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For my last activity on Hawai'i, I had signed up for a tour to the summit of Mauna Kea, the island's highest volcano, and the site of the world's most advanced stargazing. As Mauna Kea's summit peaks above the clouds over 300 nights a year, it is a perfect place for astrologers to set up their telescopes. My tour that evening involved the drive up to the summit (something that I was explicitly warned against doing with my rental car), a warm meal and ...
Went to Costco and other grocery stores for some food for the condo. Food is very expensive. Costco was very similar to ours. Lunched at a quaint place called Daylight Mind on the Kona downtown strip. Saw a dolphin jumping once in the water. Afterward we walked around the little outdoor market. Jet lagged a bit. Or maybe more than a little. Sat around our pool and read. Our condo at Ali'i Villas is an older solid building and nicely maintained pool area and ...
Day One 22 July, Monday
Following a morning beach walk & swim, flew to the 'Big Island' - Hawaii, arriving around 12 noon. Experienced annoying delay in getting mini-bus to car rental place then long wait until car ready....still, found our new abode in time to do a little local exploring. Stayed in huge house/complex built on 5 acre fruit farm located in coastal hinterland near site of Captain Cook's demise on west coast of the Island; house often ...
... up the slate abalone juniors cling on, the juniors started to slide down as fast as they could to avoid the light. Most of the abalone here shipped to Japan & other Asian countries.
Stopped by Pu'ukohola Heiau Nat'l Historical Site on the way down to Kona Brewery to buy the plants/animals ID chart. It's one of my favorite visitor centers on the island. Well-staffed, friendly staff, and with very good ...
... without a car there was nothing to do except walk to the Captain Cook monument to snorkel.
On our first day, we decided to check out the Captain Cook monument as it was the only thing to do close by. One bonus was it was free for us to walk there as people usually pay over $100 to do boat trips to get to it. The walk down was fairly simple but felt much longer than the 2 miles we had been told. We walked through thick bushes and down very rocky hillsides for about ...