My aunt, my sister, and I have birth dates within a few days of each other, respectively June 27, June 26, and June 29. They came over to Hawaii so we could celebrate together. We had such a good time in Kona last night at the King Kamehameha Island Breeze Luau, kind of an extravagant blowout, but since they traveled all the way from the Mainland, we thought some silly, expensive fun was in order. We all had a wonderful time. Sure, it was corny, but luaus are supposed to be corny. That's a lot of the fun of it. The performers joked around. One of them said, "You no funny, we no use for you." It took a while to get the audience going, but by the end we all had let down our hair and were having a very good time, waving our hands in the air and singing along. I even danced with my husband, and it is not an easy thing to get him on his feet for that. I loved the Hawaiian style food: the lau-lau, the Kalua pork (da best but decidedly not kosher), Korean beef, chicken, salads, and such. I'm such an unregenerate meatatarian, I know.
Earlier that day we did the tourist promenade on Alii Drive in Kailua, Kona. My aunt is one of those people who always attract attention, because she is warm and approachable. As she was sitting at a table, an elderly fellow in a wheelchair spotted her. He came over and introduced himself as Uncle Billy. Well, she didn't know who Uncle Billy was, but he told her he owned the whole place! When I came back and he introduced himself I said, "Are you THE Uncle Billy?" And sure enough, he was. He is very well known here, owns two hotels, and is also, at age 88, very cute and a big flirt. But my aunt said she has been on her own for 17 years since her husband died and she likes it that way!
On the way over I got some photos (click for enlargement):
Smallest post office in Hawaii, but only the 10th smallest in the U.S. We stopped to mail in a Netflix CD, and the postmistress thought we were tourists and posed for us.
I hope the feds can keep the Ninole P.O. open. It's charming, and it anchors this tiny Hamakua Coast community.
Hot and dry: The Big Island is a mini-continent. A one and one half hour drive takes us from our home in a tropical rain forest to this desert-like landscape.
Yes, that's vog upslope.
A lot of adventures to pack into one day!