A Whale of a Weekend at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel

The Sign Outside the Hotel

Two weekends ago I had a chance to take a relaxing vacation away from the craziness of the upcoming census work I would be doing for the next few months and I couldn’t think of a better way of doing it then by going over to the Kona side of the island and staying at the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

I arrived there just as the sun was setting over the mountain leaving a beautiful reflection of the sun off the waters onto Kona Village.

The sun sets over Kona Village

I guess I should have turned the lights on before I tried to take a picture of the room from the doorway… but I think you can get a good idea of just how large this room was.

Bathroom to the left closet to the right

I had a nice cozy sleep in their newly remodeled rooms which had these “Cush” beds that made me not even want to wake up in the morning.

Now this was comfortable

The room had a small fridge as well as microwave, but I only used the fridge of course.

When I woke up in the morning… I washed up and got ready for the day spending it with a friend I hadn’t seen in about 25 years.

Rise and Shine!

When I walked out onto my lanai and saw this view… I knew it was going to be a special weekend.

Beautiful view off the lanai

My friend and I actually went Ziplining at two separate places on the first day before I dropped him off with his family.

Here is a video of Dave Haggen Ziplining the longest Dual Zipline on the Island of Hawaii:

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That night I spent some time around the hotel and ended up eating at Wendy’s only because I was too late and I missed their Island Breeze Luau.

Island Breeze Luau I've heard is one of the Big Islands Best

After having a long day of activities with Dave, I dropped him off and then went back to the hotel to relax for a while.

There is nothing better then being able to swim in a pool, take a hot tub and being just footsteps away from a nice cold drink.

A nice way to close out the evening

The next day I took a quick tour around the hotel and realized that the pier that was out front of the hotel was the pier where the big marlin fish get reeled in.

One big fish displayed in the lobby

I was intrigued by much of the Hawaiian Collection that they had on display.

Some of the Kamehameha Lineage

Even though the hotel is currently going through a remodel, many of the display cases were readily available to see.

More of their Hawaiian Collection of art and treasures from the past

After grabbing breakfast in town with Barbara Uechi of the Guava Bee Blog, I grabbed my friend again and took off for Kona Boat Rentals where we had a 21 foot boat waiting for us.

At the helm of a 21 footer

It was like old times for Dave and I as we used to always take out his ski boat on Lake Whatcom… the only difference this time was that it was in the Pacific Ocean and we were 25 years older.

Kona by the sea

And of course back then… we didn’t have to worry about WHALES popping up out of nowhere!

Humpback Season in the Pacific

I really had a great weekend at the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, I just wish that weekends like these… could last forever.

Another last look out the lanai before saying Aloha!

It was really great seeing my old best friend from High School and I really wanted to say thanks to the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel and it’s friendly staff for hooking me up with a great weekend.

Cable Linking Tahiti to Hawaii Lands in Kawaihae Today

Media Release:

Hawai‘i County Mayor Billy Kenoi and dignitaries from Tahiti marked the landing of a submarine cable linking the two countries today. This is the first Polynesian submarine cable linking French Polynesia (Tahiti) and the U.S.

The total length of the cable between French Polynesia and Hawai‘i Island is 3,107 Miles (5000 km). The highest depth is 19,500 ft (6000 meters.)

The name of the cable: Honotua.

“Hono translates to ‘link’ and Tua translates to ‘backbone, horizon at sea,’” says , Chairman of the Board of Office des postes et telecommunications (OPT). “Hawaiians and Tahitians have established links through voyaging canoes long before European explorers. Today, Honotua reestablishes this connection positioning both countries for improved communication technology entirely relevant for the information age.”

“The first ancestors of the Hawaiian people arrived from the South Pacific, more specifically from Tahiti. It is an honor for our island to welcome this cable, Honotua, a physical link with our cousins,” said Kenoi.

Office des Postes and Telecommunications,(Public Service Provider in Postal Services and Telecommunications of French Polynesia, Tahiti), Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Cable Systems, Wavecom Solutions are the key providers.

The cable will allow economic exchange with High Speed Internet Connectivity between French Polynesia and Hawaii, United States and the world. It will dramatically improve communication services throughout all the islands of French Polynesia, and allow more affordable international broadband internet connectivity.

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Mayor’s Budget Sent to County Council

Media Release:

Mayor Billy Kenoi submitted a proposed $375,367,419 county budget to the Hawaii County Council today. Here’s his message to the Council that accompanied the budget…:

March 1, 2010

The Honorable Chairman J Yoshimoto and

Members of the Hawai‘i County Council

Hawai‘i County Council

25 Aupuni Street

Hilo, Hawai‘i  96720

Aloha, Chairman Yoshimoto and Council Members:

As required by the Hawai‘i County Charter, submitted with this message is the proposed operating budget for the County of Hawai‘i for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.  This balanced budget includes estimated revenues and appropriations of $375,367,419 and includes the operations of eleven of the County’s special funds as well as the general fund…

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Team Asea in Town!

Never seen this dietary supplement before.