Posts Tagged ‘kona’


My mom sent me some cool photos this morning of a Hawaiian monk seal that was found hanging out at her work place yesterday. I couldn’t help but share the pictures. It’s not everyday you encounter a monk seal and a friendly reminder that if you do, to keep your distance. They are an endangered species. Here’s the story:

While cleaning Papawai Beach yesterday morning, one of our grounds crew discovered this teenage monk seal lounging at the main campsite.  I heard it gave him quite a scare.   According to DLNR, this monk seal has been spotted at various beaches on the West Hawaii coast, most recently Honokohau Beach, and is becoming a problem.  “Jr.” was observed going back in the water late yesterday afternoon.

Please note that Papawai Beach is located on private Queen Liliuokalani Trust land in Kona.





[Photos courtesy of Lyle Gomes.]
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The Kam family jetted off to the Big Island for the long Labor Day weekend to spend time with my parents in Kona. Needless to say, it was great to unwind and just veg out for a few days before coming back to reality (that is the working life) on Tuesday.

Here’s a few photos from our first day there. As you can see, Ensen had a great time playing with Kona Grandpa in the yard and checking everything out around the house. We ended the night with a delicious dinner which was the perfect way to end a long first day (that started at 3:30 a.m. to catch our 5:55 a.m. flight).

And don’t worry. Kona Grandma and Kelly were there too but somehow no photos of them on Day 1. They do make an appearance on Days 2 and 3. 🙂

Ensen chilling “Kona style” with one hand tucked under the shirt exposing the mid-section and other hand at his side. This is typical local style. After a quick change to a cooler tank top, Ensen show Kona Grandpa where to put the mini pineapple they picked from the backyard.

Ensen watches Kona Grandpa light the fire, while later that evening I pose for a quick photo with my boy!

Despite having to be at Honolulu International Airport at 5 a.m. to catch our Hawaiian Airlines flight to Kona, Ensen was in good spirits running around the waiting area. Once on the plane, he slept the entire way. This gave him plenty of energy to enjoy the first day in Kona.



Photos courtesy of Kevin Ditamore.


The Haleakala Summit on Maui was closed today due to snow and ice according to a news report from KGMB 9 News. The entire state of Hawaii has been experiencing “winter like” conditions with colder than usual temperatures during the day and night and stormy wet weather. Another news report on the KGMB site also reports hail falling in Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island and also provides some great photos.

I have to admit that I personally like it when its gets a little cooler here in the islands. The rain I can do without though. I guess we’ll need to keep the windows shut and break out an extra blanket or two over the next few days. Stay warm!