October 2009 Log

A photo diary of life in Hilo Hawaii




Halloween in Hilo

Scary sights in Hilo's KTA grocery store on Halloween.


Road to Kona

We spent a couple of days in Kona and drove over the Saddle Road to get there. The Hilo side of Saddle Road has been in good shape for a while, but the area up by the Pōhakuloa Training Area (PTA) is now a brand new 4 lane road that bypasses the base.

Mauna Kea road

From afar we saw what looked like Stryker tank firing practice.

PTA firing range

Once past PTA and driving towards Kona, the road degrades considerably.

Kona side Saddle Road

On the way to Kona we stopped in Waikaloa to try out Macaroni Grill in the Queens Marketplace.

Queens Marketplace Waikoloa

The Queens Marketplace is relatively new, so it was interesting to see what stores had moved into the mall.

Queens Marketplace Waikoloa

The shopping mall was empty - even Starbucks was empty.

Starbucks Waikoloa

We went to Macaroni Grill - great food, but not great for the waist line.

Macaroni Grill

Macaroni Grill inside

The Queens Markeplace has a new gourmet food store.

Island Gourmet

island gourmet

island gourmet

While in Kona we checked out the new places to eat at the Kona Commons.

Kona Food shops

Genki Sushi - where sushi (along with fried foods and multi-layered cakes) swishes by on a conveyor belt - is our favorite.

Genki Sushi Kona

There are a lot of new stores in Kona Commons.

Petco Kona

Sports Authority Kona

We visited the new Targets and nearby Island Naturals.

Target Kona

Island Naturals Kona

While in Kona we swam in the new pool at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach hotel. When construction is complete, the place will be nicely updated.

Pool at King Kam

In Kona, a huge group of people were fishing in the ponds in front of the hotel. Kailua-Kona's shallow bay attracts a lot of tasty reef fish.

Fishing in Kona


Things are always changing in Hilo. Island Naturals, which used to be located next to Borders, moved to Hilo Shopping Mall and revitalized the place.

Island Naturals Hilo

Kope Kope coffee shop, also in the Hilo Shopping Mall, often features entertainment.

Kope Kope Hilo

The "Gathering Place" has opened in the Prince Kuhio Mall with space that can be rented for community events or private events .

Gathering Place Hilo

And the recent increase in cruise ships arriving in Hilo has created lines in front of Wal-Mart while the visitors await a bus back to their ship. It is sad that folks pick Wal-Mart as their Hilo destination of choice - but a free bus ride must be too good to pass up.

Wal-Mart lines for cruise ship


Oct Hilo Tweetup

This month the Big Island Internet Society (BISS) met again at Big Island Pizza and where everyone was treated to fantastic pizza and great company.

Oct Hilo tweetup

KTA Speaker Hilo tweetup

KTA Mousepad

Oct Tweetup Hilo

Oct Tweet up Hilo

Oct Hilo tweetup

Oct tweet up Hilo


Hilo Lawn Challenge

We often talk about the lawn maintence challenge in Hilo. We had a week of rainy weather making it impossible to mow. Below is only one week of lawn growth. The shrubs, trees, and leaves are a constant task in Hilo; something to consider when thinking of taking care of acres in the Hilo area. Lawn care is something we find overwhelming in Hilo.

Hilo Lawn challenge


Clear day in Kona

While Hilo struggled with vog, Kona was clear and beautiful. We visited Kona to visit the new Target store and other places we hadn't tried yet.

Target Kona

Here is a view of the shiny new Target store in Kona where the prices are considerably lower than what we pay in Hilo.

Target Kona

Just wondering how they could possibly sell this many gallons of milk.

Target Kona

We waited for coffee behind a huge queue of Kona Ironmen getting reved for their morning bike practice.

Kona ironmen waiting for coffee

We loved the Genki Sushi place.

Genki Sushi Kona

The price is the color of dish and we ate and ate and ate.

Genki Sushi Kona

Kona Genki Sushi

We drove some of the neighborhoods in the Kona area struggling with foreclosures.

Kona foreclosures



Vog in Hilo Hawaii

The vog has been overwhelming in Hilo this week. Most of us have burning eyes, sore throats and can sometimes taste the sulfur. It is unusual for Hilo to be afflicted with the vog, even though it is quite close to the volcano. But the lack of tradewinds combined with the heavy emissions are creating the problem.

Vog in Hilo Hawaii

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