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Our Hawaiian Vacation: Another Day in Kona

On our seventh day in Hawaii (May 23), Bob and I spent a couple hours exploring downtown Kona. When John took Dorothy to work, he dropped off Bob and me at the Kailua Pier. As we had done two days earlier, we walked a little more than a mile along Alii Drive before calling John to come pick us up.

Ahu’ena Heiau

I posted a photograph of the Ahu’ena Heiau in my previous Kona post. This photograph, though, is a closer view of the temple. Ahu’ena Heiau was King Kamehameha’s personal temple. It was here that he spent his later years until his death in 1819.

Ahu’ena Heiau ki”i akua

This is the tallest ki’i akua (statue of a god) at the Ahu’ena Heiau. The bird on top of the statue is a golden plover. This bird may have guided the first Polynesians to Hawaii.

Kona is home to the Ironman Triathlon World Championship.

Mokuaikaua Church

This was the first Christian church built in the islands, in 1820. The present building dates from 1837. The church is built of lava rock and crushed coral.

Mokuaikaua Church

Gecko at Kona Inn Shopping Village

We saw geckos everywhere.

Gecko at Kona Inn Shopping Village

Gecko on Tree

There is a web cam at the Kona Inn Shopping Village. You can call your friends, while standing or sitting in front of the web cam, and wave to them while you are saying hello from Hawaii. We telephoned Bob’s daughter Stacey, our sister-in-law Judy, and our friend Bob B.

Downtown Kona conversation

Bob is talking with either Judy or Bob B. We didn’t reach Stacey on the telephone. Neither Judy or Bob B. were near a computer, so no one saw us in Hawaii back on the mainland.

What was I doing while Bob was on the telephone? Taking pictures, of course! There were several Hibiscus plants nearby and a bird wandered by.

Yellow Hibiscus

Yellow Hibiscus

Pink Hibiscus

Zebra Dove

From the Kona inn Shopping Village we continued our walk along Alii Drive. We wandered through the Farmers Market.

Kona Farmers Market

Silk Leis at the Farmers Market

Just a few steps from the Farmers Market we saw these two colorful birds in a field.

Java Sparrow

Saffron Finch

John picked us up around 3:30 PM, and we returned to the condominium. With the exception of picking up Dorothy after work (6:00 PM), we spent rest of the day at the condo. We ate dinner and watched the final episode of “Lost”.

I’ll take you on another day trip in my next Hawaiian blog post.

4 Responses to “Our Hawaiian Vacation: Another Day in Kona”

  1. Betsy from Tennessee

    Hi Linda, Sounds like you had a nice day exploring downtown Kona. Love that church–but what caught my attention were the birds. I have never seen a Zebra Dove… What a pretty bird.. And those two others (Sparrow and Finch) were pretty also… Sorry you couldn't catch up with family or friends on the Web Cam…. Hope you are staying cool this week–during all of our extreme heat…Hugs,Betsy

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  2. Ciss B

    The temple and gods are really something. Did they have guides to give you the background for it?Love those geckos! The sparrow in your picture looks almost unreal, I guess it's the eyes, but it certainly is beautiful.It's great how your pictures fill and complete the story of your day so well.

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  3. Linda (PA_shutterbug)

    @Betsy – We tried one more time, later in our visit, to catch up with family and friends on the Web Cam. We did hook up with Judy, my sister-in-law. She asked what I was wearing. Bob told her light-colored shorts and a light-colored top. Judy told Bob that it didn't look like I was wearing anything LOL.@CissB – I'm sure there were guides somewhere. I didn't look for, or notice, a guide. We had the use of a guidebook while in Hawaii. I bought the same guidebook from Amazon and have been referring to it and the Internet, as I prepare my blog posts. Thank you Betsy, Ciss B, and Rose for each of your comments.

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