Day 1 – 18th January, Monday
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia –> Narita, Tokyo –> Honolulu, Hawaii –> Kona, Hawaii
Total time (door to door): 24 hours
Total time spent flying: 14 hours
Compared to my other trips to the USA, this was the most bearable one! Despite having ZERO sleep on Sunday night, I was surprisingly okay!
The journey started at 4:15am (when we left for KL Sentral), Monday morning. As the last minute hero, I was up all night packing till 1:30am. On top of that, I had some work to finish before leaving the house which explained why I had no sleep. Also, I was out the WHOLE day.
Took a nap on the train to KLIA. We checked in and headed to Starbucks for coffee!
The flight was good and the service was superb. Managed to catch some sleep and watch 1 movie!
The layover was about 3 hours. We decided to have our late lunch at around 4-5pm (KL time). I was FAMISHED! I was glad that this meal didn’t disappoint! It was the ONLY place that had decent food. Very fresh but also very expensive.
The flight was delayed for about 1 hour, not sure why. The ride was also not as pleasant and it was quite turbulent. But it was all good, quite exciting actually. Managed a little more sleep on this flight. I had so many mini naps in between that I dragged one movie for the entire duration of the journey. Haaaaaa! Didn’t even manage to watch the ending when the plane landed!
When we arrived, our taxi was waiting for us (DDI, my mom’s company). Jim, our driver, drove us straight to Mauna Lani Bay Resort.
If you ever visit Kona, Hawaii, here’s some info:
Mauna Lani Bay Resort at Mauna Lani
Deluxe Ocean View room (our room) at $549/night. Other rooms starting from $399.
25-30 mins drive away from Kona International Airport
I couldn’t wait to put my head under nice warm running water. After a hot bath, I was feeling so smashed and so relaxed at the same time. Had a good 1 hour nap before heading out for lunch.
We took a walk to The Shops, a commercial area with food and some shopping. It was about 1 km from our hotel.
After looking through the food list, I convinced my mom to have lunch at “Under the Bodhi Tree”. You guess it! It is a healthy, vegan and raw food place. My mom nearly flipped when she learned that there was no MEAT!
After lunch, we went to the grocery store (which was VERY well stocked) to get some stuff. As we were stuffed from lunch, we decided to walk back to the hotel (free shuttle service available all day around Mauna Lani).
For dinner, we took the shuttle to The Shops (again!). We didn’t want to venture out from Mauna Lani. The next town was quite a distance away. We settled for Tommy Bahamas. Fresh seafood and produce, everything was made from scratch!
Thanks to NO SLEEP SUNDAY, I was able to sleep like a pig the minute my head hit the pillow.
Day 2 – 19th January, Tuesday
My mom and I lazed around in bed till about 9:30am.
It was my mom’s Awards Day dinner that night so we had to be ready for cocktails at 5:30pm. I managed to put in a sunny run just before that! It was scorching hot with the wind in your face. It was all good.
That’s it for Day 1 and Day 2 of the Hawaii trip!
Stay tuned for Day 3 – Ocean Power Rafting and Snorkeling!