Hawaii ::: Kona

Our next stop was Hawaii! Or not to be confused with the whole of the chain- The Big Island.

We took a 8 am flight out of Honolulu, and landed at about 9 am.

Since we couldn't check into our apartment until 3, we decided to get lunch in Kona.

The Big Island is famous for water activities, deep sea fishing and hiking but it's most famous for it's active volcanos - Mauna Loa, Hualalai and Kilauea-, making it the youngest of the Hawaii Islands.

However, it's also the largest and most southern island in the chain (and technically, the most southern part of the USA).

Most of the beaches are met with black lava rocks, instead of white sand like in Waikiki.

The water is still blue as ever though!

Everything in Hawaii is better:

The coffee!

The license plates!

The restaurants on the water!

A close up of my new gold metal round framed Ray Ban shades I picked up shopping in Waikiki.

Korean Rice and BBQ for me.

Fish Tacos for him.

Kona coffee to keep me going, as Hawaii is 5 hours behind New York, it wasn't that difficult to adjust on the way there :) 

Wearing: Pants (from a Tibetan shop in Portugal), Top (H&M Basics), Bag (Furla), Sunnies (Ray Ban), Shoes (Dansko). 

We then wandered around the downtown area and stopped at a flea market.

Colors galore! My favorite!!!!

Beautiful orchids

. After this flea, I was on a mission to buy a real orchid lei later on during my trip.

I've always wanted a vintage Mercedes car, so when this was parked outside of our apartment, I knew it was a good sign!

At around 3, we finally checked in to our apartment.

The balcony off the master bedroom and living room.

In the morning, this balcony sounded like a rainforest, with birds happily chirping at the first sign of
the sun at 6 am.

Turns out, most things in Hawaii close pretty early (9-10pm), so as New Yorkers this was sorta of a culture shock to us. Like they say, "When in Rome...", so we were usually in bed by 10 pm and up at 6:30 am with the birds.

Some touches of Hawaiian decor.

Some of my favorite summer items hung in this bamboo closet. Including that blue straw bag I also bought in Portugal. It has a zipper, so for a beach bag with valuables in it, it's great!

Aloha Healing + Crystal Rock.

Macadamia nuts are another Hawaiian specialty and Mauna Loa comes in every flavor! Both savory and sweet.

After we unpacked and settled in, we took a walk across the street to the beach to watch the sunset.

An amazing first day on The Big Island, and I couldn't wait for more!


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