Thursday, p.m.

Around 5:00 we headed to the shops, about a 10 minute walk.

The walk through the Fairway Villas is quite pretty.

Kathy wanted to take a class on weaving palm leaves, and I carried on for a walk.  We arranged to meet at 6:30 to watch a show at the shops.

I walked along passed the fish pond close to sunset.  It was a very calm evening.

I had the place to myself and walked out to the beach as the sun went down.   I think the turtles like to come out onto the beach this time of day.  There were four or five of them close by.

I carried on through the hotels and back to the shops to meet Kathy who had a good seats for us to watch the show.  Every Monday and Thursday there is a free show.  We’ve seen it quite a few times, it’s less than an hour long, quite entertaining, very popular, and gives local dancers a chance to develop their skills.  They may end up doing the luaus which all the resorts around here have.

We walked back after dark and enjoyed seeing a lot of stars.  I heard that 90% of the stars visible from earth are visible from nearby Mauna Kea.


Thurs. a.m.

After leaving our place around 8:45 we drove about 15 min to a place along the highway where there is a little room to park and a trail to a beach.  The walk takes about 20 min.  We did it last year with Diane and saw lots of goats.  Same this year – lots of goats.  Seems like a tough spot to eke out and existence.

Nice beach with big waves today.

There are a few houses along the beach, totally off the grid and quite a rough road to reach them.

This one had a little pond along side it.  These brackish ponds are quite common here and there along the shore.  They’re fed by fresh water underground streams and were used by the ancient Hawaiians for raising fish.

Hunting for shells is irresistible.

We saw turtles in the waves and little birds hunting around on the rocks.  Kathy found an interesting looking bone?, as well.  It was a very good place to sit and look out toward Japan and munch on one of yesterday’s malasadas.


After about an hour we walk back to the car and drove another 10 min to Kukio Beach.  There is a public beach here but it is in a very swanky place called Hualalei, and there is lots of security.  You have to pick up a pass from a guard house, and go through a gate to get to the beach.  We hear there are more billionaires per capita than anywhere in Hawaii.

It’s special to us because this is where Tan and Trav got married and we have very distinct memories of Tania walking along this path from the parking lot to the beach in her wedding dress.

Quite different than that special evening when we were about the only people around.

We did come across a very happy couple!!



Wednesday, p.m.

After breakfast we left for a drive to the Vanilla Factory, about an hour away on the other side of Waimea.

Cute little gift shop inside where Kathy bought a few items.  They are the only place in the US that grows vanilla.  This was an out of the way place to run into someone Kathy knows from home, someone who was also one of Tania’s teachers at Sansbury Elementary.  Especially coincidental because it turns out they are staying in the same complex as us.

After we left and drove back for a few minutes to the little town of Honoka’a, where a bit of looking around happened.  There are lots of older looking places dating from the time this area was used for growing sugar cane.

By this time it was lunch and we decided to try Tex which is renown for their malasadas or Portuguese donuts.  After a very filling lunch we bought 4 malasada but were too full to give them a try until we got back home.

They were pretty tasty, 1 each of plain, mango, papaya, and cream filling.  I think I’d better head down for a swim.

A swim by the Fairmont Orchid maybe worked off a very few calories, it was nice and refreshing in any case.

We’ll raise a glass and remember Bill, it would have been his birthday today.

Dec. 5, p.m.

Our afternoon walk took us down to the Beach Bar at the nearby Fairmont Orchid; we got there just in time for last call at 4:00.

Kathy’s favourite is a freshly made ginger ale.  We took our drinks and sat on loungers watching the snorkelers in the little bay.

On the way back we walked by Brown’s Beach House.  Memorable for me as the place where I had probably the best meal of my life.  One of those times where the mood, ambiance, food, drink, entertainment, and especially the company, may never come together in the same way.

On the way through the gate into our villas we talked to a fellow who was walking his dog.  The dog looked a lot like Alfie, a yellow lab we know and like a lot.  The owner is from north of Toronto and spends 6 months here in his condo except for going home at Christmas.  This year, he has someone stay in his condo to look after Casey, his dog, for a couple of weeks over Christmas, rent free, just walk the dog 3 times a day.  What a good gig!!!  I felt like leaving my card.

Kathy got dinner underway as Happy Hour continued.

And we shared today’s advent calendar beer: a tasty, fruity, good in Hawaii drink.


Dec. 5, a.m.

The water was pretty murky again this morning.  Same bunches of fish, just not as easy to see.


After our usual routine of stretching out in the sun for a while we came home, showered and went for a walk along the shore.  The wind had come up as forecast and it was choppy.


This is the Winona, the boat that is moored at the snorkelling beach.  We went for a sunset cruise on it last year on a much calmer day.

Kathy stopped to look around at the shops while I carried on, not wanting to miss lunch.

Dec. 4, p.m.

A short drive over to Waikoloa for a walk.

We walked along to the Hilton where there are lots of Asian and Polynesian art along the many halls.  Kathy’s favorite place:

Kathy likes this one cause it reminds her of her father-in-law

We were able to walk under a waterfall, and see these fancy birds in the lobby

Nice place for a walk.

Monday a.m.

Down for a snorkel around 8:30. Pretty calm but very murky today.  The lifeguard said it could be due to the very high tide last night.

Every nook and cranny has some kind of life.

Kathy gathered up her fabric painting supplies, wetting some pieces of cloth and putting her containers of paint in a bag.

We headed down to beach at Puako, which was a short walk from a parking lot beside the Fairmont Orchid hotel.

The shore here is mostly lava with tide pools and little bits of sandy beach here and there.

Kathy put paint on the fabric and laid an assortment of things from the beach on top.

It is a great place to look in tide pools, which we did while things dried.

Here’s a sea cucumber.

A sea urchin (this one taken with my phone), wouldn’t want to step on one.

It is kind of like looking into an aquarium.


There are usually turtles around, they never seem to get themselves landlocked in a tide pool.

After an hour or so things were dry enough to pack up.

Pretty nice places along here, mostly empty from what we could tell.