On Saturday morning, it was time to pack up and leave the condo in Pāhala and head off toward the next place we would be staying, with several stops along the way, of course. The first was St. Benedict’s, also known as the painted church of South Kona. Although we had high hopes of encountering Muppets there, alas, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem were nowhere to be found.
Our next stop was Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Park (also known as the Place of Refuge). We had designs on seeing some sea turtles there, but our hopes were dashed for the second time that day. However, we were advised as to the appropriate course of action should we encounter turtles. Good to know.
Despite the lack of turtles, the park was lovely, and we found lots of other critters to look at in the tide pools there. Coral and urchins and fish, oh my!
Later that day we stopped at Greenwell Farms for a tour and some coffee sampling. We heard all about the process of coffee production from farm to cup. Then we sampled more coffee. We also learned that baby pineapples are really freakin’ adorable. And of course, we sampled a little more coffee. And we saw chameleons, which provided us with the opportunity to employ some of our recently bottlecap-acquired Hawai’ian vocabulary, which is exciting in and of itself but even more so when you’re hopped up on coffee.
Once we were well caffeinated, we figured what better than some sugar?! We easily satisfied our cravings and got in a good deal of giggling at the Donkey Balls store. These delicious treats consist of macadamia nuts encased in a thick sphere of chocolate and come in many varieties, including salty balls, dirty balls, blue balls, and balls of fire.