Saturday, December 31, 2011

Hawaii Bed and Breakfast - Hau'oli Makahiki Hou - Happy New Year from Hawaii!

We are sending our Alohas to you and your families and wish you the very best for the New Year. This is the time of the year when we are all coming closer together and are thankful for the wonderful things we have in our lives. We would like to take the opportunity to thank you - our guests, friends and partners for staying at our B&B, your loyalty, patronage and support.

This year we up-graded our Facebook page. Please, take a look and "like" us. On Facebook or through our blog you can follow the latest developments regarding the lava flow, events and activities happening around Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast. There are many new pictures on our website.

BIG NEWS: Since December 9, 2011, the lava is back flowing into the ocean. It had stopped in February and for the most part of the year it was only visible from the helicopter. Breathtaking views and impressions from the boat or by foot can now be part of your vacation experience again.

For our Japanese speaking guests we added a collaboration with Toshi & Shiho Mochizuki, the owners of Aloha Breeze, who can help you with your travel arrangements.

Earlier this year Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast was awarded the Trip Advisor 2011 Certificate of Excellence. This Award is an outstanding achievement and recognizes Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast for its leadership in Quality of Service and Value in 2011. We feel very blessed and would like to express our sincere Mahalos to you - our guests and partners.

Hale Moana Bed and Breakfast is located in the beautiful and tropical area of Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii, 30 minutes from Hilo (International Airport) and the Volcanoes National Park, and 5 minutes from Pahoa. Hale Moana is a licensed, quality, inspected Hawaii B&B surrounded by two acres of tropical gardens in an ambiance of old Hawaii.

Our Big Island Hawaii Bed and Breakfast offers two suites with living room and kitchenette and one studio. All have private bathrooms and separate entrances. Amenities such as free Wi-Fi, laundry facility, BBQ grill, free parking,snorkels and maps, etc. are available to our guests. A gourmet island breakfast is included in our rates. We welcome families!

This last year has brought some health challenges for us, that we were able to overcome. Thank you, for your many prayers, we so much appreciate them. Our kids are getting bigger and we are getting older. We want to thank you again and hope to see you or hear from you in the New Year. Please, stay in touch!


Hau'oli Makahiki Hou -  Happy New Year from Hawaii!

With Alohas,

Petra Wiesenbauer

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hawaii Kilauea Volcano Eruption - 29 Years



Kilauea Volcano's East Rift Zone Eruption: 
29 Years and Counting


Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is only 30 Minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast:

Hawaii National Park, HI – Jan. 3, 2012 marks the 29th anniversary of Kīlauea’s ongoing east rift zone eruption. This eruption, particularly events that occurred during the past year, will be the topic of an “After Dark in the Park” program in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Tues., Jan. 3.

Tim Orr, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will review the eruption, focusing on highlights from Kīlauea’s 2011 activity. The program begins at 7 p.m. at the park’s Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Park entrance fees apply.

The eruption began just after midnight on Jan. 3, 1983, with lava erupting to the surface along several fissures. By June 1983, the eruption was focused at a single vent. Over the next three years, lava fountains up to 1,500 feet high roared from the vent 44 times, building a cinder-and-spatter cone named Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō.
In July 1986, the eruption shifted to Kupaianaha, a new vent farther down the east rift zone. Lava poured from this vent nearly continuously for almost six years, burning and burying Kīlauea’s south flank, including the communities of Kapa‘ahu and Kalapana, in 1986 and 1990, respectively.

Early in 1992, the eruption returned to vents on the flanks of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. Over the next 18 years, lava flowed down the slopes of Kīlauea, inundating areas within and outside of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National park and often reaching the sea.

During the past year, Kīlauea’s ongoing east rift zone eruption has included two spectacular fissure eruptions, a dramatic outbreak of lava from the west flank of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, and, on Dec. 9, 2011, a new ocean entry USGS scientists named West Ka‘ili‘ili—the first ocean entry within the boundaries of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park since 2009.
Since the eruption began in 1983, lava flows have buried 48 square miles of public and private land, destroying vast tracts of native forest, nine miles of highway, and 213 structures, including homes, a church, and the Waha‘ula Visitor Center in the park.
While Kīlauea’s current east rift zone eruption has been its most destructive event in recent history, the eruption has also been constructive. Molten lava flowing into the sea has added about 500 acres of new land to Hawai‘i Island.

This presentation is one of many talks, guided hikes, and other programs offered by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park as part of Hawai‘i Island’s third annual Volcano Awareness Month in January. For more information about this talk, please call 808-985-6011. For a complete schedule of Volcano Awareness Month events, please visit the HVO Web site at www.hvo.wr.usgs.gov or call (808) 967-8844.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hawaiian Legend - Lava Rock Curse


Hawaii's Lava Rock Curse


Dear Reader and Fan of Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast,

I just found this post by Jim Winpenny and Bruce Fisher from Hawaii Vacation and wanted to share this with you. It is about the legend that says Madam Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire, who commands the volcanic action on Hawaii’s Big Island, lives in the fire pit in Halema’uma’u crater, at the summit caldera of the Kilauea volcano.

