Lee Word

Lee Word

Our Man on the Scene on The Big Island, author and photographer Lee Gruenfeld will provide daily words and images from around Kona during Ironman Week. This is Lee’s 23rd year at the Ironman Triathlon World Championship, and his 40th trip to the Big Island. We begin with:


Welcome to the Big Island! On Monday, September 28th, the sun was shining, the water was beautiful, and the athletes were relaxed!

IMG_0003 The Huliheʻe Palace on Ali’i Drive, once a vacation home for Hawaiian royalty, now a museum.

IMG_0007 Looking across Kailua Bay to Dig Me Beach. This same scene will look dramatically different on October 10th

IMG_0003 Ironman Week brings athletes from around the world together, united by triathlon. Here an Austrian and two Argentinian triathletes get ready for a swim in Kailua Bay.

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