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Old 07-26-2012, 03:21 PM   #166
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Hey. How is the family?

Hawaii is a great place. I think from Scotland, it would be easier to go the other way around. But worth it. Did not really sleep more than a couple of hours before the trip. Thanks on the congrats, I will pass it along.
Hi, the family are all great thanks - both eldest DS and DD are at medical schools now so only youngest DS home now. It gets quiet when they go away- as I am sure you are about to find out

Flying time to Hawaii is about the same in either direction from here (24+hrs) but half the price going via the USA- so when we do go, will probably do it with a stopover in California.

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Old 07-27-2012, 08:52 AM   #167
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First Full Day at Hawaii Part 1. AKA: Time to See the Volcanos or the Waterfalls?

Woke up after sleeping like the dead. Well maybe I shouldn’t say dead. Have to say something about the Jet Lag. Even though I did not sleep much on the flights over, I woke up at 4:00 am local time. Well my body said it was 10:00 in Miami and that is late for me. Did fall back asleep but it became a recurring theme during the entire trip, every morning I was up very early.

Today was an easy morning anyway. Visit the front desk and go to Blue Hawaiian for a helicopter tour to look at the volcanoes. Roused the kid and we were off.

First things first, we had to visit the front desk. The same staff member that checked us in last night, checked us out. And checked us back in again. We got to know her real well. The hotel had a breakfast buffet that did not look appealing so I asked someone on the staff where was a good place to have breakfast. After trying to sell us on the buffet, she suggested the Lava Java, a place down the road, “A five minute walk from the hotel.” I also showed them our helicopter tour reservation and asked how to get there. They gave me directions that were easy but you will eventually find out there was more to this story.

So we set off. Kona is not a big city. It is a few mile stretch along the coast and a few decent sized streets that head inland. The Royal Kona is right on the water and Lava Java was about a half mile away on the other side of the street. It is also a very pedestrian friendly area. Crosswalks are everywhere and everyone walks instead of taking on the challenge of finding a parking space.



The walk to the restaurant is normally not a big hike but because of a continuing condition with my feet (plantar fasciitis) it was a tough walk. The short story is the large tendon in the foot and up the calf gets inflamed and causes pain issues. I have adapted to it and it has gotten better but after all the sitting around and inactivity they tightened up requiring a couple of breaks to walk the half mile. It gets better as it stretched out during the trip but still bothered me at times. OK, last medical reference.

We get there and it is a smallish restaurant with the majority of seating outside. Nice place. These pictures were taken later in the week so we are out of chronological order. Not that it matters to me. If it does to you, skip this and come back in a few updates. Everyone else, don’t worry, it is not a time space continuum thing. The world will not end if my photos are viewed out of order.

Lava Java became our breakfast stop and we did go there three times.






This is the Pirate Princess in her dress she bought while we were there


Me in the shirt I bought at the dive shop


These pictures were on our last breakfast there where she ordered the macadamia nut pancakes. For our first breakfast, she had some Belgium waffle thing.


I had what I had every time we ate there, the eggs benedict


They served coffee, Kona of course. DD had her iced. With cream and sugar. I had iced tea which was this flavored stuff that tasted awful. Only tea I want is classic with lemon. No sugar. Other than the tea, the breakfast was great. The hollandaise sauce was unbelievably good. Feeling pretty good we headed back to the resort.

On the way back there was a jewelry shop owned by a local artist and of course the kid needed to go in and “look around.” Ended up with this. Actually the jewelry was reasonable. Found this a lot in Kona. She bought stuff there and found similar things at Aulani that were exponentially more expensive.


The helicopter tour didn’t start until 2:00 so we had time to kill. The place was about 30-40 minutes away so I thought we would drive around until it was time to take off. Head out and near to the resort was a National Park. Why not stop? We had time.

Interesting place, just don’t ask me to pronounce the name


What struck me was the barren aspect of park. Nothing but lava rocks.




Almost like what I think would be the surface of the moon




Unfortunately, it was not whale spotting season. This looked like a good place to whale watch. Would have been cool. We did see some of the creatures depicted later in the trip


Not a good picture but this is where I discovered why this side of the island is so dry and brown. The mountains are the breaking point. Most of the winds come from the East and the clouds dump all their water on the eastern side of the island. There it is like a rainforest, here it is almost like a desert. Similar to the Mainland’s West Coast.


One of the interesting things driving was all this “graffiti” in white rocks that contrast the black lava rocks. They were all along the road. “Will loves Elizabeth,” “RIP...” Interesting. No hidden Mickeys though. Thought about doing one. Maybe next time.

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Another stop off further down the road




Beautiful contrast between the black of the rocks and the blue of the Pacific




And the mountains off in the distance


Back in the car, Pooh liked to take her picture in the mirror


Out of picture space so the next post will be the trip to the harbor and a drive up a mountain.

