aloha. my husband is working in kona for a month and has already been there a week, and our 4 year old daughter and myself are going to be arriving on tuesday and staying 28 days, which means an additional 2 weeks after he leaves. we are huge kauai lovers, i've been there 4 times (3 times in 15 months!), once staying 20 days, and we were married on Kauai. We visited the Big Island for new years because we wanted to see new earth being made by lava on new year's day 2000. But our trip to the big island was short, we snorkeled captain cook, made friends on a secluded beach new years eve, and mostly explored the lava and volcano. In all my trips to Kauai i have been eaten alive by mosquitos when in the more tropical areas. all kinds of natural remedies only did a little to keep the monsters at bay, i had such bad bites it looked like my arm was broken or that i had a golf ball under my skin in many places! it did not happen so bad when we got married though, maybe april was a milder mosquito month, i don't know. my husband is filipino so maybe that's why he doesn't get bitten, but my freckled fair skin and love for papaya breakfast lunch and dinner seem to make me a constant target. bringing my 4 year old i am concerned she will be biten and get sick from it like i did. how are the bugs around kona, and should i start stocking up on the natural repellent? i don't like using chemicals like 'off' but if all else fails i'll use it because i get such bad reaction to the bites.
also, my daughter is practicing snorkeling in the tub, and i think she'll do ok, but i was wondering if anyone knows where i can purchase or rent a boogie board or kick board with a mask or 'view' hole in it, so she can lay on top and look through the glass? that would be just awesome if i could locate that for her. she is extreme nature lover like me. we like to 'look but don't touch' and are respectful but totally into nature viewing and experience. her favorite thing to do is go on nature walks, we have a forest at the end of our block and her birthday party was even at a nature center this past year. are there any nice hiking places around kona? i have a bad knee but she can walk for miles so we make a good team. i will also bring a jogging stroller so i can get around town even when she's tired.
additionaly, since i'll be staying there with my child, alone after my husband leaves, and actually without husband a lot as he is working and also staying in a different location from us for many of the days, i am a bit disturbed by something he told me tonight. there are a lot of homeless people in town, and a lot on drugs, speed and tweekers, he said. we were quite the bohemian couple in our past, very easy going and before that wouldn't bother me, but that was before we had a kid, so what i used to be laid back about now i have to think differently. should i worry about walking the town at night when it's just me and my daughter? i grew up around venice beach with a surfing hippy father, but also was taught street smarts, but i don't want to get in a bad position, especially after reading in the paper that a man stabbed and killed another man in town there a few days ago and the killer has yet to be captured. any words of caution for me? my husband said i will pick up the vibe and know what to do when i get there, but i might as well as you locals what the real deal is ahead of time? paradise is paradise, but people are people wherever you go and there's the good the bad and the ugly to consider.
he also spent 300 in one week on groceries and a few dinners out. any suggestions on groceries? i'm on a super budget and even bringing my camping stove to my tiny condo so i can make our own meals and such, my husband took over our large cooler which i intend on using. it is a pleasure just being on the island, i don't need much, but i also don't want to starve or just feed my daughter junk. in kauai there was a great natural foods store that also had yummy plate lunches reasonably priced, for a special treat once a week, anything like that there? any reasonable grocery store for staples like yogurt, soy milk, bread, lettuce, etc.? i don't need organic, i just need affordable and fresh. my husband said the bread was already going bad and things looked old where he shopped. i am not complaining, i just need realistic idea of what to expect and maybe he's just going to the wrong place, but he's gotten advice from his roommate that's been there 3 months. i have about 450 to spend while there 28 days, no way i can make that for me and my daughter if he's already saying his 300 dollars only last him a week. then again, he's used to me doing all the shopping and cooking! i will sell somethings asap to get extra grocery money if that's what i have to do.
we are staying on alii drive for 28 days and no car, so any advice you could offer would make me one happy momma!
safe kid swim spots, grocery info, etc. is all appreciated.
mahalo from a Hawaii loving family in washington state
remember to always treat the island with respect, care and love. conserve and take as much waste as you can off the islands, they are a beautiful treasure that gets used and abused by vacationers but we need to make an effort to care for it as best we can, with less noise pollution as well as not killing the coral more than has already been done. sorry if i'm on a 'high horse' i just really love islands!