We're back from Hawaii - got back Wednesday night, actually. My iPad is still on Hawaii time, it's kinda nice.
We spent a week at our timeshare Paniolo Greens. We were a bit surprised at the weather. Hot and humid, not breezy like it has been in the past. But we still didn't cave and pay $5 a day for AC. We live in AC for many months here in AZ, so we wanted to enjoy the fresh air.
We hit our usual favorite beaches (Kikaua Point and Mahai'ula Beach). We also went to Mauna Kea beach for the first time during this trip, we really liked it.
We hiked down Pololu Valley. We had never been to that area and were surprised by the weather change and temperature drop - it was quite a relief to get away from the heat and humidity for a few hours. The hike wasn't too bad, it would've been better if it wasn't so muddy and slippery (I fell on my ass and it looked like I crapped myself). Our son was a bit nervous about the hike, but once I fell and he saw that I was ok, he seemed fine. He beat us down and back up.
We made our way to the Waipio Valley Lookout, Tex for lunch and malasadas, The Botanical Gardens (did you know that a tour van fell in the water there?), and What's Shakin for a smoothie.
Our last 5 days were spent in Kona. We stayed at Kona Reef (unit A1). It's ocean front, bottom floor, right next to the beach. It was an awesome price of $125/ night, but it definitely needs a lot of work. And perhaps a better cleaning crew.
We chartered a fishing boat one day - hooked up. I think their family owns Pancho and Lefty's. We had no luck fishing and I got seasick after about 2 hours (even with that stupid patch behind my ear). Tom hooked a large blue marlin and wrestled with it for quite a while, but it got away.
Tom got his first tattoo at Big Island Tattoos. - a manta ray with a shark inside. Tom found the idea online and Rockwood drew up his own version. I got my 2nd one - another Rockwood original - a hibiscus with the Hawaiian Island coming out where the stem should be.
We ate at our usual favorite spots - Kona Brewing Company and Huggo's on the Rocks. We ate breakfast/lunch at Bongo Ben's one day. It was our first time eating there. Not bad - good portions for good prices (except for my husband, he ordered a sausage and egg breakfast sandwich and it looked like a little egg mc muffin.
Sad to leave as always, but we had a great time. See you again in 2 years.