Hawaii Big Island

I’ve been a huge slacker in processing my photo backlog. I still have a bunch from Seafair 2009 to go through! I built a new computer a few months ago in order to have a faster photo “editing” computer (really, “editing” == “filtering with Lightroom”), but that hasn’t really motivated me. Too many weekends travelling, biking, or skiing, I guess.

Better late than never.

These pictures are from our trip to the Big Island of Hawaii for Spring Break this past march (at least it’s still 2010).

We had a great trip, most of the details of which I no longer remember. We stayed at the Fairmont Orchid on the Kona side of the island. It was a fantastic place, and my only regret was not spending a night or two closer to the volcano. We made a day trip there early in the week, and let’s just say, it’s a big island.

The trip included a few adventures: snorkeling, trekking around the volcano (sadly the lava wasn’t really flowing), and a super-cool night time snorkel with the manta rays – highly recommended. It also included a lot of lounging by the pool, reading, drinking, and eating.

We also hung out a bit with our friends Cole and Nancy, whose Big Island vacation overlapped a few days with ours. A definite highlight of the trip was a chill dinner with them on our last night at the Manta Pavilion & Wine Bar at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Awesome view, unique menu, and a card-operated, pay-by-the-ounce, wine dispensing system – you have to see this thing to believe it.

We’ve now crossed three islands of our list: Kauai (my favorite), Maui, and the Big Island.

A few photo highlights:

And you can view the rest on Smugmug.

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