Hawaii day 3

Yesterday we spent the morning in a rented “cabana” overlooking the ocean; a joined pair of recliners with a shade canopy:

View of the pool area behind the cabana:

It came with a bag of snacks and water bottles:

View of the ocean from the cabana:

A mai tai, our preferred drink of Hawaii:

Then in the afternoon, we headed down the coast for a dinner cruise from Kailua Kona to Kealakekua Bay:

More mai tais:

The face of Pele in the cliff face, from lava tubes:

The Captain Cook memorial, near the spot where he died, and apparently a small patch of British soil:

Buffet dinner:

Windy selfie:


Setting sun:

Jenn watching the sun:


Almost gone:

Next, a road trip around the island on day 4.

Hawaii day 2

Yesterday was our first full day in Hawaii.

We started the day with the buffet breakfast. There is a nice koi pond outside:

There is a decent buffet selection, with various cooked, pastry, cereal, fruit, etc options. Something for everyone:

Someone having an early game of golf at the course next door:


We spent much of the day relaxing under a tree at the edge of the resort:

Palm trees above the loungers:

View from the lounger:

Picnic lunch:

Hopeful birds:

Dipping my toes in the ocean:

Looking out:

Looking back:

A hidden hot tub (too hot for us):

Part of the heated pool:

More of the pool:

We were warned that there was going to be a corporate event that evening behind our building. They spent all day setting it up. The view from our lanai:

In the evening, we headed out to the local shopping area to buy some stuff and have dinner. Here’s our rental Jeep:

The nearby outdoor shopping mall:

A sculpture at the mall:

Hawaiian Island Creations:

We had some dim sum at Pele’s Wok for dinner:

And a tasty red ginger cake with mango sorbet for dessert:

Back at the room, the corporate event was underway. After some boring management speeches, they had a dance and music performance. We watched some of it from our lanai:

I’m always fascinated by the behind-the-scenes stuff:

They even had some Maori performances:

Stay tuned for day 3 tomorrow.

Hawaii day 1

I will turn 50 tomorrow. I usually don’t bother doing much to celebrate birthdays, but we felt it appropriate to mark this milestone with something special.

So, we headed to the Big Island of Hawaii for five nights.

Yesterday was the travel day. Here’s our plane:

The traditional PDX airport carpet shot:

Me and Jenn in the plane:

Pretty tasty plane food:

Hawaii coast:

Disembarking the plane:

Open-air terminal:

Old lava rocks by the side of the road:

We were early to the resort, and our room wasn’t ready. So we killed time by having lunch near the ocean:



A kid at a nearby table was feeding a family of birds:

Our room:

View from our room’s lanai, of the ocean and next-door golf course:

A water feature:

View from the main building:

Beach and lagoon:

Baby fishes:


Black lava rocks and white coral:

Our wing of the resort in the background:

Flatbread and hummus platter for dinner:

Watching the sun set during dinner:

Post-sunset torches and palm trees:

I’m writing this post while relaxing by the lagoon. Stay tuned for day 2 tomorrow.