Hilton Resort Pictures on Hawaii’s Big Island

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More vacation memories – Hawaii

I had hoped to organize my thoughts on the topic of my trip to Hawaii, but don’t think that will be happening.  Half my photos are on my husband’s laptop, so I can’t achieve the chronological order I had hoped for.  We are home after quite the return trip.  We left the big island at 2am CST.  We were at the airport for the flight three hours prior as I guess we wanted to enjoy the open air of the airport’s waiting area.  We arrived in LA in the wee hours of the morning and slept on the floor for about an hour.  Then we headed for San Fran, where our flight was delayed ever so slightly by a late incoming plane.  United really was having some issues.  From San Fran we went to Denver where our plane was delayed one hour.  We arrived in Bismarck at 8pm CST so this was close to 20 hours of travel time.  The temperature was below zero, wind chill of 20 below?  So that makes for a 100 degree temperature change from 80 degrees in Hawaii.

So what did we do in Hawaii?  We drove around the entire big island, stopping in Hilo for lunch.  What a great little town.  We ate at Cafe Pesto in a beautiful historic building.  You can see pictures here: http://cafepesto.com/cafe-pesto-hilo-bay-location/  I had a Lokelani pizza and it was magnificent.  We stopped at a farmer’s market where my Mom was overjoyed to purchase seven papayas for $2.  What a deal!  We stopped at a volcano site which was luckily, uneventful.

Quiet Volcano

Our trip back in the night was quite frightful.  We were on an unfamiliar narrow, winding road with other cars’ headlights blinding us.   We stopped shortly at Annies Island Fresh Burgers and I had the “Good Karma Burger”..portabello mushroom accented with bulgar, tahiti lime mayo, parmesan on a bun. First time eating purple potato salad.  Find more info here:  http://www.anniesislandfreshburgers.com/

We spent a good deal of time at Waikoloa Hilton Resort.  http://www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com/  That is where we took the picture of the beach and colorful birds.  We paddle boated and saw Honu Sea Turtles and fish.  The feral cats you see in the photos are present in many parking lots and at the resort we stayed at.  They seem to be well taken care of, though I do wonder if their population is being controlled.

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My trip to Hawaii has a rough start

Hapuna Beach

To get from point A to point B is not always a smooth transition.  I am currently on Hawaii’s Big Island staying in Kona.  The image you see is Hapuna Beach, a beautiful spot with waves gently  rolling in on lovely sand.  I would like to take you back, though, to where it all started at home in North Dakota.  A blizzard was blowing through the morning we left at 6am.  My parents who were   traveling to Hawaii also had their flight cancelled by the airline due to the weather.  Lucky for us we were able to take off despite the inclement weather.  Our Denver to San Francisco flight was not hampered by the weather either, but by a mechanical glitch.  We sat on the plane for an hour as a fire alarm sounded in the cockpit.   Something was obviously misfiring.  We were allowed to leave the plane while decisions were made.  A new copilot was needed, and eventually a new crew as they had run out of duty hours.   We chatted with the attendants about what we should do as we would miss our connecting flights if the delay went on too long.  The plane was delayed five hours, we later learned.  We hopped on a plane to LA instead after an hour of standing in line for the ticket agent to work out our new course.  We felt so lucky.  We had a very short layover at LAX, just a half hour to get from terminal four to terminal seven.  When the plane landed we dashed, irritating the first class passengers who believed we should stay seated while they leisurely gathered their things.  I was directed to go down some stairs but saw it was a security checkpoint.  Where was this shuttle?  We were running madly through the airport, no idea where we were going as there is little in the way of signs directing passengers.  We were just in time to get to the gate, with five minutes remaining before the gates would close.  I had my ticket scanned and ran to the plane.  Nick was stopped and told he was not “checked in”.  I was called back.  A woman tried to allow us both through, but her rude coworker insisted “You go, he stays”.  As if this was logical.  Well, after all our rushing, we no longer had two seats.  It took some time to find someone to help us get a hotel and get a new flight from LA scheduled for the next morning.  We were crushed.  We had hoped to make this a one day trip, not two.  In LA we had supper at our hotel, I had a delicious greek salad that was so fresh.  The flight the next morning was a breeze for us, though very long and boring.  I felt bad for a woman who was directed off the plane; she had a bloody nose and they wouldn’t allow her to fly.  When we arrived in Hawaii we felt the heat immediately and the open air of Kona’s airport was a welcome change from the freezing air of North Dakota.  And so the adventure began!  To be continued….

The Wizard of Oz – There’s no place like home

‘The Wizard of Oz!’ by FifthSonSutra

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Checking the weather..

I have a confession to make: I have been checking the weather in Kona every day for the last few days.  Looks like it should be in the mid 70s next week!  I have also been slowly gathering items to pack for our trip to Hawaii.  Meanwhile, I look out my window here in ND and while it looks sunny it is very cold.  It should warm up to the 30s this week, then drop down into the deep freeze while we are in Hawaii.  Great timing!  It is not easy to focus on what I need to do this week when I am thinking ahead to our trip next week.  Still, I will enjoy the technically warm 30 degree temps and sunshine we have this week.