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…

Here’s who loved swimming in Hawaii the most

A couple days into the big family reunion, Flynn and Lanie flew in from Seattle, joining sibling Steve and his super wife Joan. Having them with us at Kona By the Sea was a joy. Lanie loved the pool. The fact that she brought along some little friends made it more special. Tomorrow: I have…

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…

Eat well in Hawaii we did

Where are we going to eat? We faced that decision several times daily on our dream family vacation to Kona. Well, a few times we spared ourselves by shopping at the Sack and Save and munching sandwiches or salads at the suite at Kona By the Sea. George used his knife skills to treat us…

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…