Hawaii Life

I haven’t been to Hawaii in twenty years and I’ve never been to the big island. It was quite exciting to have a mid-winter vacation / work break in this tropical paradise.

The hotel was next to a golf course and, although I don’t golf, it was a great place to be in the morning to watch the sun rise and walk the beach.

Sunrise view
Sunrise view

There was a beautiful black sand beach that required a significant hike to get to, but was well worth it. The waves were spectacular and I caught some people surfing.

View of the black sand beach from the top of the hill...the point where the hike began.
View of the black sand beach from the top of the hill…the point where the hike began.
Sitting on the beach.
Sitting on the beach.
Watching the waves roll in
Watching the waves roll in

Another highlight was zip lining at Umauma Falls. There are nine zips with the longest being a half mile.

Getting ready to zip
Getting ready to zip
View of one of the longer zips
View of one of the longer zips

I’d go swimming with the dolphins again in a flash with Kona Ocean Adventures

We saw several humpback whales, with bottle nose dolphins accompanying them
We saw several humpback whales, with bottle nose dolphins accompanying them
There must have been a hundred spinners and spotted dolphins
There must have been a hundred spinners and spotted dolphins
Several hours of snorkeling was a great way to spend the morning
Several hours of snorkeling was a great way to spend the morning

One of my personal highlights was visiting this ukulele builder and purchasing a beautiful uke.

Sam Rosen in his shop with the latest new ukulele owner
Sam Rosen in his shop with the latest new ukulele owner

Hawaii is one of the best places in the world to see the stars…and the sunset

Sunset at the National Observator on Mauna Loa at 10,000 feet
Sunset at the National Observator on Mauna Loa at 10,000 feet

The stars are a challenge to photograph (without good technical skills), but here is Orion’s Belt.

Orion's Belt
Orion’s Belt

We also had dinner on the mountain while waiting for the sunset with friends.

Dinner with friends on Mauna Loa while waiting for the sun to set
Dinner with friends on Mauna Loa while waiting for the sun to set

The final stop, on the day we were leaving, was at the Hawaii Botanical Gardens in Hilo. It’s very difficult to find, but well worth it.

Fan palm
Fan palm
Ginger
Ginger
One of many orchids
One of many orchids
Orchid
Orchid
Don't know what this was, but the tree was full of these tiny flowers
Don’t know what this was, but the tree was full of these tiny flowers
At the mouth of the stream that flowed from the top of the botanical garden hill to the ocean
At the mouth of the stream that flowed from the top of the botanical garden hill to the ocean

 

About Bob

Bob has been a writer all his life. He has had to do many other things to buy groceries and make his car payments, but most of these things have involved writing, in one genre or another.
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