Vacation

Friday Hiking & Beach

On Friday I (finally) got to sleep in a bit, which was nice because it was a late night! We had breakfast (I had two fried eggs and my leftover onion and tomato salad!) and my brother and his wife left for a big (not Logan friendly) hike:

So my parents, Michael and I packed up a picnic lunch and headed north from Waikoloa Village for two hikes.

The first hike was in the Hawi wind country (Opolu Point). It was at the airport up there. We parked in the airport parking lot and then hiked on a lava rock/dirt road to the Point.

We also saw whales out in the ocean.

The second hike was at Lapakahi State Park. It was so cool! It was a historical site with some huts.

We had a picnic lunch in the shade at the park and then drove to the beach and thankfully Logan took a nap in the car.

When we got A-Bay at Waikoloa Village, Logan was still sleeping so Michael hung out in the car for another 30 minutes or so so Logan could get a good nap and I went to the beach with my parents.

While I waited for Logan and Michael I swam laps in the ocean. It was nice but on this particular day the waves were choppy and kind of big so it was harder. Several times I was swimming laps and it felt like I wasn’t moving at all!

Then Michael and Logan joined us and we played in the ocean and then did some beach walks and then headed home to clean up before dinner. We got happy hour ahi nachos at Kuleana Rum Shack in Waikoloa Village.

There was a free hula show at the mall and we saw 5 minutes before the toddler was done so we went home for an early night.

The trip was fantastic. Not relaxing in any way but not TOO stressful. Our pattern was up, breakfast, hike or run and something touristy and the beach in the afternoon. It seemed to work well. I felt like we saw a TON of stuff and did a ton of stuff. I wish we could have spent more time at certain things we saw but it’s hard with a toddler who has a short attention span. So it is what it is. It was still paradise!

Hilo

Last time Michael and I were in Kona we never made it over to the Hilo side. We’d planned to do it a few times but always got a late start to the day and it’s a LONG drive.

Since we were staying in Waikoloa Village (about 45 minutes north of the downtown Kona area) we were slightly closer to Hilo. Wednesday morning we got up and had a quick breakfast and then hit the road.

The drive is long but interesting. We took the Saddle Road to the highway that goes by Mauna Kea . There were lava beds, rolling hills, interesting trees, goats, and the protestor’s camp.

The first stop was Carlsmith Beach Park. Logan did really good on the drive over there (about 90 minutes or so) and we wanted him to run around a bit.

It was a beautiful park with tidepools and little swimming holes. It would have been a great place to swim and explore!

Hilo can be pretty rainy. My parents stayed in Hilo for a week before we arrived and they said it rained pretty much every day. We got lucky and it was perfect weather the day we went there!

We made a quick stop at Walmart and then met the rest of the group at Akaka Falls. It was a really pretty drive!

I love Hawaiian flowers. They were so pretty.

The hike was really cool. It was two waterfalls on a loop. Easy and pretty safe for a toddler. Logan liked it a lot.

Then we went to downtown Hilo and had lunch at Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill. It was DELICIOUS!

I got the fish of the day, Mahi Mahi, in a sweet and spicy sauce on rice with a delicious salad. The food was so good. Everyone had a great lunch.

By this time it was way past Logan’s nap time, he was getting tired and cranky and we had a long drive back so we decided to head back to the house instead of going to the Volcano Park with everyone else. (They did a hike at the Volcano park that was 3.5 miles long and kinda steep and then had dinner in Hilo at a Vietnamese restaurant, not sure which one but they said the food was outstanding.)

Logan slept the entire drive home. Perfect!

We went back to A-Bay beach for about an hour and I swam some laps and played with Logan and then we went home for dinner and an early bedtime. We were ALL tired!