Yup, it's that time of year again - time for me to obsess about where we'll go for my birthday. A couple of years ago we used some reward points to get airfare (and upgraded to first class!) to Oahu and then booked a room through Hotwire for an utterly fabulous trip.
Then last year we used more reward points to get half of our airfare and used our timeshare in Kauai. We had been to Kauai in 2004 and didn't have a good time because it rained and rained and then rained some more. Oh, and the timeshare we traded into with RCI was a shit hole. The Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy in Kapaa though is beautiful and it made for a much more pleasant trip.
And now ... I've booked our condo in the Big Island! We'll be staying for 4 nights at the Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village (it's again part of our timeshare group and thankfully has excellent reviews on Trip Adivsor).
In 2002, we honeymooned at what is now the Fairmont Orchid and had a nice, relaxing 4 days there after our wedding in Maui at the Fairmont Kea Lani. We drove to Hilo and took a helicopter tour of the volcano (which was only slightly erupting at the time), we laid by the pool for a day, went kayaking at Captain Cook's monument where we were supposed to have seen dolphins but instead were harrassed by sea urchins (and thus began my terror of them). It'll be nice to get back to the Big Island and see how it's changed (if at all) and see some of the sights we didn't get a chance to visit before. I think though we'll stay away from Mauna Kea if my physical reaction to Haleakala was any indication of my ability to tolerate giant Hawaiian volcanoes.
So now we just need to find flights and a car and we're all set! Naturally, I'm giddy.