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Archives March 2006 

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Seaview In Puna

Seaview is a small subdivision on the Puna coast that is probably not going to appear in your normal travel brochure.  It is not listed in the 101 Things To Do book that is in every tourist rack, but I found it to be a really pleasant little subdivision.  I guess what I found most interesting is the varied colors and architecture that exists in the subdivision.

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Posted by Richard Binckley at 3/31/2006 10:03 PM | View Comments | Add Comment | Trackbacks

 

Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park


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A beautiful place that was destroyed in the 1946 tsunami.
Posted by Richard Binckley at 3/25/2006 8:36 PM | View Comments | Add Comment | Trackbacks

 

Ka Lae - South Point

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This is the southern most place in the USA and it is one of the, if not the most, historic sites in Hawaii.  It is thought to be the most probable place humans first set foot on the islands. 

Posted by Richard Binckley at 3/21/2006 6:57 PM | View Comments | Add Comment | Trackbacks

 

Vacation 2006

Well we are back after two great weeks on the Big Island.  We had a tremendous trip that needs to be logged.  We started the trip by staying the first night at Uncle Billy's Kona Coast Hotel in Kailua-KonaKi-lou-ah Ko-nah.  It was just easier to get a room there for the first night as after the long plane trips of about 12 combined hours and getting the rent car, I was not ready for a long car trip across the island.

They put us on the fourth floor which was fine for the view, but put us as far away from the elevator as was possible.  It took about a 1 block walk to get to the elevator.  We touched base with our friend Marty and arranged to meet for breakfast the next morning.  Being dead tired by this time we retired for the evening, falling asleep with the Olympics on the TV.

The next morning we called Marty to tell her we were on the way to find out she could not go to breakfast due to illness.  Plans change.  We took our time getting out of the hotel and decided we would do our shopping for the next week while in Kailua.  It was nice to visit the Safeway we had shopped at so many times before and they even had our shopping card still in their computer!

Next we were off to Waipio
Y-pee-oh.  Check in time was 2:00 pm so to kill some time we went up to the KalopaKah-lo-pah State Recreation Area where we were looking for the horse my wife had befriended when we lived in Kailua-Kona.  To her disappointment, the horse was not there and the field looked like it was grown up and unattended for some time, so we assumed the horse moved.

Next we were off to The Waipio Ridge Vacation Rental and here is the view we were welcomed to:


Imagine waking up to this view every morning for seven days! From Waipio we made day trips to Pololu
Po-lo-lou Valley, WaimeaY-may-ah, LaupahoahoaLa-Pah-ho-ah-ho-ah, HawiHa-vee, Kapa'auKah-pah ow and KaiwaihaeKah-wye-hii.  We shopped in Honoka'aHo-no-kah ah and dined at the new Blane's Drive in a couple of times.  Spent the evenings watching the Olympics. The accommodations was an old Airstream trailer with a large deck.  For more details see: Waipio Valley


After the stay at Waipio we moved down to Hilo
Hee-low where we stayed at the Hilo Seaside hotel.  Parking was a bit of a problem, but we were lucky every evening.  The view right outside our room was this great garden:
  

From Hilo we took day trips down to Puna
Pou-nah at KalapanaKah-lah-pah-nah where the lava closed the highway and then back up the  coast road.  This is one of the prettiest drives in the world, in our opinion, and rivals the drive to Hana on Maui.  For more details on the drive see: A Trip Through Puna.

We also made a couple trips to the Volcanoes National Park up the Mauna Loa road and through the park.  Also down the Chain Of Craters Road at sundown to see if we could see the glow where the lava enters the ocean.  The lava flow was too far away from the parking area for us to see.  For more information on the Volcanoes National Park see: Volcanoes National Park.

Of course a must visit was to the Lili'uokalani
Lee-lee ou-oh-kah-lah-nee Gardens, a Japanese garden built right on Hilo Bay.  For a photo tour see: Lili'uokalani Gardens.

Another must see for us was the Hilo Zoo. The main attraction is their white Bengal Tiger.  I've not done an essay on the Zoo as of this date, but you can get more information at: www.hilozoo.com.

Another trip from Hilo while on the way back to Kailua-Kona was a stop at Punalu'u
Pu-nah-lou ou black sand beach.  This is a particularly beautiful spot and is the only black sand beach of any size since the volcano destroyed the Kalapana black sand beach.  For a trip there see: Punalu'u.

Also on our way to Kailua-Kona we stopped by Ka Lae
Kah Lie, or South Point, the southern most point in the USA.  I've not written on this subject yet, but plan to in the near future.  This is thought to be where the first humans landed on Hawaii.

Finally we were back in Kailua-Kona where we made day trips to Koloko
Ki-lou-ah Ko-nah-Honokohau National Historical park, see: Koloko-Honokohau National Park, the Koloko Fish Pond. Also we stopped by KealakekuaKah-lah-kay-kou-ah Bay (see: Kealakekua Bay.) and Pu'uhonua O HonaunauPou ou-ho-new-ah Oh Ho-now-now (see: Puuhonua O Honaunau and where we took the self guided Puuhonua O Honaunau Self Guided Walking Tour). 

Another trip up to Waimea to the Parker Ranch Store to but some stuff for the grand babies and friends.  They had some great murals in the Parker Ranch Shopping Center entry lobby to the food court. Look for an essay in the future.  And then one last trip back to check on the horse at Kalopa.  The horse was not there, but low and behold there were two horses there that was friendly and cane to the fence when I whistled to them.  Barbara got to hug a horse!  Just what she wanted.  Too bad they were not there when we came two weeks earlier as we had a giant carrot.  We carried that carrot looking for a horse for several days until it started to smell!

One evening we dined at the Kona Inn for a special meal and I got lucky.  Lucky to get out of there for under $100 that is.  Another evening we were able to hook up with Marty and eat at the Big Island Grill a new place that took over the restaurant that used to be Verna's and before that a Jack-In-The-Box.  The food was excellent and by the time we left, the place was packed.  They have to be the most successful restaurant at that location so far.  On yet another afternoon we picked up Marty and went to the Dairy Queen for treats.  I was wanting to watch some bikini volleyball, but the high school team showed up - without bikinis.

The ride back home was very exhausting even with a tailwind.  Stephen picked us up at the airport with buddy the dog in the truck.  He was very excited to see us and I must admit we him.  You know what they say about absence and the heart.

Well we are back in Texas and have a lot of good material for the blog, so stay tuned and check back often.

Posted by Richard Binckley at 3/13/2006 8:08 PM | View Comments | Add Comment | Trackbacks

 

Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park
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Punalu'u black sand beach is a beauitiful place located in a remote area of the Big Island.  Hawaiian sea turtles are often seen sunning themselves on this georgous black sand beach.
Posted by Richard Binckley at 3/9/2006 9:20 PM | View Comments | Add Comment | Trackbacks
Lili'uokalani Gardens
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Queen Liliuokalani was the last monarch to rule Hawaii.  This authentic Japanese garden was named after Queen Lily and was built in the early 1900's as a memorial to the immigrant Japanese workers who developed worked on local sugar plantations.  The garden covers about 30 acres and is the largest Japanese garden outside of Japan. 
Posted by Richard Binckley at 3/8/2006 9:49 PM | View Comments | Add Comment | Trackbacks
Koloko-Honokohau National Park
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A National historical park that highlights historical Hawaii.
Posted by Richard Binckley at 3/8/2006 5:47 PM | View Comments | Add Comment | Trackbacks
Waipio Valley
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Dubbed The Valley of the Kings.  Visit with us to this magical place where the Kings of Hawaii would vacation.
Posted by Richard Binckley at 3/6/2006 6:44 PM | View Comments | Add Comment | Trackbacks