I confirmed it today – I am a weather curse! If you want weather that your area has not had in years or ever, invite me. A weather system has moved over Hawaii and it has been raining for almost 24 hours. It was raining on the North Shore this morning and we did witness the famous North Shore waves. The surf was 20-30 feet and truly showed the power of the ocean. It rained all the way to Honolulu.
We had an interesting experience at the airport. We checked in okay and headed to security. The first TSA agent to look at our boarding passes told us we were TSA pre-check (even though there was no indication on our boarding passes) and we had to go to a security line two doors down. We went to that line and were told we had to go to a third line and then that person told us to go back to the line we started at. At this point my Dad was getting a bit frustrated so I talked to yet another TSA agent who told us to go the line we were first told to go to. When we got in line we were behind a young Japanese man and the TSA agent asked him how much English he spoke and he replied not much so he got sent to the TSA pre-check line, despite not being pre checked. When we got up there we mentioned the lines not making much sense and he went on to tell us he does not even travel in the US any longer because it was too hard and then he continued to tell us all the problems with the US TSA while we stood in line. Once our line was filled he shut it down and went across the aisle to check id’s. It was the strangest process I’ve seen. As we were in line we heard him talking to a lady and telling her these were just crazy rules that made no sense. Pretty sure he was trying to get fired! As it turned out we were not pre checked so none of it made any sense and by the time were through it was time to the board our flight to Kona. I think the flight was shorter than the TSA fiasco!
Not much to see out the window due to the rain all the way there. The airport in Kona looks like a village of thatched roof huts. You have to walk outside to get off the plane. And to get your bags because the Kona airport is an outdoor airport!
I suppose on that is usually the dry coast of the Big Island it works out fine but in a torrential downpour not so great. By the time we got on the rental car shuttle bus we were soaked.
Our plan was to drive around the southern Kona coast before heading up north to our cousin’s house here on the Big Island. We set out and I quickly realized my maps were not working great and it was pouring so we decided to try the Kona Brewing Company for lunch and my Google maps tooks us right there. By now there was some roads which were flooding and we saw a waterfall (not in the tourist book). There was about 6 inches of water in the parking lot but we made it in only to find it was 30-40 minute wait for an outdoor restaurant. We passed. It was also at this point that we decided to find a hotel with a room and finish driving tomorrow. The weather was not passing anytime soon. We did finally make it down to the main road on the ocean and found plenty of hotels and a room for the night. We parked the car and have not moved it since.
There were restaurants across the street and in the resort. We were finally able to walk around the resort (King Kamehameha Courtyard) and checked out the pool (which was overflowing) and the small beach which has a lot of history. This is not a typical Courtyard but has worked out great for our purposes. Some of the locals we have talked to (including our cousin) have indicated it never rains this much here. They clearly did not know I was coming and I have a super power.
It is apparently supposed to start clearing tomorrow so fingers crossed! And now I will finish watching the Oscars which are being shown via tape delay down here.