You may also have heard that Madam Pele doesn’t like to have lava rocks purloined once they have cooled and settled. It is said that anyone who removes a piece of rock from the Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park will incur her wrath. Bad luck is certain to follow.

In Kalapana on the way to the new black sand beach.
Well, visitors take them anyhow. They’re nice souvenirs and they travel well. But there’s no question about this: Visitors who have taken rocks from Pele’s land have returned them in hopes of ending scary streaks of bad luck. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and most of the hotels are inundated with packages
containing rocks from guilt-ridden vacationers who are intent upon reversing their sudden spates of misfortune.

Pets die. Jobs are lost. Houses burn down. Sudden and devastating illness strikes loved ones. Marriages break apart.

Seen in Kalapana/Kaimu at the new black sand beach.
These are actual quotes from former Big-Island vacationers:

Please take this rock and put it back somewhere on your island. I have had very bad luck since it came into my life and I am very sorry I took it. Please forgive me and I pray that once I send it back where it comes from, my bad luck will go away.

Ever since we have taken items, we have had nothing but back luck and medical problems. We apologize for taking the items, so we are returning same to Hawaii.

We placed the rock last fall on a cast iron chair in our garden; this spring the chair’s leg had fallen off. That’s the least of the problems we have had since we’ve taken the rock.

Please return these rocks to their rightful spot. I never had so much bad luck as I’ve had since I returned from Hawaii.

I picked up a small piece of lava somewhere, (we are rock and crystal collectors), never dreaming of what might come. Since then we have lost half of our retirement savings to a scam artist and will have to go back
to work. Please work your magic on the enclosed piece of lava and hopefully nothing worse will happen.

There are thousands more like those. The Volcano Post Office, Volcano National Park and lots of hotels find the returned rocks a nuisance (although they faithfully dispose of them by tossing them onto a big pile right behind the Volcano Visitor Center.)

The Volcano Gallery on the Big Island gladly accepts returned rocks. Once they receive the rocks they carefully wrap them in ti leaves and return them to a special location in Volcano close to Pele’s home, along with an offering of orchids to ask for her forgiveness. For the service, the gallery asks for a donation of $15, but will perform the service in any case.

What, you’ve been to Hawaii and have a lava rock? You can still return it.
Here’s the address:

Rainbow Moon Attn: Lava Rock Return P.O. Box 699, Volcano, HI 96785

Here is the link to Bruce Fisher's (Hawaii Vacation) blog with many comments from people who have experienced the "rock curse" first hand.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lava Flow into the Ocean - Lava Boat Tour


Lava Ocean Boat Tour


Isaac Hale Beach Park, the departure point to go on the Lava Ocean Adventure Lava Boat Tour, is only 10 Minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast. Many times guests stay with us the night before the boat tour. It is easy for them to drive from our B&B to the boat ramp early in the morning and then after the tour come back to enjoy our Gourmet Island Breakfast.

When we left the house on the morning of December 19, 2011 it was dark and rain was coming down in sheets. We made the 10 minute drive down to the coast and met the crew from Lava Ocean Adventures at the Isaac Hale parking area. The sky cleared up and it was soon time to go on the Lava Kai Boat, a large aluminum catamaran.

We have been out to the lava with the boat before, and each time it is different and very special. This morning, however, everybody was super excited: The lava has not been flowing for over 10 months and it is only since about a week ago, that it is entering the ocean again.

When you go on the morning sunrise tour the boat leaves in the dark from the local Isaac Hale Beach Park boat ramp. The first few minutes when Captain Shane turns the boat to cross the swells are a little bumpy, then under calm ocean conditions it is a smooth ride out to the lava flow. Currently, the lava is flowing into the water past the Volcanoes National Park boundaries. 
As we got closer, lava glow started to be visible from a distance. But then we arrived and the lava was cascading in many areas over the cliffs into the water. It is such an incredible experience to be part of this ancient creation process. Even after all these years of living here and seeing lava many times, it never changes: it is incomprehensible for us to know, that it is molten rock we are witnessing and that this is how our planet was formed. When the lava touches the water, there is steam and hissing sounds and you can smell the steam. It is just so beautiful and amazing. The pictures we took just show a small portion that don't do any justice, the real experience is so much bigger than that and touches us as observer on many levels.

