Tales from Honoka'a, Hawai'i / Part one, January 3-6, 2011
I must tell you, in my humble opinion, there is nothing much better than sipping your morning Kona coffee while sitting on the lanai of a traditional plantation-style house in the middle of a tropical forest, overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean. Nothing much better, that is, unless you're sitting doing the same with good friends and fellow Click Media Works "Clicksters" John and Karen Laing and their son, Michael.And hey, if I have to sit at my computer and write from this same vantage point, then that's okay, too.
Today, I'm giving you a bit of background along with a quick catching-up, by way of mostly pictures, of our activities since we arrived in Seattle, WA on January 3 to stay the night before our early morning flight on Hawaiian Airlines January 4...
- Is the forest house (hale nahele), to which we return every year, fancy and full of state-of-the-art amenities? No.
- Does it have two large bedrooms, with attached full bathrooms and central living, cooking, and eating areas, plus a wrap-around lanai in plantation-style tradition? Yep.
- Does it have running water, refrigeration, washer and dryer, gas stove, and a caretaker? Yep again.
- Is it like a retreat? Absolutely.
- Is it calming with sounds, sights, and fragrances you won't find in the "touristy" parts of the Island? You bet.
- Is it on the beach? No.
- Is it close to beaches? Yes, but you must rent a car.
Waiting to secure our room at the no-tell motel just a few minutes away from Sea-Tac...
Karen and John put away groceries after our quick stop at Foodland in Waimea...January 5
69 Beach—a brief one-minute video interlude—too bad you can't smell or taste the air...
A street scene in Kailua-Kona...
At Huggo's On The Rocks in Kailua-Kona...
Until part two,
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