Wailima Beach House


While in Kona we will be staying at Wailima Beach House to rest and rejuvenate our spirits!  Here are photos I took when we stayed in 2019.  I know the owner has been painting and renovating since then, so I will post new images when we get there.  If you want to rent this amazing place in Kona – walking distance to Magic Sands Beach – follow THIS LINK.

Wailima Beach House

Living Room


Dining Room

Master Bath includes jacuzzi tub.

Half Bath Downstairs

Second Bathroom

Master Bedroom includes King Bed and Ocean-view Lanai

Queen Bedroom

Twin Bedroom

Wailima House boasts an amazing art collection.

Watch your toes on the tiny lip between the dining room and kitchen!

Royal Kona Luau

I learned that I LOVE lomi lomi salmon.  (Lomi lomi means massage in Hawaii.  The salmon is massaged with seasonings and scallions.)  Poi is edible with a bite of lomi lomi salmon, but it doesn’t add much but carbs.  The pig was really dry and I did not like it at all.  Luau chicken and teriyaki chicken were divine.  Coconut cake was delish.  The show was worth the price!

They cook the pig in an Imu or earth oven.  They started it at 6am.  Tasted like they could have waited till noon.


Hula dancers entertained us while we waited.



Then they unearth the pig while we watch.


They take the leaves and rocks off with their bare hands!



She could really shake that thing.


Captured some of my favorite dance on a video here.


Video for this one here.





Enjoyed the dancing very much.  Nice evening at the luau.

Of Kona Coffee, Shave Ice and Kahalu’u Beach Snorkeling


Poipu Condo – View from our lanai.

I sit typing to you in Poipu on my lanai, enjoying three things: 1) our ocean view, 2) screaming speed on the internet (woo-hoo!), and 3) my FIRST decent cup of coffee since we arrived in the islands.  “What?  NO Kona coffee in Kona?” you ask.  Well NOT for lack of trying, let me tell you.  In Pahoa we bought great Kona coffee beans.  Our little cottage had a bean grinder (Yay!) but only a French press – no drip (nuts!).  The Royal Kona had a drip maker and provided us with the WORST “Hawaiian” coffee either of us had ever experienced along with one packet each of powdered cream.  Ewww.  We both tossed it down the drain and went to a coffee shop.  So we bought some ground Kona coffee and some half and half and made that in the hotel drip maker.  Strike three.  Bad coffee maker?  Dunno, but the HOURS we have been keeping demand better coffee!  Jer had an ice coffee and Island Lava Java and it was AMAZING, so we bought 2 pounds of beans to bring home.  Here in Poipu our condo has bean grinder and drip maker and we used the last of the ground Kona we bought.  Deep sigh of relief!  Currently on cup number two.

So Monday was our last day in Kona and the only plan was the luau (post to follow…) so after internetting at a coffee shop, we ate fresh fruit bowls from Basik Acai -Delicious! -then spent the day shopping for souvenirs, discovering shave ice and snorkeling.  I have a t-shirt, a tank top, a Hawaiian print dress, a coffee cup, Kona coffee, a beach towel and some hair clips.  🙂  Jer got a new Hawaiian shirt but not till we got to the Costco on Kauai.


Puna Bowl from Basik Acai. Yum!

Jeremy and I decided that Kona is a lot like staying in San Francisco with a far superior coastline.  We found “Pier 39” where they have Bubba Gumps and a Wyland Gallery.  Crazy Shirt is everywhere, and the ABC stores command the souvenir market.  We had fun wandering around shooting up the place.

THEN we experienced our first shave ice at Scandinavian Shave Ice!  Shave ice is NOT a snow cone.  It is finely, finely shaved ice (like powder) and covered in sweet syrup.  We ordered ours with vanilla macadamia nut ice cream in the middle.  Yum.

Then we went snorkeling at Kahalu’u beach.  No fins, so we tired quickly swimming in our water shoes, but I have some awesome photos to show for our short excursion!


Picasso Triggerfish


Yellow Tangs and Convict Tangs


Blue Parrot Fish and a grouper


Moorish Idol


Orange Band Surgeon Fish


Raccoon Butterfly


Slate Pencil Sea Urchin


Blue Parrot Fish (one of my favorites!), Yellow and Convict Tangs and the vibrantly colored Yellow-tail Wrasse. Awesome!

Huggos on the Rocks

BEST food on the island so far!


Nothing makes Cyndi happier than GOOD food!



Our hotel room is the top floor second from the right.

Jeremy ordered the Ono.  Prettiest presentation of food ever!  AND it was the first time either of us tried ono and it was the best fish I ever tasted!


Pan fried ono with spicy sichimi togarashi, molokai sweet potato puree, Asian sprout salad and lemon grass sauce.

Look at his smile!


I ordered the Mahi, which is a fish I LOVE.  Not as good standing alone as Jer’s ono, BUT we agreed my preparation was better than his.


Mahi and green beans on a bed of pumpkin risotto.


We had hot caramel banana macadamia crisp for dessert served with vanilla bean ice cream.  Yum.