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The Big Island of Hawaii - Day 3

Well we all woke up to some major asshat birds this morning. Omg they were soooooo loud. I literally thought they were in the foyer of our room. Wait, that makes it sound huge. We have a nice room but it was the cheapest room with no ocean view and the Cracchiola ladies are quite spoiled when it comes to balconies and seeing/hearing the ocean.

We were tossing around the idea of going back to Panama City Beach, Fl and honestly it was the same price to come to paradise. The decision was a no brainer. We’re watching costs very closely and I don’t want to eat out every meal (health reasons) so we’ve got our mini fridge well stocked.

We headed to the lagoon. It’s carved into the resort so sea life can swim in and chill with us and we can snorkel with no waves. I bought this really cool underwater housing box for my iPhone. It worked! I have pictures of not 1 but 2 fish! Aaaand that’s all I saw. Weak. Lex played in the sand and in the water she was playing with shrimp or something. Annicakes and I went out in the water on our Five Below floaties. Good money spent.

We all had lunch at the pool bar and I swear it was the best dang cheeseburger I’ve had in years. We all had one and agreed unanimously. I promised Annicakes we’d hit the other, much larger, pool. It was also the most crowded. In typical Annicakes fashion, “Can we go to the other pool? This one is too crowded and too many kids.” she lasted less than an hour so we just headed to room to get in shade and relax for a few hours until we headed to the luau. The luau celebrates all Polynesian islands so be prepared for Moana references. Just a forewarning.

"I am Moana of Motunui. You will board my boat, sail across the sea, and restore the heart of Te Fiti.”-Moana

The luau was pretty good. Annicakes didn’t eat much. She DID try the poi because when in Rome, uhhhh…poi really doesn’t have flavor. It tastes like nothing. Cold, purple nothing. We all tried it. I’ve tasted before and it is ten-folds better than Vegemite. (Sorry to my adoptive Aussie family). The drinks were flowing freely but honestly I’m not a big drinker. I had one lava flow (pina colada with strawberry) and the girls had theirs sans alcohol.

"Hero of men. It's actually 'Maui, shapeshifter, Demigod of the wind and sea, hero of men.' I interrupted, from the top—hero of men. Go."-Maui. So Annicakes “The Rock” Johnson obliged me and made “the face” for me.

To stay in character, I had on my Bigfoot Hawaiian shirt, Annicakes a traditional Hawaiian shirt, and Lex in a beautiful Hawaiian print dress. “ If you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, you're a princess."-Maui

The mistress of ceremonies was pretty funny. She asked the audience who was on their first trip, second, three or more? I yelled, “Whoooooo!!” To which she said, “Aloha to our rich friends out there.”

The girls and I ended up heading back before the luau ended. Just like 10 minutes. We have been to many dinner shows and compared to others it just didn’t really hold our attention.

We have a very long day ahead of us tomorrow. The girls and I are headed to Volcanoes National Park and it’s about a 2 hour drive to get there. I’d love to do the scenic route but it adds on an extra 45 minutes.

Thanks for sticking with us as we journal our travels. Which to that I say, “You’re Welcome.” -Maui (I’m kidding)


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