Hawaii Hang Loose \nnn/

13 Mar

I have had my Hawaii paradise vacation! It was AWESOME. We went to the Big Island on March 10-17th. Below is my diary of our adventures!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1 We travelled ALL day. Our flight was at 7:30am to Phoenix – a 3 1/2 hour trip. I waved to my sister who works in the highest room of the tallest tower in the city. 🙂 Then we grabbed a quick lunch and found our gate for the second leg of the trip. It was an 8 hour trip. We watched The Blind Side – great movie – love Sandra Bullock – tears!! About an hour before we were to land, we decided to have Mai Tai’s to get into the spirit of things! Once we landed there was like, 3 gates and 3 baggage carousels, all outside. Hubby got me a lei and we successfully acquired all luggage and headed for the shuttle to get our rental car – a convertible! That took forever. On the way to the hotel, I expected to see beautiful palm trees and plant life but there was only black and red lava rock! But the cool thing was the Hawaiian graffiti all over which is white coral rocks on the black lava rock along the highways. By the time we got to the hotel, it was about 9pm Chicago time and I was starving! We freshened up real quick and had dinner across from the hotel at a great restaurant called Roy’s. The food was amazing! We were so tired, however and went to sleep at 8pm Hawaii time but it was really midnight for us. Time change is rough. Oh, I know – boo hoo, you say, you were in Hawaii, get over it, right? I figured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – We took the old rental car out for a spin and went site-seeing on the mountain after the best breakfast buffet ever! Malasada=doughnuts=awesome!! I should have taken a picture of them because they were almost my favorite part of the whole trip! We got up so early because of the time difference even though we went to bed so “late”. Up on this look-out, we could see down to the beach below. There was a whale on the beach that was pretty torn up from the surf. So sad. Later we met a family who ran into the same whale and said they let their kids jump and play on it. “It was cool to feel the blubber.” O…M…G….that is so disgusting. Is it just me? I would never let my kids or anyone I was with, touch a decaying, rotting, carcass of a dead ANYTHING! We did a lot of driving and found a Walmart in Kona. We got some food for lunches and picnics, some snacks, water and beer for our mini-fridge and then we had lunch at Genki Sushi. It was like a Sushi Station but there were lots of different items and not as many sushi rolls. Hubs did some snorkeling when we came back to the hotel. I laid on a chair on the beach watching him and reading. I had brought the book, The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. Not the best book to read while on a paradise vacation. I cried through the whole thing!! The natives were staring! The trade winds were so bad, however, that I had to move to the pool area because sand was whipping at me. I later found it imbedded in my hair, ears and other crevices that I will not disclose at this time. That night, we dressed up and had dinner at the hotel. They had a special on their entrees -2 for the price of 1! The hotel has a cat like my friend Sara’s cat, Oscar. This cat was thinner, missing part of his right ear and his name was Marriott. After dinner, we walked around the King shops across from the hotel and had mango sorbet for dessert. Then we went back and put our suits on to go down to the pool for some hot tub action. That is where we met disgusting blubber feeling family from British Columbia. Crazy Canadians!  We were in bed by 10 but it felt like 2am.

 

 

Day 3 – Hubby and I got up early and worked out before breakfast! Ugh! But we needed to!! Too much outstanding food!! Then we hit the beach all morning. It was fabulous but I got sunburned! Hubs did more snorkeling and he saw amazing fish and even followed a sea turtle for a little while. From the beach we could see whales breaching in the distance. We ate lunch in our room and took a little nap. Then later we drove to Kona but we were re-routed on the way because of a brush fire. We ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp and our waiter, David, was from Wheaton, IL!  We walked around the town which was like Lake Geneva, WI, for those of you that know that area. They had a ton of shops and restaurants. We took the scenic mountain drive home and were in bed by 8! I was so tired at the time but at 1am I couldn’t sleep and started blogging this from my iPod before I forgot what happened each day!

