TRYING NOT TO GIVE IN TO BEING UNWELL
Hopefully this is the last time I have to play catch-up. This is how we spent our 15th day in Hawaii. I'm completing and posting it on our 19th day. I feel very sad. In spite of missing my family like mad I would be happy to stay here forever. We are leaving our delightful cottage at Pomokai Road, off Leilani Avenue, a subdivision near Pahoa in the south east. Puna area of Big Island or Hawaii island as it is more properly titled. We have barely 12 days left to enjoy the pleasures of Hawaii. For the next 6 nights we will be staying on a Coffee Plantation in the Captain Cook area which is close to Kona, nice sandy beaches and turtles. The last few days in Hawaii will be enjoyed back in Honolulu. The days are beginning to fly by and soon all we will have are memories. But what wonderful memories.
I'm glad to say I seem to have completely recovered from the gastric upset and even my tooth is behaving. You might remember I saw my dentist before we left home and she gave me some oral care instructions and an antibiotic to take if needed. So far I've managed to avoid starting the antibiotic because they can play havoc with me.
THURSDAY 25TH MARCH SHOPPING IN HILO
|JEWELLERY COUNTER AT HILO HATTIE'S|
Immediately on entering our eyes were drawn to the biggest shirt I've ever seen. 200XL. Who would need a shirt that big? A friendly lady greeted us and offered us cold water or chilled juice. She also draped a string of shell beads over our heads. A gift no less. If that doesn't set you up to spend in the shop nothing will. We bought a couple of T-shirts for me, another Loud Aloha shirt for John and a very pretty silk top for me.
|WEARING OUR NEW FINERY FOR OUR ANNIVERSAY DINNER|
We turned back to where I'd seen lemonade for sale and cups in hand made our way to where the crowd was gathering. I was very glad to find a chair and we enjoyed this wonderful Haka group perform for maybe 45 minutes. Their energy left us gasping with admiration. Hawaiians admire our Moari but I want to tell you I have never seen such sustained energy as these Hawaiians managed. John spoke to the drummers and was shown the calloused hands.
Once the performance was finished and photographs taken we were soon in the car putting in the address for Bears Café. We drove through an old part of Hilo, never far from the sea, and wondered if we were in the right place.
Bears Café was nothing like anything we have been in before. We would normally have looked at the outside, taken a peek through the door and walked on.
I have to admit that had we not been hungry and had we known our way around Hilo we would not have stayed and we'd have missed an experience. We ordered one meal of pot roast, (beef), which came with a starter salad and I had a cappuccino.
We shared the very nice salad and I had about one quarter of the meal which came with mashed potato and broccoli. The whole meal, which was delicious, with coffee was only $11.00. The pot roast beef was as tasty tender as it could possibly be. The gravy was good but not so sure how it fitted with our wheat free status. We were not about to be worried about small things like that. The place had character with a capital C and the owner or manager was an entertainment. We enjoyed his banter and teasing.
Walking back to the car we passed a clothing/gift shop which looked as though it might be interesting.
The lady who served us was lovely and began by saying, "I'll let you look without chasing you around the shop but if you want to ask anything I am here." I like it when you are left to browse in peace especially as I rarely do go into a shop just to look around. We walked out of there with 2 skirts that caught my eye and were given a substantial discount. We chatted for quite a time with the lady. Now that's what I call my kind of shopping. I keep seeing things I'd love to buy and bring home but money only goes so far and we do have a weight limit too. I also have John looking over my shoulder every time I see something I'd like. Not that he's said no, at least not yet!
|ALONG THE STREET WHERE WE PARKED|
|OUTSIDE THE LYMAN MUSEUM|
The museum was closing before we had seen the whole video. Through the drive home all I could think about was the awesomeness fo God and how people cared for one another. I wanted to find the little church that was saved from the lava and sit quietly in meditation, worshipping God.
|BEAUTIFUL WHITE HIBISCUS|
I was hungry by tea time and ate a good tea. John had bacon and eggs while I had a bacon and tomato omelette. This proved to be a very bad decision. By 2 am I was unwell again. And so ended Thursday our fifteenth day in Hawaii.