June is here. The month my husband and I married 25 years ago on the Big Island of Hawaii. The month each of our children have graduated from high school and now the last one, from college. June will also be when my husband and I will be traveling to the beautiful Holualoa Inn near Kona, Hawaii for a private vow renewal ceremony. This sunset ceremony is a celebration for us, for all the years we have been married, raised our children and found joy in each other even through the hectic years of work, responsibilities and scheduled lives. This is for us. During this trip and blessed week away in paradise, we will dip our toes in the pond of empty nesting and for now, I cannot wait.
I see the Holualoa Inn sign from the main road right next to an art gallery. My husband and I wandered up to the main street from the Inn many years ago when we first visited and enjoyed the numerous art galleries within walking distance to the Inn. It will be fun to see the new displays.
Memories of good times on vacation come to me as we pass the beautiful tropical landscaping and gardens of the Inn. We drive to the portico where we are greeted with fresh juice and a cool refresher towel by the attentive staff. They graciously invite us into the Inn and take us immediately to the living room where we see the view-the view that has been in our minds eye for the past six months.
We have envisioned time in the hot tub, sipping wine from the rooftop gazebo and enjoying long wonderful breakfasts each morning with the tropical birds trilling outside. We will be spending the week here rekindling our romance and taking daytime trips around the island to remember our days of adventures when we were younger. We look forward to a sunset sail aboard the Kini Kini in Keauhou Bay and coming back to the inn to watch the stars on the chaise lounge on the pool deck.
We are taken to our favorite room, the Hibiscus room, where there are two comfy chairs facing out to an expansive view of the ocean. Our plan for our first evening is to enjoy the chilled champagne and fruit and cheese platter our children arranged with the Inn as a welcome gift for us.
Later, taking in the famous amber and rose Kona sunset from the rooftop gazebo, we alternate between toasting each other on our next chapter in life as a couple and holding hands. We look forward to our week ahead seeking out all the romantic spaces the Holulaloa Inn has in store for us. Cheers.
(Join us in this five-part continuing journey as we follow our couple through a weeklong romantic adventure around the island and at the Inn)
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