NELHA on this trip, for I was in a crucial meeting around forty years ago when John Craven (Dean of Marine Programs at the University of Hawaii), John Shupe (Dean of Engineering), Paul Yuen (Associate Dean) and Hideto Kono (Director of the Department of Planning and Economic Development--before Tourism was added) carved up their energy territories, where Craven got anything dealing with the ocean (like NELHA), the College of Engineering took control of renewable energy, and the State of Hawaii became responsible for energy conservation and commercialization. I served as Secretary of NELHA (at that time it was a combination of the Hawaii Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii and Hawaiian Ocean Science and Technology Park) during the '80s. The Blue Revolution began here.
My dinner table at Ray's is at the water's edge. This hotel was originally called the Kona Surf, which opened in 1972. Sheraton took it over and significantly improved the property.
I first went to the recently opened Kaiulu Club Lounge, open only to Platinum members, where they served modest pu-pu's, wine and beer. I had a simple salad with a Pinot Grigio:
One interesting view was of the dozen or so tourist boats offering an opportunity to swim with manta rays (the bottom photo was taken by Bryce Goark):
Depending on weather conditions, you can also see mantas during dinner at Rays. My evening ended with Planet Venus: