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Mar 23, 2014 - Travel to West side

My personal favorite day... snorkel in tide pool near house! AMAZING! Plenty of fish not to cold... Green sand beach! 4 wheel drive from locals back of truck! Swim with giant waves! Black sand beach with roped off turtles... depressing and japanese tourists...

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Jan 20, 2014 - Sat. Jan. 18 -Return to Kona

The town of Kona looked like a great place to stay for anyone that wanted a more active vacation. It was right on the ocean and near nice beaches with moderate waves. The day we drove through there was a surfing competition for children. There are many small, moderate priced hotels and lots of restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. I've included some pictures here of Kona. Reminded me of some of the old Florida resort towns on the Gulf. A shuttle runs from the Sheraton to the north end of Kona town. On Sunday we have a travel day - flying...

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Jan 20, 2014 - Sat. Jan. 18 PM - Pu'ukohola Heiau and trip back to Kona

After visiting Kaloko-Honokohau NHP we drove north to Pu'ukohola Heiau near Kawaihae, Hawaii. This was the site of the last major temple built on the islands. This temple was built by Kamehamaha I in 1790-1791. A prophecy had said that whoever built this "temple on the hill of the Whale" would rule over all the Hawaiian Islands. A temple had been constructed just below it previously but K-I's spiritual advisor told him it would not do to just reconstruct the old one, a new one had to be built so he had his people work for over a year -...

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Oct 14, 2013 - Kailua/Kona

Fun Facts...Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) is a lively seaside town in the heart of the sunny Kona Coast. Once a sleepy fishing village and a retreat for Hawaiian royalty, Kailua Village is now a destination for affordable accommodations, great shopping, dining and learning about Hawaii’s rich culture. Important Hawaii Island historic spots include Hulihee Palace and the Mokuaikaua Church, both located right on Alii Drive. King Kamehameha I spent his later years living near the current site of King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Resort...

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Jun 23, 2013 - Shopping in Kailua-Kona

Today we did some shopping in Kailua-Kona. Lots of gift shops (aka tourist traps), restaurants and the Kailua Pier where the kids went swimming while Joye and I explored the kona coffee shops. I have now totally converted to Hawaiian Kona coffee. It’s the best! Another dinner on the patio and watching the surfers.

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Barb's Retirement

May 21, 2013 - Four hops

Tuesday, May 21st -- Even though we arrived at the very early hour of 5:30 AM, LAX was quite busy. There were weather issues near Dallas. It caused the plane to Houston, the one that would take us on our second hop, to arrive late into LAX. Instead of leaving at 6:45 as scheduled we didn't lift off until about 7:15. In Houston we were again late, leaving for Miami at 14:00 instead of 13:35. On this hop we weren't so worried about arriving late, since we had a 4 hour layover, leaving for our final destination at 20:10. I like the Miami...

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May 8, 2013 - Good-bye Oahu

Wednesday, May 8th -- Mom and I had a French Toast breakfast with pineapple, papaya and bananas. This would be our main meal today. With the remaining fruit, juice and milk we made a delicious smoothie for our mid-morning snack. That pretty much cleaned out the fridge. We had done most of the packing last night so we were dressed and packed well before the landlord arrived at 11:00 for the checkout. We enjoyed our last 30 minutes sipping our smoothies on the lanai. Upon a successful inspection the landlord returned my $200.00 security...

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Apr 28, 2013 - Oahu awaits

Sunday, April 28th -- I left Captain Cook at 11:45, stopping to buy a locally-made lei outside our friends' driveway. The next stop was to fill up the tank with $9.53 of gas @ $4.52/gallon before turning in the car at the Alamo Rental location. The Alamo shuttle to the airport was somewhat slow picking us up but with no lines at ticketing or security I was at Gate 9 in plenty of time for my flight. I was hoping for clear weather during the flight but the clouds obscured both Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big Island. On Maui the top of...

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Apr 25, 2013 - Flying to Kailua-Kona

Thursday, April 25th: Kailua-Kona After many weeks of planning we were finally leaving for the Big Island. Using frequent flyer miles didn't give us good flight options. Leaving home at 4:00 for a 6:00 flight was going to make for a long day even if we arrived on time at 19:30 in Kona. We were relieved to make our connections in both Chicago and Los Angeles and to arrive in Kona on time. Even though we were able to doze on the plane, it still felt like 01:30 to us. Our plan was to visit our friends on the Big Island for two days after...

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May 3, 2012 - Kona Coast Resort

This resort is a timeshare that Jeff and Kelly purchased 3 years ago. This is our second time that he have had the privilege to visit here. We are able to make reservations for oone week every year and two weeks every other year. This year we have two weeksa vailable, but Kelly could only get one week off from work.

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Hawaii 2012

Oct 10, 2011 - Recovery

Good morning! This morning I woke to find my 'Umeke bowl and commemorative watch with the race day date stamped into the band, sitting on my coffee table. My sore muscles reminded me that it was not a tooth fairy that put them there! 5th in the World, 60-64 age category :) In Hawaiian culture, the 'Umeke was often used for holding water. Where there is no water there is no life. The gift of the 'Umeke should be received with pride and respect for it designates honour, accomplishment and completion. The placegetters receive the 'Umeke as a...

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Oct 7, 2011 - Deep breath in .....

Good morning World! I'm sitting on my bed, having finished my last run and eaten danish pastry, white toast and 'jelly' and a couple of cups of coffee, all the while you are still contemplating the insides of your eyelids. Some will becrawling out of their warm beds to don lycra and complete their long ride of the week and keep that little voice in their heads happy, while others head for the coffee plunger and weekend paper. To my Sanctuary Cove friends, enjoy the last chilly weather at Jacobs Well. Haha! Today is shaping up tobe 30 deg...

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