In February this year we began making plans for a family vacation on Hawai’i, knowing our daughter at that time planned to be in Kailua-Kona for the entire year. As it turned out, she left for Barcelona five hours after my wife, son, and I arrived on September 18, leaving us time together for little more than greeting and good-bye hugs. Bummer, but as I’m sure some of you parents can attest, simple hugs can go a long ways….
I’d reserved a condo in the Palm Villas complex of the Mauna Lani Resort property for six nights, after which our son returned home, and my wife and I flew to Maui for five nights in the Westin Ka’anapali Resort Villas. Son had never been to Hawai’i before, so it was interesting to have his perspective, both of the Big Island, and certain elements of family vacations. We had a great time together, but 20-somethings definitely have different ideas about what constitutes “vacation”. I’ve lumped random experiences and thoughts about both islands into one “trip report”, and will post separate sections below. Sorry – it was just easier that way.
For anyone interested, here’s a link to some of my photos. As noted, I’ve included specific details and a trip report of sorts, which you won’t see unless you look at the images individually.