Friday, February 5, 2010

Some enchanted evening

Not all of the best things in life are free. It will set you back a pretty penny to stay at the Fairmont Orchid, just down the coral-sand beach from the Mauna Lani Resort, which are two world class resorts set in an oasis on the South Kohala Coast of the Big Island.

On the other hand, all of Hawaii's resorts have beach access since all beaches are public. So indeed, a moonlit dip at the Fairmont's Pauoa Bay (above) is a freebie. After towelling off, stroll the torch-lit grounds and think about how smart you are to be in Hawaii. If the moon is full, head to the Mauna Lani to take in a "Talk Story," an unforgettable outdor show featuring Polynesian traditions and song hosted by Danny Akaka.