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United States [April 2007] – Summary

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Hawai’i and Lana’i

This was a fairly brief trip – partly because it was so close to our last one in February – but a fairly decent trip.  We generally pack a lot into our travels, and this trip wasn’t an exception.  Besides a few slow days on the island of Lana’i, we did a fair amount of running around.

Pictorial Views

Here’s some of the highlights in summary and pictorial format.

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Highlights

  • Walking to the active lava flow
  • Exploring an isolated tropical valley
  • Running our feet through the warm black sand
  • Playing golf between old lava
  • Exploring the inside of an active crater
  • Playing a round at a world class golf course
  • Winning the ‘tackiest dress’ competition at a luau
  • Walking through an old lava tube

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Lowlights

  • Toni getting sick on Lana’i
  • Bored in Lana’i City
  • Taking cheap torches to the lava flow
  • Kids crapping in the resort pool!
  • Nearly running out of fuel in the middle of nowhere
  • Low budget at a 5-star resort
  • Driving half way up a mountain and having no view

 

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Final Thoughts

If you’ve been to Hawai’i before, but only stayed on Oahu or Mau’i, then you are really MISSING OUT.  The Big Island is a real taste of the old world, history merged with island traditions.  It couples natural wonders with the convenience of 5-star luxury and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

Lana’i is a small island and rarely seems to come across people’s radars.  I’d characterise it as a playground of the very wealthy.  It’s worth a look if you have a decent bankroll, or if you are really into golf. 

I’ll always be thankful to Sarah Richey and DevTest for their generosity in flying all employees and their families out to Hawai’i – it was a special gesture and allowed us a chance to explore Hawai’i in a way we hadn’t previously had the opportunity to entertain.

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Day 3 http://aussietravelling.com/post/2013/united-states-april-2007-day-3/
Day 4 http://aussietravelling.com/post/2013/united-states-april-2007-day-4/
Day 5 http://aussietravelling.com/post/2013/united-states-april-2007-day-5/
Day 6 http://aussietravelling.com/post/2013/united-states-april-2007-day-6/
Day 7 http://aussietravelling.com/post/2013/united-states-april-2007-day-7/
Day 8 http://aussietravelling.com/post/2013/united-states-april-2007-day-8/

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United States [April 2007] – Day 8

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Continuing on from Day 7.

Tuesday 10th of April

route

Today was similar to the previous day.  We started by heading out after breakfast to take a look at Manele Bay, particularly the interesting lava formations on the coastline.  The map above shows the route we took on the day.

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The path lead past the luau grounds and out to the local beach.  There were a line of deck chairs and umbrellas, and later we returned for a dip in the warm ocean.  For now though, we continued south by south-east towards a lava outcropping off the bay.

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Along the way we caught site of waves crashing against the remains of lava, worked upon for what must have been ages.  We caught site of a beach shower framed brilliantly against the greenery of the coast.

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The outcropping was on a slight rise in the land giving way to a shear cliff leading to a sandy beach below.  We eventually turned back and made our way to the resort to return and take that long swim in the bay.

Later, we decided (for lack of a better idea) to go back into Lana’i City.  We pretty much caught the shuttle in, and then turned around and came right back.  To this day, I’m not sure why we went there twice.

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The weather had improved upon our return, but the pool was closed yet again for the same reason as before – a child had an accident (i.e. there had been another floater).  We packed our bags and made ready to check out.

While we were waiting, Toni sat in the main building a read a book while I walked around the resort again and took some more photos of the surrounds.

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The resort has some very nice scenery, including little areas marked by running water, bridges and lots of greenery.  Each room looks out over some form of peaceful and relaxing area as you can see from the photos above.

I found several nice waterfalls and managed to snap a couple of decent shots.  After about half an hour I returned to the main building where Toni was still reading her book. 

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We then left the resort on the next shuttle bus to the local airport.  Bags and all, we made our way back to Honolulu airport.  From here, it was a fairly straightforward transfer onto our return flight to Sydney.

Check back for the trip summary report – coming up next.

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United States [April 2007] – Day 7

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We continue on after our massive day of golf on Day 6.

Monday 9th of April

Today we did a little exploration of the island.  After a morning breakfast we took the resort shuttle up to check out Lana’i City.  Our intentions were two-fold – to check out a more authentic side of Lana’i (where the locals live) and also to find a cheaper alternative for lunch.

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Local church / Pele’s Garden

There wasn’t honestly that much to see in the city.  As you can see from the photos, it was a particularly drab day which didn’t make things any better.  We poked around the city for a little while and even had a bite to eat at a little place called Pele’s Other Garden.

It was affordable (yay) so we managed to strike one item off the list.  There was a small little store called the ‘Dis N Dat Shop’ which had some interesting items, but otherwise – except for the tiny town atmosphere – there wasn’t much else to see in the town.

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Dis N Dat Shop

We returned to the shuttle stop and had to wait about 20 minutes for the return journey.  Once we arrived back at Manele Bay, we took some time out to stroll around the resort and later went back to our room to change and hit the pool for some relaxation.

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View of the main pool / Pool and beach

As luck would have it, the sun came out and bathed the main building in a wash of lovely sunshine.  We later spent time in the upstairs lounge and bar, chatting and socialising with other DevTest employees.

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Main building / Upstairs lounge

The rest of the day was spent relaxing and enjoying the amenities of the resort.   As I recall, we enjoyed a nice bottle of Penfold’s RWT Shiraz in our room in the afternoon with our friend Ruth Fisher.

Later, we enjoyed an intimate dinner in the resort restaurant and wound down the evening playing poker with friends. 

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Four Seasons resort pool

The next day, we explored the local area around the resort – with some cracking photos of the amazing coastline.

Continued – our last day on Lana’i – Day 8.

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