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Golf Finale at Kona in More Ways Than One

Hawaii Island - Saturday, January 25th, 2014

One of the reasons I chose the Kanaloa complex as our place to stay in Kona was its proximity to the two courses at Kona Country Club which was less than a mile from our condo. Some of the holes on the Ocean course bordered on our complex. What I did not know was that this, the more celebrated of the two courses was closed for refurbishment. Still that left the Mountain Course which would be our final round on Hawaii. Little did I know that less than two months after playing the Mountain Course it would be closed, apparently for good. Here’s a link to a local newspaper story on the controversy surrounding the sudden closing.

Since the purpose of this website, and in particular the Hawaii series, is to describe activities and places that my readers can do in the same manner as I did, there is not much point in describing the Mountain course at Kona. Suffice it to say that the views of the Kona coast from the course were spectacular. We also had a great view of Kanaloa from above. The course also had more lava outcrops on it than any other course. It turned out to be a really enjoyable round. Hopefully the Ocean course will reopen on schedule and there will still be golf minutes from Kanaloa.

Kanaloa from Kona Mountain course
Kanaloa from Kona Mountain course

When we returned to our condo there was a tiny little lizard less than an inch long on the door knob. He had no hesitation crawling onto my arm in the hopes of gaining entry, but I doubted that he was house broken so I gently deposited him on a leaf where I hoped he would be safe.

My Little Lizard Friend
My Little Lizard Friend

Later I took a walk, stupidly without my camera, over to a cove where a large number of native Hawaiians had gathered for some type of festival. They had a couple of large outrigger canoes on the go and lots of smaller ones. A bunch had gathered at the beach trying to coax an extremely corpulent young woman into getting into one of these smaller canoes. She was reluctant I am sure because it seemed impossible that it would not simply go directly down under her enormous girth. However, accompanied by hoots of encouragement she did get on board without sinking and to my surprise handled the little craft with an expertise and agility that was astonishing. She did a quick tour of the cove into which fairly sizeable waves were breaking and maneuvred the canoe back to the beach where she got out, took a deep bow and joined in the laughter and cheers of her comrades. It was one of those moments on a trip that is pure serendipity.

I also came across a small protected niche under the cliff face that was marked kapu. A plaque indicated that this spot was the birthplace of Kamehameha III, which might explain why the Hawaiians had chosen this cove for their festivities. Next I ducked into the tiny office of a boat tour operator and found out that from this very spot the boat would be leaving next morning for a snorkel trip to Keleakekua Bay – the site of the elusive Captain Cook monument! I couldn’t make reservations fast enough and hurried back to tell the gang of our great good fortune. Rob and Janet were not overly impressed, but Alison was up for it so tomorrow I would at last get to see the spot where the great explorer met his demise.

Another great sunset. Aloha.

Sunset from the Shore at Kanaloa
Sunset from the Shore at Kanaloa

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