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Kauai - Moving on UP! To Da Big Island

Wednesday

Another cloudy, cool, misty morning. Our last in Kauai. So we did it big at breakfast.

Mimosas - a must. Steak & eggs? A total splurge. I don't eat heavy food like this, ever. And it was goooood.

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After breakfast, we packed. And by packed I mean hastily stuffed our wrinkled clothes in our suitcases so we had more time to enjoy the pool and beach. Priorities, people.

We lounged by the pool, then strolled along the beach. Down to the Sheraton Kauai. To scope it out. I am a nosy hotel voyeur. Not in THAT sense. ;) But I do like to check out other properties just to see what the other hotels have to offer.

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There is a beautiful crescent stretch of sand right out front of the Sheraton. Waves are sorta rough, but the beach is lovely.

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We waited until the Last.Possible.Moment before heading out to the Lihue airport.

And a quick jump to Honolulu.

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Followed by a quick jump to Kona on the Big Island. And the second part of our vacation had commenced!

The Kona airport is now one of my favorites. Thatched roofs, breezy outdoor gates, and a very Hawaiian feel to the architecture. Now THIS is a way to be welcomed to the Islands!

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We did the rental car dance again, and once we were loaded into our 4x4 sport utility we took off toward the resort.

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Now THIS is different. Black rock. More black rock. And ONLY black volcanic rock as far as the eye could see. Someone in Kauai likened the landscape to the surface of the moon. That's a very good way to put it - it does feel otherworldly.

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Every now and then some prairie-like grass. And more black rock. I was starting to get nervous - where is everything? The massive resorts? It seemed so desolate. Beautiful, but desolate.

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Then, we turned off the highway into the Mauna Lani resort. And drove down the palm tree-lined road. Lush landscaping. I relaxed.

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After winding along the road toward the coast, we pulled into the Fairmont Orchid. Stately, impressive, regal and HUGE. It was very different from the small but classy boutique hotel that is the Koa Kea.

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Hubby had (wisely) booked us on the Fairmont's Gold Level, which gave us private check in with a Gold Level concierge and access to their Gold Lounge. they greeted us with a cold drink. Holla! This is the life.

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We snacked on the complimentary offerings, including sushi, cheese, crackers, fruit, nuts and cookies. Water, juices and sodas are available at all times. A full bar including champagne was offered.

Yep, hubby is a good man.

Only one snafoo (is that a word? Just made it one) was our room. They had us in two double beds instead of a king. I'm pretty sure this was our TA's fault and not the hotel's, and they were very apologetic. We could either move to another floor (and give up the Gold Level privileges) for a king room, or we could stay in the double room. Yeah we're gonna take the double beds! It's not our honeymoon - we've been married for several years now - so a few nights in beds to ourselves actually....sounded pretty good! ;)

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We unpacked and headed down to the "secret" grotto hot tub. It's called the secret jacuzzi because it's hidden in the flower gardens away from the pool. There were several others in the jacuzzi though - so not sure how "secret" it really is...

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We wanted to drive into Kailua-Kona for dinner, to see a little bit of that coastal town, so we made the 40 minute drive down. And it is quiet, I mean I think the whole town shuts down at 8pm.

We strolled into The Fish Hopper for dinner, and I think there were only 2 or 3 other couples in there. We sat at a nice quiet table by the open windows and enjoyed the breeze and a few cocktails.

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Fried seafood platter

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Smoked ribs

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It was getting late, and the travel had made us a little sleepy. After the quiet drive back we turned in for the night.

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