In addition to the cruise to Kealakekua Bay, I also took a guided tour to the summit of Mauna Kea. We had some delays due to poor weather at the summit — hail, ice, and snow was falling. But eventually we made it to the top (13,800 feet) where we stood among the numerous observatories that have been built there over the years. Not only did we have views across the Big Island — we could see Haleakala on Maui, as well. After that we did some star gazing back down at 9200 feet (though I don’t have any photos of that).
I just got back from a week on the Big Island of Hawaii. I splurged a bit (okay, a lot) and stayed at the Four Seasons Hualalai, which is easily one of the best resorts I’ve ever been to. Service was amazing, the property was beautiful, and even the food was good. And my room! I got upgraded from a regular oceanview room to a $2300/night suite!
Unfortunately, the weather left something to be desired. It was wet for the first few days and pretty much overcast for the others. Those breaks of sunshine were welcomed, though.
Here’s the first set of trip photos, which I took around the Four Seasons resort: