When you leave Kona airport on the Big Island of Hawaii, you pretty much have 2 options in regards to direction, you can head south on Highway 19 aka Queen Kaahumanu Hwy (try saying that three times fast) and that will take you into Kailua-Kona and loops around the southern half of the island. Or, you can head north, which will take you to the Waikoloa Beach Resort area (which is where we stayed), Waimea, and loops the northern half towards Hilo. What’s great about this road is that on our way into Waikoloa we drove past miles and miles of hardened lava flows where people have created what I’ve termed as Rock Graffiti. Like all graffiti, it’s a mish-mash of shout outs, declarations of love and peace, and just stuff. Unlike graffiti, the lava flow was not tagged with spray paint, instead white coral rocks were used for tagging. Well…who was I to leave the island without putting in stamp on the lava wall, so I immediately vowed to leave my “Black Chick On Tour” moniker somewhere along that road.
I drove past this site almost every day of the 6 days we were on this island. I kept wondering…where do I get the white rocks? I need white rocks!!
We were down to our last day and I still hadn’t tagged the lava flow, and I still didn’t know where in the hell to get the white rocks. And, almost magically, as if he had heard my siren’s call…my husband came in from his morning run and his pockets were loaded down with white coral rocks!!!! There weren’t a lot…but it was enough, enough to spell out BCOT. 😀
So…if you’re ever on the island of Hawaii, and you just happen to find yourself on Queen Kaahumanu Hwy (which isn’t hard considering it’s the main highway the oops around the island), near mile marker 80, on top of the lava flow, you will (I hope it’s still there) see my contribution: BCOT.