Waikoloa Walk-about -- Monday Afternoon, 2/15/16

By afternoon, a wind advisory had been posted for the Kona Coast, with sustained winds of 20-30 mph and gusts to 50 mph.  I decided these winds were more than just trade winds, but I could be wrong.  When I asked about snorkeling or driving to Waipio Valley at the information desk, the reply was, "better not, not in this wind."  Tom and Diane returned from their sales pitch and ate lunch, and we decided to simply walk around the village today and explore areas that we'd yet to see.

Jimmy at lunch with his friends.  Everyone was glad we were on the leeward side of Bldg 21.

This little guy was hiding from the wind in a protective nook of our balcony.

Check out the centipede the Pacific Golden-Plover yanked out of the grass!
It spent a long time working this thing loose!

Then, what to my wondering eyes should appear?
Not eight tiny reindeer, but a boatload of wild goats cruising the golf course!

More serene pools with an ocean view.

Imagine swimming in this lagoon!  That would be so cool.
They actually swim on the other side of this beautiful structure.

Lots of fun being had here!


They both look happy.

Eventually we found "Dolphin Quest" at Waikoloa.  For a fairly hefty fee, you could swim with the dolphins (below), or chose a difference experience.  Longer times in the water with the dolphins involved spending buckets of money.  I was surprised to learn that they're using Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins here in Hawaii; not sure why.  I would love to snorkel and interact with dolphins close by, but only in the wild.  We watched for quite a while, and the kids seemed to be having a grand time.  Man, dolphins are FAST!

Surf's up!

So much beauty to be seen, everywhere I look.  I stumble often because I'm always looking -- and I'm fortunate enough to be able to see -- from the small and humble to magnificent and grandiose, from stark black to vibrant colors ... and in Hawaii, it's easy to be awed.

We've seen a lot of grand sights this trip, and we still have a few more days to enjoy The Big Island.  To play!  Tomorrow's forecast calls for more wind, so we'll have to wait till then to decide what to do.  Like Scarlet O'Hara:  Tomorrow is another day.


  1. Looks like a gorgeous area.

  2. Nice village you've got there. Methinks the goats are free mowers for all that grass ;-)

  3. Beautiful day out and about, for sure. So glad you have been able to catch up the stories, fun reading on a somewhat cool day here with a few frozen piles of snow left lying around.


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