I decided to take Lizzie Borden with me to Hawaii this year. Aside from bringing the most inappropriate clothing and a few surprising missteps in behavior, she was a most agreeable travel companion.
I usually stay on the more touristy side of the Big Island, Kona, but this year opted for Hilo – the only place in the entire State that is still representative of old time Hawaii.
From the balcony of our hotel room we had a view of the cruise ships harbored in the distance.
Lizzie so enjoyed watching them sailing in and out and told me of her voyage on the Grand Tour in 1890.
I was surprised at her exploratory nature at my friend’s 5 acre estate just north of Hilo.
“Lizzie get down from there, you’ll hurt yourself.”
One day we drove straight across the middle of the island on the new between the two volcanoes.
Lizzie was in awe of its beautiful terrain.
We lunched in Kailua Kona.
We visited the old stone church across from the Queen’s Palace…….
….where Lizzie suddenly became distressed that no one was in the pews. I had to remind her it was Thursday.
At one point she even climbed aboard the display of the ship on which the missionaries sailed from Boston in the 1870’s.
Lizzie loved the many beaches and when she asked “Will we see more up the roadway?” , I answered “Since we’re on an island, I’d be saying Yes.”
At the famous Rainbow Falls.
“Lizzie, you’re too far out…..come in closer to shore.”
Always conscious of her deportment, I was surprised on one occasion having to say: “Lizzie, get up off the table, you’re embarrassing yourself.”
But in all fairness, this is what occurred a little earlier.
Aside from that misstep, the trip was amazing for both Lizzie and myself. I may even take her next year.
Aloha and Mahalo.