As you are out there watching the sun slowly rising over the horizon it starts to dip the island into this golden morning light. Slowly the colors of the land with its blacks and greens are beginning to unfold. The morning time is absolutely beautiful and the ride back along this still pristine and undeveloped coast line is breath taking. Dolphins ride alongside the boat. We know this coast so well, but the beauty never seizes to amaze us.

Thank you, Captain Shane and the Lava Kai crew for another incredible experience! For more information on how to connect with Lava Ocean Adventures you can go to their website.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - January 2012 Programs


Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs - January 2012


Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is only 30 Minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast:

Hawai‘i National Park, HI – Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors throughout January – which is also Volcano Awareness Month. These programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

When: Tues., Jan. 3 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Kīlauea Volcano’s East Rift Eruption: 29 Years and Counting. Jan. 3, 2012 marks the 29th anniversary of Kīlauea’s ongoing east rift zone eruption. During its first three years, spectacular lava fountains spewed episodically from the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent. Since then, nearly continuous lava effusion has built a vast plain that stretches from the east rift to the sea. This past year has seen many changes, including fissure eruptions and the collapse and refilling of the vent’s lava lake. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Geologist Tim Orr will review highlights from the past 29 years and discuss recent developments on Kīlauea’s east rift zone. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.


When: Tues., Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
What’s Happening in Halema‘uma‘u Crater? In March 2008, a new volcanic vent opened in Halema‘uma‘u, at the summit of Kīlauea. Since then, the eruption has consisted of continuous degassing, occasional explosive events, ongoing ash emissions, and fluctuating lava pond activity in an open vent that has grown to more than 430 feet wide. While the eruption enthralls visitors, it also provides an abundance of data and insights for scientists. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Matt Patrick will present an overview of Kīlauea’s summit eruption. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.

When: Tues., Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Story of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s First 100 Years. In 2012, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) reaches its centennial milestone – 100 years of continuous volcano monitoring in Hawai‘i. Join HVO Scientist-in-Charge Jim Kauahikaua as he talks about Thomas Jaggar’s vision for the observatory, how Frank Perret began the work of monitoring Kīlauea Volcano, and HVO’s accomplishments during the past century. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.

When: Wed., Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai
Nā Lei with Patricia Kaula. Hawaiians use lei for blessing crops, adornment for hula dancers, in healing and sacred rituals, and to show royal status or rank. Lei are also given to honor guests or as peace offerings, to celebrate a birth, and as expressions of love and expression. Join master lei artist Patricia Kaula as she shares nā lei, the art of traditional and modern lei making. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

When: Wed., Jan. 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Kenneth Makuakāne Live in Concert. Join 12-time Nā Hoku Hanohano award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer Kenneth Makuakāne as he shares songs from his latest albums, The Dash, White Bath Tub, Makuakāne, and other compositions. A prolific songwriter, his songs are performed at the Merrie Monarch Festival and his music is featured on the soundtracks for motion pictures including Honeymoon in Las Vegas and Parent Trap in Paradise. Kenneth is widely recognized as an innovator in Hawaiian music and has more than 100 albums to his producing credit. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free.

When: Tues., Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Mauna Loa: How Well Do You Know the Volcano in Your Backyard? Mauna Loa, the largest volcano on Earth, comprises more than half of the surface area of Hawai‘i Island. Mapping and dating show that 95 percent of this active volcano is covered with lava flows less than 10,000 years old. Since 1843, it has erupted 33 times. When Mauna Loa erupts, fast-moving, voluminous lava flows can reach the sea in hours, severing roads and utilities, repaving the flanks and building new land. The growth of Mauna Loa is far from complete as this huge volcano will undoubtedly erupt again. Join USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory volcanologist Frank Trusdell as he talks about Mauna Loa’s eruptive history and current status. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.

When: Wed., Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai
Traditional Lei Making. Join kumu hula Ab Kawainohoikala‘i Valencia and his wife Puamae‘ole O’Mahoney as they share the traditions of lei making for hula. Lei making is a vital and important part of the hula heritage and together, this husband-and-wife team teach the traditions handed down by generations. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

When: Tues., Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Kīlauea’s Volcanic Gases and Their Environmental Impact. As magma rises from Earth’s mantle to the surface, volcanic gases expand, driving the spectacular fountains and flows of Hawaiian volcanoes. While Kīlauea’s current eruption produces enough lava to fill a football stadium every week, it also releases huge amounts of volcanic gases. Jeff Sutton and Tamar Elias, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geochemists, offer an update about volcanic gases, especially those related to the 2008-2011 activity at Halema‘uma‘u Crater. Learn about volcanic air pollution (vog), how it forms, and what we’ve learned about its effects on our island environment. BYON (Bring Your Own Nose) to the ever-popular “gas tasting” party where you can learn to identify volcanic gases by smell. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Access to Lava Ocean Entry


Lava Flow  - Access to Ocean Entry Point


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is only 30 Minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast:


Lava from Kīlauea’s remote Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent has again reached the ocean within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park boundaries, at a spot scientists have named the West Ka‘ili‘ili ocean entry.

