Friday, September 26, 2008

More Kona Help...

  • Pedicure/manicure... Maggs has requested a spot (since all her nails have grown back)...hilarious! Nearly every corner has nail salons in Kona. You can get them done really cheap here or really fabulous and expensive. One of the more affordable spots (since post race the nails might fall off anyway)... located in the Lanihou Shopping Center (on Palani).

  • Parks for the kids... slim pickings! We have a decent one located next to the soccer field (opposite of the Kona pool). Old Airport Park... Best at sunset, perfect spot to see the sun go down. Kekaha Kai, this is more of a beach park. Just North of the Kona Airport. Just don't try to drive a small rental car down there... it is a bit rocky, but not bad. And on the South end of town, about 13 miles South is a small park just off the highway.
  • Beach parks, Ho'okena (black sand) or Captain Cook are super popular. My favorite is a hike, where part of the Elvis Presley "Blue Hawaii" was filmed, way South, down past Milolii. All are located South of Kona. Check this link for more ideas: Big Island Travel

  • A ride with the Hawaii girls? That was a pretty funny one "Jack". Rach said she will roll with you for 3 Starbucks Soy Lattes, I want a Carrot Juice from Jamba. Can you handle that?
  • Coming with little ones and want to have a ROMANTIC evening out without the baby? Big Island Nannies: Ask for Jackie, (808) 936-2136, they are pretty much available 24hrs a day! (Paul, let me know if you need something else, there are a couple high school girls that can help with after school baby sitting!). They will come to your hotel/condo and watch infants all the way to teens!
  • Rental Bikes & rental wheels: Bike Works has some left! Better hurry... and if you are REALLY desperate, since I am not racing you can borrow Tila... but she is feisty! PS: I already promised the aero helmet and HR monitor to Lucy! As for race wheels, Grant at Bike Works can help with those too...
  • Best spot for a sunset dinner: Kona Inn! That place is perfect for the whole family (part of the restaurant is casual dining, the other half is "finer" dining and REALLY good food!) It looks out over the ocean, has a little grassy field for lovers to park a beach towel and picnic, and it is walking distance from anywhere in town.

  • Huggos is also a great sunset spot. It too has a finer dining section and a casual bar section. Both are good (But the sea food is BEST at the finer dining side). They also have live music (local style) jamming away... great place to take your "honey" and make a move... ha ha!
  • Places to stay! Whoa, talk about last minute, but there are a couple spots! Try these...
  1. The least expensive, BUT SUPER close! Kona Islander (5 steps from Lava Java)
  2. 2 Miles from the pier, just up Hualalai, VERY clean:
  3. Hawaii Calls (email Don) he has 1 spot left when we last asked him!
  • A pool! We have a couple, Kona Community Center pool is about 1 mile from the pier (just walk North). It is free, short course yards, open from 6:15am-7:15 pm, and there is a small kiddie pool there for the keiki. Linda B will also be on hand for baby swim lessons!! There is also the pool located in the Club In Kona Gym (you have to purchase a 1 day pass to use it). Or the Konaweana Pool (head South) about 17 miles from town. VERY cold water! (it is just up mauka).

Okay, that's about it for the Kona questions... anything else Google it! Just kidding... Glad to help! And for the pro spotting... this morning the pool had some pro-ladies! Sorry men, the camera was missing-in-action, but I will pack it for Monday's practice! Corbin and Lawn joined the fun & let me tell ya, they are ready to race! Looking fit and fabulous...

Happy Training, almost show time!


Blogger Mel said...

Bree YOU are so Lucky....Your speedy self with all the other speedy peeps and I know they are all wanting to train with you:)

September 26, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Blogger Maggs said...

Thanks Bree. Yes, cheaper is probably better pre-race since there will be some damage to them during the race. I'll save the really fabulous and expensive for when I'm back on Oahu post race.

September 26, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Blogger rr said...

Shoot, now I look greedy next to your carrot juice charge. Our vices are quite different!

September 26, 2008 at 2:49 PM

Blogger Dolphin Boy said...

Thanks Bree...without your insight I would never know where to turn to for eats, sleep, play and poop in Kona!!LOL

Oh I need a babysitter too! for me! hahaha!

September 26, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Blogger LeAnn said...

Dont listen to Dolphin Boy Bree...Hes such a NERD and he burns burgers.

September 26, 2008 at 6:00 PM

Blogger Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

I hope your preparation for Longhorn is going well. I would not mind borrowing your bike when in Kona, but might feel a little cramped on it. Be encouraged, your time for the Ironman WC as a pro will come.

September 27, 2008 at 4:36 AM

Blogger Pedergraham said...

I am enjoying your virtual tour of Kona. Some day I am going to come to Hawaii and hit all of the good open water swim races...and I will be using this tour then. Please let Kainoa know that I'll be asking him for surfing and bellyflopping lessons for Lelia. And, we'll need RR and Skye to show us where to swim with cool tortoises.

September 27, 2008 at 6:50 AM

Blogger Trigirlpink said...

Ditto what D just said.
I wanna just JUMP on a plane and hang out there! Sure, racing would be fun but there are tons of things I could do just exploring Kona.
Looking forward to see you race at Long Horn!
The picture of Margaret on my blog is her in Kona last summer visiting with her boyfriend!! Don't you recognize the local palm trees behind her? :-)

September 27, 2008 at 2:24 PM


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