YES. First full day in Hawaii and I have decided this is paradise.
Woke up to the sound of waves crashing into the sea wall all around our great little motel, The Kona Tiki. This motel is so modest, no television, no telephone, no air conditioning, but no need. Not when you have a sea wall around with waves, yellow fish visible from your porch on the second floor. The birds singing all around, butterflies yellow, fluttering everuwhere. The aroma in the air is unlike any fragrance, sweet perfumes of flowers and trees blooming all colors of the rainbow.
Our morning started with lovely coffee, papaya, mango, bananas and your choice of pastry. Everyone sort of gathered by the pool area and it seemed as you were with long time friends. One man and wife from East Coast, a handful from Oregon which gave to nice conversations.
After breakfast we gathered the snorkeling gear and drove down to Captain Cooks Memorial Park. The book suggested it was a great snorkeling park, but I will confess that it was tricky getting to the ocean to snorkel. Once we were in, and a ways a way from the current I saw about seven differnt varieties of fish. Beautiful fish, yellow, silver, blue.
We left the Bay and drove down to The City of Refuge. This federal park, was so beautifully maintained and had original monuments along with some duplicated back to what it may have looked like in 1532.
We decided to drive back to get the camera which I sadly forgot in my hasty departure this morning. On the drive back we drove through lovely communities on the hilltop, far from the ocean.
Here we discovered a lovely farmers Market that was only going today. They has fresh mangos, papayas, bananas. Lots of jewelry, unique t-shirts, handmade brats and the best frozen fruit bar I have ever had. Strawberries, bananas, coconut and mangos. Alan had dragon fruit, kiwi, papaya and pineapple. I liked his a bit more because of tart crunchy flavors.
We drove through another charming community filled with chickens and flowers.
On our way home we took a wrong turn and discovered two whales just off the shoreline. By the time I turned and stopped the car they were a ways out, but it was my first whale encounter. It was beyond exciting. Many people were there with cameras and some in the water in hopes the whales would return.
Now, as I sit here writing all of these things down, poolside, watching the waves come over the sea wall and into the pool. I know I am in heaven.