You treated us special, Hawaii

We flew into Kona Airport on Delta from Seattle. After seven satisfying days for my dear wife Karen, terrific daughter Elisabeth, fantastic significant George Three and I for the second edition of the family reunion, out we had to go. This time Hawaiian Airlines would take us to our first connection, a short jump to…

Book ’em, Dano

They have a beautiful, big library just off the main drag of Ali’i Drive in Kona. It’s next to the Farmer’s Market. True confession: I didn’t see it first. My dear wife Karen, terrific daughter Elisabeth and sensational significant George Three wondered aloud if I wanted to take photos of it after we’d passed it…

Pina Coladas, real pineapple and more

I enjoyed my Pina Colada straight-up. Karen got one at Sam Choy’s with a special jolt. Elisabeth’s was called a Lava Flow because it was better off red. Elisabeth appreciated some sort of drink inside of a pineapple. And then there was this special dessert Elisabeth ordered at Drew and Maritza’s wedding dinner. Once in…

We feast all the way around at one heck of a luau

When my smart daughter Elisabeth when luau shopping for us online, she decided to go big. She selected the feast down the road from Kona By the Sea, at the big resort with trees that reminded me of a certain signature fruit. Did I mention that it was a huge party? There was seating set…

Kealakekua turns out to be very kool

After our visit to the coffee plantation, sibling Lynne and her Arkansas/Oklahoma crew suggested our two-car caravan take a short trip to a little town they’d spotted previously. Kealakekua, here we came. There was only one sign that the quaint little town was as close to the sea as we were in Kona. I joked…

We find a place in Kona that drove us to drink beer

The first time we attempted to take the Kona Brewery tour, they wouldn’t let us in. It was before noon on a Friday and the darn thing was already sold out, said the woman at the welcoming hut. So my smart daughter Elisabeth went to their online site and secured us five for a day…