The arduous hike to West Ka‘ili‘ili from the bottom of Chain of Craters Road is approximately four miles one-way across an uneven flow field. Currently, several streams of lava are pouring into the ocean, providing dramatic views. Visitors who stay after dark can also see channels of lava flowing down the pali and across the flow field, but conditions can change at any time.

Hikers need to heed all warning signs and ranger advisories, and be aware of earth cracks and crevices, sharp terrain and rain-slick pāhoehoe lava and other hazards. Steam plumes produced by lava entering the sea contain fine lava fragments and acid droplets that can be harmful. Scientists also confirmed that a lava delta is being formed at the base of a sea cliff at West Ka‘ili‘ili, and are monitoring the area closely. Lava deltas can collapse with little warning, produce hot rock falls inland, and generate large local waves.

“While we are thrilled to be able to provide public access to the new ocean entry site, it is imperative that visitors obey park rangers and all warning signs in the area,” said Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “Hikers must be adequately prepared with plenty of drinking water, dressed for rain or sunshine, wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, carry a flashlight and spare batteries, and be in good physical shape for this hike.”

Once the wet weather subsides, park rangers will stick reflective trail markers along the rough coastal trail that begins shortly after the end of Chain of Craters Road and leads to a viewing area about a quarter of a mile away.

The West Ka‘ili‘ili ocean entry site is located near the park’s eastern border, and is the first time lava has entered the ocean within park boundaries since 2007. Recent ocean entries have occurred outside the park to the east, through private land and areas within County of Hawai‘i jurisdiction.

Visitors who do not want to hike out to the ocean entry can observe the wispy plume of the ocean entry from the end of Chain of Craters Road, near the ranger station. After sunset, flowing lava from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō has been visible from the turnout on the hairpin curve on Chain of Craters Road, weather permitting.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hawaii Big Island - The Lava is Back


Lava Flow Visible - Once Again


The lava is back and the official lava viewing area at the end of Hwy. 130 is only 10 Minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast:

The lava flow into the ocean had stopped at the end of January this year. Since then the lava was mostly pooling in the Pu'u O'o Vent area and has only progressed very slowly and intermittently.


Starting yesterday, the flow has intensified and lava has been pouring over the pali sloping down toward the ocean. Lava is visible again from the official lava viewing area in Kalapana at the end of Hwy. 130.

Here are links to current you tube footage and to the Hawaii New Now news report.

(The pictures were taken from a Blue Hawaiian Helicopter on Monday, December 5, 2011).

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hawaii Big Island - Sacred Sites - Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park


Sacred Sites on the Big Island of Hawaii - Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park


Kona is 2.5 hours drive from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast:


Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park


For centuries, Hawaiian society, stratified into classes of chiefs, priests, skilled laborers and commoners, operated under a system of laws called kapu. The punishment for breaking the kapu, set forth by the gods, was death—unless the criminal fled to a puuhonua, or place of refuge.

One of the best-preserved puuhonua is located on the west coast of Hawaii, about 20 miles south of Kailua-Kona, in Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. The structure, as it stands now, is a 300-foot-long stone wall, at points 18 feet high and 25 feet wide, which roughly forms a right angle. According to Eric Andersen, chief of interpretation at the park, the puuhonua was most likely built about 1,000 years ago and used until the late 1700s. (The kapu system was officially abolished in 1819.) The number of lawbreakers who lived at any given time in the safe haven, however, surviving on meager rations, is difficult to say.

The prisoners’ offenses ranged from the seemingly innocuous—catching a fish out of season—to the unequivocally serious—murder. “If you made it here and survived, then absolution was a gift when you left,” says Andersen. “Prisoners would meet with kahuna, or priests, and an understanding would be made in order to erase their wrongs.”

On one end of the wall is a thatched structure surrounded by kii, or wooden carvings resembling Hawaiian gods. The mausoleum, called Hale o Keawe, once housed the bones of 23 chiefs. The bones, thought to endow the site with mana, or spiritual power, were removed in the 1800s, but the place is still considered hallowed ground. The National Park Service has managed the site since 1961, and over 400,000 people visit the park annually. “There is a sense that there is something of reverence here,” says Andersen. “People have said that the mana is strong.”