Day 4 – We were very sunburned today so we decided to stay out of the water. We drove the 2 hour drive to the other side of the island to Hilo and took a helicopter ride over a volcano. It was way cool and we even saw a fire and some lava flow. You can see above when it is flowing it glows red, but then turns that silver/gray as it cools. There is a man named Jack that still lives up on this volcano/mountain and has to get coptered in and out for food and supplies. He can’t sell his house since he is surrounded by lava, but he won’t leave either. He has been evacuated many times, but his house still stands.  After the ride, we went to the Volcano National Park and then to the Lava Cafe for dinner. It was a long drive back to the hotel and I slept the whole way.

 

 

Day 5 – Daylight Savings! But not here! We woke up thinking we were late but were actually an hour early. The natives looked at us strangely when we suggested that we could jump backwards and forwards in time. Crazy tourists! We went on an 8am whale watching tour! It was so awesome and we even saw whales! None of them were breaching but we did get to see some tail and fins. And even a calf! He almost came up to the boat but his mama whisked him away from us. Afterwards we came back and hung out at the pool. It was 5…$5 vodka lemonaaaaades!  They were soooo yummy! Then we ate lunch, napped and went back to the pool until the luau! Which was fantastic! Fun, food and a show. The pic above is me with a fire dancer! He was somewhat smokin himself. The only downside of the night was this @$$hole from San Diego at our table that asked where we lived in relation to Chicago. When I said the northwest suburbs, he snottily asked, “Isn’t that area kind of wet? Considering that you would be in the lake? Lake Superior, isn’t it?” And laughed at me, looking around the table at everyone else trying to prove what an idiot I was. “No, sir. That would be northeast of Chicago and in Lake Michigan, you dumb f***.” After the luau we went back to the room and rented 2012 off of the tv! Oh, yeah, we went all out! If there was a mini-bar, we would have raided that, too.

Day 6 – We hung out by the pool again all morning and hubs snorkeled…again. In the afternoon, we went to Mountain Thunder coffee plantation in Kona. They have been featured on Dirty Jobs and Unwrapped. We bought some fresh coffee beans for grinding and chocolate covered coffee beans. I hate coffee, but I will eat anything covered in chocolate. My standards aren’t too high.  Hubby feels the same way about cheese. He once said he would eat cheese on a turd. I don’t know that my love for chocolate would extend that far, however. After the coffee trip, we drove around to find Kona Brewing company and pub. We got lost trying to get off Thunder Mountain and took a wrong turn which led us to a dead-end and to be chased by an angry dog.  And this weird cemetary that looked like a lot of voodoo was practiced on the graves! When we finally found our way and found the brewery, we stopped and hubs had his beer. I don’t like beer either, but I had a mighty tasty root beer! Finally, we headed back to the hotel and ordered room service for dinner. We fell asleep watching Jason Bourne. And then I dreamed about Jason Bourne and I on a boat headed towards a secluded un-named island. And we lived happily ever after.

Day 7 – our last day! *sniff* We spent most of it by the pool. We even ate lunch by the pool. Then we got a late check out for an extra $75 since we had a red-eye flight. We walked to some local shops and ate dinner, got a few more trinkets and contributed to the Hawaiian graffiti by writing in white coral rocks on the black lava rocks. My nephew-in-law’s brother died last year in an accident. The family is Hawaiian and Roy was actually born on Hilo. I didn’t know him very well, but felt the urge to pay tribute to him on his home island. Above are also other graffiti that I found and appreciated.

Then we caught our flight at 10:45 pm and arrived in Phoenix for our connection just 5 hours later! Much better than the 8 hours it took to get there!! We ate breakfast at the airport and I waved to my sister again as we took off for home. We got the boys some presents but their favorites were the ukuleles. I missed my boys so much! It was the perfect amount of time to be away. One more day and I think I would have been really home sick. Or am I just plain sick???

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3 Responses to “Hawaii Hang Loose \nnn/”

  1. Jan W March 26, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    Great pics. Good story also, now you need to write a romantic novel using your other name.

  2. kweenmama April 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

    I’m sooooo jealous!

  3. kirsty815 April 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    Awesome pics looks like you had a lovely time! Shame about the whale and Ewww I would never let my kids jump all over a rotting carcus either!

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