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[*] posted on 11-20-2016 at 05:22 PM


Hope you didn't take any of that black sand home!!
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[*] posted on 11-20-2016 at 05:44 PM


The vanilla farm we went to was by the Kona airport. It was small scale and new... they don't have the showroom building open yet. I can scan the info on it. It was very interesting to learn how difficult it is to fruit the orchid to make it create the bean! It takes so many beans to make any amount of vanilla... it explains why it is an expensive product. Real vanilla, that is.





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[*] posted on 11-20-2016 at 05:46 PM


Quote: Originally posted by bajaguy  
Hope you didn't take any of that black sand home!!


Oh no, that is very KAPU!
I have been to Hawaii a couple times before, and learned of these important taboos!

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[*] posted on 11-20-2016 at 06:10 PM


Here is the brochure from the Cacao (chocolate) farm, which is south of Kona town at or next to Captain Cook. Just east of Hwy. 11. This place is a must see, IMO!

Farm tours need advanced reservations, but the gift shop is open to all and they give you samples of the three types of chocolate and the fudge sauce (highly addicting), show you a good video of how chocolate is grown and made and can ship your orders back to the mainland if you like!





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[*] posted on 11-20-2016 at 10:49 PM


Thanks for the pics and ideas of places to visit while in Kailua-Kona.
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[*] posted on 11-21-2016 at 02:27 AM


We also drove up to Kohala, Hawi, and to the end of the road at the Pololu Valley Lookout. You drive from sunshine into rain as you near Hawi.

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[*] posted on 11-21-2016 at 05:39 AM


Great pictures David. Looks like a very beautiful place.
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[*] posted on 11-21-2016 at 10:05 AM
Hawi


Hawi is one of my favorite towns and area in Hawaii. A walk through the cemetery takes one well back in time. The Hawaiians honor and respect their love ones that have moved on with cemeteries like this all over the Island many with fresh flowers.

The steep cliffs you depict looking down on the ocean are spectacular. There is a rocky and dirt trail down those cliffs to the river valley and ocean below. A must if you have time but it is a bit slippery if wet. Took this old man 20 minutes down and 25 minutes up with many stops to catch my breath. Made room for lunch in Hawi about 15 minutes drive away. So walk slow and watch where you step. The town itself is an old hippy town from the 60's with tourist. One of the best Mexican restaurants I've ever eaten at is behind a clothes/curio shop on the water side. A must visit if hungry. I eat there every time I visit like on this trip.

Thanks again for the pics that are amazing but in person they are amazing plus. I've spent lots of time on all the other islands during my work career but Hawaii is my favorite for the sites that DK has so graciously posted for us to see but also for its emptiness of people except in the Kona area.

If you were going to visit only one Island I'd suggest The Big Island. Rent a car, have some comfortable walking shoes, be adventuresome and explore wonders you only once dreamt about.
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[*] posted on 11-21-2016 at 10:46 AM


Great advice Lobsterman!

I almost moved to Kona (Capt. Cook) back in 1993... running an irrigation store at a nursery there.




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[*] posted on 11-21-2016 at 03:46 PM


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if you do it again, Kauai is a cool island too....


Having been there half a dozen times, I have to disagree on Kauai. It totally sucks, especially the North Shore, and no one except me should ever go there. There's nothing to see and nothing to do, the weather's bad, the surfing is atrocious, the food is terrible, and the damn chickens wake you up at dawn every day. Don't go. Mahalo.

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Quote: Originally posted by DanO  
Quote: Originally posted by motoged  
if you do it again, Kauai is a cool island too....


Having been there half a dozen times, I have to disagree on Kauai. It totally sucks, especially the North Shore, and no one except me should ever go there. There's nothing to see and nothing to do, the weather's bad, the surfing is atrocious, the food is terrible, and the damn chickens wake you up at dawn every day. Don't go. Mahalo.

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Book 'em DanO... spoken like a true Nomad surfer! LOL

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[*] posted on 11-22-2016 at 03:29 PM


I'm not joking about those chickens.

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[*] posted on 11-22-2016 at 05:02 PM


We saw many chickens everywhere... mostly roosters, however!

That is a great version of the song, Dennis. In Hawaii... you definitely aren't in Kansas, anymore! (The song was written for Julie Garland in the Wizard of Oz movie, yes?)




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[*] posted on 11-22-2016 at 06:34 PM


Quote: Originally posted by DanO  
Quote: Originally posted by motoged  
if you do it again, Kauai is a cool island too....


Having been there half a dozen times, I have to disagree on Kauai. It totally sucks, especially the North Shore, and no one except me should ever go there. There's nothing to see and nothing to do, the weather's bad, the surfing is atrocious, the food is terrible, and the damn chickens wake you up at dawn every day. Don't go. Mahalo.

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Hawaii used to be nice, now way too many tourists, a traffic jam or crowd most everywhere you go... but has One redeeming quality: A very blue state - do you know the senate is now 100% democrat.







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Quote: Originally posted by David K  
We saw many chickens everywhere... mostly roosters, however!

That is a great version of the song, Dennis. In Hawaii... you definitely aren't in Kansas, anymore! (The song was written for Julie Garland in the Wizard of Oz movie, yes?)



Sang by her, yes.
IZ was/is a blood icon of Hawaii. Died a tragic death, but will be remembered forever.




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Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  
Quote: Originally posted by DanO  
Quote: Originally posted by motoged  
if you do it again, Kauai is a cool island too....


Having been there half a dozen times, I have to disagree on Kauai. It totally sucks, especially the North Shore, and no one except me should ever go there. There's nothing to see and nothing to do, the weather's bad, the surfing is atrocious, the food is terrible, and the damn chickens wake you up at dawn every day. Don't go. Mahalo.

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Hawaii used to be nice, now way too many tourists, a traffic jam or crowd most everywhere you go... but has One redeeming quality: A very blue state - do you know the senate is now 100% democrat.




Politics, huh? Okay...
What we noticed (in non-tourist areas) on the Big Island that it was very much like Mexico in many ways, if you go into the countryside and into markets used by locals. Cigarettes sold to obvious minors, too. Yep, they keep voting for democrats and there are still many poor areas, yards with junk cars and chickens. That's okay, they are living in paradise, right?




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[*] posted on 11-22-2016 at 11:00 PM


Wild chickens ... sounds like food to me :):)

Liked the big island best ... varied climates ... best location to me was were they grew Macadamia nuts, south of Captain Cook .. even drier to the south .. up pretty high along the belt road ... downside "lava" flows ... think the air would still be better than Kona ... have seen where it gets pretty bad at times


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[*] posted on 11-22-2016 at 11:16 PM


We like to call Hawaii the third world state. Has much in common with Mexico. But "Lucky we live Hawaii."
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[*] posted on 11-23-2016 at 11:57 AM


Quote: Originally posted by MulegeClavo  
We like to call Hawaii the third world state. Has much in common with Mexico. But "Lucky we live Hawaii."


Agree, I like the simple ways of places like Mexico... The Big Island could be a nice place to live. You can't let the inefficient road system, and 35-45 mph speed limits on 4 lane straight highways and miles-long backups behind signals (around Kona mostly) bother you!




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