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Six-Sacred-Sites-of-Hawaii.html#ixzz1ew8A72qm

Monday, November 21, 2011

Hawaii Big Island - Sacred Sites - Puu Loa Petroglyphs


Sacred Sites on the Big Island of Hawaii - Puu Loa Petroglyphs


Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is only 30 Minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast:


About 16 miles from the rim of Kilauea, on the southeastern coast of the Big Island, is a trailhead that leads to Puu Loa, Hawaii’s largest field of petroglyphs. The site, within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, contains over 23,000 centuries-old etchings—of dimples, circles, bars, even humans and sailing canoes—in hardened lava formed sometime between the years 1200 and 1450.

William Ellis, an English missionary who traveled to the Hawaiian Islands in the 1820s, was the first to describe the decorated puu, or hill, in writing. “On inquiry, we found that they [the petroglyphs] had been made by former travelers, from a motive similar to that which induces a person to carve his initials on a stone or tree, or a traveler to record his name in an album, to inform his successors that he had been there,” he wrote. “When there were a number of concentric circles with a dot or mark in the center, the dot signified a man, and the number of rings denoted the number in the party who had circumambulated the island.”

In addition to being a travelogue of sorts, the petroglyph field is a sacred site where native Hawaiians have been known to bury the umbilical cords of newborns. “A hole is made in the hard crust, the cord is put in and a stone is placed over it. In the morning the cord has disappeared; there is no trace of it. This insures long life for the child,” wrote anthropologist Martha Beckwith in 1914.

Read more on the Smithsonian's Website: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Six-Sacred-Sites-of-Hawaii.html#ixzz1eN4do1JC

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park - December 2011


Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs


Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is only 30 Minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast:

Hawai‘i National Park, HI – Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors throughout December. These programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

When: Tues., Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Coral Road: The Poetry of Garrett Hongo. Garrett Hongo’s long-awaited third collection of poems continues his literary explorations into the history of the impermanent homeland his immigrant ancestors found in Hawai‘i. Join the Volcano native and acclaimed poet for an intimate, exhilarating, and soul-searching evening. Copies of Coral Road will be available for sale, and the author will sign copies upon request. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.


When: Tues., Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
The Kuahiwis Live in Concert. Back by popular demand, the Kuahiwis bring their special blend of Hawaiian music, hula, and family deeply rooted in the volcanic soil of Hawai‘i. Join T.R. Ireland, Kiliona Young, and Grant Ka‘au‘a as they blend classic songs of their upbringing with modern rhythms and melodies of today. Copies of their award-winning CD, Hawaiian Music, will be available for sale. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.


When: Wed., Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai
Kalo. Join Sam and Edna Buldado as they share their knowledge and cultural uses of the kalo (taro) plant. Kalo is highly significant to Hawaiians, and is used for many things, including food, medicine, glue, and dyes. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.


When: Tues., Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. (auditorium opens at 6:30 p.m.)
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
John Keawe Live in Concert. Award-winning slack-key (kīhō‘alu) guitarist, composer and recording artist, John Keawe, brings his warm, original style of music to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park for the holidays. His wife Hope provides moving interpretations of his music with her graceful hula. This program is expected to be well attended, so come early for seating. John’s CDs and DVDs will be available for purchase. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.


When: Wed., Dec. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (auditorium opens at 6:15 p.m.)
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
Hula and Mele with Haunani’s Hula Expressions. Come sing along to your favorite Hawaiian melodies with this award-winning group of lively elders (kūpuna) who sing and dance hula to the sweet sound of hapa haole music, and make all of their own costumes and lei. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” series of cultural programs. Free.


When: Wed., Dec. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai
‘Ukulele with Oral Abihai. Join Oral Abihai as he shares his passion for making ‘ukulele from discarded or naturally fallen pieces of wood. Learning only several years ago in Lahaina from Kenny Potts, he has since made more than 50 ‘ukulele. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Hawaii Bed and Breakfast - Veteran's Day


Veteran's Day at Hale Moana Hawaii Bed and Breakfast


Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast participated in the B&B for Vets Initiative for the second year, where hundreds of B&Bs throughout the US and Canada honor active and retired veterans with free rooms in recognition of their services. 


We were so pleased and honored to host Lani & Cody Cook from Aiea on Oahu for our Veteran’s Day Special. Cody is an E4 Fire Support Specialist and his reserve unit is part of the 100th Battalion 442nd Infantry Regiment. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 and his unit is scheduled to go back in 2012.



Lani and Cody, originally from Kauai, are a young couple and have been married for three years. It has been tough for them lately as Cody lost his regular job at Schofield Barracks on Oahu as a security guard. Because of Federal cut-backs he and 69 others were laid off in August. Since then the couple has lived on Lani’s Bank-of-Hawaii-income and unemployment. It has been a struggle to pay their rent and get by. Lani explained, that ever since then she has become a follower of Krazy Suzy's Coupons and in Suzy’s weekly newsletter is also where she found out about the B&Bs for Vets Initiative. 

