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Private Jet Weekend in Hawaii

Private Jet Weekend in Hawaii
Private Jet Weekend in Hawaii
via Gulfstream G-IV SP
October 2023

Weekend on the Big Island

A short 20 minute drive north of the airport is our VRBO home for the weekend, at Residences of Laule'a at Mauna Lani Resort.

Some pics from VRBO.com and paradiseinhawaii.com

And our view...

Welcome mai tai compliments of Chef Kathy, our chef for the weekend.

Pupus before dinner.

Beautiful sunset.

Amazing miso charred snapper.

Morning at Mauna Lani Beach Club.

More food highlights.
Yummy Lamb chops.

Another glorious sunset.

Next morning, birthday breakfast for Mrs. SFO777 with pics from over the years.

This morning we're off to see the dolphins at Waikoloa.  Pic courtesy of Hilton Waikoloa.

Heading off to see the dolphins.

So cool.

Birthday dinner tonight is at one of our favorite Big Island restaurants, The Canoe House at Mauni Lani.

Incredible beef and foie gras gyoza.

Fabulous Lobster tempura.

Another gorgeous sunset.

Today's Fresh Local Catch - mahi mahi.  Wow.

Yummy Garlic Fried Rice.

The next morning, Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast...

... then up to Waimea and fun at Anuenue Playground at Waimea Park.

Then lunch at Merriman's, another old fave.

Mai Tai Monday with lilikoi whip topping.

Delicious Kalua Pork Sandwich.

Late afternoon exploring the neighborhood with the kiddos.

Later that day, make your own kailua pork tacos for our last dinner of the trip.

Heading Home to Denver

We arrived at the Kona Signature FBO around 10:30am for our anticipated 11am departure.

A few minutes later, we were escorted onto the tarmac to our G-IV.

Kailua-Kona KOA to Denver Centennial APA
Gulfstream G-IV SP
10:55am HT - 9:45pm MT
October 17, 2023


Hawaiian 717 taxing by for take-off.


The kids are all over the place as the crew preps for departure.

And finally strapped in for taxi and take-off.

And we're off.

Gorgeous views on our climb out of Kona.

Time for a drink.

After the kids had lunch and were down for a nap, lunch time for the grown ups.   Today's menu with catering by Twin Engine Catering - Kona.

The mahi mahi and ahi were delicious.

Kailiua pork quesadillas.

On and on.  LOL.

Thanks goodness for iPads and Paw Patrol.

... and Cocomelon.

Some 4.5 hours after departure, approaching the California coast and Los Angeles.

Mid-flight snack.

Once again, iPads were a godsend.

More than Six and half hours after departing Kona, we're over Denver and on approach to Centennial.

And safely on the ground.  

What a fun and memorable weekend trip.   Thanks for following along.

Off to Kona

This trip started as a reasonably priced romantic birthday weekend with Mrs. SFO777 at the newly rebuilt Kona Village, a wonderful Big Island resort where we were married 25 years ago. Alas, it was not to be as her desire to be with the new grand-babies trumped romance. LOL. So here we are… goodbye United and hello private. Today we’re on a sweet Gulfstream G-IV SP for the 7 hour nonstop flight from Denver to Kona with a great crew including our wonderful flight attendant Laura.

Signature South FBO at Centennial Airport.

Denver Centennial APA to Kailua-Kona KOA
Gulfstream G-IV SP
10:25am MT -1:30pm HT
October 13, 2023

Cabin pics before we invaded it.  LOL.

Courtesy: STAjets.com

Courtesy: STAjets.com

Gorgeous interior and lots of room for the 7 of us and a ton of toddler luggage.

Strapped in a ready to go.

Our excellent crew, captains Travis and Rene.

And we're off for the 7 hour flight to Hawaii.

Downtown Denver.

Playtime at 38,000'

Today's menu with catering from Panera and The Perfect Landing at Centennial.

And the standard catering items always on board.

Our flight attendant Laura preparing lunch for the kids...

... apparently not fast enough.  LOL.

Picnic lunch.

After lunch, naptime or iPad video time at the back on the plane with shades closed.

The adults got about an hour of quiet time, to enjoy some wine and lunch.

After the Olympia trip, iPads were the best investment ever... loaded with Cocomelon and Paw Patrol videos.


Almost there.

Maui to the right.

The Big Island to the left.

Descending to Kona International.

And a perfect landing just over 7 hours after departing Denver.