After a quick breakfast at the coffee Co at the Hilton (quiche was good) we set out for Mauna Kea. Public parking spoya were full (at 9:15). Was afraid this might be the case but hoped low season might play in our favor. Not.
Drove to Mauna Lani, but forgot the instructions on how to find the public beach parking there so ended up at a beach park that has a great picnic area and a bath house, but no sandy beach. Can't remember the name. We walked down the beach path a bit to the Fairmont "beach," though...really more a sandy cove...and this ended up being a good option. It wasn't crowded and the water was lovely...plus there is decent snorkeling outside the cove, and lots of people were out. Since DH wasn't going out, I was glad to have others around. Saw two eels, two turtles, and tons of fish.
We stayed til around 1, walked back to the car (slowly, as DH insisted on watching a foursome tee off) and had a picnic at the beach park. Then we left for Hawi and points north.
The island gets green and lush again around Hawi...really beautiful...and Hawi is a fun place to spend an hour or two browsing shops. We drove up to Pololu and would've hiked down except we only had our slippers...
Today was such a cleat day, and Maui was visible on the horizon most of the day. We wanted a photo so we drove down to Keokea (I think) beach park on our way back to Waikoloa...well we got our photo, but we also got to see a monk seal and her pup! So cool! He was born Nov 11 and the volunteers there said they will probably be around for another 2 or 3 weeks in case you get a chance to go by. They have the area where the seals are lying roped off, but a nice viewing area and binoculars if you want an up close view.
We pulled over between the park and Kawaihae to watch the sunset...back at the Hilton, we were too lazy to go out for dinner, so we walked down to the Mexican Cantina for guacamole (made tableside...very good) and a taco salad made with huli huli chicken. Pretty tasty and overall not that pricey ($12 for guacamole, on par with other restaurants that make this, and $14 for the salad. $7 for a Corona.)
We rode the boat all the way around the resort, then rented a DVD (included in the resort fee)...cute movie called Admissions with Tina Fey.
All in all, a good day!