We haven’t left Honolulu yet and I was already asked to change seats — twice.
First, a couple wanted to sit together. So the customer service representative for Continental Airlines looked for seemingly single travelers. Like me. I was asked to move to an aisle seat — away from one of the girlfriends I was traveling to Las Vegas with — and I said OK. Aisle to another aide seat — that sounded reasonable.
But as I sat in my newly assigned seat, an older man asked if I could move to a middle seat because his wife is afraid of flying. They obviously weren’t sitting together.
“She might get sick,” he said.
When was this my problem?
So I moved, reluctantly, without so much as a sincere thank you.
People always ask me, “What’s your favorite island to visit?”
It’s a tough call — and it always depends.
If I’m looking for a relaxing weekend of doing nothing, I’d opt for Kauai. If I want to eat — and I mean eat — I’d go with Maui.
But if I wanted a mix of things to do — from hiking to lounging to eating massive plate lunches — there’s no island better than the Big Island.
Since my mom and boyfriend are both from Kailua-Kona, I’ve visited that side of the island more often. But the sleepy town of Hilo on Hawaii’s east side is one of my favorite towns. It’s quiet and rainy with some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.
I was there this weekend, touring the island — appropriately nicknamed “big” since it’s nearly twice the size of all the other Hawaiian Islands combined — from Hilo to Waimea to Kona.
Here’s what those 48 hours looked like, minus the food. That’s for tomorrow’s blog!
As soon as we got off the plane in Hilo, we headed straight to the Hilo Farmer’s Market, a must-stop destination on your next visit to the east side of the Big Island.
Though the market is open daily — on the corner of Mamo Street and Kamehameha Avenue in downtown Hilo — the days to go are Wednesdays and Saturdays, when more than 200 vendors on three corners show up, selling everything from Big Island coffee, locally grown produce, honey, crafts, jams, prepared foods and tropical flowers.
Born and raised on O‘ahu, Catherine Toth Fox has been chronicling her adventures in her blog, The Cat Dish for nearly a decade. She worked as a newspaper reporter in Hawai‘i for 10 years and continues to freelance — in between teaching journalism, hitting the surf and eating everything in sight — for national and local print and online publications.