A Beautiful Day, Nani La 'Ao
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... Frequenting Wednesday evenings, locals and tourists from ALL walks of life, all ages, all religions, all colours, all creeds, all beliefs come and unite and celebrate the TRUE meaning of AlOHA!!! I have never been anywhere else where there is such a diversified group of people joined together enjoying live music, dancing, mingling; without passing judgement on one another and truly having the time of lives dancing to transitional music. There's an outdoor tiki bar, loads ...
... t be a 100% sure... We also saw the Southern Cross and a few other interesting constellations and star formations... but our views of the planets were blocked.
Now trying to keep warm and motivated at 9,200ft for 2 hours and 20 minutes is not easy. Ness was getting colder by the minute and we had intermittent visits back to the car to warm ourselves up, but I managed to convince Ness to hold on ...
For the second day in a row we got up and anxiously looked out the window, trying to see if the clouds finally went away. And today, they did!!! The blue Hawaiian sky greeted us for the first time as the sun was rising from behind the trees! We squealed with excitement!
We started off our Christmas day with a wonderful breakfast cooked by our AirBnB hosts, which we enjoyed on their patio. Paula and John have been so much fun to stay with. Paula not ...
The highlight of our day today was supposed to be a sunset tour of Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain on earth when using the height of the mountain from the seafloor up (rather than from sea level). However, the rain that we encountered yesterday had apparently continued on today on the mountain, and the road between the Visitor station (at ~9000 ft) and the summit (~14000 ft) was closed. Our tour company graciously offered to still try to take us up there today and give us 50% back ...
Today was a very, very long day. On the upside, we've already traversed the southern part of the island!
We arrived on the Big Island just after noon on Tuesday, Dec. 23. We disembarked our plane (no sleeve - just stairs directly down to the tarmac) and we walked a few feet across to the terminal, which comprised of nothing more than a few huts with benches - I am not kidding! It is basically an open air terminal! The hustle and bustle ...