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!
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!