Lani said, “This was a blessing for us. We had not been on a vacation since we got married.” When they checked out the B&Bs for Vets website, however, they realized that there were only B&Bs on Maui and the Big Island participating in the initiative. Their hopes sank, because they did not think they would be able to afford a trip to another island. But then they realized that Hawaiian Airline miles would pay for their tickets and that they would be able to spend time with family in Kona for a few days. The stay at Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast was their last night and highlight of their trip before they went back home. 

They both said that they had a wonderful time here on the Big Island, leaving their financial worries behind and just enjoying life for a few days.

We are so happy, that this special went to a young couple in need, who would have not been able to afford a stay here otherwise. We all felt, that the Aloha of this special place Hawaii embraced all of us and our souls touched for a brief moment. We truly wish them the very best and we feel blessed to have met them. We all promised to stay in touch.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - November 2011


Hawaiian Cultural Programs


Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is only 30 Minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast:

Hawai‘i National Park, HI – Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture with the community and visitors throughout November. These programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

When: Wed., Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Kīlauea Visitors Center lānai
 Lā‘au Lapa‘au (“Healing Medicine”). Learn how plants are used as medicine. Ka‘ohu Monfort shares her knowledge of how Hawai‘i’s native plants, including noni, ha‘uowī, kī, kukui and ōlena, can heal and nourish. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

When: Wed., Nov. 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (auditorium opens at 6:15 p.m.)
Where: Kīlauea Visitors Center Auditorium
Hawaiian Music by Hilo One. Come enjoy an evening of Hawaiian music with the musical trio, Hilo One. Brothers Aaron Agres (electric upright bass and vocals) and Likeke Teanio (lead guitarist, ukulele and vocals) join acoustic 12-string rhythm guitarist Kahele Miura, for a night of Hawaiian and slack key guitar music. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” series of cultural programs. Free.


When: Wed., Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Kīlauea Visitors Center lānai
Poi Making. Park Ranger Jason Zimmer (“J.Z.”) shares the art of making poi, a skill he learned from his grandfather, Daniel Kawaiaea, Sr. more than 10 years ago. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hawaii Island - Winter in the Tropics


Hawaii - Winter in the Tropics


 
The last 24 hours of thunder and lightning down here, where we are powdered the top of the Mauna Kea and Mona Loa with snow. The contrasts are amazing!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hawaii Bed and Breakfast - B&Bs for Vets


B&Bs for Vets - Veteran's Day Initiative



Did you know, that Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast is participating in the "B&Bs for Vets" initiative for the second year? This initiative was started last year by the West Virginia Bed & Breakfast Association: Together with hundreds of bed and breakfasts across the nation Hale Moana provides free rooms Wednesday, November 10 in observance of the November 11 Veterans Day honoring men and women currently serving in the military, as well as those who have served their country in the past.

For this year all of our suites reserved for this event are already booked out, but we will continue the initiative for the coming years. Sharing the Aloha is an honor to us!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hawaii Bed & Breakfast - Gourmet Island Breakfast


Breakfast in Paradise

One of the things that makes staying at Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast so special is our Gourmet Island Breakfast. In the morning a buffet breakfast awaits our guests with a variety of cereals, jams and breads. There is a delicious selection of tropical fruits from our garden and the local farmers' markets. Every day a different main dish including banana pancakes, different egg dishes, quiche, French toast, apple or ham & cheese stratas, German style, etc. completes the presentation. To accommodate guests with different dietary needs (vegetarians, vegans, no dairy, no gluten, no eggs, etc.) we make special arrangements. Kona coffee, a wide selection of teas, milk and juice are available every morning.


Breakfast is served in our breezeway, an area also perfect for many of our orchids to grow. It gives our visitors a good ideas, why the Big Island is also known as the Orchid Isle.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Guided Hiking Tours


Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park - October/November 2011 Programs

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is only 30 Minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast:

HIKE AND EXPLORE THE PARK’S KAHUKU UNIT IN KA‘Ū
Hawai‘i National Park, HI – Two adventurous programs offered by Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will introduce the compelling landscape, biodiversity and history of the park’s southernmost section to intrepid hikers.

People and Land of Kahuku is a two-mile, three-hour expedition through pastures, a quarry, an airstrip and the 1868 lava fields of Kahuku. Rangers will explain how people lived on the vast Kahuku lands, from the earliest Hawaiians through today. Walk in emerging native forest, hear about Kahuku’s history of violent earthquakes and eruptions and the residents who survived them, and find out how Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park plans to restore the native ecosystem and protect Kahuku’s cultural sites.

