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North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona September 2nd 2023

As usual, writing this for the 2ndamazes me, as it seems like we have squeezed in at least 2 full days, and not just one. I'm wiped out! Of course we were up early, but this time waited for the sun. Made a coffee and arrived at the Paradise Bakery by 7:15 for our one purchase of Malasadas, a Portuguese filled donut. Evidently they make 1000 every morning, and yes they were mighty fresh. David had coconut cream filled, I had one filled with pineapple jam, and the other with a local fruit, lilikoi – like passionfruit. We ate one right away before driving the 30-40 mins north to the Black 49 Beach, just south of where we were yesterday at Mauna Lani. We were #13 for 20 parking passes – it is a holiday weekend ... read more
B Amazing ahi tuna
B Beach for am snorkel
B David on beach

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona September 1st 2023

Up with the crickets again to cook our oatmeal breakfast and head up the hill again. It was 52 this time when we got there!! But this time we were dressed more for it. No new birds, just the lovely usual. Instead I took more photos of the plantings. After a short turnaround, we headed north to the beach at Mauna Lani. We had been there before in December 2021. The water was just about as cold this time, and the walk from the parking lot at the restrooms a LONG ¾ mile because we were lugging the 2 chairs, cooler with waters, and snorkeling gear across the smooth undulating lava fields. By then it was 90 degrees, per the car. Still, it was well worth it. An easy sandy entrance gives way to many coral ... read more
A David birding up high
B A view from our road in am
B Amazing lunch

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona August 31st 2023

Hawaii Blog 2023 On Wednesday the 30th we were up before the birds (3:00 am) to drive to Columbus for an excellent Southwest connection through Las Vegas. It is amazingly bleak and brown as you fly near Las Vegas! We had Row 14 exit row seats – great leg room and empty middle seat, lucky us. When we arrived David had arranged a surprise welcome party with lovely leis and a kukui nut bracelet. Happy late 52nd anniversary to us! Our car rental – expensive – is a small car (couldn’t get both large suitcases in the trunk, tho’ we didn’t try very hard) but sporty – a Ford Mustang. Good exercise getting in and out too. The AirBnB is only 10 mins from the Kailua-Kona airport, and is just like the back half of a ... read more
A Apapane endemic bird
A Lavendar Waxbill endemic bird
A Yellow billed cardinal female

Bonjour à tous, Les soirées ici, ça tourne court. Mes lieux de résidence sont excentrés, c'est repas vers les 7H, et je mange tard par rapport aux locaux, et aux anglo-saxons en général. Hier un bon steak, accompagné d'un riz cantonnais, normal dans un resto tenu par des chinois, et point final. Retour à la chambre bien avant 8H. Je reviens un peu sur mon hôtesse, Viviane. Hier au soir elle est revenue me voir, pour me mettre en garde de bien débrancher, la cafetière, et le grille pain, lorsque je quitte la chambre ça peut être dangereux. De plus, garer ma voiture, pas comme la sienne mais dans l'autre sens, plus plein de détails insignifiants, mais qui doivent compter pour elle. J'ai l'impression que c'est madame gendarme, mais ça reste facile de lui faire plaisir. ... read more
fin de la route
toujours la vue
le jardin

Bonjour à tous, J'ai enfin quitté la côte est de Big Island, et je viens d'apprendre qu'on la surnomme la côte de la pluie. Je confirme. A Volcano Village où était situé l'hôtel il à du pleuvoir pendant 22 heures sans discontinué. Ce matin à 7h30, l'heure du départ, je vois un grand ciel bleu au-dessus du parc, mais arrivé à la route, où la vue dégagée des arbres, tout au fond c'est bien noir encore. Rien à faire je parts à l'opposé, ou le ciel est magnifique. Ma route aujourd'hui, est de contourné toute la pointe sud de l'île et de remonter jusqu'à environ la moitié de la côte ouest. Les 80 premiers kilomètres, je les fais sur une route encore une fois un tapis. Les routes nationales ici laisse rêveur par la qualité du ... read more
baie des dauphins
black sand beach
plage de Koekoa

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona April 15th 2023

I’m so tired/relaxed/tipsy, I almost cannot write this. I’ll have some more wine, while watching the surfers the sunset from our balcony, and maybe it will get more entertaining. So we upped sticks from our beautiful view in Kauai and headed for another beautiful view on Big Island, just south of Kona. But not before we finished our final adventure activity with some tubing. Packed up all our stuff and drove just outside of Lihue where we were kitted out before being driven to the ‘backcountry’ to start our adventures The channels we were going to travel along were mostly handcut (except for one unsuccessful dynamite attempt) by immigrants to provide irrigation (for sugar I think) but now provide water supplies across the island…and tubing. A short safety briefing and we were tipped in to the ... read more
Through the tunnel
Even if we weren’t always close, we could always hear her
Was too cool to spend most of the journey with us

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona April 12th 2022

ON THE MEND Hawaii is a favorite travel destination for Americans. We were three older ladies, almost strangers, in a condominium in Hawaii. We had all been to Hawaii more than once. Recreational ballroom dancing was our common bond. After Covid, there were no venues open for recreational ballroom dancing in Kona. However, is there a more beautiful place to spend time relaxing and getting to know one another better than Hawaii? I was still recuperating from my broken clavicle, but I was gaining strength and mobility. As we got settled in we started finding more to do around the area. We went to a really nice public park on the beach. We shopped at a great little thrift shop, called Memory Lane. They had great low prices and sales and we went several times. We ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona April 5th 2022

HEALING IN HAWAII KONA APRIL 2022 In early 2022 I began thinking about my next trip and I started reading tours offered on a travel site called Rosie’s Responsible Travel. A 21-day camping trip on the African continent caught my imagination. I began working on the required visas and immunizations. Africa is so diverse and so big and I felt a little shaky about organizing my own trip, but an ordinary packaged tour felt too tame. I backpack so I have tenting experience and guests on this journey are expected to contribute and help prepare meals, and set up and tear down our own tents. The tour company changed my proposed trip to one that starts on my birthday. It is a big one…my 80th. So the company announced my age on the paperwork, not that ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona December 27th 2021

Our first day in Hawaii was a resort day. I had worried a bit about how the kids would do with jet lag and figured a day to relax and nap wouldn't be a bad thing. Honestly, the laid-back day at our Outrigger Kona resort worked out great! Yesterday, we arrived at the airport at 7:15am Central time (3:15am Hawaii time). At our layover in Denver, we learned that United stopped doing the Hawaii pre-clear in the airport (that's where they check your vaccination documents and give you a bracelet so that you don't have to stand in the long clear line in Hawaii). So, when we landed in Hawaii at 4:15pm (8:15pm Central), we had to wait to be cleared. After that, we caught our shuttle to the car rental place and waited for our ... read more
Free Cultural Walking Tour at Outrigger Kona Resort
Bell Rock
Andrew and the kids

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona June 15th 2021

Lots to tell. Left Gerri’s yesterday afternoon to stay in Hotel near BWI. Had to get up at 3:30 this morning to catch first flight. One and three-quarters hour flight to Nashville. Walked off that plane and immediately boarded flight to LAX. Five hours later we deplaned at Terminal 1 and had to find Hawaiian Air. I can literally say now that I hate LAX. Our flight was scheduled for 12:10, and we got there at 9:30, so you would think we had plenty for time to find our flight. Oh no! We ended up walking around for over a half hour looking for any sort of customer service rep. We found a lot of places that said it you walked through door, you would have to go through TSA again to re-enter. Can you say ... read more

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