Now that I've finally gotten a bunch of work behind me, I'm finally able to start thinking and preparing for our trip to Hawaii next week! Jerry and I are going to the big island where he will be attending a work conference. Lucky for me, the conference is taking place at an incredible resort on the Kohala Coast, the Fairmont Orchid! He'll be doing conference stuff during most of the days, and I'm taking a new tablet PC along so that I can keep up with superbuzzy business. Of course, we're still hoping to find plenty of time to do some sightseeing and adventuring.
Every time I look at the travel guides, I'm totally overwhelmed by the descriptions of things to do. Everything sounds fantastic. Not having been there before, I'm having trouble prioritizing what we should do during our limited free time. Can anyone offer suggestions for "must-see" and "must-do" on the big island? We're not so much the lounging on the beach types... more hiking, snorkeling, and climbing volcano types. I know there's lots of this to do, but I'd love to hear what people think are the best spots to see. We'd also appreciate any suggestions for cultural sites, restaurants, any great shops, etc. I know the big island is relatively quiet, but I think that might be exactly what we need!
This will be our first time alone together since Brynne was born - she's going to grandma's house! We'll have to see if we still remember how to talk to each other without constant interruption and Brynne-related crises. I'll try to take lots of pictures to share while I'm there, and I'm also *really* looking forward to some time to get caught up on my Bloglines! Hope everyone out there is having a fantastic summer!