Friday, March 29, 2013
Kona on the Big Island
The next day of our cruise was spent on the other side of the Big Island, Kona. Since we will be coming back here after the cruise, we just walked around town. The harbor here is famous for being the start and finish of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship.
In the harbor area is a representation of Ahu'ena Heiau, which Kamehameha I dedicated to Lono, the god of peace and prosperity.
This might be what it looked like back in the day.
The Hulihee Palace, built in 1836, was the summer home of royalty.
It is not without it's dangers...
There were also some interesting creatures in the backyard.
From here there is a great view of our ship across the harbor.
This is the only stop on the cruise where we have to be tendered back and forth to the dock.
The evening entertainment was the ship's version of "Dancing with the Stars." Although in their version, they were looking for the goofiest dancer. Phil volunteered to participate, but since he can actually dance, he was eliminated first.
After each elimination, the backstage interview was broadcast to the audience - don't miss this!
In case you want to see why he lost (He was too good!) here's the video of the first round. (This is for Phil's niece, JoAnna, also a dancer.)