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Our Hawaiian Vacation: Downtown Kona Visit

We had not yet visited downtown Kona.  On Wednesday (September 5th) Dorothy had a few errands to run and wanted to get her hair cut.  Bob and I accompanied Dorothy to Kona late morning for a look around. Before reaching Kona, though, we stopped in Kahaluu at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church, also called the “Little Blue Church”.

_LG28038Saint Peter’s Catholic Church

_LG28040Can you see why the church is referred to as “Little Blue Church”?

Saint Peter’s Catholic Church was built in 1889 on the former site of an ancient Hawaiian heiau (or temple site).

In Kona Dorothy dropped us off along Hualalai Road, across from the Kona Inn Shopping Village.  Dorothy left to get a haircut. Bob and I walked from Hualalai Road to the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Staying on Ali’i Drive our walk would have been 0.40 miles. We zigzagged our way to the hotel, so our walk was a bit longer than that.

_LG28044We checked out a few shops, while walking through the Kona Inn Shopping Village.

_LG28045This is Hulihe’e Palace.
The palace was built in 1838.
Vacationing Hawaiian royalty stayed here until 1914.
The palace is now a museum.

Across the street from Hulihe’e Palace is Mokuaikaua Church.

_LG28046
Mokuaikaua Church

Mokuaikaua Church 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.  Admission to the church is free.  We walked inside and took notice of two things: the stained glass window at the front of the church and a scale model of the Brig “Thaddeus”.

_LG28053Stained Glass Window
Jesus at Gethsemane

_LG28049the Brig “Thaddeus”

The plaque reads:

“The Brig “Thaddeus” / Carrying the members of the Pioneer Company of the Sandwich Islands Mission, The Brig (85 feet long, 24 feet wide and 13 feet deep, 241 tons) left Long Wharf, Boston, October 23, 1819. / It sailed around Cape Horn, arriving at Kailua Bay on April 4, 1820, after a voyage of 164 days.”

_LG28057From Mokuaikaua Church we continued our walk down Ali’i Drive.

_LG28059The Pride of America cruise ship arrived in Kona earlier that morning from Hilo.

We were asked several times, if we were from the cruise ship. We talked for a few minutes with a lady from the cruise ship, who was from the Buffalo/Niagara Falls Area. She and two other ladies had a 3-room suite on the cruise ship. Each person paid $3,500 for the 7-day cruise.

_LG28061Downtown Kona at the seawall

_LG28064Green Sea Turtle in Kailua Bay at Kailua Pier
There were two turtles swimming here.  Only one poked its head up at me.

_LG28066I took a more expansive view of downtown Kona from the Kailua Pier.

From Kailua Pier I took a couple pictures of Kamakahonu National Historic Landmark.

_LG28072Kamakahonu National Historic Landmark

Kamakahonu was the final residence of King Kamehameha I.

_LG28070Kamakahona National Historic Landmark

Dorothy picked us up in front of King Kamehameha’s Hotel, when we texted her to let her know that we were ready.  The wait at two different beauty salons was too long, so the hair cut didn’t happen. Dorothy sat and drank an ice coffee, while waiting for Bob and me to finish our walk about.

On our way back home we stopped at Ola Brew, where Bob tried a sample of four beers and drank a pint of porter. Dorothy drank one pint of an IPA. She filled two growlers with beer too. Our final stop before returning home was at Walmart, where Dorothy picked up a few grocery “bits”. Bob and I bought hair clips, bracelets and necklaces for our granddaughters.

Juniper and Harper liked their new jewelry.

2 Responses to “Our Hawaiian Vacation: Downtown Kona Visit”

  1. Eileen Wise

    Hello, wonderful views of Kona. I like the sea turtle. Beautiful blue church and I love the trees and views of the water. Enjoy your day and weekend!

    Reply

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