We are on our way to Mauna Lani today after our one night in Hilo. We had breakfast in the restaurant and were treated to a nice rainbow from our view out the window.
We could just barely hear the frogs during the night but not enough to keep us awake.
Our after breakfast walk took us to the large Japanese garden right beside the hotel.
then to little Coconut Island which is in front of the hotel. This island is called Moku Ola in Hawaiian which translates to “Island of Life.” Legend has it that you are feeling ill, swimming around the island 3 times would heal you.
This coconut tree is marked with the heights of different tsunamis that have hit the area. Kathy is pointing to the highest one which hit in 1940, I think it said 26 ft high. Apparently this is one reason why old downtown Hilo has never been modernized; it will undoubtedly get hit again.
Looking out the other way we could see a cruise ship in Hilo for the day.
We left Hilo around noon and drove over the Saddle Road, a different route than we took getting to Hilo. It sort of cuts straight across the island rather than along the coast.
We stopped for a bite to eat in Waikoloa Village at a Mexican food kiosk that we usually go to at least once.
We were a bit early to get to our townhouse so we went for a walk along the shore at Waikoloa Beach. This is one of the bigger beaches on the island, it is called “A Bay”, short for a long Hawaiian name.We got to our new place around 4:00; were expecting it to be pretty nice and we were not disappointed. It is in the Villages at Mauna Lani. Here are the first few photos.
At first glance it appears very well stocked even a dozen or so beers in the fridge.
After a quick walk over to the market, dinner on the lanai this evening:
We left our place and moved to Hilo. This is a several hour drive with a few stops along the way. We stopped at Honoka’a where there is a fabric store that Kathy likes.
We then stopped at the Hawaiian Vanilla Company, the only vanilla farm in the US.
Before we left, Kathy said good bye to her little goat friends.
Honoka’a is an old sugar town.
Sugar growing along side the road.
The Vanilla Company has a nice store.
Just Shakin grows their own fruit for their smoothies.
We stopprd at Rainbow Falls, a popular tourist spot close to Hilo.
This banyan tree was huge. Hilo was sunny, This guy had a very relaxing way of fishing
Hilo has a good farmers’ market everyday.
Lots of paddlers along the waterfront.
See the two little mongoose?
This was our view for dinner. Mauna Kea is in the background.
The annoying noise in this clip is caused by little frogs which were accidentally released on the island. Common in the Hilo area, they start after it gets dark and continue well into the night. The tree they are in is just outside our window.
After breakfast we drove down the hill a couple of miles to Spencer Beach State Park and went for a walk along the shore.
We came upon several little sandy beaches along the way. The place we’re staying is under the rainbow up on the hillside.
After about 30 min. We came to this sign and had to turn around.
Next to Spencers Beach Park there is a national historic site called Pu’ukohola Heiau. There are 2 big stone structures (Heiau) that were originally built by King Kamehameha in the late 1700’s. By building these, he was told that the gods would enable him to achieve his destiny and unify all the Hawaiian Islands. It worked out well for him in the end. On the way back we stopped in the very small community of Kawaihae and looked at Harbor Gallery, which has lots of incredible carvings. (No photos were taken) I did come away with some ideas.
It’s not quite as windy so far today and once again it is sunny and warm. This is the view from my chair on the lanai looking south down the coast of the Big Island.
Kathy was happy with the way her fabric turned out the other day and is doing some more pieces out back.
If I turn my head 90 degrees this is the view looking west:
It’s lunch time and it seems to me it will be easy to hang out here this afternoon.
The weather continues to be nice and clear although breezy. Our walking choices from the house are pretty limited. Up the road or down the road. We walked up the road as far as we could then came back for a cup of tea.
The house is at the end of a steep driveway. It’s obviously a very dry part of the island, in the shadow of the Kohala Mountains but there is some irrigation around the house, hence the nice vegetation. The lanai runs around 3 sides of the house so it is possible to to be in/out of the sun or breeze.
There is a bit of lawn at their front of the house and no landscaping at all around the back. Kathy thought it would be a good place to try some fabric painting because what she likes is lots of sun.
It is turning out to be quite windy around the north end of the island with wind advisories for both the east side around Hilo and over here on the west side. Probably would not have been a great day to go swimming at a lot of the places around here, there is also a surf advisory for 20 – 30 ft waves. When we go out we’ll have to watch out for falling coconuts.
When Kathy was out for a little walk up the road she noticed that there is a lime tree beside the driveway.
The road our house is on is quite short, there are only about 6 houses, ours is on a 3 acre lot. At the end road there is an empty lot with a nice view to the south east. The mountain in the background is Mauna Kea. If you look closely (or magnify it) you can see the observatories.
It is getting close to sunset time. There is bound to be some pictures shortly. In the meantime, Kathy is busy concocting a drink for herself with very fresh lime juice.
Sunset tonight was looked just like last night, we have photos anyway. Barbecuing duties await.