Better Late Than Never, Part One

Hawaii has come and gone. I suppose it’s time to do a recap and perhaps start blogging on a more regular basis. (I apologize in advance the sparse and terrible photos. I really tried this time!)

Without further ado…

Our flight left out of Milwaukee around 10:30am on Saturday, October 6, so we had plenty of time to get to the airport. I had learned my lesson in years past and actually packed most of my things Thursday night instead of Friday night to avoid staying up until 2am. Needless to say, it was a relatively stress-free morning on Saturday. After a looong day of travel on Saturday, we arrived in Kona around 8pm local time (around 1am central!) After a quick dinner of fish tacos, we promptly passed out.

Everyday, we woke up to this stunning view:

This was taken from our lanai.

Eventually later in the week we saw our turtle friends again, but unfortunately I never got a photo!

A few mornings we grabbed an açai bowl from Basik just down the street from our condo. They are huge bowls (the small is massive!) of blended açai and fruit, severed with different toppings – granola, more fruit, nuts, seeds, honey… My bowl of choice was the Puna Bowl – “An eclectic blend of açai, hemp milk, & Keahole grown Spirulina.  Toppings include, granola,   strawberries, local banana, organic hemp seed, fresh blueberries & a drizzle of local honey.” So good, and so filling! Yet, all I have to show for it is this shot of the interior of Basik.

Yikes! Terrible iPhone photo…

Sunday we had to run a few errands before set-up on Monday, but we finally found ourselves on the beach that afternoon.

First day on the beach!

Typical beach-day lunch

Poke from Da Poke Shack on Ali’i Drive. So. Good. And so fresh! Now I wish I had taken a shot of the tuna sitting on the cutting board inside the shop! My go-to was the shoyu (soy sauce) poke with seaweed salad and brown rice.  Another very filling and satisfying meal!

I can assure you we feasted on sushi from Wasabi’s on more than one occasion. I am sushi-ed out for a few months now, but it was so worth it. It can’t get any more fresh than right out of the ocean, steps away.

Monday was spent setting up the beast of a tent. It’s a brand new thing for Timex, so it took all day. The finished product sure did make a statement.

Complete with two flat screen TVs streaming past World Championship races and two air conditioners! (Although the A/C didn’t really make a different in that heat with the door wide open!) My post for the week was outside of this tent in another 10×10 tent. I was the cashier and customers would bring their purchase out to me and I’d check them out using Square on an iPad. Very easy and efficient.
Alright, I suppose that is enough for one day. Stay tuned for part two!

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