City of Kailua Kona - Big Island Hawaii
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When Catherine and I were on the Big Island of Hawaii we visited the city of Kailua Kona. This is a photo of me in front of St. Michael's Church, Kona's first Catholic church, built in 1840. In front of the church is a coral grotto shrine that holds 2,500 coral heads, harvested in 1940, when preservation was not yet an issue.
Catherine in front of International Kona Market Place. Catherine and I stopped here and purchased leis from Emma's Flowers, a great place to purchase leis.
When Catherine and I went to pick up our rental car at the airport, at first look I didn't want this lemon yellow little strange car. But then on second thought, I decided it wasn't lemon yellow, it was banana yellow and would be a great car to ride around the island in.
Catherine having an iced tea at the Island Lava Java. This coffee shop is located directly across the street from the ocean with an unimpaired view of the water activities in Kailua Bay.
Catherine and I went to the Alii Gardens Marketplace at the southern end of Kailua-Kona, a pleasant, tented outdoor marketplace with fresh fruit, flowers, imports, local crafts, and orchid plants. One of the shops we visited was Kona Kay's. Kay of Kona Kay's wanted to take a break and she asked Catherine and i if we would mind watching her shop for a few minutes. (Things are a little more relaxed in the islands.) Catherine and I were of course willing to watch her shop and had a great time doing so. By the way, you can visit her website here: Kona Kay's.
The Hawaiian flag is flying behind Catherine in this photo. The Hawaiian flag is the only United States flag that features the Union Flag, the flag of the United Kingdom.
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