|THE PIER ON ALII DRIVE, KAILUA-KONA|
Our first goal was to find two restaurants which had been recommended to us to see if they would be suitable for our meeting with Kathy and her husband, Malcolm. Malcolm is strictly gluten free and of course we like to maintain our wheat free, low grain status. We discovered that Bongo Bens menu is mostly sandwiches and other bready meals.
We looked again through our guide book and have sent a text to Kathy suggesting a fish and steak restaurant for lunch. We will be there about 11 am and I am really looking forward to meeting up.
After lunch we went on a mission to complete my second goal. I wanted to buy his and hers rings from Hawaiian Jewellers who make titanium rings in their own factory. I grabbed a shopping book off one of the many street dispensers to check the company name and address. It took four goes to find someone who knew what I was looking for and it was just along the street a block,a little hole in the wall where you were invited in to study samples, have your finger sized, order and pay. We chose a design with colour. It was a tough choice. I looked long and hard at the ones with Hawaiian wood insets but I wanted something that was a little more feminine for me. I think we made a good choice although I realised later John didn't say much. Maybe he was shocked by the cost but I think we did extra well. We bought the two rings with engraving and posting back to NZ for US$1145.
Shopping satisfied and wilting in the heat we wandered back to the car stopping to take photos of the giant banyan tree and the King's palace.
Our car had turned into an oven and all for the miserable parking fee of $8.00 for 2 hours. We have been shown a free park for our next visit.
John stopped to put another $10 petrol in the car and that should be enough to get it back to the airport on Saturday. I think we have only bought about $150 worth for the whole 3 weeks. It was good to get the airconditioner blasting through the car and we drove up to a higher elevation as smartly as possible. It was still over 80'F on the main road, Highway 19.
|FASCINATING BANYAN TREE|
|A HUGE LEMON FELL OFF THE TREE NEAR OUR DOOR WHILE WE WERE OUT|
Another beautiful day in Hawaii.