April 5

Saturday is going to be a stick close to home day for Kathy so she can rest her knee.  We are in a good spot if you do have to sit around.  It is a lovely morning, I left for a walk around 8:00 after breakfast.  This is the entrance to the Golf Villas where we are staying.
Besides the 2 hotels at Mauna Lani, there are a number of places like the Golf Villas where we are staying.  One very ritzy area is between us and the water.  It is called "49 Black Sand Beach."  There are maybe a couple of dozen houses in this development; most are on this street.  
This is a typical entrance.  Most of the places are not in use, it seems.  They have there own recreation facility with pool, gym, etc. 
At the end of Honoka'ope Place there is the Black Sand Beach.  This fellow was the only one on the beach, going over it with a metal detector.

It is open to the public, you just have to go through a gate and guard house.  The folks who own these places must have quite the taxes!

There is a shortcut from the golf villas across an empty lot which makes the walk to the beach about 10 min. instead of 30 min. going on the road and past the guard house.

From the Black Sand beach you can get to a trail called the Fisherman's Trail.  It runs along the shore in this area.  It is very rough, with a steep drop off to the water in most places.  This picture shows a scenic par 3 hole on the golf course.  The beach is in the bay at the top of the picture.
This is typical of what the shore is like here.
At the south end of the Mauna Lani area there is a new development called Ke Kelani.  There are only a couple of houses so far but it does have a nice looking pavilion with pool, etc.
Continuing along the Fisherman's Trail, we pass out of Mauna Lani and into Waikoloa Beach Resort, which is on the south side of Mauna Lani.  It is quite developed with two big hotels and lots of condos.  We stayed in the Colony Villas with Tania and Travis the first time we came to Hawaii when Kathy retired.  The big hotel here is the Hilton.

There is lots and lots to see at the Hilton.  You can wander around the grounds for hours, which we usually do at least once each trip.

I walked through this resort area to the King's Trail and back to our place.  It was just about 2 hours which included a few stops for pictures.

I met this fellow shortly after I started my walk.  Mongoose are quite wary of people and don't let you get very close.  I'm enjoying a new lens, which is letting me take some pictures I'd otherwise have trouble getting.
I haven't been going out of my way to find golf balls; I think I could get more than enough in the lava between the lanai and the 3rd green.

Like I said earlier, Mauna Lani is right next to Waikoloa.

This kolea seems to be getting a little more used to us on the lanai.
The pair of myna birds that nest in the palm tree right off the lanai spend a lot of time carrying material up into the tree.
The condo is an end unit with a large lanai.  The bar table is at a good height for Kathy to stand at.  The upstairs lanai is off the master bedroom.  We haven't used it much, mainly to dry our bathing suits and towels.  There is a lounge chair and a little table on it.
I took this picture from the upstairs lanai looking down at Kathy painting in her journal.
   
   
   
   

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