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Report 2059: Our Marauding Big Island Adventure

By lasereyes from CT, Spring 2013

Trip Description: A family of four spend time traveling about the big island, visiting beaches, rain forests and volcanoes along the way, with plenty of hiking.

Destinations: Countries - North America; Regions/Cities - Hawaii

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Beach; Sightseeing; Walking/Hiking; Independent Travel; 3-4 people; Adults and Young Children

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Page 1 of 10: Day 1: Kona, Kikaua Point and Kuk'io Beach

photo by Vijay

Strolling along Kuki'o Bay as the Twilight Fades

So this was meant to be a quick ditty memorializing our 10 day voyage to a place on earth comparable to none other. Well I started. And then just kept writing and writing! I think I just lost myself, as one does on a golden Kohala beach or a Hawaii Volcano rain forest trek.

Who are we? A fun-loving family of Connecticut who can never get enough of the natural wonders on this planet. Our ranks comprise Vijay and Chitra, much traveled but never to Hawaii before. And our two intrepid kids, Shobhita and Sarvesh, totally adorable, but always pushing the envelope.

Our flight landed early after a brief aerial circumnavigation of the island. Our first surprise was Kona Airport, which our guide-book pretty well trashed. No idea why, as we were quite captivated by walking through outdoor courtyards to an open-air baggage claim. We picked up our rental car and were soon on our way. As we headed south for a quick supermarket trip, we were treated to our inaugural views of lava rocks. No matter how much you've read, your eyebrows are still squarely raised to see black all round as far as the eye could see!

With car fully loaded with provisions (thank you Safeway!), we wended our way to the Four Seasons Resort and the adjacent beaches of Kikaua Point and Kukio Bay (taking immediate advantage of Hawaii's "all beaches open to everyone" policy). We found a wonderful enclave on Kikaua partly enclosed by benign rocks. It looked absolutely custom-made for us! Shady sands where we picnicked and chilled out, along with gentle waters where we cut our teeth with some low-tech snorkeling. As usual, Shobhita streaked ahead and was soon leading us to some comparatively deeper waters where she had found some fishes swirling around and raising cane.

After a couple of hours of this, we took a couple of leisurely walks, soaking up the seaside environment, first along the rocky coastline to the north, and then due South to Kukio Bay where we spotted an array of Sea Turtles flapping in the waters and a compatriot enjoying an evening nap on the golden sand. He did however miss a rousing sunset that we were savored as we returned. We made a quick detour to some fishponds to the back of the resort, where I spotted a Black Crowned Night Heron in the fading light, static on a grassy bank, stoically staring us down. All-in-all, just the sort of first day we could have craved for!

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