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Whales, Mai Tais & Sunshine – Happy New Year

Last year started the same way – in Kona, Hawaii – being sunburned & loving every minute of it. This year was no different, I was just happy to escape rainy, gray Seattle and spend a week in beautiful tropical Hawaii.

I fly Hawaiian Air whenever I go to Hawaii – their service is great & they still serve meals on the longer flights from the mainland to the islands.


Tasty Passion Fruit

Boogie Boarding at Hapuna Beach

After a day at the beach we stopped at the Lava Lava Beach Club for drinks & appetizers. BEAUTIFUL view – great spot to sit & have drinks. I probably would have been happy going there every single day.

Snorkeling at Kahaluu Beach – great spot for Sea Turtles, was pretty crowded though.


The Sheraton Resort in Kona has a great bar with a boardwalk that you can walk out onto at night and watch people snorkel with Manta Rays

Dolphins frequently swam back and forth past our condo everyday.


We took a pontoon boat out to Captain Cook’s monument & went snorkeling – absolutely beautiful snorkel spot.

My baby humpback! Highlight of the trip for me. This little guy breached over and over and over for about a half an hour. Mama whale was close by too. It was magical.

The last day was a whirlwind, we did a “quick” volcano trip and then came back and went to Huggo’s on the Rocks for a perfect finish to the trip. It went by too fast. Next year I think I need to just stay for a month, work half the time and then take some time off. A tropical getaway is almost a necessity when you live in Seattle. If I can somehow work that out next year it’s going to give a whole new meaning to “WFH”, instead of working from home, working from hawaii has an even better ring to it.

Cheers & Happy New Year everyone. Here’s to 2014.

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