Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hawaii

Dave and I got to take a May trip to the big island this year.  It was a perfect end of term get away and it was a special treat to be there on Mother's day.  Here's a recap:

Day 1-Sunday
A quick stop for groceries, check into hotel, food and bed.  Dave made shrimp for dinner and used red wine instead of white to season them so we had a dinner of blue Shrimp :) We are loving our first day in Kona.

Day 2-Monday
Rented Kayak's at Kona Boys
Sandwiches at Bread and Butter
Kayak trip and swimming with dolphins
We visited The Painted Church
Cinnamon rolls at Lava Java
Strolls down the paths at Four Seasons and bit at Hua Tree
Explored  Kona




Captain Cook Monument




Day 2-Tuesday
Buns in the Sun Breakfast
More snorkeling on the beaches we found
We grilled some great steak for dinner.

Day 4-Wednesday
We drove up the coast so I could do the rave runner mentioned in runners world
here

Pic in Runner's World



And me:





Some other pictures of the day:



Hikes on beaches






 That evening we experienced the amazing manta ray night dive.  We had over 14 manta ray's swimming all around us. It was spectacular.












We hit Ultimate Burger after for dinner and it hit the spot.

Day 4-Thursday
We drove to the volcano today and made stops at 
Kailua Candy
Rainbow falls-I found a great cliff to jump off:







We had quite a climb to get to the cliff for jumping.




Cliff jump:



We spent time hiking around the Volcano National park and then came back for the evening viewing of the volcano. It hasn't been this active for 30 years so we were excited to get to see it. There were parts of the hike that were so dry and others that were so lush.








Thai Thai for dinner
We stayed in hotel in Hilo for the night so we could explore more of this side of the island.
View from our balcony:






Day 4: Friday
We found some great deals on Quicksilver and surf clothes and spent some time shopping.
Ken's house of Pancakes for breakfast
Two more waterfalls and one with a rope swing!



 








Here's a video of Dave on the rope swing:



What's Shakin for smoothie
Lunch and doughnut at Tex Drive in
Stopped by Queens Shops to check out Quicksilver shop
Amazing sunset and happy hour at Don The Beachcomber




Dave was thrilled because he could watch the playoff basketball game and the sunset at the same time.



Day 5-Saturday
Relaxing day
Place of Refuge and snorkeling
South Kona fruit stand for banana bread and fruit
Shopping and art gallery hopping downtown Kona
Don's happy hour again-live music/Pina Coladas.  Wonderful final last day





Day 6-Sunday-return home to Aaron:)
We were so thrilled to get time on the big island.  It's one of the best snorkeling spots and you can read more about snorkeling here and around the world here.

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