Kona: Driving around town

The last thing I needed this week was a mini vacation.

I’ve got papers to grade, a website to build, freelance stories to finish and an event at Hawaii Theatre to organize this Saturday.

Then again, maybe it was the perfect time for a getaway.

My boyfriend, who hails from Kealakehe on the Big Island, had gone back home for Spring Break. (He’s a doctoral candidate at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.) So I decided to join him in Kona today through Thursday.

There were a few things I knew I wanted to do: see the damage caused by the tsunami, eat pork chops at the Manago Hotel and drive to Honokaa for malassadas from Tex Drive In.

Here’s what we did on our first day in Kona:


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I love traveling to the Neighbor Islands for this: disembarking on the tarmac. You just don’t do this in Honolulu.