Day 1 on the Big Island - just lounging and resting

Kailua Travel Blog

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First view of the hammock that got used A LOT during our stay.

Wow, what an experience to sleep with nothing but the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks no more than 30 feet away outside.  Actually, it was so noisy (to the point that several times during the night I thought the waves were going to come crashing through the house) that I had to close the two sets of sliding glass doors that lead out to the patio and close some of the windows.  And talk about beautiful stars - you never see anything like it in the city.

Here's a link to the house we rented:  http://www.vrbo.com/34465

All I can say is that the owners, Peter and Darla, went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed.  It was a fantastic location, easy to get to, and very centrally located to everything on the windward side of Hawaii.  The house is also right next to Pahoehoe Beach Park that offers a great place to ride the waves.  The beach itself is rather small but still fun.  Saw a few honu (green sea turtles) here on different occasions.

Took the opportunity today to check out the city of Kailua-Kona and get settled since we are here for a week.  Tons of great shops, art galleries, etc.  Made trips to Costco for bulk food for meals, to Walmart for a preview of the souvenirs and just to ride around.

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First view of the hammock that got…
First view of the hammock that go…
Looking north toward Kailua-Kona.
Looking north toward Kailua-Kona.
View toward the south from the dec…
View toward the south from the de…
Looking to the North from the seco…
Looking to the North from the sec…
View of the deck at Hale-Honu.
View of the deck at Hale-Honu.
Yes, Hale Honu really IS this clos…
Yes, Hale Honu really IS this clo…
THe dining room at Hale Honu.
THe dining room at Hale Honu.
One of the upstairs bedrooms at Ha…
One of the upstairs bedrooms at H…
The other updstairs bedroom at Hal…
The other updstairs bedroom at Ha…
Photo of the honeymoon suite, even…
Photo of the honeymoon suite, eve…
The honeymoon suite.  AKA, the apa…
The honeymoon suite. AKA, the ap…
The view out from the first floor …
The view out from the first floor…
Looking toward the south from the …
Looking toward the south from the…
Orchids were blooming all over the…
Orchids were blooming all over th…
Good, the place came stocked with …
Good, the place came stocked with…
No, that isnt just Coke in that g…
No, that isn't just Coke in that …
Me with my friends Jason and Scott…
Me with my friends Jason and Scot…
The car situation was crowded to s…
The car situation was crowded to …
Why is Will the only one with hair…
Why is Will the only one with hai…
Ok boys, strike a pose!
Ok boys, strike a pose!
View of the Kona shopping area fac…
View of the Kona shopping area fa…
Will, our in-house flight attendan…
Will, our in-house flight attenda…
Jason and Steven trying our their …
Jason and Steven trying our their…
Well, Jason figured his out.  Now …
Well, Jason figured his out. Now…
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