I took a walk to a market in Waikoloa around 15 minutes away.
There are five volcanoes including the famous one “Kīlauea,” on the big island and two of them are active. The ground is covered with black rocks. Have you heard of Punaluu Black Sand Beach? It’s located on the southeastern coast. Can you imagine a beach covered with black sand!
There is nothing but hotels, condos and golf courses in Waikoloa.
The town has calm and peaceful atmosphere. When my family went for a stroll at night, we were safe even though streets were dark and had few lights. We were able to see the Milky Way. This island intentionally suppresses the influence of lights to make star-watching easier.
Here is the view of the markets “Kings Shops” and “Queens’ Marketplace”
Hawaii Report #13
Here are some pictures I took in the Hilton . This is an entrance of the main lobby.
The valet parking is interesting to me because it is very uncommon in Japan.
I was able to see only blackish fish, not colorful one in the lagoon. My son saw a sea turtle from a boat here.
Several parrots stayed still without a cage. They didn’t speak unfortunately.
Rocky shore outside the Hilton. It may be as well to swim in a pool.
You can swim with a dolphin here by joining “Dolphin Quest”.
Although there is no photo, the most impressive sight was a night sky. I was able to see many stars. Fortunately, our stay was in the period of the new moon, and so it was a good time to see stars in the dark sky. When I was looking at the sky, I saw several shooting stars, and one of them was very bright one. Wow! I felt like becoming one with nature. It is said that a volcano “Mauna Kea” near Waikoloa is the famous star watching spot and has many celestial observatories from overseas. I want to join a stargazing tour on this mountain sometime in the future.
Hawaii Report #12
We stayed at the Hilton Waikoloa Village for three nights in the Big Island. The hotel was so huge that a monorail was running inside.
A boat was also used to transport hotel guests. It was so fantastic to watch the starry sky from the boat.
It’s possible to walk around inside the hotel, but you would be tired. Pink is accommodations and blue is routes of transportation.
Though the room was not bad, I prefer a condo. I wanted to stay at Aston’s condo at first, but I heard that only Hilton guests can use the facilities such as pools, so booked the Hilton. Actually, there was no check of guests unless renting something.
There were three towers, Place, Lagoon and Ocean. Our room was in the Palace tower. My complaint was that only the Palace tower had no laundry room! So I went to another tower by monorail to do the laundry. In addition, it was not easy to find the laundry room, it was like a maze.
The entrance of the Palace tower
The view from the entrance. We were able to see the beautiful blue sky and sea every day.
Hawaii Report #11