Volcano to Kailua-Kona… back round the other side of Big Island

We’re half round the island, and just another three days until we return hone to very early nights and frost, and yet  we’re just been away from home a week – that’s what happens when you start a new job and move house. We better explore as much as much as possible of this beautiful island, which is possible if you have the right transport – your own car. So, healthy breakfast first, as we tossed half a pineapple and a papaya into the blender, along with...

Kailua-Kona: More than Beach Life

… and back to where we started. It’s nearly the end of our time in Hawaii, and since we felt a bit worried we might miss our flight (and with it, two connecting flights) , we decided to spend our last day in Kailua-Kona. I had done the beachfront strip a few days earlier and reported back that it’s all rather touristy, so what can you do? First, the beach. At some point, you gotta swim in the Pacific. We found that the southern end of town...

Volcano to Kailua-Kona… back round the other side of Big Island

We’re half round the island, and just another three days until we return hone to very early nights and frost, and yet  we’re just been away from home a week – that’s what happens when you start a new job and move house. We better explore as much as much as possible of this beautiful island, which is possible if you have the right transport – your own car. So, healthy breakfast first, as we tossed half a pineapple and a papaya into the blender, along with...

Big Island of Hawaii: Kona Coast to Volcano – a leisurely road trip

If you make your own itinerary, and want to go off the beaten track, a car is essential on Big Island. We had booked ours online in Germany, picked it up at the airport (and even though you are in America, a small car is rather small on the Big Island), then set off towards Hilo. There are about three routes from the Kona Coast to Hilo, and ours took us up on the picturesque Mamalahoha Highway, then a right turn onto the Saddle Road. Now, much...

An Ode to Lucy's and other money-saving tips

I wonder whether a post about a single restaurant is ever appropriate. But who cares? This is a fun blog, I write about what I loved, and if I want to swoon over a plate of refried beans, I will. If you have an appetite after this, please read on. After about six days in Hawaii, despite (or maybe because) of staying in a large resort, I had already twigged on how expensive this place is. Not that a return flight from Europe is usually beyond 1000...

Is there public transport on Hawaii?

Imagine you are sitting in your nice resort, and after a few days of lazing by the pool, you somehow get restless – and so you should! the Big Island of Hawaii has 11 of the 13 climate zones in the world, and the scenery is otherworldly beautiful, especially if you are from Western Europe and are not used to the amazing seascapes in close range to bare mountains, and that you have to fly for five (!) hours over water from the nearest mainland to reach...

What to expect from a VERY large US Resort

Finally… after about ten years of intermittent dreaming, I am in Hawaii, on the Big Island of Hawaii, to be exact. It is the largest and one of the less densely populated islands of the Hawaii archipelago, and had it not been the corporate hospitality of my boyfriend, chances are I would have chosen it anyway. However… little choice did we have in our accommodations. Having only experienced a smidgen US beach life in Miami some years back while at a conference ( at the back-then amazing...