Wednesday, December 10, 2008
We have been so busy these past few months that I have not had time to write about our August vacation in Hawaii. So, here it is, now!
After flying to San Jose to visit with family in July, DH and I, along with our Granddaughter and Son, flew via Hawaiian Airlines to Kona by way of Honolulu. Our other Son met us in Honolulu and then Kona, where we had reservations for a week at The Bay Club (Hilton Wiakaloa on the Beach) and at Paniola Greens in Wiakaloa Village. The Bay Club was a rental, which we arranged through TUG, Timeshare Users Group. Paniola Greens was a timeshare exchange we arranged through RCI, Resorts Condominiums, Inc.
The Bay Club is a Hilton timeshare property located adjacent to the Hilton Wiakaloa Beach Club; and Bay Club patrons have full use of the Hilton facility, with half-hourly daily shuttle service to each property. This is a fabulous vacation resort, with fantastic pools and on-site resataurants and shops. While there, we all enjoyed a swim with the dolphins at the Dolphin Quest facility at the resort.
Paniola Greens is about 4 miles inland from the Beach at Wiakaloa Village. It is a much smaller resort than the Bay Club, but still very nice and comfortable; and just a few blocks away from local restaurants and shops. Wiakaloa Village is a small community, with a great view of the observatory at Mauna Loa.
During the week we drove the southern shoreline route from Kona to Volcano National Park and spent two days in the Park, including a helicopter ride from Hilo over the lava flow from the erupting volcano. On the way back to Kona, we continued around the northern shoreline route.
The next week we enjoyed the hustle and bustle of Waikiki Beach on Oahu, while our Son attended an annual conference at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The beach and facilities there are outstanding; and we would go again at a moment's notice.
Pictured above: An exterior view of The Bay Club and an interior view at Paniola Greens. See our timeshare rentals and sales at our CHShops Mall Store at: http://pennysantiquesandwedgwoodpantry.chshops.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=22