Sorry for being out of touch for a while -- we had some busy times, and then Tigris and Tom's cable modem was out for a day.
We ended up not making it sailing, alas; another thing to look forward to for my next visit. :-)
Two days ago (on Wednesday), Tigris and I went to Kailua Beach (while Tom was working). That's yet another spectacularly gorgeous white-sand beach with stunning views in all directions. I took a few pictures and will post a link when I've gotten back and gotten them sorted. When they lived on the Big Island, Tom and Tigris lived in an area of Kona called Kailua. The post office calls it Kailua-Kona to distinguish it from Kailua on O'ahu; everybody there just calls it Kailua. So it was mildly amusing to be in Kailua on a different island. Well, OK, I guess I'm very easily amused.
Yesterday (Thursday), we went downtown and I bummed around near the waterfront while Tom and Tigris did some stuff they had scheduled. There's a four-masted sailing vessel in the harbour, the Falls of Clyde! A little plaque proclaims it the only four-masted something-something sailing vessel still in existence. I didn't have my camera with me, but there's some more information about the ship with a few pictures here. There's a little maritime museum next to it, but I didn't go in.
After that (and after some coffee -- which is probably why I was up so late last night -- and a "green 'tea'-ramisu" in the shape of a teacup, which the Lord G-d Almighty commanded me that I must order, because it was so cute), we went to the Pali Lookout at Nu'uanu Pali State Park, which I had seen on my last trip here (scroll about a third of the way down). I got some more pictures there (and Tigris and Tom got some new pictures of me).
Then we went to the Pali Paths meeting, which is held in a UU church not far from the Pali Lookout (both on the Pali Highway). That was a lot of fun! I already knew a few of the people there, met a bunch more of the regulars, and there were a couple of people new to the group who showed up. It was a kind of a different vibe from Poly Boston (not better or worse, just different). Afterwards, as I gather is the tradition, we went out to Zippy's, a local restaurant chain that's open late. I had kimchee fried rice (yum!) and chili (so-so).
Oh, and of course there were lots of dips in Tigris and Tom's pool mixed in there. So that brings me up to date!