A February 2005 trip
to Hilo by wegian
Quote: We've made several trips to Hilo to enjoy the slow pace, apple bananas from the Hilo Farmers' Market, local foliage, and the people. Each trip is an unique experience. We meet new interesting people, explore areas of the island that are new to us, and try different restaurants.
This morning, we watched the younger students from a nearby school winding through ironwood and palm trees and over old lava flows as they played follow-the-leader with their teacher. Older keiki participated in relay races, where they each took turns running down the beach into the calm waters to swim out to their instructors and back again. After the races, the children formed a line before each of the sizeable instructors, and one by one, they were tossed high into the air screaming and laughing as they splashed down into the bay. I don’t remember ever seeing a group of kids having so much fun at school.
About a mile from the beach on our way back to Hilo, we stopped at Kai Trans for some ice cream, then went next door to the Hilo Tropical Mart, where we purchased a couple of locally made remembrances. The next thing we knew, we had spent a couple of hours at the store "talking story" with the most warm-hearted people.