Day 2: Part 1-Waikoloa Village and Hapuna Beach

It was 5 am as I lay in bed wide awake. In reality it was already 8 am in Arizona so that would explain why I felt rested and ready to conquer the day although the thought of getting out of bed at that hour when I din’t have to sounded too bizarre. After about a half hour of weeding through emails and reading the news I was finally ready to hit the shower and get on with exploring the tropical paradise outside. By 8 am I had meandered my way on foot past the surf shop and over to Splasher’s Grill to have macadamia nut and banana pancakes for breakfast.

After breakfast it was time to explore Waikoloa Village located on the West side of the island. The drive from the hotel in Kona to Waikoloa Village was about 40 minutes long.  The drive was gorgeous, I felt like was on the moon! The ride through the alien landscape was filled with vast fields of black lava. The area was born of the molten issue from Hawai`i Island’s family of five volcanoes — Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualālai, Kīlauea, and the Kohala Range.

I spent a couple of hours at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Hotel touring the grounds. Some important things to note about the hotel are that there are no real white sandy beaches because the blue green waters of Waikoloa is made up of lava rock but what it lacks in beach, it makes up for in pools. After touring the hotel grounds I took a seat at the the Kohala Pool bar for a drink. The drinks at the pool bar were on the pricey side, unfortunately I did not like my Mai Thai.
I had started my day so early so when I was finished visiting the Hilton, I was delighted that I still had lots of time in the day to explore other places! I was determined to visit a sandy beach while in Hawaii so after stopping by a local ABC Store for some picnic items and after short drive, I was at Hapuna Beach. Hapuna Beach consists of a large park and sandy beach that seemed to be popular with both residents and visitors. The park has free admission for Hawaii residents and $5 for visitors. Conde Nast Traveller, has repeatedly voted it the best beach in the U.S. At the southern end of the beach, there are some sea cliffs from where some people like to jump into the ocean. I opted to not jump off the sea cliffs. Instead I played in the surf and soaked up some sun on the warm sandy beach. 

Waikoloa Village and Hapuna Beach had been conquered and checked off my list of places to see and things to do all before 1 o’clock in the afternoon! Jet lag? Never heard of such a thing!081EA5F0-2DF8-4AA6-BC07-7721D7D23CC1

 

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