Thursday, February 4, 2010

Day 16 - Big Island North Shore

January 27, 2010 - Wednesday - BI

Today was a more relaxed day as we wind down our Hawaiian adventure. The photos below are more of the condo and the grounds taken during Sigrid & Edel's morning walk.

Edel wanted some pool/tanning time so she stayed at the condo while Sigrid and I visited the North Shore area of the BI. On the way to Hawi Town, we stopped for lunch at a neat little restaurant called the Harbor Grill.
I was amazed by the fact that this grill has been there since 1850 according to the information on the door.

I should have looked at the stuff on the walls, but I didn't want to disturb the other diners.

Of course, Sigrid and I had Loco Moco. Why get a hamburger or steak? We can get that here in Kansas City. This was the best Loco Moco we had during the trip. It had mushrooms in the brown gravy which gave it a wonderful hardy flavor.

There were a couple of restaurants in this collection of storefronts.

It wouldn't be right not to include a few more flowers since we are in Hawaii. These were at a store in the plantation town of Hawi. Hawi is the last town on the road to a State Park on the North Shore. The road ends there because of the rugged terrain. No Maui cliff hangers here and if they were, I wouldn't take them. As you can tell, I am still traumatized by our North Shore drive on Maui.

Hawi is a very small town with a short strip of businesses catering exclusively to tourists. There is an active artist colony in Hawi. Several of the galleries were among the other stores.

On the way back to the condo, we took a side trip through a small community just north on the coast from Waikoloa. We thought the old church was very nice.

As I said, we mostly relaxed today. Tomorrow will be another big day as we head back to the southeastern side of the BI to see the volcanoes.

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