Category: Travel

…and we’re back!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 | All Things, Travel

Back in the city after nearly two weeks in Hawaii, and back to the business of blogging. I spent the better part of this day fighting jet lag from the six hour time difference and uploading vacation photos on flickr.

So where was I?

At the Kailua Village Farmer’s Market, we found a gorgeous assortment of tropical flowers…

…and piles of luscious fruit. Hawaii is notoriously expensive, but the one thing that we found to be absurdly cheap were the papayas. Fruits that would cost upwards of $3 apiece at the Upper West Side Fairway were offered 3 for $1 for the “premium” Hawaiian variety or a staggering 5 for $1 for the “solo” type.

I like papayas, but well… one can only eat so much.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, bananas were 65-70 cents apiece at most places around town.

After a breakfast of Spam and eggs (When in Kona…) and local specialty Loco Moco at Big Island Grill, we hit the beaches.

At Kahalu’u Beach Park, we came across a hula lesson in progress, dozens of colorful fish and one curious honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle).

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The other side of Paradise

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008 | All Things, Travel

A clearing among the black, jagged lavafields of the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park:

Check out the first of the Hawai’i photos on flickr for a preview glimpse of our visit to the Hula Daddy Kona coffee plantation and the historic village of Holualoa on the lush slopes of Mount Hualalai.

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The long road to Kona

Monday, June 16th, 2008 | All Things, Travel

18 hours after my 4AM shuttle pick-up to Newark, a change of planes at O’Hare (my first time in Chicago!), one long meal-less flight and a mad dash through the Honolulu airport, I missed my inter-island flight to Kona… by five minutes.

The missed connection set me back another two hours, but gave me ample opportunity to consider whether $4 was an exorbitant price for a bottle of water. (I decided: Yes.)  And also to snap a few photos of the  tarmac with the misty-topped Hawaiian mountains in the distance.

Despite my aversion to small planes, the flight itself was brief and uneventful. Half an hour later: The Big Island at last!

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