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Our Hawaiian Vacation: Two Resorts and a Storage Shed

I awakened at 6:00 am on Saturday, September 8th.  As usual, Bob was already up. I suspect he had been up for at least an hour. He was watching a video about ukuleles on his computer. It was a relaxing morning.  We didn’t leave the house until around 10:00 am, when we left en route Mauna Lani Resort located on the Kohala Coast.

We had visited Mauna Lani Resort 2 days prior, when we attended a Polynesian Hulu Show at the Shops at Mauna Lani.  Our return trip to Mauna Lani Resort was to attend the second annual Hawaii Island Steel Guitar Festival, which was held at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel.

The Hawaii Island Steel Guitar Festival features steel guitar performances by Hawaii steel guitar masters, workshops, jam sessions where festival guests play along with the steel guitar masters, and Open Stage sessions where amateur and professional Hawaiian Steel Guitarists present their own program to festival guests.  We attended the festival while Open Stage sessions were in progress.  The steel guitarists performed on a stage in a ballroom.  There was also a vintage steel guitar exhibit on tables at the back of the ballroom.  We listened to the Open Stage sessions for about an hour.

I wasn’t inspired to take any photographs (or videos), while at the Steel Guitar Festival.  I did, however, take a few snapshots on the hotel grounds.

20180908_224407588_iOSWe could see the Island of Maui from the beach area of Mauna Lani Bay Hotel.

20180908_224449628_iOSPart of the Kohala Coast was also visible from the beach.

20180908_225437462_iOSBob and his brother, John, at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel
See the resemblance? 🙂

Leaving Mauna Lani Resort, we drove about 4 miles south to Waikoloa Beach Resort.  We visited this resort a couple days ago as well.  We ate fish and chips in the King’s Shops, after watching the hulu show.  On this visit we went to Queens’ MarketPlace, where we enjoyed a snack at Dairy Queen and Subway.  Bob and I had ice cream sundaes and pretzels from Dairy Queen; Dorothy had a Dairy Queen Blizzard; and John had a Subway sandwich and a Dairy Queen Buster Bar.  When Dorothy and I finished our snack, we went outside the food court, to the heart of Queens’ MarketPlace, and found Hawaii Fest in progress.

20180908_235142755_iOSQueens’ MarketPlace
Coronation Pavilion

Hawaii Fest featured unique art and handcrafts, Hawaiian music, and Hawaiian cultural demonstrations.

Around 3:00 PM we drove to Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Kona and picked up a storage shed.

20180908_004856847_iOSWe were able to transport the shed, as it was not assembled.
It was a very close fit, though!
Dorothy is sitting on the other side of the box, equally squished.

From Lowe’s we returned home, where we spent rest of the day.

The highlight of our evening was looking at John and Dorothy’s vacation photographs from their recent trip to New Orleans, England, Taiwan and more.

By the way, this was our third day of very hot and humid weather.  The high temperature on Thursday was 91F, with a heat index of 103F; the high temperature on Friday was 89F, with a heat index of 98F; and the high temperature on Saturday was 89F, with a heat index of 101F.  The air conditioning in the car was not working, and John and Dorothy’s house has no air conditioning.  Thank goodness it did cool off each evening and was cool, when we awakened each morning!

 

4 Responses to “Our Hawaiian Vacation: Two Resorts and a Storage Shed”

  1. Mercer Family

    Those high temperatures are surprising. We haven’t experienced that on our trips. The closest was our hike to the lava flow on Kīlauea in 2003. That was an extremely warm day however it was over the dried, black, uneven lava fields. Not sure we could manage it now.

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  2. seniorhiker

    Although I do enjoy steel guitars, I think I, too, would be more interested in the scenery than the music. I’m surprised to learn that it was so warm in Hawaii during your visit.

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  3. Betsy

    Bob and his brother look SO much alike. What is the age difference???

    What is the best food dish/item you have had while in Hawaii? What foods are they known for???? I laughed at you all eating at Subway and DQ…. Sounds like us here at home!!!!! ha

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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