Every other year I spend Christmas in Hawaii. 2010 was my year to travel. Here are some highlights…
Spending a couple of days in Honolulu before heading to Kona. I left rainy Los Angeles only to arrive in flooding Honolulu.
After a rainy drive to North Shore, hoping to catch some big wave surfing, the storm actually decreased the wave size and there was little to see other than this big guy. Honus are my favorite part of Hawaii.
Spending Christmas in Hawaii doesn’t usually feel much like Christmas to me. It’s hot and humid…I like me a good winter. I’m never really feeling the holiday spirit when sweating. However, after a break in the rain, we ventured out to Honolulu City Hall. They decorated the entire square block for Christmas and it bettered my holiday mood a little bit.
The sun shown through the clouds as we prepared to depart to the Big Island.
Upon arriving in Kona, we finally saw our first sunset of the trip.
The next day was spent on a card-playing marathon. We played for 7 whole hours while it poured down more rain.
Presents were wrapped and put by the tree.
Christmas Eve was spent at home with friends and the famous “Hanukkah” brisket.
Shopping the day after Christmas always seems like a good idea on Christmas day. Not only was it crowded, but with the cost to carry luggage these days, shopping and traveling don’t really mix.
So it was a good time to have some more tropical drinks and watch the ocean.
Most of the final full day in Kona consisted of a trip to Hawi, a small art town with some great galleries and shops. There is a shop there called Pura Vida, and I visit it each time I come in to town. They have the most amazing jewelry.
Heading home this morning. It was a nice trip, but I’m glad to be on my way back home.