Up Next: First Day in Hawaii Part 2. AKA: Goats? Why Does it Always Have to be Goats?
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:27 AM   #168
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Glad you found Lava Java. It is a popular breakfast spot and great people/ocean watching out front. Did you try Huggo's for dinner or a drink?
Can't wait for the next installment!
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:31 AM   #169
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Have to say something about the Jet Lag. Even though I did not sleep much on the flights over, I woke up at 4:00 am local time. Well my body said it was 10:00 in Miami and that is late for me. Did fall back asleep but it became a recurring theme during the entire trip, every morning I was up very early.
That would be rough. I never can adjust to the 3 hour difference of just going to the west coast.

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Roused the kid and we were off.
I'm guessing sleeping in despite the jet lag, wasn't such an issue for her?

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Everyone else, don’t worry, it is not a time space continuum thing. The world will not end if my photos are viewed out of order.
You didn't happen to rent a Delorean while you were in Hawaii, did you?

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Maybe next time.
Got a return trip planned already?

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Beautiful contrast between the black of the rocks and the blue of the Pacific
Nice pictures.

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Back in the car, Pooh liked to take her picture in the mirror
So you take her all the way to Hawaii, and that's how she wants to entertain herself??
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These pictures were taken later in the week so we are out of chronological order. Not that it matters to me. If it does to you, skip this and come back in a few updates. Everyone else, don’t worry, it is not a time space continuum thing. The world will not end if my photos are viewed out of order.
Wait, I'm confused. Is this breakfast the first day or lunch on the third? Or Brunch on day 2? I don't know what to believe anymore....


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Almost like what I think would be the surface of the moon
You should have planted a flag and claimed it.


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Back in the car, Pooh liked to take her picture in the mirror
I like the mini-pooh in the corner!
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:56 PM   #171
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CJ--LOVE the pics! Pooh in the car photo is too funny! Looks like you're off to a good start! Hope the plantar fascitis gets better! That is so painful! Can't wait to hear about the rest of your day!
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Plantar fasciitis, I had to look it up. Sounds worst than a broken foot.

Love D's dress. She has good taste.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:27 PM   #173
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I bet your DD just loves it that you are posting pictures of her online asleep with her mouth and eyes open!

Great start to the trip, I would rather do the whole thing in one long haul rather than wake up in the "almost there" city, have to pack up suitcases and get on yet another plane. Wise choice.
She really doesn't get embarrassed easily. That is why I have to try harder. Agree with you on the long haul at once strategy. Although I was beating myself up as I was driving to the resort thinking I could be asleep by now.

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Great start. We just got back from Oahu and Maui. We went 7/10 to 7/20. We spent 3 nights at Aulani and then, 7 nights in Maui. The weather was odd this trip. I've been going to Hawaii for over 10 years and this is the first time we experienced this type of weather. Wondering if you were there during the same time? We did finally figure out there was a hurricane in the ocean that was affecting the weather pattern. The hurricane did not hit the islands but I heard that the Big Island got the worst of it. And, yes the big island is brown. In fact, many parts of the Hawaiian islands are brown. It just depends on where you are staying. The greeniest island I've ever visited was Kauai but then, it rains alot there.

Can't wait to read the rest...
We were in Hawaii 6/26 to 7/7 so just missed your dates. The hurricane was brewing out there near the end of the trip. We had a lot of overcast days. Not what I expected.

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Hi, the family are all great thanks - both eldest DS and DD are at medical schools now so only youngest DS home now. It gets quiet when they go away- as I am sure you are about to find out

Flying time to Hawaii is about the same in either direction from here (24+hrs) but half the price going via the USA- so when we do go, will probably do it with a stopover in California.

Looking forward to the rest of your TR
Wow, two kids in Med School? Not sure about there but over here you would be talking bankruptcy with two in Medical School.

Maybe you should do a round the world trip one day. Visit WDW, Disneyland, Aulani, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Disneyland Paris and then back to Scotland. Just to break up the trip you understand. You are literally halfway around the globe from Hawaii. Wonder if I dug deep enough at the beach I would end up in Scotland?

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Glad you found Lava Java. It is a popular breakfast spot and great people/ocean watching out front. Did you try Huggo's for dinner or a drink?
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Were you stalking me? Don't tell anyone but Huggo's was later the first day.

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That would be rough. I never can adjust to the 3 hour difference of just going to the west coast.

I'm guessing sleeping in despite the jet lag, wasn't such an issue for her?
Double that and you have Hawaii. The clock said it was 10 pm and my body was saying it was 4 in the morning. The kid could sleep on a bed of nails. She was a little easier to get out of bed that first morning though.

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I could be talked into it. The Pirate Princess definitely wants to go back. I have a good friend that I dive with who lives in the UK and has an apartment in Germany. We are talking about a trip to Europe and diving in the Red Sea next summer. The kid and I could stay with them in the UK and Germany so no hotel bills those days. Some of his kids want to go so we might get a group discount on a live aboard in the Red Sea.

