Costco is Costco - anywhere
I know, Day 2 Hawaii and I'm talking about Costco. So you have to understand two things:
1) Waikoloa is a resort town. Hotels and very upscale shopping with some restaurants and no 'family friendly' dining. For example, we met a couple who ordered BLTs and a drink, each at a nearby hotel resort, $100 later, they decided to find the supermarket 6 miles inland.
2) We were traveling with two families. 11 people in all - 5 kids, 2 teenagers and 4 adults. We had condos with BBQ's by the pool, it really was the only way to go.
Before we hit the road for Costco we did get out and start exploring. Hawaii is a different time zone and yes, our kids were feeling it. Their little internal alarms had them up a ready to go before 5am.
So with some basic breakfast supplies we found after dinner, we took a short walk through the Kings Shops and across the street to the Marriott. The hotel fronts the beautiful Anaeho'omalu Bay. We strolled around the Royal Fish Ponds, took a stroll along the beach, enjoyed the quiet, early morning calm. Our Au Pair, Vicky snapped more photos of Palm Trees that one could imagine, but I guess being from Austria these trees are pretty unique.
After spending some time in and around the A-Bay during the course of our trip, we did learn that the north part of the beach gets a bit crowded with hotel guests and people heading out on excursions, boat trips and the like. The south part of the beach, however, was a fabulous spot.
After our morning exploration, David and I took the 20 minute drive back towards the airport and Kona to hit Costco before returning home for some lunch and lounging by the pool. So Costco, even in Hawaii, was exactly like 'home' and, the cheapest eats on the island.