Kona, Hawaii

Royal Kona Hotel
Royal Kona Hotel

After a long airplane ride via Phoenix and Los Angeles, we arrived at our hotel, Royal Kona in Kona, Hawaii at about 8:30 Tuesday evening, February 19, 2013. We would be spending 4 days in Kona before joining our hiking group for our 6 day journey around “The Big Island” of Hawaii.

Since everything at the hotel closes up at 9:00 pm we met up with a Canadian couple for drinks and dinner at a nearby restaurant. By the time we got to bed we had been up 24 hrs. We were tired.

Bob’s brother, John, arrived at the hotel before us and we did not see him until the next day for breakfast at the restaurant overlooking the ocean. The weather was clear and sunny and warm. We would soon find out that the Big Island of Hawaii has many other weather patterns to offer.

Here are some scenes from the first few days of adjustment in Kona before our hiking holiday would begin with an introductory meeting and dinner on Friday, February 22, 2013.

Royal Kona Hotel and the Ocean
Royal Kona Hotel and the Ocean
Kona
Kona
Sunset from Kona Beach
Sunset from Kona Beach

Bob and I were able to enjoy a little snorkeling from a catamaran that took us to a little cove with a Captain Cook memorial. In the hills above the cove there is a town named after him. Here is a photo from the sailboat:

Catamaran Ride in Kona
Catamaran Ride in Kona

 

John and Bob at the hotel bar
John and Bob at the hotel bar
Sunset - Kona Harbor
Sunset – Kona Harbor

Various sunset scenes captured from the pool deck.

Street Scene - Kona
Street Scene – Kona

The next blog will focus on the first day of our hiking experience on Hawaii.

 

Yellow Hibiscus
Yellow Hibiscus
Hawaiian Flower
Hawaiian Flower