We’re in Hawaii, the big island this time. Had a little lodging snafu right at the beginning but everything is peachy now.
It’s just that we really really really didn’t like our first hotel. The Hilton Waikoloa was massive, overcrowded, impersonal, and more suited to a band of teenagers on spring break than a chill little family on vacay. No service, no help, no smiles, a 15-minute hike to the pool, and lots of waiting for trams to get around the hotel. Oh, and bad food.
Pass. We cancelled our reservation after one day and moved down the street to the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort. Ahhhh. Much more our speed. Ok, let the good times roll.
The Petroglyph Trail near the Mauna Launi was a nice surprise. A friendly truckload of locals stopped us in the parking lot (to say how cute the girls were) then told us to ditch the flip flops and wear sturdy shoes. Bless them, they were SO right. They also told us the funky little animals running all over the place were mongoose. Huh, wouldn’t have guessed that one.
We reserved a cabana and spent yesterday at the pool (with a quick detour to the spa for me, naturally) and today is exploration day. Who knows where we’ll end up. Has anyone been to the big island? Any fave spots or sights?