Woke up at 7:00 despite setting alarm for 5:00 (turns out I had set the “Monday-Friday” alarm)
Mad rush to get to SFO in time. Split the party so we could check in bags and park at the same time.
Made it to the gate in time for the lady to say “I sure hope you are the Connor party”
Pretty uneventful flight
Found out there is no shuttle to the resort (well, there is but it costs about the same as a cab ride)
Took a cab to the resort
Saw large fields of lava rocks and a lot of “Hawaiian Graffiti” (white rocks brought from the beach and arranged to spell names on the black ground)
Got settled in at resort and had a burger from the cafe
Walked down the road about 5 min to see Hilton Waikoloa and dine at a good, very expensive Chinese restaurant at hotel
Plans for the week
Rent a car, ASAP
Run some errands and get some groceries so we can eat in the room (full on kitchen)
Try to make it to the observatory tonight (the visitor center, probably not the summit)
Tues we will probably drive clockwise around to Hilo, breakfast at Ken’s, maybe see Volcano, and come back
Luau planned for Wed eve. Wed. we also will attend a timeshare upgrade presentation.
May take a Circle Island tour on Thurs or Fri to see the typical tourist sites
May take a stargazing tour Thurs or Fri if we want more telescope action.
Returning on Sat.