Wednesday – Kona, HawaiiAs the cruise hits mid-week and its fourth destination of the itinerary you reach Kona, also located on the big island of Hawaii. Kona is especially known for growing unique crops of coffee in lava fields that add specific nutrients to the coffee blend resulting in unique flavors.Unlike most other ports Kona is too shallow for the ship to park right at the dock, so it anchors further out and smaller boats called tenders make runs back and forth to shore. Each Wednesday the first tender at 7:00 is reserved for crew who have the morning off and wish to make their away around the coastal town.
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Kona Inn Shopping Village
Where to Eat/DrinkAt 7:00 a.m. there isn’t a lot to do just yet, except enjoy the dozens of Kona coffee shops along the main coastal road. My personal favorite was a small coffee shop located in the Kona Inn Shopping Village. I wasn’t much of a coffee drinker just yet, but every Wednesday morning before anything else would open I would be parked next to the ocean drinking my volcano-grown coffee with a slight breeze and not caring about anything else in the world.
At 8:30 you can stroll into Lu Lu’s bar and grill. Now, a bar at 8:30 may not sounds appealing at first, but once again this establishment sympathized with those working on the cruise ship and would offer free breakfast to anyone who said they were a crew member. Loco moco (rice, gravy, eggs and sausage) paired perfectly with a tall beer, or three.
After resting, we headed to Kona Beans to chill. We did not get to visit Kona Beans the last time we were in Seoul. It was raining and we had to walk quite a distance from the subway station. Finally here. The cafe was huge and it was not crowded too. This cafe was jointly opened by Leeteuk, Sungmin and Kyuhyun’s families. Its a franchise all right, but this outlet will stand out from the other Kona Beans because its mostly known to ELFs. If you are an international ELF in Seoul, you may want to visit this place. There were so many desserts to choose from! After a few minutes of being fickle minded, we finally made our choice. Our sinful dessert. What’s holiday without dessert right? The cafe has so many fan-arts and letters from all over the world!! We were amazed by the so many photo books that were handmade by ELFs worldwide.
Kona Brewing Company
After an hour or so at Lu Lu’s it’s time to start walking back to port, with one more stop. The Kona Brewing Company is located about a block uphill from port and opens at 10:30. Here you can sample over a dozen of Hawaii’s finest brews and enjoy their homemade pizzas, which are absolutely amazing. My personal favorite pizza was BBQ chicken, paired with a Long Board beer.