Sunday 22 May 2016
Waking up on a lazy Sunday morning in Kona. Looking out through the balcony it looks like a nice day. We have a couple of things planned for later but for the moment there was no hurry.
Peter went looking for coffee and he found… a coffee shop that makes flat whites! He walked into the coffee shop and asked if they knew how to make a flat white and they did but it wasn’t on the menu. So Aussies, if you go to Kona and are missing your flat white then this is the place to go and it’s right by the pier, the Menehune Coffee Shop and it tastes great too. We had our morning coffee from here each morning we were in Kona.
We went to breakfast at an upstairs restaurant across the road from the hotel. There was a 20 minute wait but we weren’t in a hurry so it was all good. At the table behind me there was a group of young people from Idaho and one of the young women really didn’t have a clue. She was wondering why her 12.00pm tour would be in the middle of the night, why not in the day time? Huh, what? Apparently she thought 12.00pm came after 11.00pm and was in the middle of the night. Very amusing, we had a good chuckle out of that. Later.
After breakfast we went for a walk on Ali’i Drive along the coast. Kona is a really nice little town and I liked the feel of the place.
Looking down Ali’i Drive
The Kailua-Kona pier
Looking the other way, those orange roof buildings belong to the Kona Inn Shopping Village
Moving down Ali’i Drive
Looking through the palace to the ocean
Kona Inn Shopping Village – apparently this used to be a hotel for the rich and famous a long time ago. I liked this place though as always I didn’t buy anything as I’m not much of a shopper.
The Kona Canoe Club has their headquarters here with a bar and restaurant
They are right on/over the ocean and from here you get a great view of the pier and the hotel. We had lunch here a few days later and the prices are reasonable.
A bit further down the road
Some more restaurants, but didn’t get to these, they look good though
We then went across the road to the farmer’s markets
We saw the Kona Trolley, didn’t get to ride in it though
Saw this nice looking gallery on a side street as we were walking back
We were slowly heading back to the pier so we could check in for our Atlantis Submarines trip at their office across the road from the pier. After check in we waited on the pier for the shuttle boat to the submarine.
The view of the back end of the Hulihe’e Palace from the shuttle boat
We started off taking photos with our cameras but it turned out that the photos from our phones were better, go figure.
It wasn’t long before we saw some fish, but they move so fast it was hard to take photos of them, this one looks sad 😦
This guy’s got a happy face 🙂
This little guy was eating something on the outside of the submarine
We got down to 107 feet which the converter app on my phone tells me is about 32 metres
Then it was time to ascend and this happened a bit faster then the descent had
Back on the pier it was around 12.30pm so we headed off to our next stop, the Kona Brewing Co for lunch followed by a brewery tour. From the pier it was a walk up a big hill and of course I was huffing and puffing when we got up to the street the brewery is on. Instead of following the road around we cut through a small, half empty, shopping centre and in through the back entrance.
Yes we bought a t-shirt each later as we left
There is a bar and restaurant, you can eat outside at table and chairs or inside at the pub in booths or at the bar. We chose to eat inside because it was just such a hot and humid day.
With all the different flavoured beers, if you aren’t sure if you want one or if you will like one they will give you a taste in a shot glass. If you like it you can then order it. Before we left home, in my research I found that they had a beer called the Pipeline Porter made with coffee! So Peter definitely wanted to try that one. He had a taster and ended up ordering a glass of it and enjoyed it. I am not much of a beer drinker so just stuck to water. Back when we were in Waikiki he tried their Big Wave beer and really liked it a lot and had quite often ordered it since then. They make good pizzas here.
The pipeline porter beer
After lunch it was time for the brewery tour, they gave us a free Kona Brewing Co keyring as part of the tour.
The empty kegs are out in the heat and humidity
The window in the back is the kitchen of the restaurant
The full kegs are in this room with the freezing cold air conditioning – I liked this room
After the short brewery tour we were taken out the back for the beer tasting! We got to taste six different beers out of shot glasses and there were placemats we could refer to. I would have a sip of most of them and give Peter the rest.
Eventually we left the brewery, walked down the hill, back to the hotel and cranked up the aircon.
We didn’t feel like going out for dinner so Peter went across the round and got us burgers and chips. The burger was so ginormous I couldn’t even eat my chips, I was so full. We had a quiet night in the room.