Duke and I are at the beginning of a two week Hawaiian adventure. We flew into the Kona airport yesterday and have been soaking up the beauty and warmth ever since.
This is Duke’s first time in Hawaii. So our trip here means he has now visited all fifty U.S. states. I was last here in 1980. My first trip to Hawaii was in 1964 with my family on our first trip to Australia when I was 11. This is me and my brother and sisters.
Duke and I are staying for our first two nights here in a condo at Kanaloa at Kona.
This morning we started exploring. We visited Kealakekua Bay. In the picture below you can see the Captain Cook Monument in the distance.
From there we went to Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Histotic Park and Place of Refuge. The parking lot and visitor center were closed because of the shutdown but we were able to park outside, walk in and explore.
Close by we stopped at the Painted Church.
When we got back to our condo we took a swim.
For dinner we ate at Sam Choy’s. I had my first lava flow and Duke had a pine colada.
We each had fresh fish for our main course.