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So you take her all the way to Hawaii, and that's how she wants to entertain herself??
The kid hasn't met a mirror she didn't like.

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Wait, I'm confused. Is this breakfast the first day or lunch on the third? Or Brunch on day 2?
Yes.

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Thought about it but National Park Rangers had pepper spray.

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Now that was funny.

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CJ--LOVE the pics! Pooh in the car photo is too funny! Looks like you're off to a good start! Hope the plantar fascitis gets better! That is so painful! Can't wait to hear about the rest of your day!
Without giving anything away, I can tell you, we did not have a bad day the entire trip. Not that everything went as planned.

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Plantar fasciitis, I had to look it up. Sounds worst than a broken foot.

Love D's dress. She has good taste.
The thing about it is that it really takes a long time (if ever) to go away. Stretching helps but since I was in a plane most of the day before, it was really tight. Did do better later in the trip.

She really liked the dress and bought it when she went on her own shopping spree later in the trip.
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Sounds like a great start to the day. Obviously, the breakfast was good, otherwise you wouldn't have been so willing to enter that crazy time continuum thingie for 3 days in a row.
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Torture, just torture to see those breakfast pictures. Now we have to go back to Maui, just to eat

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Wow...had to do some catching up on your trip report as I have been "awol" for several days while trying to do major cleaning at my house (I leave for WDW next Thursday and I have this obsession that the house has to be clean before I leave). Now that the travel folder is completed, the SunPass is loaded up, and the suitcases are basically packed and waiting, I have time to get back to the business of living vicariously through the vacations of others

Your pictures are wonderful

You really should have created a hidden Mickey at Kaloko Halokohau-that would have been so cool!

The eggs benedict looks good enough to eat off my computer screen...was that a crossiant that was laid out on?

For the plantar fascitis...keep a frozen water bottle on hand. When you are stagnant for a period of time (sitting or standing), get it out and roll it under your foot. It not only helps the pain, but also the inflammation associated with it.
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Sounds like a great start to the day. Obviously, the breakfast was good, otherwise you wouldn't have been so willing to enter that crazy time continuum thingie for 3 days in a row.
It was worth entering the crazy time continuum thingie.

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Torture, just torture to see those breakfast pictures. Now we have to go back to Maui, just to eat

Enjoying your trip.
Glad I could torture you with the pics. Let me know when you go, we may join you.

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Wow...had to do some catching up on your trip report as I have been "awol" for several days while trying to do major cleaning at my house (I leave for WDW next Thursday and I have this obsession that the house has to be clean before I leave). Now that the travel folder is completed, the SunPass is loaded up, and the suitcases are basically packed and waiting, I have time to get back to the business of living vicariously through the vacations of others

Your pictures are wonderful

You really should have created a hidden Mickey at Kaloko Halokohau-that would have been so cool!

The eggs benedict looks good enough to eat off my computer screen...was that a crossiant that was laid out on?

For the plantar fascitis...keep a frozen water bottle on hand. When you are stagnant for a period of time (sitting or standing), get it out and roll it under your foot. It not only helps the pain, but also the inflammation associated with it.

Have a great time on the trip.

The thing that made eggs so good was that it was on a fresh croissant that was buttery tasting. Very good. Probably fattening but I didn't care.

Thanks for the tip on the PF. Will try it.

Apologize for no update over the last number of days. Decided to go to the Keys for a day and ended up staying for two. Didn't do any diving but saw a few friends, had some good meals and overall had an enjoyable time.

As repentance, here is a pic of DD while we were diving in Kona. The yellow tangs that are under her knee were abundant in Hawaii.


Have some stuff to do tomorrow but will try to start working on an update later in the day.

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Wow, two kids in Med School? Not sure about there but over here you would be talking bankruptcy with two in Medical School.

Maybe you should do a round the world trip one day. Visit WDW, Disneyland, Aulani, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Disneyland Paris and then back to Scotland. Just to break up the trip you understand. You are literally halfway around the globe from Hawaii. Wonder if I dug deep enough at the beach I would end up in Scotland?
yep, bankruptcy here too! Well maybe not as much as in the US, as tuition is mainly covered by the government, but six years of housing/living costs at London prices =

I love the sound of the round-the-world Disney trip you suggest - that would be fantastic (won't be doing that with kids at school though) and maybe the only way we ever will get to Aulani will be by digging

Thought I might have missed some updates as I have been away for a bit but not to worry looks like there's more to come soon and I loved the diving pictures- just amazing.
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Glad I could torture you with the pics. Let me know when you go, we may join you.
See I was in throes of envy and hunger that I typed Maui, not Hawaii Thank you for being kind and not wopping me in the head for the geography goof or maybe you didn't notice
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I am WAY late to the party. I forget they moved DVC Trip Reports to another section. Sounds like a great trip so far. The pictures are just beautiful.

Congrats to DD on her high school and IB graduation!! I can't wait to read more.
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