Dorothy was scheduled to work on our fifth day (May 21st) in Hawaii. As we had done on past days when Dorothy had to work, we stayed close to home. Because Bob and I had not yet visited downtown Kona, we asked John to drop us off at the Kailua Pier when he took Dorothy to work. We strolled along Alii Drive, which begins at Kailua Pier. Sights along Alii Drive include:
We enjoyed window shopping at the wide variety of shops and restaurants along Alii Drive.
The ocean provided endless entertainment and viewing enjoyment for us.
We admired two murals that we saw during our walk. Both murals were near the Hale Halawai Beach Park.
The bird on the far right is cut off because there was a homeless man sleeping on the concrete slab. I didn’t want him in my photograph.
Dorothy suggested that we visit Royal Kona Resort, if time permitted. She said it was a good place to rest, especially if we wanted to try and walk the 2 miles from Kailua Pier, where John had dropped us off, back to the condominium. The entrance was great, all open air including the lobby. We walked past the check-in desk to an open-air, oceanfront bar. Near the bar were inviting, comfortable sofas and chairs, from which we could view the ocean in comfort.
As we were leaving Royal Kona Resort a taxi pulled up at the hotel entrance. A man, carrying a single suitcase, got out of the taxi. He asked us where to go to check in, assuming we were staying at the hotel. Without a hint of hesitation, I pointed behind us and told him that the lobby was straight ahead, not inside the hotel but in the open air.
Even after resting at Royal Kona Resort, I was not able to walk to the condominium. My knee was hurting. I thought it wise not to overdo it. We did, however, walk a little over a mile from Kailua Pier before telephoning John to come pick us up.
We picked up Dorothy at work at 3:00 PM. We were 30 minutes late. After carrying out several bags and a cooler containing picnic supplies, John closed the door behind him. It was then that John realized that he had locked his keys inside the condominium. We had to break into the condominium in order to retrieve the keys! You’ll understand if I don’t show you how we broke into the condominium 🙂
The four of us went to Kona Brewing Company. The boys sat at the bar; Dorothy and I sat at a table behind them. After Dorothy had downed one beer and I had two root beers, we went to the Kona International Market and browsed the shops. The boys stayed at the bar. After we were done window shopping (around 5:00 PM), Dorothy and I returned to the Kona Brewing Company to pick up the boys.
Bob and John came out of the brewery soon after we returned.
We all went to the Old Kona Airport beach park for a picnic (hamburgers, corn on the cob, and potatoes) and to watch the sunset. There wasn’t much of a sunset, but the picnic fare was delicious. We enjoyed watching the surf as well.
Stay tuned for more posts on our Hawaiian vacation.