On our first full day out we found a historic park that we decided to check out. Hawaii was so humid so even a 1 mile hike felt pretty rough. By the end of our stay in Hawaii though I think we had started getting use to hot humid atmosphere. We pack a lunch and filled our water bottles and went to the information centre. After getting a map of the trails we saw a older Hawaiian Native playing his ukulele and singing. I went up to him and he asked us if we knew where we were on the map, after being impressed that I did know he told us a few stories about the park. There was a monument by us that he pointed out, “Don’t stay out after dark on the beaches around here.” he said, “that monument is to a state trouper that was killed by a homeless man while patrolling the beach at night.” Jeffrey and I just looked at each other and thanked him for the information. He then sent us off charging Jeffrey to keep me safe at all costs.
It was something we had already noticed in our short time in Kona, the amount of homeless people. It surprised me a little but when we went to another beach later on in the week I saw some old mats by a palm tree with a few bags around it. I assume Hawaii would be a nice place to be homeless because of the consistent climate, although you are pretty stuck there. I definitely feel as though we saw all the different sides of big island, the beautiful and the ugly.
We hiked the hot trails and made it to the beach. Saw a few sea turtles and set up our little picnic under a tree. We stayed a few hours just sitting watching a few men fish with nets, and the sea turtles swim around. I also got pooped on by a tropical bird, just thought I’d mention that.
Once home we realized that Jeffrey had burnt the top of his feet and the next day he couldn’t even get socks on. (Burns were a theme on our trip) So we stayed home and watched Netflix all day and didn’t feel bad about it. June 23 we waited till later in the day, to miss the hottest part of the sun, to go out. We went and explored Old Kona Airport Recreational Park and Beach. The thing I love about Kona beach’s is the black rock that juts out into the ocean. It is such a pretty contrast and so fun to walk around on. There are little tilde pools with crabs and tiny sea urchins in them!
Our favourite treat while in Kona was shaved ice at One Aloha. Their Konalime fruit flavour is the best! We went twice and they were so friendly and nice, and they even remembered us when we came the second time. So when in Kona check out One Aloha Shaved Ice co. :) another thing about Hawaii weather is that my hair went crazy! I have pretty thick hair and it takes a few hours for it to air dry here at home, I don’t think my hair ever fully dried in Kona. We put our swimsuits out to dry outside and they never fully dried till we got back to canada. I don’t like putting on wet swimsuits or having wet hair but you just worked with it. I basically had my hair in a top knot the entire time. Some fun little things about big island in June