This has been the most relaxing part of our vacation so far. Less adventure but plenty of beach time. We are staying in a property right next to the Mauna Lani Resort at Pauoa Bay. So we have access to the Resort and all the amenities, plus our own private beach as well and oh we have taken advantage of it. This has been our view for the past week.
My parents arrived Wednesday late afternoon. They went to bed pretty early, that four hour time adjustment is a beast. We did make it back in time to see the sunset. I quote my mother here “breathtaking.” She actually cried. It was one of those moments I will never forget.
My parents haven’t enjoyed a “real” vacation in decades. My daddy retired this past year, then had surgery, now finally starting to enjoy retirement with this trip. I’m so glad they came. After they went to bed Keith and I went to the store for groceries and then over to the resort to enjoy the some night life.
Thursday we had no plans. The kids and I went exploring the Resort. Spent time at the beach and the pools. Had a virgin margarita and scheduled some massages for Friday for my mom and I. Bought some souvenirs.
Friday morning we went to the Kona Hawaii Temple. The older kids and I did baptisms. My mom stayed out with our youngest and they slipped away for ice cream after a walk around the grounds. After baptisms our daughter drove the kids back and we did a Session with my parents.
Friday afternoon my mom and I enjoyed 90 minute hot rock massages. OMG it was sooooo good. The wet sauna was a great way to finish our spa time. The eucalyptus was a nice touch. It was a very, very good day.
Oh I almost forgot to tell you!!!! I Finally got a tan. A real Hawaiian one. I was walking by a mirror and stopped dead in my tracks, had to look twice. I had to run and show Keith and yeah. He may have explored my tan lines lol. Maybe this one wlll last longer since it is was a kiss from Hawaiian Sun. Yay for me!
Saturday the men went golfing early. The rest of us had a lazy morning. Went out for some treats after lunch and then I booked some activities for the remainder of our trip on Kauai. Saturday night we enjoyed a Luau and entertainment. Loved all of it but the fire dancing was incredible!
Sunday we attended church in Waimea. The Saints are so kind and friendly. Waimea is about 30 minute drive East.
Monday was our grand adventure. We left around 9 am and drove to Hilo. We drove inland there, past the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve, and back via the coast. The 90 minutes was about 3 hours each way with a couple of stops. We had a helicopter tour that was about an hour that just blew my mind. It is surreal to think that Hawaii is a volcano. I mean there is actual lava flows and it is active. I would highly recommend Safari Helicopter Tours. The pilot was great and despite a little anxiousness it all worked out.
Tuesday came too quickly. We had a big breakfast then started on the checkout list. Keith ran my parents to the airport and to turn in the Suburban. We took the shuttle to the airport and joined him for our flight to Kauai. One tip I now know. Island Air and Hawaiian Airlines both offer flights between the islands. They are both good Airlines. Island Air flies at lower altitude because of the type of plane they have. This is good because you can really enjoy the views. However all their flights go through their hub in Honolulu. So flying from Maui to the Big Island you go first to Oahu. Then from the Big Island to Kauai you go first to Oahu. It is a beautiful flight but takes much longer. Hawaiian Airlines has direct flights which take like 30 minutes to an hour instead of 3 hours. In the future I will use Island Air for flights to and from Oahu but Hawaiian Airlines from the other islands so I don’t have to fly into Honolulu for the stop. Just passing along some experience lol. ❤️. Kauai your up next. Praying for good weather. Fun to be had.