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Fruit stand at Big Island, Hawaii

fruit party.

Traveling in Big Island, Hawaii.

I’m starting to think that there are no actual beaches in Hawaii. Because we certainly didn’t find any. Well, we found beaches, but not the kind you want to sit at and tan while reading Eat, Pray, Love and drinking a Mai Tai. I’m starting to think I did Hawaii wrong.

We did, however, on our first full day in Hawaii, find Kealakekua Bay, Pu`uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and the Old Kona Airport Beach State Park, which are all technically beaches, I suppose. Beautiful though, but rocky and not really places you want to swim without fear of cracking your skull against a rock and dying. Just sayin.

More importantly, however, we found food. Delicious, glorious food. Like the lau lau pork at Ka’aloa’s Super J’s Authentic Hawaiian (which was basically someone’s living room and was totally featured on Food Network and had the cutest dog ever that I wanted to steal). And shrimp (and Mai Tais) at a happy hour. And beer-soaked beef (and Kona coffee beer) at Kona Brewing Company. And fruit bought at a farmers market: a strawberry papaya, apple bananas, and a pineapple.

Colorful lizard on Big Island in Hawaii

Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island in Hawaii

Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island in Hawaii

Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island in Hawaii

Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island in Hawaii

Pu`uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park on the Big Island in Hawaii

Pu`uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park on the Big Island in Hawaii

Pu`uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park on the Big Island in Hawaii

Pu`uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park on the Big Island in Hawaii

Pork laulau at Ka'aloa's Super J's Authentic Hawaiian on the Hawaiian Big Island in Hawaii

Pork laulau at Ka'aloa's Super J's Authentic Hawaiian on the Big Island in Hawaii

Cute puppy at Ka'aloa's Super J's Authentic Hawaiian on the Big Island in Hawaii

Cute puppy at Ka'aloa's Super J's Authentic Hawaiian on the Big Island in Hawaii

Old Kona Airport Beach State Park on the Big Island in Hawaii

Old Kona Airport Beach State Park on the Big Island in Hawaii

Farmers market on the Big Island in Hawaii

AIrport park beach on the Big Island in Hawaii

Happy Hour on the Big Island in Hawaii

Happy hour on the Big Island in Hawaii

Happy hour on the Big Island in Hawaii

Church on the Big Island in Hawaii

Beer at Kona Brewing Co. on the Big Island in Hawaii

Garlic twists at Kona Brewing Co. on the Big Island in Hawaii

Beef sandwich at Kona Brewing Co. on the Big Island in Hawaii

 

p.s. I shouldn’t be allowed to buy myself souvenirs after drinking a Mai Tai. Just sayin.


on the Big Island in Hawaii
I got lei’d in Hawaii condom and Barack Obama surfing bobblehead.

 

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1 Comment
  • Rebecca
    January 23, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Unfortunately, I would say The Big Island is the worst island for beaches in the entire state. It’s the newest and most volcanic, which means it hasn’t turned to sand yet, like most of the other islands. But since I am not really a beach person, I loved it! It’s definitely the most adventurous.

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