Friday, December 31, 2010

Hale Moana Hawaii Bed and Breakfast - Mahalo to our Partners

2010 is coming to a close and we would like to take the opportunity to thank some of the partners we successfully worked with throughout the year. Our measure of success in working with them is our guests' positive feedback and satisfaction as a customer: Lava Ocean Adventures with their fabulous boat trips out to the lava flow, Warren Costa, the Native Guide Hawaii, with his wonderful personal tours and Isis Albright with her incredible massages at the Paradissimo Spa in Pahoa. Restaurants in the area that made our guests and us happy include: Kaleos, Paolo's Bistro, Nings' Thai Cuisine, Luquin's Mexican Cantina and the Pahoa/Kalapana Village Cafe. We would also like to give our Mahalos to many of the local vendors like Anita, our Pahoa Bread Baker, Conchita and her crew at the Keaau Farmers' Market, the staff from the Pahoa Malama Market and many more. Without all of you, it would have not been the same and we feel very grateful to have such a wonderful network of partners who help create an unforgettable Hawaii travel experience for our guests and make living here for us very special.

Aloha and off to a great 2011 for everybody.

Hale Moana Hawaii Bed & Breakfast

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hawaii - Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau'oli Makahiki Hou - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

The year is coming to an end and we would like to send our Hawaiian Holiday Greetings to all of you. Many of you have stayed with us this year or have recommended us to your family and friends. We would like to express our sincere Mahalos to you.

The year seems to have gone by faster than ever. We think this phenomenon might be part of the process of getting older. Our children have grown a lot and Alyssia is now 6 and in first grade and Christopher is 8 and in third grade.

In 2010 we have taken important steps in improving our Bed & Breakfast services: The Garden Suite - our one-bedroom suite - has received a complete renovation from top to bottom. For the Lanai Suite - our two-bedroom suite - we undertook a beautiful makeover of the bathroom and master bedroom. In the Studio we added a refrigerator for our guests' convenience. All suites have new beds with comfy mattresses and many interior design elements were up-dated and changed. We added a number of amenities including fee WiFi throughout our property, snorkels, maps, flashlights and boogie boards to borrow and as always available our laundry facilities, our BBQ grill and our personal advice.

We are now in several guidebooks, including the Lonely Planet, Let's Go Hawaii, the MOON Handbook for the Big Island of Hawaii and two Japanese Travel books. You can also find us on Google Maps, Facebook and Twitter.

For 2011 our believe in excellent customer service and our wish to share the beauty of our little paradise and the warm Aloha remain unchanged. Your comfort and enjoyment during your stay is of utmost importance to us. We strive to make your Hawaii family vacation or romantic getaway as memorable and relaxing as possible. The details and the privacy of our suites reflect the sense of caring and Aloha that we extend to our guests.

Thank you very much, for the great feedback on Tripadvisor that many of you have given us. It is such a helpful resource for many travelers and we truly appreciate your time and effort in sharing your experiences.

For your Holidays and 2011 we wish you the very best. It would be our great pleasure to welcome you or any of your freinds and families here at this beautiful corner of the world.

Our warmest Alohas to you from us here in Hawaii.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hawaii Big Island: Lava Tree State Monument Re-opened

Lava Tree State Monument, one of Puna's jewels, is just around the corner from Hale Moana Hawaii Bed & Breakfast.  The park was closed in September of this year, when construction for improvements started. Improvements included alterations to the parking with access aisle, comfort station, pathway to the picnic pavilion and related signage.The Department of Land and Natural Resources finished construction at the Lava Tree State Monument recently and the park was re-opened, today.
 
The park is unique with its lava formations and tropical vegetation. The 0.7-mile loop trail meanders through a forest of lava trees. It is the result of a lava flow that swept through this area in 1790. The lava trees formed when the liquid lava, at about 2000° F, came in contact with the cool, wet ohi’a trees.  A quickly-cooled coating of lava congealed around the trees and buried them to a depth of as much as 11 feet.  The original trees burned away, but their hollow casts stand today, so perfectly molded inside that imprints of the tree bark remain. The rest of the flow passed on, perhaps draining away down the numerous cracks in this area that formed contemporaneously with the flows; one of the cracks which likely drained the lava away is still visible.
New at iTunes: Hawaii Dream Vacation iPhone/iPod Touch App Puts the Magic of Hawaii in the Palm of Your Hand, available at iTunes or www.tourguidehawaii.com.This rift was both the delivery tube of the lava stream and the conduit down which it drained away after forming the lava trees at Lava Trees State Monument.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Winter on the Big Island of Hawaii

Over the weekend a storm has turned the peaks of the Big Island - Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa- into winter landscapes. It is a beautiful sight looking up from the tropical beaches and lushness to the snow capped mountains. Winter in Hawaii

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Vacation in Hawaii: 10-Year Anniversary Special

Next month, in November, it will be 10 years, since Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast first opened its doors to welcome guests. Over the years many changes, up-grades, and improvements have created a tropical paradise where our warm Island Hospitality and Aloha surrounds our visitors.

To extend our utmost appreciation to you, we are offering our 10-Year Anniversary Special: You will receive a 10% discount on your entire booking on reservations made in November (11/1-11/30/2010) for any date in 2010 & 2011. When you make your reservation, please, mention “10-Year Anniversary Special”.



