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.
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.
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.
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!