The hike is offered Oct. 22, Nov. 13, Nov. 19, Dec. 4 and Dec. 10, 2011, and Jan. 15 and Jan. 22, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet near the Kahuku Unit gate, which is located off Highway 11 between mile markers 70 and 71 on the mauka side of the highway. Park and meet inside the gate near the ranch buildings. Boots, raingear and long pants are recommended. No advance registration is required.

Kīpuka‘akihi is a challenging 1.5 mile, five-hour adventure to see some of the rare plants and wildlife that inhabit this treasured kīpuka. Participants must be prepared to scramble over fallen trees, lava rock, and slippery, wet terrain. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, long pants, sunscreen and a hat. Bring raingear, garden gloves, a day pack, insect repellent, lunch and water. There will be opportunities to help protect this rainforest by pulling up invasive kahili ginger and other invasive non-native plants throughout the kīpuka. Due to the fragile nature of the region, the program is limited to 15 people and pre-registration is required. To sign up, call (808) 985-6011.

This expedition into Kahuku’s isolated refuge of rare plants is offered this Sunday, Oct. 23, Nov. 20 and Dec. 17, 2011 and Jan. 29, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet near the Kahuku Unit gate, which is located off Highway 11 between mile markers 70 and 71 on the mauka side of the highway. Park and meet inside the gate near the ranch buildings.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - October Programs

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - October Programs

30 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast: 

OCTOBER PROGRAMS

Sunday, October 9, 2011
from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

SUNDAY WALK IN THE PARK. This monthly program on second Sundays is aimed at bringing together the members of the Friends to share in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s beautiful trails. Led Nick Shema, this month’s 1.5-hour, 1.5-mile round trip walk will explore the ‘Iliahi (Sandalwood) Trail. We’ll hike through rain forest and past steam vents, with views of Kilauea Caldera, Halema‘uma‘u Crater, and Mauna Loa. Also of interest along the way are birds, earth cracks, and fault scarps. This 1.5-mile loop trail, which includes a 200’ elevation change, is rated easy to moderate. Be prepared for the 4,000’ elevation as well as for variable weather conditions, including sunny, windy, chilly, and/or rainy. Meet at the park’s Kilauea Visitor Center. The walk is free to Friends members (though non-members are welcome to join the non-profit Friends group in order to attend). Park entrance fees apply. To register, contact Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-7373 or admin@fhvnp.org. For more info, visit www.fhvnp.org.


Friday, October 14, 2011
from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

VOLUNTEER FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT. Volunteers are needed to help collect and process mamane seed on the Mauna Loa strip of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The goal is to increase the mamane (Sophora chrysophylla) forest on Mauna Loa to provide habitat and forage for the native honeycreeper birds. After collecting the seeds, we’ll start processing the seed pods in the field. We will also learn about the park’s native forest restoration program. Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and be able to hike at least one mile over uneven terrain with some ‘a‘a lava through brush in an area with a moderate slope. Our goal is a crew of 12 people, and pre-registration is required. To register, contact Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-7373 or forest@fhvnp.org. For more info, visit www.fhvnp.org.


HAWAI‘I VOLCANO INSTITUTE PROGRAMS

Saturday, October 15, 2011
from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

PLANTS OF 'OLA'A FOREST. Join botanist Linda Pratt for a slow-paced 1 mile walk through the dense rain forest of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park 'Ola'a Forest, a parcel of old growth forest just north of Volcano Village. Learn the common native plants and see the results of more than 20 years of protection from feral ungulates and management of invasive non-native plants. This area has the highest diversity of native ferns of any forest in the park. Because we'll be in a sensitive area without developed trails, group size will be limited to 12. We'll see examples of native lobelioids, endemic members of the African violet family, tree nettles, and many of the over 50 native fern species found in 'Ola'a. Cost per person is $35 for members and $50 for non-members. Students (K-12 and college with valid student ID) are half-price. Non-members are welcome to join the non-profit Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park in order to get the member discount. To register, contact Hawai'i Volcanoes Institute at (808) 985-7373 or visit www.fhvnp.org.


Sunday, October 23, 2011
from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

NATIVE INSECTS: A FIELD DISCOVERY. According to Bishop Museum scientists, there are more than 5,800 known native insect species in Hawai'i, over 94% of which are endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. Join Hawai'i insect specialist David Foote to look for Kamehameha butterflies, longhorn beetles, fruit flies, and happyface spiders in Kipukapuaulu (Bird Park). Hawai'i's native insect fauna has undergone many examples of spectacular adaptive radiations, and we'll look for examples of these evolutionary processes in some of the more common native insect species. We'll also talk about the functional role of insects in Hawai'i's native ecosystems, the impact of invasive alien insects, and the conservation of native Hawaiian insects. Cost per person is $35 for members and $50 for non-members. Students (K-12 and college with valid student ID) are half-price. Non-members are welcome to join the non-profit Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park in order to get the member discount. To register, contact Hawai'i Volcanoes Institute at (808) 985-7373 or visit www.fhvnp.org.


