|THE GARDEN AROUND THE COTTAGE FROM THE MAIN LIVING AREA|
Sunday Morning, 17th, 8.30 am in front of Hawaiian Tourism TV. (NZ time:- Monday 18th 7.30 am)
I need to eat my breakfast and shower and dress before we go out to the local Farmers Market.
It has been raining most of the time since we arrived.
|COMING IN TO LAND AT KONA AIRPORT HAWAII ISLAND, (BIG ISLAND)|
BLACK VOLCANIC ROCK STRETCHED AS FAR AS THE EYE COULD SEE
|OUR RENTAL I AM WEARING ALL FOUR LEIS WE WERE GIVEN AT THE AIRPORT|
Waikoloa Village is based around a golf resort and inland. We couldn't find the restaurants there. Our GPS still has 2004 maps so terribly out of date. I realised we needed to go back to Waikoloa Beach and the Queens Market Place. We found plenty of food there and shared some pulled pork, rice and salad. We then went for a wander around the shops and I looked longingly at some Hawaiian black pearl jewellery. We ate icecream and got back in the car.
|A QUICK SHOT AS I FINISHED EATING MY ICECREAM|
|I HAD NOT EXPECTED THE LAND TO BE BLACK AND BARREN|
As we came into Kona Airport all I could see was a black volcanic rock coastline. There was very little to no natural vegetation. I took many photos as we drove over this volcanic, barren land. It appeared to me that anywhere development had taken place they would have needed to bring in soil. Establishing gardens would be quite a challenge. There are many resorts, holiday villages, which seem to have been built in the last few years and we noticed several more newly started developments. I can only presume the land is cheap and readily available because who would want to live in such a treeless landscape. The Waikoloa Village was like a green oasis and the homes we saw were large and probably expensive.
We were intrigued by the custom/habit/vandalism of painting names in white on the black rock. It was quite artistic compared to the spray painted graffiti we are used to. In fact it looked as though people had gathered white rock and carefully spelled out their message in stark contrast to the black.
|ROADSIDE ART WHITE ROCKS AGAINST THE BLACK|
MOST WERE NAMES BUT THERE WERE ALSO VARIOUS MESSAGES AND DESIGNS
I PRESUME THE ROCKS WERE PAINTED AND THEN PLACED
THEY WERE NOT FUZZY, QUICK SPRAY PAINT JOBS
The drive over the mountain via Waimea revealed lush green farming country. I can imagine it being good dairy land. This was in complete contrast to the first part of our drive. The roads were mostly single lane each way as we are accustomed too. In Hilo it got up to 4 lanes each way through the city but it did not seem to be a very big city. We would have found it difficult to find our way to Pahoa and Pomaikai Road if the lady at Hertz had not looked up and printed off a little map for us. One thing we have not yet found is a good road map of the Island. Craig has a visitors information book in the cottage which we are using but I like to see the route on a map as well as written directions. The only maps we have found are in tourist books and they are neither detailed nor necessarily accurate to scale. Even Google hasn't been a whole lot of help.
Our cottage has two bedrooms and is very spacious with high ceilings and windows top to bottom. We look out into a tropical garden where there are edibles such as bananas, avocados and mangoes to eat in season. I am piggy backing on Craig's WiFi. he didn't seem concerned that I would push his usage up so I suppose I should be careful. We are serenaded through the night by frogs. More about them in another post. They can be annoying but I find them no worse than crickets.
Yesterday we went out in the rain to the local village of Pahoa for lunch. it was quite late, well into the afternoon, but we'd had plenty of coffee, the pistachios and our boxed leftovers from the previous night's dinner. We shopped at Hawaiian Naturals, an organic store. We took our time wandering around the shop and reading labels. I guess we were there nearly an hour trying to find and decide what we needed and what we could afford. The shop wasn't large but carried a good variety of food and our decision to remain as wheat free as possible does challenge us when away from home.
Since we were already out I asked John if he minded driving out to the coast. He was not keen being still tired from the previous day but decided to go along with my idea.
IT'S BEAUTIFUL BUT OH SO RUGGED WE WOULD NEVER SWIM HERE
|IMAGINE SURFING HERE AND THEY DO|
Friday night we went to Ning's Thai Restaurant in Pahoa where our starter was green papaya salad. It was huge and deliciously fresh. The papaya was grated or julienned into long threads with a few green leaves, chunks of tomato and slices of lime. We ate half and boxed the remainder for the next day's breakfast. John had scallops with sweet basil with brown rice. He left most of the brown rice which we boxed with half of my dinner of ginger beef strips. It was a delicious meal but simply too much food. That worked well because we still had not bought groceries but had food for Saturday's breakfast.
Saturday we went to Kaleo's for our late lunch. Kaleo's seemed to be a mix of every cuisine from Europe, to Asia and back to America. Apparently this is typically Hawaian. John chose pulled pork and I had crispy coconut crusted Mahi-mahi. Our meals came with plenty of white rice and salad. We swapped plates half way through. The salads were good and my fish was yummy. I have come to the conclusion that I don't care for 'pulled' meats. They are stringy and overcooked, unappealing in texture and lacking flavour. The success of the dish seems to depend on the sauce. I prefer my meat to be chunky or in strips, ground/minced is OK.
|THE SURF WAS DISAPPOINTING|
|A FOOD TRUCK I'VE FORGOTTEN WHAT|
|LIFE GUARD WATCH TOWER|