Mele Kalikimaka!

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Hapuna Beach
We decided it was best to spend Christmas Day at the beach. Everyone else did too. As the resort tram pulled up to our hotel, we could see it was packed with people heading to the beach. When we arrived at the lobby, there was mass exodus of beach goers wearing bathing suits and flip flops and carrying various inflatable water thingies.

We first went to the popular Hapuna beach. We scoped out a decent spot and went in the water for a bit. After awhile we decided to get lunch at beach restaurant where the food was fresh and tasty. By the time we left, the thick clouds were rolling in so we decided to hurry and check out another beach before the downpour started. I had heard Waialea Beach was nice and it was on the way back to our hotel so we decided to check it out.


A guidebook my friend gave me about the Big Island said that the signs for Waialea Beach and some other points of interest are "conveniently missing". The locals we encountered on the Big Island were extremely friendly to non-locals, but you definitely get a sense that there are places they don't want tourists to know about. This can be frustrating when you're trying to find a place and don't see signs for it or certain places are hard to get to. But I think it's understandable and it adds to the charm of the island.

After a few wrong turns, we found our way to Waialea Beach. This was a small beach that was much more secluded than the previous one. The lava rocks and the big trees with low winding branches made for interesting and pleasant scenery. Unfortunately, it started to rain just as we arrived.
Looking down at Hapuna Beach's blue water
There are plenty of things rain won't stop you from doing in Hawaii, but sitting at the beach is not one of them.

After we got back we sat on the balcony and watched it pour. It was relaxing to listen to the rain and nice to breath in the humid tropical air. The rain let up a bit and my mom and I decided that we should explore the Hilton Waikaloa Village. We had taken the tram several times but had yet to ride the boat. The boat was super slow and hardly gets you anywhere considering the property is so huge.

On the boat, a woman struck up a conversation with a kid about what activities he had done at the resort. He got really excited and chatty and told her that among other things, he had gone down a waterslide and thought it was really scary.
Waialea Baeach
The woman made a big deal about him being brave. A precocious little boy who appeared to be the woman's son overheard and said, "Is that the slide I went down like ten times?" I started to understand the appeal of this humongous resort. It attracts families because of the abundance of kid-oriented activities. The parents can either join them for things like swimming with the dolphins or leave them at day camp and have a day off.

We rode the boat until the end of the line and then got out to check out a few places that we hadn't seen yet. We continued along a beachside path on the perimeter of the resort which was much more pleasant and scenic that what was contained inside. At the far end of the resort, we encountered a peaceful Buddha statue and a wonderful sunset.

As the sun was lowering itself behind the clouds and ocean, I noticed some tiki torches in the distance being lit one by one by a moving torch. I realized there was someone running around lighting the torches. It was pretty entertaining. Since we were at the far end of the hotel, we decided to stay until he reached our end. As he approached, we could see that along with some native Hawaiian attire, he was sporting a Santa hat. Festive. When he reached the end of the hotel by the Buddha statue, he stopped to blow a conch shell and turned to run back the other way. Mele Kalikimaka!
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Hapuna Beach
Hapuna Beach
Looking down at Hapuna Beachs blu…
Looking down at Hapuna Beach's bl…
Waialea Baeach
Waialea Baeach
Nice flowers on the outskirts of t…
Nice flowers on the outskirts of …
Dolphins
Dolphins
The ocean held up a mirror
"The ocean held up a mirror"
Christmas sunset with Buddha
Christmas sunset with Buddha
The torch runner pics are blurry, …
The torch runner pics are blurry,…
On his way to Buddha
On his way to Buddha
Blowing the conch shell
Blowing the conch shell
Running back the other way
Running back the other way
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photo by: WorldXplorer