Britt and Ossian Farmer were incredibly welcoming and we loved staying in their house. The children bonded and we made smores. We spent more than one morning at Britt’s Stepping Stones pre-school, they taught us Hawaiian songs and we taught them London Bridge is Falling Down.
We took a tour of the Hula Daddy Coffee farm and tried squidging the coffee beans out of the cherries. And learnt that they’re called cherries.
We hung about in the little town of Kainaliu, shopping at Oshima Stores, a lovely, old fashioned, sell everything type of shop. We had no need for fishing tackle, but sweets and superglue were most useful.
We had a ukulele lesson with Cye at Just Ukes. A Hawaiian highlight.
We visited the charming HN Greenwell Store Museum where we learnt about baking Portugese sweet bread and ate the delicious products for lunch.
We visited the beautiful, peaceful Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, or Place of Refuge. I’ll always remember this as the place I saw my first turtle.
We had a delicious pizza and tried lots of different beers at the Kona Brewing Company. Steve’s favourite was the IPA.
Our favourite beach was next to the Four Seasons. We saw EIGHT turtles and swam with them. We also liked Keiki beach with it’s shallow pools full of urchins, nudibranch and hermit crabs.