I have yo yo'd to Kona again and am staying with my youngest daughter in the back of her art gallery on Alli Drive, mecca for the iron man competition, canoe races, sight seeing boats and yachts. There was a giant black sailing yacht out there this evening that was twinkling with lights and forboding at the same time. There is even a nightly boat ride that takes you out to feed the Manarays and some of them are twenty feet wide. It must be quite a sight. Tourists love this place. I find it a little overwhelming but since I have lost track of how many times I have been here I am getting used to it all a bit.
It seems like everything happens at once here. Iris had a good day at the gallery and we delivered a mural she and I worked on for her friend's beauty salon...a rag tag affair up in the hills behind Kona. Then some people came in and bought eighty dollars worth of stuff. Always nice to make a good sale or two. We decided to close the shop and go swimming in the bay at 5pm. Her vendor friend was still selling sarongs etc when we got back...she has one store and her husband has another. They watch out for my daughter. Friends. There is a wonderful massage therapist next door who is a friend too and some jewelry vendors out in front who love my daughter.
When we walked the block down to the bay it sparkled and vibrated with activity. It is a holy place which has a part protected for the ancients who knew this bay was special. Next to that place they were holding a wedding and I could tell it was another bunch of Russians getting married.
To hear an ambulance come down the pier was unusual and they fished a fellow out of the bay. He was face down on the stretcher when I saw him and his arm hung limp. The ambulance stayed there a while and then quietly drove away with the fellow inside and no one seemed to know him or what was going on. Life.
I said that all we needed now was a birth to take place and sure enough a tiny tiny baby appeared with loving parents so proud of their new arrival. Then to top it all off a giant .... and I mean giant... rainbow arched over the bay and the hills to stay for a good twenty minutes reflected in and out of the puffy pink clouds of the sunset. We walked back totally blown away...as usual. There were open air restaurants with live music and one sign said...Happy Hour from 2pm to 9pm. That is lots of happy.
Then we went to some event at the big brewery here with three live bands. I lasted thru two of them but my daughter had connected with a giant brewery guy from Colorado and gave me the key to the gallery so here I am. Ha. I remember being young. It just makes me tired to think of drinking all that beer and flirting into the night. She is just a few blocks away and says she will walk home. My other daughter is finally finished with the school year and looking forward to camping on the big sandy beach near here. As an old lady I am barely keeping up but it is good for me and they watch out for me and love me. I can't ask for more.
Kona is hot and muggy in the afternoon but the evenings are balmy. BALMY. Romantic and silky. Lots of rich people here and not many places for someone like me to settle. I found a little cabin at the south end of the Big Island but not sure if I want to be that isolated. Meanwhile Kona Bay is making a little more sense to me. It is intense.