A couple days ago we drove to Kona to deliver granola to several KTA Super Stores. Yes, we do our own deliveries to them. KTA is a great place to shop for food products made here on the Island of Hawai`i, and they have stores in Hilo, Waimea, Waikoloa, Kailua-Kona, Keauhou, and a new one in South Kona. More on that later. Anyway, we left as soon as it was light, and took the Saddle Road, properly known as Daniel K. Inouye Highway, which connects the two larger populated areas of the island. It is in the saddle between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, our 2 largest mountains, and Saddle Road levels out at around 6,000′ level. (You don’t want to drive it within 24 hours of having scuba dived.) It is usually pretty arid up there, but with all the rain we’ve had the past month or two, everything was green, and wildflowers made yellow carpets on the western (Kona-side) slopes. On the Hilo side the pink groundcover was starting to bloom. After delivering to the established KTA stores, we drove out to find the new KTA Express. Sounds like it should be small and attached to a gas station, right? Wrong. It’s a large, stand-alone building, clean and spacious inside. They had room for granola, so you can find your choice of our four flavors of macadamia granola there, in both small and larger packages.
How did we find out about this new store? Hawaii Business Magazine did a Small Biz Academy in Hilo a week ago, and the Hawaiian Granola Company took part in the Expo. A woman came up and asked if we were in the new KTA Express in Kealakekua…. We are now!
Then we headed back home, after the obligatory stop at Costco in Kona. The weather in Kona had been beautiful, slightly overcast but sunny, with temperatures in the low 80’s all day. As we climbed back up and across the Saddle Road, the temperature dropped and we drove in and out of fog, some of it pretty heavy. It was 55* at the coolest, but tonight ice and some flurries are predicted.
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