The Central New York stock of Wailua Wheat is at my house

I told you about my job of receiving a case of Kona Brewing’s Wailua Wheat Beer from my terrific daughter Elisabeth and her sensational significant George Three for Christmas. They had it shipped up from New Jersey. Of course, those 24 bottles are gone, gone, gone. Our local supermarket chain, Wegmans, carries the Hawaiian-born, U.S.-brewed…

Now we can picture this perfect Hawaiian spot

Kona Family Reunion gift-giving continued: The kids gave us a nice frame and shots of the four of us at the breath-taking Hilo lookout. It was the closest she could find to the four of us together, my terrific daughter joked. Yeah, we gotta work on that next trip. But this will do very well,…

The Hawaiian theme makes us quite happy

Elisabeth and George Three came in from the car lugging some hot gifts for my dear wife Karen and I this holiday season. Our Family Reunion week in Kona will forever tie us in the greatest of ways. The kids obviously knew how much the old man loved Wailua Wheat. They went online to find…

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…

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…