Kona Journals

The Big Island Retirement

A March 2004 trip to Kona by TRAVEL HYPE

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii More Photos
Quote: This was a retirement celebration for a co-worker/friend and myself. We spent it in a beautiful spacious two-bedroom villa with best ocean view on the Island. The resort had some of the most beautiful and unusual floral views I have ever seen. You must come check out this resort.

Kona Billfisher

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Hotel | "Kona Hawaiian Village by the Sea"

Kona Billfisher Photo, Kona, Hawaii
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Best Things Nearby:Wal-Mart, Safeway Foods for groceries, Atlantis Submarine Tour, beaches, shopping on Lai'i Drive, and Royal Kona Resort Luau.Best Things About the Resort:The resort is built on preserved sacred Hawaiian grounds. The amenities in the villa and its proximity to beaches are great. The resort activities are fun if you can find the time to participate.Resort Experience:Upon arriving at the resort, we saw lovely landscaped grounds with beautiful foliage in the driveway. We arrived too early to check in so we went for a drive to become familiar with the area. We drove to Henry Street where we found Wal-Mart and Safeway Foods for groceries. We drove...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2004

Kona Billfisher
75-5841 Alii Drive
Kona, Hawaii
(808) 329-9277

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Attraction | "A DRIVE TO VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK"

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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We left our resort about 8 o'clock A.M. and spent the entire day on this excursion. It was the most beautiful drive down Highway 19 in our rented silver convertible, as we listened to Michael McDonald's CD. When we arrived at Volcano National Park, there was a $10 entry fee, but it was well worth the fare. Our first stop was to see the steam vents. They are formed when rainwater sink into the ground and is heated by rocks that are hot and steam is formed. I don't think I explained as scientifically as it happens, but it is a must see. Next we went to Thomas A. Jaggar Museum where we learned how volcanoes are formed and how their activity is monitored. We saw the charred boots worn by a geolo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 5, 2004

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Highway 11
Hilo, Hawaii 96718
(808) 985-6000

2004 Atlantis Submarine Adventure

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2004 Atlantis Submarine Adventure Photo, Kona, Hawaii
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I am a recent retiree from the Chicago Police Department as a civilian employee. I decided that am not going to deny myself any experience in which I want to take part; now having said that, I did something that I probably would not have done ordinarily without some thought. . . diving 120 feet beneath the vast Pacific Ocean’s waters in a submarine. We arrived at Atlantis Submarine Office, located on Lai’i Drive and we were directed to the pier across the street, where experienced Atlantis staff met us with cheerful smiles. Each passenger was greeted and photographed prior to boarding the boat that took us to the dive site where the submarine was waiting. My friend and ex co-worker had experienc...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 12, 2004

2004 Atlantis Submarine Adventure
Near the King Kam Hotel
Kona, Hawaii