Living in Kailua-Kona
Living in Kailua-Kona on the Leeward side of the Big Island
Hot and dry sometimes with volcanic gasses flowing from the nearby volcano
Everyday 75◦F ±5
Rain never in the forecast
Ali’i Drive runs north and south along the sea wall
At the south end was Keauhou shopping center
At the north end Courtyard King Kamehameha’s beach, the calmest tiny beach on the island
In between south and north ends, crowded magic white sand beach and Kahaluu beach known for tide-pools
Bougainvillea, Plumeria and Hibiscus are common sight and so as spectacular sun sets along the sea wall
Big waves constantly crash onto the sea wall spreading mist around
Restaurants and gift shops galore on either side of Ali’i drive
Bucket full of Boat Trash is best on the menu at Babba’s Gump seafood restaurant
Huggo’s on the Rock is good for steaks.
Island Lava Java always crowded more for scenery than food
Thai Rin serves good Thai food
Lulu’s eat, swill and chill
Bongo Ben’s Island Cafe
Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse
Fish Hopper, Falafel World and Killer Fish Taco are good eateries to visit
ABC stores are like Seven Elevens stores
Tourists walking up and down along the sea wall with wow expression at the crashing waves taking photos
Japanese tourists walk cautiously with curious look
Jolly good tourists from mainland always looking for good place to eat
Petite women perform Hula dance moving slowly for Polynesian music
Sitting on the sea wall a man regularly weaves hats with coconut leaves to sell.
Another man makes walking sticks out of tree limbs.
A woman with lost mind walks fast collecting waste paper as precious was a sad sight
Hippies with their pet dogs following were always looking for free smoke
A heavy set scantily clothed six-foot brown skin man slowly walks up and down along the sea wall holding a brass cross with his hand stretched out seeking something
Kona coffee grown at a farm owned by the granddaughter of Ferrari auto magnet is sold for $20 per pound at a roadside kiosk
A walk through Farmers’ market is like visiting Philippines.
Mokuaikaua church, the oldest church on the island looks more like a fort built with lava rock stands majestically.
A very small Blue church nearby is an island land mark
10 to 100 dollar Hawaiian shirts on sale.
Magic stones and coral jewelry are specialty at gift stores.
Illegally parked cars get steel boot.
Cruise ship anchors on every Wednesday and Saturday unloading the tourists.
Immigrants from Micronesia look more like Dravidians of South India.
Shivalik Curry House, the only Indian restaurant on Ali’i Drive was closed for good the day after Juggernaut had dinner, just a coincidence or Juggernaut curse?
Monastic living on the island of Hawaii was not bad after all.