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Whit Picks: Hawaiian Vacation Recap

7/25/2016 Whitney Watt 1 Comments


Happy Summer! Sorry for the delay, but we've been busy enjoying the summer months. I've been traveling a lot in the past months, and to kick off the summer, last month I spent a week in The Big Island, Hawaii. This was my 6th visit to Hawaii and 2nd time on that particular island. Hawaii is a truly beautiful place to visit! This trip was all about relaxation, sightseeing and eating good food! Here's a little recap of some of my experiences and reviews on the food and resort on The Big Island.

We arrived in Kona the first day and made our way to grab breakfast before heading to our resort. We ate at local favorite, Splashers, and I chose to get some authentic Kona coffee and go the healthy route with 2 scrambled eggs, bacon, a biscuit and bowl of fruit. (FYI I ate a ton of fruit that week - the pineapple in Hawaii is the best!)

As we made our way to our resort, Hilton Waikoloa Village, we passed some beautiful scenery and got to see old lava tubes on the way.

Hilton Waikoloa Village



Let me first say that I almost exclusively stay at Hilton family hotels, so I always have a great experience with them. This was my second time staying at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, and it is a beautiful and luxurious place to stay. From the large grounds (you will do some serious walking to explore the entire resort, and they also have a tram and boats to get around) to the rooms (we stayed in one of the large Hale Ike "presidential" suites) to the various activities available (Dolphin Quest, Luaus, various pools and slides, a lagoon with water activities like paddle boarding and snorkeling available) to the food options (numerous restaurants and pool bars to choose from), this resort is amazing! The service is top notch and I had the pleasure of being treated to lunch at one of the restaurants by one of Hilton's own Director of Marketing Communications, Leanne Pletcher, as a Mahalo (welcome).


I loved being able to have options when I wanted to swim, and I did a lot of that.

Lanai of our suite

Dining Room

One of the main gathering areas/living rooms

Bath with a view

Panoramic sunset view from lanai

Our room was beautiful and had been recently updated, so I enjoyed the new look. The spacious Lanai was perfect for viewing the sunset everyday.


I did some swimming and got to wear my long orange dashiki cardigan from Dashiki Pride as a cover up over my fringe high waist bikini from Target (Vanilla Beach).



For dinner we visited Pueo's Osteria, an Italian restaurant on the island. I tried the Romaine, Walnuts, Pears & "Dolce" Gorgonzola salad which was delicious. For my main course, I decided on the Cannelloni al Forno (which was filled with organic free-range chicken, ricotta, sundried tomato, spinach, besciamella, mozzarella and pecorino). So good! The flavors melted in your mouth and the sauce was rich and creamy - definitely something I would get again.

Something that is exclusive to Hawaii is their baked pies from Mcdonalds. Here on the main land, we are used to baked apple pies and other seasonal flavors, but overtime we visit Hawaii we try their exclusive pies. In the past we tried their taro pie (a purple filling, also sold in Asia) but this time we visited they had the Haupia pie, a coconut milk-based filling. They were delicious!

Over the next few days in Hawaii, we did some sight seeing and visited black sand beaches, volcanoes at the Hawaii National Park and Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park. Here's a few images from those places:











Now back to more food...



We continued to eat great food throughout our stay, one night visiting Ruth's Chris for a steak dinner. I had the filet mignon with au gratin potatoes and asparagus.

Another day Leanne from Hilton treated us to lunch at the resort's Lagoon Grill. We had a table by the Dolphin Quest so were able to watch the dolphins swim and play.

Fruit platter

Hawaiian BBQ Bacon Burger with onion rings

Club sandwich 

Steak House Burger and fries

We started with the fruit platter that came with fresh banana bread. I got the Lava Flow drink with the Steak House Burger and fries as my entree. My dad tried the Hawaiian Bacon BBQ Burger with onion rings. My mom went with the club sandwich with shaved turkey and avocado. Everything was great and very filling!


Another night we had sushi at the resort's Imari restaurant. I got a plate of various sushi rolls and enjoyed everything on my plate.


On one of the final days there, after spending the first few hours of the day in the pools we grabbed lunch at another resort restaurant, Boat Landing Cantina. I had a margarita to start, which definitely did it's job lol. I got 2 steak tacos and had fresh made guacamole with chips. Again, delicious! Everything we had while in Hawaii was amazing.

One night we went to a nearby food court to grab some dinner. I went with an old favorite, Lemongrass Express and got the chicken fried rice. The portions are huge! Everything was freshly made and I saved the other half for the next day.



On the final night in Hawaii, we went to Hawaii Calls Restaurant and Lounge for a poolside sunset dinner. They have a buffet featuring all you can eat crab legs. I definitely enjoyed it along with a glass of wine and a bowtie pasta they had.


The Big Island was an amazing trip yet again, and I definitely recommend visiting (or any other Hawaiian islands)! If you do visit the Big Island, look into staying at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, you will love it!







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1 comment:

  1. This was a great write up. You took some fantastic pictures as well. I can't believe the suite and the view! Simply breathtaking.

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