Friday

Another day in paradise or pretty close to it.  The water seemed warmer than the air when we got to the beach just after 8:00.  We’ve heard people complaining about how cold it is and some record low temperatures have been recorded in Hawaii.  It has dipped down to the 50’s in a few places but it seems pretty nice to us.

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After our swim Kathy walked over to the Waikoloa Beach, a little over an hour walk.  We arranged to meet and I drove over to go for a walk there.

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Very nice walks around this area.

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I happened to meet Kathy on her way between stores.  I carried on to the beach.

This is in front of the Marriot Hotel.  There is a big pond between the hotel and the ocean.  The wall was washed away by the tidal wave caused by the Fukushima earthquake a few years ago and has been rebuilt.

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Back to the King’s Shops to meet Kathy.

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In the afternoon our walk took us to the beach.  This is a favourite.

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Kathy pointed out these flowers.  Story has it that one half grows by the ocean and the other half grows in the mountains.  Together they make a whole.  The officiant at Tan and Trav’s wedding told this story and gave them each a flower.

We came across some turtles so pictures were taken.

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We watched a fellow doing some surfing on his paddle board.

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While we were watching we saw a whale breach behind him.  This is the only time so far this trip that I could have used my camera with the telephoto lens.

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We went through the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, stopping for a photo at a nice spot outside.

In the hotel lobby, Christmas trees were decorated today by local charities.  Much like the trees that used to be at the Empress Hotel in Victoria and are now at the Bay Centre.

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For a dollar you can vote for your favourite.  The charities split the donations.

After a quick stop at the market, we got home a little after 5:00.  My advent calendar beer today was the “beer that made Milwaukee famous” as they used to say.

Very clear and calm all day today; sunset from our lanai.

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