I had never been to Hawaii before and had no real desire to go. I mean, big deal - beaches and palm trees. I lived in California for pete's sake! I could see those any day. But Ed really wanted to take me there so I figured, what the heck, a week on the Big Island wouldn't be so bad. The minute we stepped off the plane, I could see that this was a different and wonderful place. The smells of flowers, the silky air, the sounds of Hawaiian music. the breezes. The money and language are the same, yet you feel like you're in a foreign country. We stayed in a condo unit at Kona by the Sea on Alii drive and I was in love.
|The place we stayed on our first trip to Kona.|
|Took this photo to freak out family and friends|
|Follow up photo this trip|
We've been back to the Big Island four times and visited all the other islands. The Big Island is definitely our favorite - so much to see and do and so many varieties of climate and topography. Not to mention some truly special memories. Our most recent trip was a couple of weeks ago. We hadn't been there for 5 years and forgot how much we loved it! This time we stayed at Kona Coast Resort. During this trip we visited some of the spots from our first vacation there.
|Photo by the ocean 2000 - back when I could still wear white shorts!|
|2011 ocean shot|
|Dinner at Huggos 2000|
|Outside Huggos 2011|
Notice Ed's Guido Bandito look in the 2000 photos! Love it! We'll go back to Kona again - it's a special place for us and a wonderful way to spend a week.