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Hawaii vacations returning to normal (photos)

We're just settling back into our regular routine after eight wonderful days in Hawaii.

We didn't know quite what to expect, but the pandemic was not a looming presence during our getaway to the Big Island of Hawaii (my first time there) and Oahu. We got our smart bracelets — indicating proof of vaccination — at San Jose Airport, which made our direct flight to Kona a breeze. Masking wearing was required inside the Sheraton Kona, except in outdoor areas like the pool, and a majority of pedestrians wore masks along the fairly busy street. 

Lots of highlights and memories. We were intriguted enough by the Night Dive With the Manta Rays to look into a reservation — but it was booked for a month out. (Check out the trippy colors in the Visual List above.) Next time!

For a tourist town, Kailua-Kona had some top-notch dining venues, and we hit several of them. Our favorites included the Fish Hopper, Huggo's, Jackie Rey's, Kapa Hale and Kalikala Cuisine for breakfast. 

One heads up: Getting around proved a bit difficult. Rental cars were nonexistent, and ride shares were often unavailable, so just  plan to go with the flow — remember, you’re on vacation. Mahalo!

JD Lasica
I'm Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Cruiseable. Follow your cruise bliss to any land where it may lead. Let's connect! I'm @jdlasica on Twitter.