From the Valley Isle to the Garden Isle
Trip Start Apr 25, 2009
7Trip End May 01, 2009
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Where I stayed
The plane was tiny, it was a turbo prop, 2x2, and the seating was first come-first served. We ended up sitting in the 3rd, 4th and 5th rows. The ride was pretty smooth, bar the lurchiness that comes with prop planes and the landing was very good.
It took us about 35 minutes to get to the cottages where we stayed. Once we arrived, we were disappointed to find that the info I had read on the website didn't apply to ALL of the units. LAME. Yes, there was free wi-fi, but only in the breezeway by the lobby. Yes, there was laundry, but it was a pay facility nearby (only the bigger units have laundry inside). Yes, there was a gym, but it was a community gym down the road that we had "rights" at. LAME.
The cottage itself, however, is cute. There's a living room with a dining table and a small kitchen. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and the windows are like permanently open.
We all went over to the Breezeway to use the internet to plan our days here. Since there's only one car, we needed to coordinate scuba with what Jon and I wanted to do. Mike and Sarah found a scuba shop they liked, and we decided to head over there to book the tour since it was only 10 miles away. Here, 10 miles is like 30 minutes. Might as well be in LA. The shop was cool, Jon signed up for a pool training session the next morning and an intro dive and I signed up for snorkeling. Mom doesn't like the fishies and unfortunately, snorkeling would be lost on her even if she did, since she's blind. I've been there, I know.
Mike and Sarah also booked a separate scuba dive for Wednesday. Jon and I booked horseback riding on Wednesday and the four of us are doing a kayak/hiking tour on Thursday before we go. Mom booked a Na Pali coast tour for Wednesday and the shop offered to pick her up and drop her off since we didn't have another vehicle. Hawaiian people keep surprising me with their courtesy, though, to be honest, they also keep surprising me with their non-courtesy. It's just that that would NEVER happen in L.A.
We were hungry after the scuba shop, so we went to Wrangler's, a steakhouse in Waimea that the hotel recommended. They were pretty good, Hawaiians definitely like their steaks. For dessert, we shared the sampler, which had flan (meh), Kona mud pie (yum) and Lillikoi Dream Pie (extra yum). Then we headed across the street to Big Save Market to stock up on necessities. We got waffles, cottage cheese, multiple kinds of milk, jell-o, pancake mix, water, butter and syrup.
We went back to the hotel, put away the goodies and Mike, Sarah and I set off to wander the grounds and take pictures. We headed down to the water first, marveling at the huge trees on the property and all the driftwood on the beach. Sarah brought her Kindle and shortly set off to find a good place to read. Mom came out and sat by the pool and read. Jon joined us outside and then Mike, Jon and I walked up to the lobby to see what kind of board games they had and to check on movies, too. We got Scrabble and Little Miss Sunshine. There was a kitty in the lobby, an orange tabby with a shaved area and a surgical scar on his side. He was sweet, but didn't care too much that we were there.
When we got back to the cottage, Sarah and my mom were back and we talked about playing games, but just fell asleep instead.