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We got some warm drinks, hot chocolate and a cookie.The last thing they showed us was Saturn.
I actually saw a shooting star. Nice. :-)
We all piled back into the van and we headed back down the mountain. Back at Starbuck's we got out and walked back to the resort... Some people from our van, who we talked to and came fom Alaska, asked if they could give us a ride. We really wanted to ...
Adventure day: Kristine headed out on a fun Kayaking trip from Keauhou Bay and spent about 4 hours enjoying this coastal area - she not only kayaked, but snorkeled, jumped from a 35' cliff and saw a manta ray !
I spent the morning shopping a bit and enjoying the sights around Kona.
After lunch, we enjoyed a coffee farm tour that was incredible ! we not only ...
... of five to save acres supported frugal families. They weathered the roller-coaster market by diversifying their crops within mac nuts and fruits, raised vegetables, spend little, and saved everything.
The guide & interpreter were wonderful. Stepping in Uchida's house was like going back time. Everything was well-preserved. Lots of household artifacts, setting, and furniture reminded me of growing up in Taiwan in 1970s.
... and had a late night dinner at a local pub.
The next day we did get to celebrate our accomplishment though, beginning with a surprisingly quality snorkel at crowded Kahalu'u, then watching the local kids on bodyboards loving getting pummeled in big surf while we safely sat on White Sands Beach. We joked that this was the first time we actually sat on a beach for a respectable amount of time, but in all seriousness it was quite true. We also got to take in the last of ...
... go into a theatre to watch a very moving film about the run up to the bombing and actual footage of events as they unfolded on the day. This was interupted briefly when a woman came into the dark theatre late and promptly fell down the stairs luckily i wasnt hurt . you then go on to a boat which takes you out to the Arizona Memorial .
The Memorial its self is a white stone structure which is above the superstructure of the sunken ...