From: "Les & Becky"
Well, we did get 'rained' on this afternoon. Sort of anyway... We visited with Merle & Kathy Wood
for a couple hours this afternoon, it lightly sprinkled for a minute or two. Ok, it was about 75f up
at their 2500' elevation Estate. Then to lunch, visited the City of Refuge then headed up to visit
with Gus & Cynthia Brocksen (Pele Plantations) Four hours later we left for a late dinner. Lots of
great fellowshipping developing our friendship. Had great fun helping pulp a few hundred pounds of
cherries brought in from Day's Estate around 6pm. Took about a half hour. Maybe not your 'typical'
tourist vacation stuff, way way more enjoyable. Oh yeah, spent a few minutes at Koa Coffee on our
way to Wood's, right down the road - neighboring estates.
In fairness, I'm maybe planting the dream which feeds the planning for a list get together some year
soon during the Kona Festival. Over six hours of today we spent just chatting with fast becoming
good friends. Also happen to be Kona farmers, which is of course how we got to begin our friendship
going on 6 years ago via email and phone. Forget Waikiki tourist trap and the like. This is Hawaiian
Paradise, this is real. Their love of the land and dedication to quality is beyond question. Not all
Kona is grown this way... There are no words to adequately describe our growing love for this
Island. Sitting with Gus & Cynthia this evening watching the sunset over the bay, it's hard to
imagine it getting much better than this. We thought is was simply fantastic. They said it was just
a so-so sunset!
Debi headed for bed so time for me to go.
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