Day 2: THE BIG ISLAND, AT LAST!
It was about 4pm when the plane landed in Hilo. I had expected rain and overcast skies since Hilo was on Big Island’s windward side, but instead we had sunny skies.
After picking up the rental car, we went into Uncle Billy’s Resort to check in and drop off our bags. We had expected a dumpy place (since we were only paying about $80/night), but it wasn’t as dumpy as we had thought. That was good news since we were staying here for four nights. Of course, we could see immediately that parking would be a problem though.
We spent the rest of the night grocery shopping at Wal-mart then having a surprisingly pleasant dinner at Cafe Hilo. The dinner was good and reasonably priced, and it was easily better than any of the overpriced (and “Americanized”) meals we had on Maui.
Hilo also seemed to have a relaxed feel to it even though it seemed to have the same amount of activity as Kahului, Maui. We certainly welcomed this atmosphere after subjecting ourselves to the contrived touristy atmosphere in both Ka’anapali and Lahaina on Maui as well as Waikiki.
Back at Uncle Billy’s, we cleaned up and relaxed in anticipation of some waterfall hunting tomorrow. But the sound of airplanes landing right outside our room was kind of a reminder that we wouldn’t be pampered on this side of the island. I guess that was one reason why the majority of tourists spend most of their nights on the Kailua-Kona side.
But despite the inconveniences, I got the sense that we made the right decision staying in Hilo for this excursion to the Big Island.
Ah yes, the Big Island, at last!