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Hawaiʻi 2017: Sunning and Pub Crawling…

Day 4, Saturday, May 13, 2017

On Saturday, Brent and Rich went to work again, so Brandon and I decided to enjoy a quiet pool day at the condo.  We lounged and and relaxed.  I read my book and took a nap – it was wonderful, and the weather wasn’t even too hot!  In fact, I wished the sun were out a bit more!  I was the most pale tourist around!

Relaxing with a book

 

My sunshine view…

I had more salad for lunch and then we had a few cocktails in the afternoon.  I mean, I was on vacation!  Perfect for a little day drinking!

Brandon and Me on the lanai

 

Me on the lanai – the humidity kept fogging up my camera!

In the late afternoon, we took the trolley into town and went to the Kona Brewery for beer and dinner.  The beer and food were excellent, and they have a lot of different kinds to try!  We had nachos with Portuguese sausage (which is very popular in Hawaii), and I had a Pineapple IPA.  YUM!

The sunset from the trolley

Since we were already in town, why not go all out with an impromptu Pub Crawl!

After the Kona Brewery, we wandered down to the Fish Hopper for a Mai Tai, and then stopped in at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company for a beer.  This place was nearly dead – I was surprised by how quiet it was on a Saturday night…  Since I have never been to one though, I really had nothing to compare it to.  Little did I know my night was about to get more lively…

I wanted to sit by the bar by the window, because it overlooked the water, and it was windy and I wanted to watch the waves crashing against the shore outside of the restaurant.  Brandon and I started talking to a man at the bar next to us.  He was originally from Seattle and now lived in Hawaii.  He made a comment to me about my husband, and I responded that Brandon and I weren’t married, and that he was a friend.  Then the man said to me, “Are you a prostitute?”  What!?  Excuse me!!!?  Mind you, I was not dressed up or dressed sexy or showing a lot of cleavage or anything!  I was wearing a brewery t-shirt, shorts, and Chaco sandals.  After replying that “No,” I was indeed not a prostitute, he apologized for the mistake and then weirdly explained that his employer sends prostitutes to make contact with him regularly to try to tempt him, so he never really knows when he is going to be solicited, so surely I could understand the confusion…  Ummmm… Ok…  Wow…  Stories of tin foil hats certainly came to mind…  I mean really, I had SO MANY QUESTIONS…

Brandon and I got up to move to a different spot, and the man asked if we could keep talking.  NO!  The second you ask if I am a prostitute is the second where you lose your opportunity to talk to me, even if you are clearly mentally ill.  And even though I was curious about why you think your employer is intentionally sending prostitutes to solicit you on a regular basis…  Oh my!

Me in my finest prostitute duds

Our last stop on our Pub Crawl was at Humpy’s Big Island Ale House – who makes up these names!?  Yeah, yeah, I know, the whales…  Humpy’s was a great outdoor bar, with a covered and uncovered area, and I believe there was a nightclub upstairs for those inclined to go dancing.  Humpy’s has a great beer list, both of Hawaiian beers, and all sorts of craft beers from all over the US.  Brandon and I enjoyed ourselves talking and making friends with the guys sitting next to us, before finally heading home for the night.

Aside from the prostitute incident, it was a wonderful, relaxing day!  And I have a travel story that will probably never get old!

Note: The Kona trolley is $2 per person, bring cash and exact change.  

 

 

 

 

Hawaiʻi 2017!

I got an offer I couldn’t refuse for May, 2017.  A chance to go to Hawaiʻi with friends!  My friend Brent’s father Rich owns a condo and they were going, and I was welcome to tag along!  Even better, our friend Brandon was going to join us! I certainly couldn’t pass that up, so I booked a plane ticket and set about doing a bit of research on what I wanted to do when I was there.  Specifically, I was headed to the big island of Hawaiʻi, and staying in the town of Kailua-Kona (although most people seem to just call it Kona). I had never been to the Big Island, and my last trip to Hawaiʻi was in 1992, to Maui, when I was 16 years old.  It was high time for another visit!

Since I was traveling with friends, I couldn’t plan the whole itinerary – there were going to be joint decisions about what we were going to do.  So I made a commitment that this trip would be more relaxed, more ‘go with the flow’ than my usual fast-paced road trip.  What better place is there than Hawaiʻi to “endure” a bit of forced relaxation?  It didn’t disappoint! Of course, in characteristic style, I did manage to find plenty to keep me occupied during my trip, so I will hope that you enjoy my series of posts.

Day 1, Wednesday, May 10, 2017

My first day was mostly a travel day.  I flew out on an early flight and and met Rich and Brent on my layover, between my first and second flights.  I had booked onto the same flight as they were on, but had no idea where they were seated, and I happened to choose a seat right behind them!  So great snacks! – win for me!

This happy girl is going to Hawaii!

We landed in Kailua-Kona at about 3:30 – we had arrived in paradise!   We were picked up by a family friend and headed out immediately for an early dinner.  At dinner, I had the breaded Ahi Poke (I had no idea it sometimes comes breaded), pickled cucumbers, salted cabbage, corn and other goodies.  We spent a long time at dinner, with Brent and Rich chatting and catching up, and me meeting friends for the first time.  It was dark by the time we got to the condo, so Brent and I spent a little time in the dark exploring the grounds, the sea wall and the lava rocks in the ocean.  We headed to bed about 11:30 pm.

I was ready for the next day’s adventure!