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