You probably noticed (on Facebook) that a few weeks back the husband and I were in Hawaii. We were. You probably also noticed that it was amazingly beautiful and we had a fantastically dandy time. It was and we did. So much so that I’m dreaming of the day we will go back. There are so many things that we missed out on getting to see. So many other islands to explore. We stayed on the Big Island in a little beach area outside of Kona. I was actually quite surprised when we got there because at first it wasn’t at all what I expected. We did drive around on the island known for its old volcanic rock that is pretty much EVERYWHERE. (Quite a bit of new rock too as the Kilauea volcano is constantly erupting.) So I was able to find out for myself that one side of the island is actually green and lush while the other is very reminiscent of St. George, Utah. Only black rocks instead of red. *wink* Sure we missed out on the places known for big surf and pieces of history… BUT within a day I fell in love with life on the Big Island and would definitely return. The slow pace of it all is so very appealing. The beaches are not as busy as on the other islands — Or so I’ve been told. The views and of waves crashing up again the black rock. Beauty everywhere. Just beautiful.
During our trip we went down the beach to the Hilton Waikoloa Village hotel a couple of times. The beach house we were staying in actually gave us access to the resort’s pool areas so we were sure to use those amenities. This hotel is amazing. Seriously soooo very dandy. There are so many pools, waterfalls, hot tubs, grottos, and even a waterside!
And the views. Wow.
The building that you see behind the waterfalls is the exquisite Kamuela Provision Company restaurant (or KPC to the locals). On one of our excursions over to the resort we had dinner there. It was romantic. It was spectacular. It was one of the highlights of our Hawaiian vacation. I will say that we should have planned better and made our reservations to eat before sunset. The views were still neat to see at night but I can only imagine what they would be at sunset. Amazing I’m sure! Regardless of our poor planning we had a wonderful time. Our meal was simply dandy. Okay. More than simply dandy. It was VERY dandy.
Audi and I went with the surf and turf options. Grilled Kona Kampachi for Audi and the Paniolo “Cowboy” Rib Eye for me. By far one of the best meals we have ever eaten. We were too full to indulge in dessert! Guess we should have went a different evening just for dessert… Next time… *wink*
We were well taken care of by the extraordinary Cornelius. I recommend requesting him to be your server when dining at KPC. He was careful to point out even the smallest of subtleties in the white bean tapenade that came out with our bread. I was amazed by the amount of foods found right on the island and served in the restaurant. They do a marvelous job bringing it all together and the chefs are clearly very talented.
After dinner we just strolled along the resort at night. Taking it all in before heading back to our place. Even at night this resort is beautiful. Have you ever been to a resort before that has its own monorail??? This is something that I’ve only ever seen at Disney World. Well, the Hilton Waikoloa Village has one.
*We received our meal at KPC in exchange for my sharing our thoughts on the experience.