Where would you go if you had the chance to take your first vacation with your spouse in ten years? Hawaii, of course!
Last week I had the opportunity to go to Hawaii with my husband, Eric. This was a special trip for us since our last vacation together, without kids, took place more than ten years ago.
We chose Hawaii as our destination because it’s been on our list of places to visit for years. We chose to go to Kona, the big island because it had a lot of the things we wanted to see and do in Hawaii in one place.
We chose the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort because we wanted to have the ability to do a lot of excursions and activities on-site. Eric and I tend to be “poor planners” and leave the planning for once we get to our destination. Needing planning help was something we wanted once we got to Hawaii, and the staff at the Hilton were fantastic with that each time we walked into their activities office.
One day, we decided to rent a car (on site) for the day. My husband had a great time and as you can see, he was in charge of renting the car (men and their convertibles). We drove to a local breakfast spot called Hawaiian Style Cafe, where the side of pancakes is bigger than the actual menu item.
With full bellies, we set out to explore Hilo and the waterfalls. If you like nature hikes and waterfalls, you will love visiting Hawaii.
You know what else Hawaii has in abundance? Tropical fruit. I couldn’t get enough tropical fruit for breakfast, lunch, or snack time. The pineapple in Hawaii tastes like it’s an offering to the gods.
The Hilton Waikoloa has extensive grounds, and we walked them daily, especially at sunset. Sunsets in Hawaii are beautiful, with bright orange colors that light up the sky.
We also had the ability to spend some time relaxing poolside and by the lagoon. A couple of the afternoons, Eric and I played checkers where he beat me more times than I’d like to admit.
Another memorable experience was the Luau dinner offered at the Hilton Waikoloa. Neither of us had experienced a luau before, and it seemed like another incredible thing to do on-site. The hula dancers were as fun and mesmerizing as you’d expect them to be, their bodies dancing to the most beautiful music you can imagine. The food, of course, was incredible.
One afternoon, Eric and I decided to partake in the dolphin encounter offered at the resort. Swimming with the dolphins was another bucket-list item, and it was as fun and incredible as I thought it would be. I had no idea that dolphins were are smart and playful as they were. All 13 dolphins that the Hilton has onsite were born there, and all the encounter proceeds go towards research.
Of course, no Hawaiian adventure would be complete without a visit to the volcanoes, so stay tuned for more on this adventure!
Have you traveled to Hawaii? What did you like most about your adventure?