"Assume you decided to get..." Kealakekua Off The Beaten Path Tip by pjallittle

Kealakekua Off The Beaten Path: 9 reviews and 8 photos


<font color='brown'size=+1><b>Assume you decided to get away from the crowd, had a car available, you really do need one to get around on this Island, we will start with the notion that you found a bed and breakfast in or nearby Kealakekua.

The BnB is popular and reasonable, far below the posh hotels located on the beach. The beaches which front some of the more expensive hotels are pretty nice, others in the general area are not great. Kealakekua Bay itself is an excellent area for snorkelling and is not a busy place. For general swimming, Not! But take note that the average bnb will provide you with all the gear you need. Hotels just will not do that.
As long as you are going to be here, you might consider a bnb right on a coffee farm, alternatively on a macadamia nut growers property. Both exist. There are also many absentee owner condos available for less money than at Kailua/Kona. There will be many available for less than $100.00 per day for a couple, even half that if you are staying for 3 or more days. That will include a sumptuous breakfast.

The Big Island is not about laying on the beach. This is a place for exploring volcanoes, coffee plantations, macadamia nuts, the way they grow and are processed, you can even get up to the snow at the higher elevations.

I will give you a series on macadamia nuts here and may then add a travelogue, or introduce coffee plantations in one of the other nearby towns just to balance things out.
The picture above shows a large group of nuts from which the husks have already been removed. The serious work in shelling them is all done by machine now. It used to be done by hand, one by one and took great skill.
As children, we knew where and when to go out and gather these nuts. How did we open them? We found just the right sized hole on the curbings of the streets where we lived, it had to be just deep enough to hold the nut in place.
A well placed nut in the right sized recess will come apart fairly well when given a sharp blow with a hammer. There are commercially made manual machines for around $80.00.</b></font>

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  • Written Oct 4, 2002
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