Sunday, November 27, 2016: On Sunday morning, we were up at 4:30 am to get ready for our 6 am departure from Portland International Airport. My sister, Jan, came over to Mom's house and we all went to the airport together. On the way to the airport, we dropped off our Enterprise Rental Car in Tigard.
There wasn't much traffic on the freeway at that hour on Sunday so we made it to the airport quickly. There was not a long line at Hawaiian Airlines so we made excellent time checking our bags. Our tickets indicated we had TSA pre-check, so we sailed through security as well.
Our flight was supposed to be on time and all was going well until we sat at the gate for a few minutes while maintenance tried to find and repair a light or a switch in the cockpit that wasn't working. We left Portland just a few minutes late and made up the time in the air, arriving in Honolulu a few minutes early.
|Honolulu International Airport, Oahu|
|Hey, Mom, this one's for you!!*|
We had time to eat lunch at Stinger Ray's restaurant next to our departure gate for Kona, Hawaii. I had fish tacos and Bob had a chicken quesadilla. We enjoyed our meals.
|Bob at Stinger Rays, Honolulu Int'l Airport|
Check-in time at the resort is 4 pm. We arrived at 3:50 pm and were told they hadn't started cleaning our room yet and it would be over an hour before our room was ready. Sigh. That's known as "Hawaii time." The front desk apologized and said the would call us when our room was ready.
In the meantime, we went up the hill to grocery shop at the local KTA Market. We sat in their parking lot for a while looking at the view of the ocean and enjoying the fresh air. As we finished shopping, Bob's phone rang and our room was ready. Good timing.
Monday, November 28, 2016: Below are photos of our room and the resort...
|Eating lunch on the lanai (golf course|
and mountain view from our room)
|Full kitchen (looking toward front door)|
|Bedroom with king-size bed & en-suite bathroom|
|Kitchen, looking toward dining area|
|Walking path around the resort|
|Unique palm tree|
|Public grilling areas, some with herbs growing|
nearby for public use
|Bob on the walking/jogging path|
|Pacific Golden Plover|
|The plumeria are in full bloom|
|Me snuggled up to a plumeria tree|
|View across golf course to the ocean|
|Kona Coast Resort Activities Center|
|African common waxbill|
|Autograph Tree (Clusia rosea) pod|
|A place to be respected|
|Quiet pool at Kona Coast Resort|
|Our room is on the top floor in the middle|
|Nissan Versa, our rental car|
This evening at 5 pm the resort had a welcome reception with pupus (appetizers) and entertainment. We had a great time watching the locals put on a performance for us.
|New Zealand tribal dance|
|Sunset overlooking the golf course|
|Samoa intimidation dance|
|Samoan fire dance|
|Samoan fire dance|
Tomorrow will be a long day. We're heading out by 8 am to drive around South Point to Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park. We will stop at points of interest along the way, go to the Volcanoes N.P. Visitor Center, check out Halemaumau Crater, go to Hilo for lunch.
In late afternoon, we will hike out to see the fresh lava flowing into the ocean. That is a 7.8 mile round-trip hike. The idea is to get to the lava flow at dusk and be there as it becomes night to see the glowing red lava flows.
After hiking back to our car, we will take Saddle Road back across the mountains to Kona. Must get some sleep now.