Posted by admin at June 19th, 2010

Chuck and I returned early this morning from a great Hawaiian vacation.  Kona, HI and the Big Island of Hawaii was the perfect place to unwind from intense school year,  celebrate a big birthday, and to remember our anniversary.  It was perfect all around. 

The King Kamehameha Beach Hotel was great.  They just upgraded the property and although they are still working on details, the rooms and the grounds were perfect.  It was right next to the municipal pier and right along the seawall and Alii Road.  It is also the beginning and ending of the Iron Man swim which was really cool as well.   The hotel grounds had it’s own little beach and truly was so beautiful to awaken to every morning.    The palm trees, the bay, the beach…what more could you ask for?

The flight over and back was totally cramped.  Delta needs to update their aircraft.  This plane was almost 20 years old and was showing its wear.  The seat backs and tray tables didn’t work and the monitors were CRT monitors.  Chuck had a tought time staying comfortable.  So we need to work this out the next time we go.

I don’t think there is a lot I can say.  Kailua Kona has such a relaxed atmosphere and we were in that “groove” really fast.  There were beaches to explore, trolleys to take is here and there and people that are so friendly and full of “Aloha Spirit”.  

The one thing I marveled at was the kids of Kailua Kona.  They have a love and respect for themselves, others and their environment.  It is so palpable especially when you see the large groups of kids playing at the beach.  There were no lifeguards on duty at 90% of the beaches we saw.  The kids were always in groups, always watching out for each other and always having a great time in the water.  They are fearless of the ocean.  There were no “moms” hovering about making play dates and scehduling activities.  It was a beautiful thing to see.

The weather was great but there was always a light rain in the afternoon and it would all go away after that. 

Yesterday Chuck and I went paddleboarding.  It was great to get out on the bay and experience the ocean.  It was so incredibly blue that you could see down twenty feet.  Paddleboarding is a trip.  I did stand up on my board but once I got out to open ocean it tough to stay up because of the choppy conditions.  Still, Chuck and I were out there enjoying all that Hawaii had to offer including it’s beautiful, blue ocean.

Vacations are for relaxing and slowing down the pace of life.  We had the option of renting a car, but didn’t follow through.  It was a good thing we didn’t because walking to and from Kailua Village was so exciting.  The act of walking seems to slow the pace down and with the comfortable sandals, it was even more fun.