During our anniversary trip to the Big Island, Husband and I stayed at the Hilton Waikoloa resort. This hotel was built when I still lived on the island and I remember taking family trips to this place to ride the tram and boats and watch the dolphins; it was a treat and a trip down memory lane to stay here.
The Big Island of Hawaii is pretty diverse when it comes to the landscape and weather. In fact, it’s a bit like the continental US. The West coast is arid and dry while the East coast is lush with greenery…and humid. Also, rain spurts… There were a few surprise showers during our trip, but it didn’t matter too much since we were already drenched from the humidity.
There are 3 ways you can take to get from one side of the island to the other. You can drive via the north route, go south thru the Volcanoes National Park (longer and beware, majority of the gas stations are closed after around 7pm), or cut thru the middle of the island on Saddle Ranch Road, which is 2 lanes wide and chock full of tummy-tumbling dips. Considering what kind of rental car we had, guess which one we took when . . . → Read More
Last October, Husband and I took a trip to the Big Island (Hawaii) to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. On our 2nd day (first day was recouping from the flight after an afternoon arrival), we drove to the East side to visit Hilo. I used to live here when I was a little kid and wanted to see how much had changed (or not) since I left.
Due to a big breakfast and the fact we were going to a luau later that night, we didn’t want to fill up on a big lunch. Plus, the humidity was killing our appetites. Living in Southern California has spoiled me, apparently. I don’t remember Hilo being -that- humid but then again, it had been almost 20 years since I moved away.
Anyways, I insisted we had to eat something “local”. I had no idea of where to go, though. The only places . . . → Read More