Big Island, Big Vacation

Posted: July 16, 2016 in Ramblings

Now this is what I think of, when I think of Hawaii.  Oahu (Honolulu) was unreal in an unpleasant way – we were in the city, it was quite developed, and there were throngs of people all over the place.  Here on the Big Island, it’s much less developed, more interesting to look at, and more peaceful – although due to the lack of development it occasionally gives me that “middle of Pennsylvania” feeling.

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View from the hotel’s lounge. We’re staying at the Fairmont Orchid.

The hotel pool is open 24 hours a day, so we went swimming at sunset (and beyond) our first night.  Quite nice!  However, the sand flies at the beachside restaurant were a real nuisance.

So far we have toured a Kona coffee plantation, participated in the hotel’s gratis stargazing program (and what a monster telescope they have), toured the Kona Brewing Co., and swum in a cove off the ocean.  Tonight we’re attending a luau, and tomorrow at the crack of dawn we arise to take a helicopter tour around the island and over the volcanoes!

The only thing therefore remaining on the list is swimming with dolphins.  We may or may not accomplish this.  Stay tuned.

 

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