by Lisa Lipkind Leibow, Author of Smart Women’s Fiction
Big Island – Kona
We landed in Kona in time to get to our hotel for dinner at the Marriott with our friends who are spending the last few days of their vacation at the same place we spent our first few days. We checked out the hotel pool, walked on the beach at the hotel. It’s very rocky. I do not advise walking in bare feet or flip flops. Those swim shoes were a great idea! I saw a puffer fish on the beach. My kids were fascinated with the white corral graffiti on the black lava rock.
We spent our first full day on the Big Island of Hawaii Snorkeling in the lagoon at the Hilton. This activity brought huge surprises! It’s not a stocked lagoon, but fed by the ocean – built as a huge inlet from the open sea. Sea turtles galore! We tested out the bike-boat (not sure what it’s really called, but it’s a raft with a bicycle-driven paddle boat.
With me, if you didn’t already know, it’s all about the food. The hotel had a great breakfast buffet complete with miso soup bar, omelet station, fresh tropical fruit, pancakes and waffles with lilikoi syrup (and maple syrup). For dinner we attended a luau with our friends with hula dancers, fire dancers, and more. For the second family bucket trip list in a row, Hubby dropped the camera during the Luau! Can you believe the fancy lens he bought broke? He was beside himself. Luckily, the oldest son in our friends’ family is an avid photographer/film maker. He happened to have an extra lens with him that would fit our camera. Saved!