Inspired from the S.F. Gate Sunday paper “Just Back From” Travel section.
I went because: We have never been to the Big Island and found a great deal on Costco Travel. It also was our time of the year to take a vacation, just the two of us. So important when you are parents.
Don’t miss: Kona Brewing Company, driving out to the Northwest Point in Hawi, and swimming in the awesome salt water lagoon at the Hilton Waikola Village.
Don’t bother: Planning. Each day, let yourself go with the flow and see what comes to mind that you want to do.
Coolest souvenir: Big Island shaped Christmas ornament and a very cute dress at this tiny local store in the tiny town of Hawi.
Worth a splurge: Going on vacation to the Big Island! If you have not booked a real vacation to happen in the next 6 months, do it today! Oh, and rent a jeep!
Other comments: We’ve been to Kauai and Maui. I have to say the Big Island is truly big but so peaceful, relaxing and spiritual. I loved how the land was open and undeveloped.