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Report 1464: Slow Motion on Big Island, Hawaii

By MayK from Canada, Winter 2008

Trip Description: January 17 - January 31/08 - An unexpectedly slow trip on Big Island.

Destinations: Countries - North America; Regions/Cities - Hawaii

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Vacation Rentals; Beach; Garden Visits; Sightseeing; Walking/Hiking; Independent Travel; 2 People

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Page 1 of 14: Departure and Arrival

photo by R. Al Keller

Dreaming of Big Island

The winter has been cold and wet and Al and I happily leave Vancouver via West Jet for its first non-stop flight to Kona, Big Island Hawaii ($876.00 each). We stow our bags in the overhead and settle into our seats to find that we are in the middle of a maternity ward. Nine infants and assorted parents! Almost without exception, the babies sleep. West Jet attendants are attentive but they do not supply meals. We content ourselves with a sandwich, Stella Artois for Al and Pinot Grigio for me.

It is 11:30pm when we step into the warm, scented tropical air. I recall the words of my five-year-old granddaughter, Beatrice, who on her first trip to Maui, jumped off the plane and said: "Daddy, I feel totally hula."

A shuttle van takes us the short distance to Budget car rentals and within fifteen minutes and $492 lighter, we are in a Ford Focus on the Queen Kaahumanu Highway (route 19) headed to Kona, seven miles away. The Seaside Hotel is not on the water front and is bigger than I expected. They are having a busy night and we have to park in a public lot (no charge). We are directed to our room - large with two queen size beds (more than we asked for or needed - $98.00). In spite of an amorous cat prowling beneath our windows, we sleep well.

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