There is no place like Home

There is nothing like a “Stay-cation” in the Islands. I just returned from a whirlwind inter-island trip with the “Girls”. My friends Tine and Carol from the Netherlands and Peggy from BC Canada came to visit me for a couple of weeks. Tine and Carol have never been to Hawaii but Peg has been here several times.
As a self-appointed tour guide, I tried to show them a bit of everything that I personally love about Hawaii. While on the Big Island we started with a trip on the Fair winds, a snorkel adventure to Kealakekua Bay. Never having snorkeled before you can imagine what a treat this was for them. Loaded with floaties, rubber tubes and a viewing box they eagerly jumped in to be awed by the coral, reef fish, colors, shapes and underwater world. Mind you none of us are “girls” chronologically, quite the contrary with me being the youngest at 60 years.
We then spent two days up at Volcano at the Kilauea Lodge, walking and hiking the craters and being amazed at the power of Pele, goddess of the volcano. Night viewing of the Halemaumau crater was a real treat. On the way back to Kona we stopped at the botanical gardens to view the beautiful orchids, Rainbow and Akaka Falls, Waipio Valley and all the treats the Hamakua coast has to offer.
A visit to the expanded tour of NELHA, the energy labs in Kona was a real education on alternative energy and many industries that can be supported by the oceans power. We got to taste farm raised Kampachi, and abalone and taste desalinated water as part of the tour. The Seahorse Farm was the next stop where we saw hundreds of seahorses of all sizes and types and actually got to let one wrap its tail around our fingers.
Of course no trip to Hawaii is complete without a Luau and the one at the King Kamehameha Hotel, called Island Breeze, was great.
Maui was our next stop where we were awed by the talent and performance given at a show called “Ulalena” , this is a must see when in Lahaina. The whales on the day of our Whale Watch with the Pacific Whale Foundation were in full spirit. Several males chasing after one female, tail slapping, pec slapping, spy hopping and breaching. They swam right under our boat several times.
Oahu was our final stop. Pearl Harbor was a must see, as well as lots of shopping and eating. The difference between the three islands made our trip diverse and interesting. I must admit after a tearful good bye at the airport, I was glad to return to my island, the Big Island of Hawaii. “There is no place like Home”
So now it is back to reality and work. Real Estate here in Hawaii is really picking up. The inventory of available homes and condos is very low and the prices are still great. Many mainlanders made their dream on a second home in the islands come true this year taking advantage of the buyers’ market.
I will be happy to put you on a property search, free of charge, no obligation, no pressure for Big Island homes and condos. Tell me what you are looking for and what your price range is and I can set you up so you will be one of the first to know when that special deal comes on the market. Our website offers access to the Multiple Listing Service but I can customize your search and save you time and money.
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