What a great day in the Kona village of Kailua! It is all quite cute and interesting, loaded with shops, cafes, restaurants, and a long sidewalk along the ocean. It was loaded with people, and all the stores seemed to be busy. Life is back after the pandemic! It feels good.
Here in Kona is where the rich, dark Kona coffee is grown on the mountainsides. It was established to serve as King Kamehameha’s seat of government, and was the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. However, it moved from here, to Lahaina, Maui, and then to its present capital city, Honolulu. Throughout the 1900s, the town had just become a small fishing village. But as in most of Hawaii, real estate and development took off, and now the area outside of this small downtown is filled with residences (with views!).
From the ship, we noticed a lot of boats in the water – even a tourist submarine! While we were having coffee in the 9th deck buffet, we got a photo of some parasailing out the window. There was lots going on in the water and onshore. You will see a photo below of our Mr. Lizard, who cozied up to us on a bench, inching closer and closer…until we finally gave in and moved out of his way.
One of the big attractions here is Hulihee Palace, built in 1838 out of coral, lava rock, and native woods. The Palace was later used as a vacation home for the royal family. It was restored by the Daughters of Hawaii in 1927 for use as a museum, and has remained so.
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