Saturday, January 12, 2019

Big Island Day Two

Sunrise was beautiful.  There is a four hour time difference between home and Hawaii.  I loved the sunrise it was cool…both scenic and temperature wise.

Sunrise in WaikoloaVillage

Sunrise at Waikoloa Village

I amused myself with the sunrise, flowers, birds and the lawnmowing person on the golf course. 

Breakfast on the lanai

Breakfast on the lanai…yes I have Aleve with my breakfast some days.

We took off for downtown Kona where the kids rented snorkeling gear and I bought a cool dress….cool as in light fabric.  You could spend all day wandering through the shops…I met some interesting people even a fellow from Minnesota who had a shop there.

beautiful birds

These birds were just outside a shop…you can have your photo taken with the birds perched on you…on your arms, shoulders or even your head.

  Two Beautiful old churches

There was a Farmers Market near these churches. The big white church is St Michael The Archangel Church the church off to the side remains an unknown to me.

The Farmers Market had great fruit and water…and a chair in the shade.

Snorkling on a beach

The kids went snorkeling and Far Guy went out in the water…I doused myself in the public shower and sat in the shade.  I don’t snorkel…and I don’t walk and chew gum at the same time either.  The kids reported lots of colorful fish some eels and Jen saw a Sea Snake which did not impress her.

We stopped by a thrift shop and I bought more “cool” dresses.  The guys all bought shirts.

Our family

Adam, Andy, Jen and Logan our traveling companions.

We headed for a luau on New Year’s  Eve.  The food was excellent and the entertainment wonderful….I was just hot….I think my thermostat was stuck.

Royalty coming in for the luau Royalty coming in for the luau.  I thought about skinny dipping in the water but it was too rocky and there were too many people. They probably would have hauled me off to jail where there is no air conditioning.

Punch bowls with rum

Punch Bowls full of…punch.

We met up with some more Minnesota friends so we were a group of twelve now for a few days.  Fun to watch their three little girls…they had a blast with noise makers and party hats.

I had a very nice dance with my husband to some beautiful Hawaiian music.

We were back at the condo by 9PM and asleep shortly after…I woke up briefly to lots of noise makers and fireworks when it was midnight ( 4 AM back home)…I fell asleep again quickly.

My Advice: Give yourself about two days to get used to the heat and humidity.  Stay hydrated and rest often. I packed light colored capris and tops…but they were just too warm…I did the best in swim wear or colorful Hawaiian dresses…you know the kind if you were a little girl you could twirl around in the skirt until you were dizzy or flap the front of your dress to cool off.

The high temperature on New Years Eve was 84 F with little to no breeze.  We had below zero temperatures before we left so it was at least a 90 degree temperature change for us old folks.


I am busy unpacking and doing laundry.  Far Guy had his infusion and we got groceries and ran a few errands…and filled all our bird feeders. I think the birds are glad we are back….only one feeder still had food for them.

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  1. Sounds like a mostly fun time. Although, I think I would have had as much trouble with the heat as you... I don't do well with too much heat.

  2. The new header is beautiful, as are the photos! A trip to paradise!

  3. Sounds like even though it was hot, you still had a wonderful time.

  4. I love that pretty purple in the header. I don't do well in the heat, either. I don't think it ever got to 85 more than a couple times here last summer, and it wasn't all that humid. I thought Hawaii was cooled by sea breezes, but what do I know? I've never been there. :-)

  5. The a Big Island is my favorite of the Hawaiian islands. The rugged coastline is a shock to most people who visit.

  6. Beautiful birds!
    Love the flowers in the header but I miss Chance not being there.

  7. Lots of sun things to see and do and it does sound like you had a good time, even if you were so hot. When your hot, you’re hot. I wear sundresses all of the time in the summer, in Hawaii or not! Glad you made it home safely.

  8. I find the older I get, I look better with more clothes on, then less clothes on. The dress/caftan idea is a good one. You did see some gorgeous things and it was a wonderful trip, but I am not sure I would like the heat much either.

  9. Definitely not Minnesota--LOL! Wow! What an adventure! :)

  10. Oh my goodness! What a wonderful trip. I have about a dozen question I'd love to ask you but I won't. :) Just thinking about leaving freezing Minnesota and going to hot humid Hawaii. It looks simply beautiful there. Bet the cool dresses were pretty. That's what I would have chosen too.

  11. Your description of your trip is making me chuckle! I THINK you had a good time despite the heat. Well at least it was only in the 80's.....But I can't imagine going to Hawaii and NOT going into the ocean.... numerous times ;-)

  12. I am so glad you got to go and got to find some cool clothes! Cool is good. I just love your photos and that sunrise is delightful!

  13. Your description makes me a little envious. I lived in Okinawa, Japan for 2 years so I know all about the heat and humidity. Between the time change (WI and Japan) and the climate it took me about 2 weeks to get adjusted. Glad you had fun.

  14. Such awesome photos, when Tim & I went to Hawaii we had a photo taken with birds that look like those. It is a cool 21°c here today (69°f)

  15. diane in northern wisJanuary 12, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    Loving the stories from your trip and all the wonderful pictures. I just love palm trees too. Everybody in your group looks happy to be there. Wish I could see a picture of all of you together! Sounds like a great vacation!

  16. diane in northern wisJanuary 12, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Oooh love those purple flowers? at the top of your post. Very beautiful.

  17. Thrilled that you got away for such an adventure!

  18. I enjoyed the photos and the stories too. I love that even in Hawaii you found a thrift store!

  19. I also had a quiet laugh that you managed to hit a thrift store in Hawaii. Sounds like a fun trip! Now you can put your capris on and maybe more.

  20. I loved snorkeling. I don't think I could do it anymore.

  21. What a difference from Minnesota winter! No wonder your thermostat was on the blink. I bet you’ll get a chance to wear those new cool dresses in ... oh, say ... 7 or 8 months!

  22. Like Karen above, I have to chuckle at your descriptions. I do hope you dipped your toes in the water at some point.

  23. I love you sharing the pictures/stories from your trip.

  24. Sounds great..sitting and relaxing and good food and company plus beautiful scenery. I will live vicariously through your pictures. Thanks for sharing them!


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