great view of the resort building. In the hot tub, we met and talked with a neat gentleman named Edmund. He was a Jewish Iranian and he and his family left Iran when he was 14. He owns a tropical flower business in San Francisco, and he was there with his wife and two daughters. He was very friendly and as interested in us as we were in him…

Close to the adult pool was a white Hibiscus plant with beautiful blossoms…

Another great day.

Sunday In Kona

We watched the recording of the service at our church back home, Faith Church. Then we drove to Kona and had a good brunch at a little seaside restaurant called Kai Eats + Drinks.

We walked around Kona and enjoyed the monthly craft fair on Alii Drive called the Kona Village Stroll.

We even saw a little flower survivor growing on the trunk of a tree.

Betty wanted some Hawaiian flowers for our room, but we had a hard time finding any. On our drive back to Hapuna Beach we saw a family on the roadside selling pineapples and coconuts and they had some Hawaiian flowers. Betty learned that they had just picked them from their garden that morning. Hawaii has some unusual and beautiful flowers.

A good way to spend Sunday on the Big Island.

Only On The Big Island

One of the things we love about where we’re staying, Hapuna Beach, is the openness of everything. This short video starts at the Lobby level where you enter and there are no doors. Then you go down the staircase to Piko Coffee+Bar where you can get coffee and pastries in the morning and drinks and snacks in the afternoon and evening with live music in the evening. The next level down is Ikena Landing where breakfast is served, including a great buffet. All of this opens out toward the pools and beach, totally open. It’s a wonderful experience…

Chris’ Last Day

This past Friday was Chris’ last day with us on the Big Island. He needed to leave to fly to Orlando, Florida for a business conference. We spent the morning at the beach and the pool…

In the late afternoon, we drove down into Kona and walked around looking at the various shops…

Then we had a nice dinner at a seaside restaurant called Papa Kona’s…

Where we watched Chris’ last sunset before taking him to the airport for his redeye flight…