It's a beautiful day on Lanai.
Jim from 808Hummers met us at the airport with my awesome white H2 and about 60 seconds and a swipe of the credit card on his iPad later, we were on our way.
Our oceanfront room is spectacular, the same spot we have been in previous stays, with sweeping ocean, bay, and beach views. My 11-year old tried to be unimpressed with the stuffed monk seal, milk and cookies, and sponges spelling out her name in the room, but I caught her posting photos on Facebook, lol.
Whales are breaching and the water is sparkling like it's hiding a million diamonds in the reefs below. For lunch I drank a lovely rose' from Provence and had ceviche at the poolside restaurant, now called "Kailani", formerly "Fresco". Food is better so far than previous stays.
Kidlet hung by the pool enjoying signing privileges while I headed for the beach. Very friendly and efficient beach staff...starting to feel like Hualalai! This is awesome! I headed out to one of the prettiest snorkel spots in the state, enjoying the extensive reef and coral heads which join together over small caverns and form interesting swim thrus and shapes. I dove down and was enveloped by trains of manini and yellow tang, surfacing through the black triggerfish circling near the surface, brushing my fingertips, fins glowing neon blue. Huge parrotfish waved their rainbow flags and while under, I heard the eerie thrum of whale song.
I got in a vigorous swim to the point and then lazily headed back, just enjoying the solitude and my fish friends. Out of the water, after an hour warming up in the sun with a good book, I started back up the path, watching the cruising whales spouting, when just off the point, not 100 yards from where I had been swimming, a huge breach caused gasps from awed onlookers.
You all know, every day on Lanai is magic.
Plan to try out the steakhouse tonight, "140".
Very happy to be here, one of my most favorite places on the planet! Now for sunset and more whales from the lanai...on Lana'i. Later, Lana'i peeps!