For Christmas Eve, we went to Kona by ourselves. We did a lot of sight-seeing, hence the two-part post.
First Stop: Target
This Target has an “Aloha Shop” where the “Dollar Spot” is usually located. We picked up some souvenirs, including Kona coffee for D’s co-workers and a Hawaiian Hello Kitty t-shirt for k (in the girls’ section).
Next, we had breakfast at Island Lava Java, which is located on Alii Dr., the main strip.
Kalua Pork Omelet with Portuguese Sausage :: Cinnamon Roll and Kona Coffee
The breakfast here was really good! I can see why it is popular with the tourists. They also had live music that morning (Jack Johnson cover band), maybe because it was Christmas Eve?
The ocean was right across the street.
We walked by the Crocs store and couldn’t resist this photo op.
Next we drove down to Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park. We had seen this place featured on Travel With Kids and wanted to check it out.
We did a self-guided tour which was easy with the aid of a brochure and numbered exhibits.
The water was so clear, and we saw multiple sea turtles.
The kids had fun playing with this ancient game.
People were snorkeling in the adjacent bay.
We wanted to make sure we found this trail because I had already stamped it in my passport book. It was closed, but it was too hot to hike anyway.
For lunch we returned to The Big Island Grill, which seems to be a local favorite.
B.I.G. Saimin :: 2 item combo with Chicken Katsu and Teriyaki Chicken
This is a no-frills place in terms of atmosphere, but the portions are huge and the food definitely has that “Hawaiian” flavor.
Well-fueled, we were ready for the next half of our day….