S: Big Island, Hawaii 2011
FC: The Janecek's Big Island Vacation August 2011
1: Flying to HAWAII | Our Plight to Kona We woke before sunrise at 4am for our 5:55 am flight from Binghamton Airport. We flew through Dulles and from there to Los Angeles. In LA Mark paid for us to relax in comfort at the United Airlines Executive Lounge. There we snacked on complimentary soda and pretzel mix. It was nice to be able to relax in comfortable seats. From LA we flew into Kona , Hawaii and arrived at 3:35 pm.
2: Kona Flying into Kona looks like you are landing onMars. It's really cool looking. All you see is jagged rock formations with a tarmac laying on top of it. When you look out the window of the airplane you can see where the lava flow met up with the ocean. It looks very desolate. The airport reminded me of a native village. It was just grass roofed open air huts surrounded by lava.
4: After traveling for over 17 hours, arriving to find our rental car is non-existent, and then having to drive 40 minutes to our timeshare, we were exhausted and grumpy. We had all we could do to get groceries and eat dinner. We were dragging. It was only 6:30 pm in Hawaii but at home it was after midnight and we were hungry and tired. So, we ordered a take out pizza for dinner and fell into our beds beyond exhausted. I could have slept through an earthquake. I can't wait for tomorrow zzzzz zzzz zzzz | Paniola Greens | Paniola Greens
5: We must have been tired. We slept 12 hours. Mark woke up and made us a breakfast of eggs, bacon, and sour dough toast. Michael was still sleeping on the pull out couch It was 8:30 am and he didn't want to get up. He didn't care that it was 2:30 pm NY time We had to pull him out of the bed.
7: When Michael finally woke up, we drove into Kona for lunch. We ate a Huggo's which I had heard about on the Travel Channel. The food was really good and it was nice sitting on the beach with our feet in the sand. As we sat admiring the view we spotted our first turtle resting on the rocks below.
9: Day 1
10: Day 1 we spent on the road getting familiar with the area and taking in the scenery While driving we passed miles of lava flows just like the one in this photo. Each lava flow is identified by the year it occurred.
13: HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
14: The Hilton Waikoloa was beautiful and Huge. It is so large that it has it's own tram and boat line to get from one side of the complex to the other | We spent our evenings walking the grounds. The hallways were decorated with artwork from different cultures. It was very impressive.
16: The Hilton's grounds were spectacular and the sunsets were unlike anything we have seen.
17: There is so much to do there. They have their own lagoon for water sports and a dolphin encounter. Their swimming pool was gorgeous and had a grotto that had a waterfall cascading into it.