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Jun 28, 2013 - Last day in Hawaii

We don’t leave Kona until 10:45 tonight, so we decide to take another trip up the coast. We go north toward the airport and stop at the Kona Mountain Coffee shop for – what else? – coffee – and cookies and free samples. Then we go further north to Honokohau Marina, part of the Historical National Park. Great scenery again with huge waves coming into the shore. From there we drove up to Lapakahi State Historic Park where they are restoring a fishing settlement that dates back more than 600 years. Very interesting landscape and noted to be...

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Jun 25, 2013 - The Luau

Continuing our Tuesday activities.... Tonight we all celebrate at the Island Breeze Luau at King Kamehameha Beach Hotel. Dancers, performers and food galore. The master of ceremonies recognized John and Joye’s 50th wedding anniversary, Chris and Jason’s 25th wedding anniversary, and Joel and Tracy – well, they just celebrate anytime!

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Jun 22, 2013 - Hapuna Beach

Today we visit Hapuna Beach State Park north of Kailua-Kona. The landscape on the western side of Hawaii is very barren - entirely volcano lava with a few straggly trees and some imported tall grass. We learn later that there are two types of Hawaiian lava: Pahoehoe" has a smoother and ropey surface whereas "a'a" is rough and jagged. The lava covers the entire land to the ocean and as a result, there are few sandy beaches on the Big Island. Hapuna Beach is rated as the largest white sand beach on the Island. It's windy today, so our stay is...

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Jun 4, 2013 - untitled at 29

What an exciting day! Gene and Steven went fishing on the Fire Hatt boat. Yes just the two of them. They were only out about an hour when Steven hooked a marlin! He was able to reel it in. He told me his hand was cramping but he did not care. It was about 250 pounds. I do not have those pictures they are on genes camera so maybe later. Within the next hour gene hooked another marlin,about 400 pounds, but she managed to get off.;(. Steven had the time of his life that day! When they returned to port Steven was thrown in the water since he...

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May 29, 2013 - Fishing and shopping today:)

Well Steven and gene are off to have a great day! Matthew is being his typical self and thinks only of himself he stayed here. I am still going to the quilt stores! I can't wait. I found two of them already and they open at 9 so I guess I need to go get ready. ALOHA

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May 28, 2013 - Big island

We where up early to fly to the big island. Once here we found where the guys where going to go fishing tomorrow then went exploring a little. We went out to the place of refuge. It was there we got to see the honu's(green sea turtles) we also saw puffer fish, an eel, sea urchins, and other fish that we did not know. Steven really wants to go snorkeling now.

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Jul 13, 2012 - Friday

Aloha, In case anyone has noticed, we have not made it to the Volcano National Park. The kids did not seem to thrilled about going. The drive is about 3 hours to get there. So it would be a long day. They said the lava is still flowing but not into the ocean. The next few days are supposed to be cloudy and rainy over on that side of the island. So those are some of the reasons for not going. We will just enjoy the sun and beaches on this side of the island. I guess this means Octi and I will need to come back for our 25th Anniversary. It...

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Mezin Hawaii 2012

Jul 12, 2012 - Thursday - July 12th

What a fun day today! We all decided this was the best day. We went on the Catamaran snorkeling boat ride today. It was about 4.5 hours long. We boarded at the pier in Kona. They had a nice breakfast buffet and for lunch grilled burgers, hotdogs, chicken burger, etc. Food was great. The water is unbelievable. I can not get over how crystal clear and turquoise blue it is. The snorkeling reef was anywhere from 25 feet to 50 feet deep. The boat was so clean and they had nice snorkeling equipment. One of the better tours. On the way out to the...

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Mezin Hawaii 2012

Jul 12, 2012 - Wednesday - July 11th

Today, we hung around the Muana Lani and Waikola Village area. We went to another resort area called the Waikola Village. They have the Queens and King shops similar to a Partridge Woods and had a farmers market there today. We got some homemade jellies, macadamia nuts and sampled some honey. I bought a Hawaiian pineapple (small) and it is the sweetest pineapple I think I ever had. It is delicious. Also bought some Hawaiian bananas which are about 1/2 the size of regular bananas and are sweeter than a regular banana. Again - Yummy. I made...

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Jul 11, 2012 - July 10th - Tuesday - Trip to Akaka Falls and Hilo

Today we headed across the state to the East Coast and went to Akaka Falls and Hilo. We thought it would take a bit over an hour to get there. Needless to say... the winding roads and the roads through and up the mountains took a bit longer. The scenary and change in landscape is amazing. Temp when we started was 83 and through the Waimea valley dropped to 65 degrees with misty rain and back to the high 70's near the coast and in Hilo. We went from barren lava fields, through the cattle ranches in Waimia and through forests and tropical...

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Jul 10, 2012 - Monday - July 9th

Today we went on an excursion on the ATV - All Terain Vehicles with ATV Outfitters at the Northern tip of the island. This area is called Kohala. We drove about 45 minutes along the coastal highway (2 lane road) to get there. The further north we went the greener the area. Usually the rain comes later in the day but we had rain on the 3 hour trip. Put a bit of a damper on it. No pun intended. Needless to say the trails were a bit slippery and with the rain coming down we had some huge puddles. Octi drove an ATV and Andrew sat behind him as...

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Jul 9, 2012 - Day 3 - Found a cool beach and Kona Town

Sunnay today in Mauna Lani in low 80's. Slightly overcast skies in Kona area. Today we did some swimming in the pool and then we headed out to do some exploring before lunch. We ate lunch at the Bite Me Fish Market in one of the Marina's outside of Kona. Octi got the fresh catch of the day - Blue Marlin. It was just caught and brought in. They were cutting it in the kitchen as we arrived. Must have been 5 ft long. The kids were adventerous and tried something new since the deep fryer was broken and there were no french fries or fried fish....

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