We flew from Oahu to Hawaii (a.k.a. the Big Island) this morning (Tuesday), landing in Kona on the western side about 30 minutes later.
Did you know that each of the Hawaiian islands has a windward side and a leeward side? In general, windward is north or east, while leeward is south or west. The windward side is where the rain falls and the vegetation is lush, while the leeward side is sunny and relatively dry.
We knew that Kona is on the leeward side of the Big Island, thanks to our annual viewing of Ironman Kona, so it’s not as lush as what we had seen on Oahu. We also knew that we’d see a LOT more volcanic rock here. Still, landing here was a bit of a shock, as there’s black lava rock EVERYWHERE, which is more than we were expecting. I haven’t taken many photos yet, but I’ll definitely do so in the next couple of days.
We’re staying in a sweet cottage just a stone’s throw from the beach. By the way, sand beaches are not the norm here. Oh sure, there’s sand in a variety of colors, but plenty of shoreline is lined with lava rock and often totally void of sand. Here’s what’s walking distance from us:
This is coarse sand, with chunks of coral and small shells in it. It’s comfortable to walk on, unlike the lava rock, which could easily cut your feet.
I mentioned the other day that when we first arrive in a new place, we like to settle in a bit and get the lay of the land before plunging into various excursions. Today was no exception. We had to get moving at the butt crack of dawn to catch our flight and arrived in Kona mid-morning. Then there was the usual business of picking up our rental car, finding our accommodations, and getting settled. We found a grocery store and loaded up on comestibles, explored Kona a bit, ate lunch, rested a bit, and then walked to the beach.
Now that we’ve had a relaxing day, we’ll be ready for more tomorrow.