Top 12: Hawaii Pt. 2/3

My list of the top 12 activities I enjoyed the most continues down from No. 8 to No.5.

8. Underwater
I’m not a big water person so I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed snorkeling. It was fun and, each time I went out, I was excited to see what new fish I would discover. My pictures are of fish, but I also saw a turtle and possibly a manta ray.

7. Scenery
The landscape was gorgeous whether you were in the air or on the ground.

6. Farmer’s Market
I love farmer’s markets so we had to visit the local ones while in Kona. We ended up purchasing a ton of fresh produce and hand-crafted items as well as listened to local musicians. My favorite find was a small vial of perfume that my aunt bought me. She said she knew I wouldn’t even though I loved it (she was correct).

5. Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
I didn’t spend enough time here: I wanted to snorkel and kayak here. It’s the home of the Captain Cook Monument and is 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona. The park is also a marine life conservation district that’s pretty much perfect looking as well as great for snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking. While there, we saw dolphins, crabs and a man carving wood. I also fell in love with the place.

Keauhou Farmers Market


A walk along the beach jump started our first full day in Kona.

We had breakfast on the patio and actually saw a cardinal. It was neat seeing a bird that I can find in my backyard here. It’s a connection I didn’t really think of.

It’s now 9 a.m. And we are just leaving the local Saturday morning farmer’s market. Fresh bread, fruits and vegetables and even scented oils. We are in heaven.

Aunt Cindy bought me a small bottle of the oils – she was afraid I wouldn’t buy it for myself. She had a point. I couldn’t decide whether to buy it or not, and I absolutely loved the homemade oils. I put some on my wrists to smell and I am still in love with it 30 minutes later.

We spent a lot of time buying groceries. For me, my sweet tea is a necessity so I had to buy my supplies.