Day 5 in Hawaii was a bit of a sad day as we had to leave Hilo to head to the other side of the island. We had only been there 4 days, but already we were starting the “Hawaiian tourist” conversation with ourselves of “what-would-we-do-if-we-lived-here”. It was awesome in Hilo. But we were booked for only 4 days on that side of the island, and it was time to move on to Kona. Before leaving Hilo, we wanted to explore a bit around the park next to our hotel. Note that Hilo is the much quieter, simpler world compared to the hustle and bustle of Kona (the other side of the island). Which isn’t to say it doesn’t have a strip with Walmart and restaurants and stuff, it does, but no giant cruise ships docking, no “pier mentality” that exists in a lot of tourist ports. It just seemed like there were a lot more regular people around. » Read the rest
Andrea and I were married on a Saturday, did the brunch thing with guests on the Sunday, took the Monday to relax and pack, and then headed to the airport on the Tuesday. We over-nighted in San Francisco and then on to Hawaii (the Big Island) on the Wednesday. We had decided to spend about 10 days on the Big Island, splitting our time between Hilo (on the East) and Kona on the west. Since the airport is just north of Kona on the west coast of the island, we had to pick up our rental car and drive to the other side of the island to Hilo.
Despite our early morning flight to the island, we weren’t in any rush to get to Hilo. We wanted to see some of the island, and since we thought we would probably take the Southern route on the way to Kona after we were done in Hilo, we decided to take the Northern route. » Read the rest