After a day completely inside yesterday, we ventured out for some fresh air. Our location is just a 5 minute walk from Hon’l beach, which is clearly a hot spot for surfers.
We watched them do their thing, a nice diversion, then continued down Ali’I drive towards ‘downtown’. This strip, which we vividly remembered from 10 weeks ago as very busy, heavily trafficked, and super-lively is now, unsurprisingly, eerily quiet.
There are still restaurants and bars open, which did surprise us, but I’m sure that won’t last more than a day or two longer. We walked through the area, still loving the ocean views and especially the amazingly clear waters.
An early morning,
but out on time easily. Passing surf
spots pre-daybreak, but plenty of surfers parked and waxing up their boards for
a day of waves. The drive easy, and we
got the car returned, bags checked (still under 50 lbs each, even with some
food we didn’t want to leave behind), and at gate with lots of time for coffee.
The easy 35’ flight
got us to Kona’s airport before 10:15am, and we were surprised and delighted to
see an airport without an ‘indoor’ area.
Lots of coverage for the sun, but one definitely feels “outside” the
whole time. Very pleasant.
Bags in hand, easy
rental car experience (Alamo), and off to the Kona Brewing Company for