PARK SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday, October 8, 2011
at 10:00 a.m.

NEW TRAIL OPENS AT KAHUKU. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s Kahuku Unit holds a grand opening for the Palm Trail. Following the opening celebration at 10:00 are the first-ever guided hikes on the new trail. Join John Stallman at 10:15 or Dean Gallagher at 11:00. The Palm Trail is a moderate 2.6 mile loop trail that gains only 375 feet in elevation. The hike travels through scenic pastures and by an ancient cinder cone for one of Kahuku’s best panoramic views. See relics of the ranching era and volcanic features along the 1868 eruption fissure. Kahuku is located in Ka‘u between mile markers 70 and 71 on the mauka side of Highway 11. Bring water, a hat, and sun block, plus be prepared for rain. Free entry, plus free trail snacks (provided by the Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park). For more info, contact Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at 985-6011.


Saturday, October 29, 2011
at 6:00 p.m.

“DIGITAL MOUNTAIN: IT’S MY TRAIL” FILM FESTIVAL. Film makers in grades 7-12 screen films up to 3 minutes in length explaining why park trails are important to them. The gala film festival to premiere these films on the “big screen” will be held in the Kilauea Visitor Center in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The public is invited to meet the young film makers, view and vote on your favorite film, and enjoy refreshments. Awards are announced at the event. Winners will be selected by a weighted combination of judging by filmmaking professionals and the people’s voting. Prizes include MacBook laptops and Olympus digital cameras. This project was made possible in part by a grant from the National Park Foundation through the generous support of the Coca-Cola Foundation. Additional help, funding, and support comes from the Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i Natural History Association, Friends of the Future, Volcano Video Productions, Mac Made Easy, Boys and Girls Club, KapohoKine Adventures, and Hawaii Forest & Trail. Free (park entrance fees apply). For more info, contact Laura Williams at 985-6304 or laura_williams@nps.gov.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hawaii Volcano - Lava Up-Date - September 23, 2011

Hawaii Pu'u O'o Volcano - Lava Up-date

30 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast: 




September 22 update - A fissure breakout that started yesterday morning continued this morning. As of yesterday's overflight at about 3 pm, the flow had advanced as a channelized ʻaʻa flow about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) from Puʻu ʻŌʻō to the southeast within the Kahauale`a Natural Area Reserve. At about 4 am this morning, a second flow branch started to the west of the first. If the flows continue to advance, they will likely continue southeast, along the western edge of the Episode 58 (TEB) lava flow, toward Royal Gardens. In addition, a small pad of lava was actively refilling the bottom of the drained eastern lava lake and small seeps were barely active at the west edge of Puʻu ʻŌʻō Crater.

For more details, click on the link to the US Geological Service.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hawaii Pu'u O'o Volcano - New Lava Flow - September 21, 2011

Hawaii Pu'u O'o Volcano - New Lava Flow

30 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast: 

A new lava flow is advancing down the east slope of Pu'u O'o crater and may pose a threat to the Royal Gardens subdivision if it continues, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.

Lava began overflowing the west rim of Pu'u O'o crater early Tuesday feeding a new lava flow moving downslope on the crater's west side.

Two lava lakes are active in Pu'u O'o, one on the west and the other on the east side of the crater.

Activity on Tuesday was on the west side of the crater from about 2 a.m. Tuesday until 2:25 a.m. today when lava broke through the east rim.

The new fissure fed a lava flow that advanced rapidly downslope to the east.

If the flow continues to advance, it will likely head southeast toward Royal Gardens and could reach the what's left of the subdivision in the next few days, scientists said.

Royal Gardens has been overrun by lava several times and has no paved road access. A handful of people still live there, although much of the area is abandoned.

Lava flowed over the crater rim last week, but the flows stopped over the weekend.

The Pu'u O'o crater floor collapsed in early August dropping the floor level by about 245 feet. Lava broke out from the west side of the crater and advanced for several days before stopping. Lava reappeared in the crater on Aug. 21 and formed two new lava lakes that have been filling the crater ever since.

Lava also drained from Pu'u O'o on March 5 during the Kamoamoa fissure eruption.

Kilauea volcano has been erupting since January 3, 1983.

(Source: Staradvertiser, Wednesday, September 21, 2011)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hawaii Big Island - First Snow

Believe it or not - Hawaii Island on top of Mauna Kea had its first snow this year. While it was snowing only 90 minutes away, it was absolutely gorgeous down here at Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast, close to Pahoa, Hilo and along the whole East side of the Big Island. Guests, who came over the Saddle Road while it was snowing further up the hill, said, that it was rainy and foggy on the road.


It's a world of contrasts here in Paradise!