Land Ho!

Trip Start Sep 17, 2012
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Trip End Nov 11, 2012


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Monday, September 24, 2012

No, I'm not referring to women of ill repute who work the port. For the first time in 5 days we woke up, looked out the window, and saw land!

Since there is no port we anchored off the shores of Kailua and went through the process of tendering to get to shore. I assume it’s referred to as tendering because after waiting half an hour in line to get onto a lifeboat tender, being squished onto uncomfortable benches with 100 or so other passengers, and bouncing around in the water while breathing diesel fumes during the ride to shore, your rear end, and nerves are pretty tender.

Our day on land began with a historical walking tour of Kailua. The area’s main claim to fame is that it is the area where Captain Cook was killed in 1789. Everyone seems to have a different version of the circumstances which led to his death. As our tour guide pointed out, in Hawaii, there are no lies, but there are hundreds of truths.

Our afternoon tour "Sense-sational Kona" was probably one of the most enjoyable tours we’ve ever been on. Our first stop was at the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory (Check them out at www.ohcf.us ). This is probably the only chocolate factory anywhere that does everything from growing their own cacao trees (from seed) to selling the finished packaged chocolates. The farm is owned and run by Pam and Bob Cooper, who, along with one or two hired hands do everything. It’s a small operation; the factory takes up two rooms in a house, and the chocolate is delicious. Unfortunately all the samples they gave out have been eaten and there’s zero chance the small box of chocolates we bought will make it home. Sorry.

The next stop was The Kona Joe Coffee Company ( www.konajoe.com ). Again, this is a relatively small operation started by Dr. Joe, an orthodontist from California and his Hawaiian wife who, if she’s not, should probably be named,  armkandi. They’ve invented a way to grow coffee trees on trellises which provides a more consistant, better quality fruit. They also do everything from planting the trees to roasting and packaging the beans. Their coffee,  as well as the chocolate covered coffee beans, are excellent.

The next stop was in the quaint old town of Kainaliu. We visited a thrift shop where among the antique jewelry, Hawaiian clothing and classic dashboard hula dancers, was an old painting of the Chateau Frontenac. We had to wonder…

 Up the street we spotted a sign for the Original Donkey Balls Factory. Obviously we couldn’t resist. Turns out it’s a candy store that makes the most original flavours of chocolate balls and other candies we’ve ever seen. If you’re interested they’re at www.DonkeyBallStore.com .

Our final stop of the day was at another farm/factory where they produce natural soap. ( www.KoanNaturalSoap.com ) Again, the operation is small, run by two men whose only employees seem to be a couple of dozen chickens. About ten years ago they purchased an old rock quarry and converted it to a farm where they grow almost everything they need to produce all natural soap and kukui nut oils. The chickens are in charge of pest control and fertilizing the hundreds of different plants that grow around the property. Their “factory” is a kitchen where they blend, cook, package and sell their products.

After the tour we headed back to the ship and trudged up the 9 floors to our cabin (stupid rule… but it gave me an excuse to eat another chocolate). Scroll down to see a few pictures. Click on them and our comments and descriptions will show to the right of the picture. Unfortunately, we spent most of the day in a cloud so pictures of the scenery don’t do the area justice.

My batteries almost dead, (both mine and the computer’s) so that’s all for now. Tomorrow we visit the canyons and beaches of Kauai… we’ll let you know how that goes.

WYWH

Peter & Annette

Two coffee beans are walking down the street, one says to the other: “I have to go now but I’ll see you in an instant”
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molly gruman on

So will any of the chocolate covered beans make it home? Maybe you could do the elevator for a few days and save some chocolates??? Now that I've heard about chocolates and Hawaii perhaps I could convince Barry it's worth the 14 hour flight. My brother brought home macadamia nuts and some kind of jam, no chocolates. We have never tasted or even seen a Hawaian (Spell check, where are you?) chocolate. I wonder why? Do they melt? Do they evaporate? Do they have the chance to melt? By the way, love the pictures, especially the sunset, rain or shine. Am I just kidding about the chocolates?? Even if I am, Barry wouldn't. Miss you. keep the blog coming.

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