Garden Suite
Breakfast - Tropical Fruits
Lanai Suite
Bougainvilla

The lava flow in Kalapana is only about 10 minutes from our Bed & Breakfast. It is a spectacular site and a profound experience. To closely watch the lava visitors can walk out to the lava viewing area or take an amazing boat ride.

Besides seeing the lava Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast's location is perfect to explore the beautiful Puna coast with its thermally heated pools, excellent snorkeling and black sand beaches or to venture to the Volcanoes National Park, Hilo and the area north of Hilo with its waterfalls and botanical gardens. Pahoa is only minutes away with great restaurants, open Farmers Markets and an alternative flair.

Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast offers comfortable, spacious suites surrounded by 2 acres of beautiful tropical serene gardens. Two suites with living room and kitchenette, one studio, all with private bathrooms and separate entrances. Our great Gourmet Island Breakfast is included in our rates. Families are welcome and there is no extra charge for children under 12. Free WiFi, free laundry facilities and many other amenities are also available to our guests.

We would love to welcome you at Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast for the first time or back for another visit.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Lava, Orchids & Aloha!

The Lava is currently flowing into the ocean with huge volume. It has moved closer to the end of Highway 130 and has taken out several houses in the Kalapana Gardens Subdivision over the last couple of months. The lava has been flowing with small interruptions since 1982 and covered the town of Kalapana in 1990. Since then this is right now the closest, the lava has ever moved back toward old Kalapana. Over the last twenty years it has shifted back and forth between the Volcanoes National Park and the Kalapana side. Many previous residents have reclaimed their properties and felt safe enough to re-cultivate their gardens and rebuild on their lots.

The lava flow in Kalapana is only about 10 minutes from Hale Moana Hawaii Bed & Breakfast. It is a spectacular sight and a profound experience. To closely watch the lava visitors can walk out to the Kalapana Lava Viewing Area or take an amazing boat ride.

Besides seeing the lava Hale Moana Hawaii Bed and Breakfast's location is perfect to explore the beautiful Puna coast with its thermally heated pools (Ahalanui Hot Ponds), excellent snorkeling (Kapoho Tide Pools) and black sand beaches or to venture to the Volcanoes National Park, Hilo and the area north of Hilo with its waterfalls and botanical gardens. Pahoa is only minutes away with great restaurants, open Farmers Markets and an alternative flair.

To experience our tropical Hawaiian paradise, visitors can stroll through our beautiful gardens with its orchids, tropical flowers and variety of tropical fruits. Most of our breakfast ingredients are from our garden, the farmers' markets and local vendors.

To keep up-to-date on our news and specials you can become a follower of our blog. Next month in November, Hale Moana Hawaii Bed and Breakfast will have its 10th Anniversary. Watch out for our Anniversary Special to come up!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hawaii Family Vacation on the Big Island

Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast is one of the few Hawaii Bed and Breakfasts that openly welcomes families with children. With a family of our own, we know what it means to travel with children. Our large two-bedroom Lanai Suite offers a kitchen, dining/living room, private bathroom and separate entrance and is well suited to accommodate a family of five. Our rates are affordable, include our gourmet island breakfast, and there is no extra charge for children under 12. For families traveling with infants Hale Moana Hawaii Bed and Breakfast has the little extras available such as a crib or high chair. Other family oriented amenities including our BBQ grill, laundry facilities, snorkel gear, coolers, free WiFi etc. are also available to our guests. The two-acre property with beautiful gardens is perfect for children to play and explore.

Many of the sites and activities such as Lava Tree Park, snorkeling at the Kapoho Tide Pools, swimming at the Ahalanui Hot Ponds, seeing the lava flow in Kalapana, visiting the Volcanoes National Park are close by and make for great family adventures.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Romantic Bed and Breakfast on the Big Island of Hawaii

Hale Moana Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place for a romantic Hawaii vacation or a honeymoon on the Big Island. Our bed and breakfast suites are well appointed with personal and cozy features, comfortable king-size beds and beautifully decorated with orchids in a tropical theme. Separate entrances to each of our suites give our guests absolute privacy. Our botanical gardens are a lush tropical paradise. The surroundings are quiet and tucked away, at the same time shopping and restaurants are just a 5-minute drive from here in Pahoa.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

BIg Island Hawaii - Hawaii Island Festival

For several weeks starting on August 28th, the Big Island will host the Hawaii Island Festival, "30 Days of Aloha". The festival encompasses many events, starting on August 28th with the Royal Court Investiture , at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park. The fun continues on September 3rd, with the Ms. Aloha Nui Pageant, to be held at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Visitors and Residents alike are encouraged to support the festival by purchasing keepsake ribbons from the committee chairs. Click HERE for contact information.

More Event Dates and Times:

Saturday, September 4, 11 a.m. - Poke Contest, Hilton Waikoloa Village
Saturday, September 4, 6p.m. - Kindy Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest, Waikoloa Beach Resort
Sunday, September 5, 11a.m. - Hawaiian Elegance Brunch, Hilton Waikoloa Village
Saturday, September 18, 10a.m., Waimea's 35th Annual Paniolo Parade & Waimea's Ho'olaule'a Immediately following
Royal Court appearances (to date): 
Friday, September 10, 5p.m. - Hula Palua, Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort
Thursday, September 16, 5p.m. - Kupuna Hula Festival, Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort

Have fun at the festival while you stay in comfort and experience Aloha spirit at the Hale Moana Bed and Breakfast.