Donna and Gary Stanton of Missouri moved into our oceanview Hale Alu Lepe vacation rental located just outside of Pahoa town on the Big Island for the entire month of November.
On Sunday the 15th they had plans to renew their wedding vows. Earlier that week, a LOT of rain had fallen in East Hawaii, but the sun broke through and the clouds cleared just in time! Donna shared this with us that afternoon by email:
We renewed our wedding vows Sunday morning by the ocean. This spot is about a block from the house. Talk about the majesty of God.... It was a delightful day!!!
While they were here, they took advantage of as many activities as they could! Here's what else they shared before they checked-out:
This month has just flown by too fast! We have so enjoyed Hale Alu-Lepe and your island. The rain forests are incredible. This area is heavenly! Some may not like this 'wild' side, but we are 'off the beaten path' travelers!
The volcano, what can be said for its' stark beauty and unpredictable behaviour. Mauna Kea Visitor center has some awesome and very knowledgeable volunteers! The night sky is beyond describable.
On Monday before we left, we made it to the Mauna Kea summit. The snow was beautiful! We drove the road as a staff member said the drive was no different than driving a gravel road in CO. He was right. It was being graded and new gravel is being laid. The summit drive was a fitting end to our Big Island visit.
[see 12/2/09 entry for more about the snow!]
After being back home in Missouri, they were still thinking about the Big Island and had to write us again:
The beauty of the Big Island was everything we expected and so much more!!! Love it! Even those coqui frogs! It is too quiet here. Wish I could have recorded the sound of the rain on the metal roof and the frogs. What a concert! Wish I could have taken some in a box to our trees. The best of the best was the new Ohana Grill in Hilo, with a different musician playing soft dinner music each night. We will definitely be back. Already planning and saving for our 41st anniversary!!!
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A hui hou Donna & Gary!