This was a wonderful day spent in and around Hilo. We dropped the teenagers off at an arcade in the mall. Then we stopped by a famous woodcarvers shop.
David and the canoe that he is carving for someones home.
He is a very talented woodcarver. Far Guy and Andy had a really good visit with him. Jen and I met his three year old daughter Olivia who entertained us drawing smiley faces.
After picking up the boys at the mall we headed north to Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens. Far Guy and I toured the gardens while everyone else went for a long hike to a beach. The gardens are fantastic! There are a mile of trails throughout the gardens.
The Orchids were stunning…I have many many photos of flowers. Imagine that!
Spider Lily at Onomea Bay
Banyan Tree at Hilo…the Banyan trees are originally from India…they were brought here by missionaries. Several homeless people make their homes by these trees…I believe that pile of “stuff” belongs to a homeless person. At some of the beaches there would be mattresses and belongings tucked away, people pushing shopping carts and people who lived in their cars or pickups loaded with stuff covered in rotting tarps flapping in the breeze. I believe we met one such person…I will call her Shell Mary…she was born in Minnesota but has been in the islands for many years…first in Maui which was too expensive for her and now on the Big Island…she gifted us with some shells she had collected.
We enjoyed the farmers market at Hilo…the fruit market was awesome. We tried many new to us fruits.
It was getting late and we were all hungry, we dined in Hilo at a family restaurant. We returned to the Military Camp for one last night…this time we had a three bedroom cottage with a kitchen. Our last cottage was perfect…it didn’t smell and was very comfortable.
Far Guy was having a difficult time breathing, between the sulpher fumes and the altitude…so we decided to return to Kona and the west side of the Big Island the next day...
Far Guy survived the Infusion Port replacement, however the surgeon has concerns about how well this port flows. Far Guy is tired and sore. He is supposed to rest as much as possible and take it easy for the next 10 days.