Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hawaii Kilauea Volcano Lava Up-Date

Hawaii Kilauea Volcano Lava Up-Date

30 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast:  

The lava lake within the Halema'uma'u Overlook vent dropped for a few days last weekend, in tandem with a brief deflation of Kilauea summit. Since then, it has returned to its previous level and has been relatively steady. heating of the vent walls above the lava lake continues to cause loud popping and cracking noises, somtimes audible from the Jaggar Museum Overlook.

After pausing last weekend, uplift of the crater floor at Pu'u 'O'o has resumed. This slow rise is likely caused by shallow injection of magma from the lava lake in the crater into the layered flows that make up the crater floor.

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - August Programs

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - August Programs

30 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast: 

AUGUST PROGRAMS

Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7, 2011
from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WITH JACK JEFFREY. Join award-winning photographer and wildlife biologist Jack Jeffrey for inspirational sessions of photographing the splendor of Hawai‘i’s natural environment. Learn to photograph plants, flowers, insects, birds (only if visible), scenics, and other native natural history subjects the way the professionals photograph them. Various aspects of nature photography will be discussed, including equipment, exposure, composition, lighting, close-ups, and photo ethics. DAY 1 is designed for those with point-and-shoot cameras, and those with limited field experience using their cameras. DAY 2 is for those who are more advanced since it will be a tip, tricks, and techniques seminar for those who have completed Day 1 or who have some experience with their cameras in the field. For either day, cost per person is $55 for members and $75 for non-members. For both days, cost per person is $95 for members and $135 for non-members. Students (K-12 and college with valid student ID) are half-price. Non-members are welcome to join the Friends to get the member discount. To register, contact Hawai‘i Volcanoes Institute, part of Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, at (808) 985-7373 or sign up online at www.fhvnp.org.


Sunday, August 14, 2011
from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 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 the park’s beautiful trails. Led Nick Shema, this month’s three-hour, four-mile hike will explore Kilauea Iki Crater. The trail descends through the rain forest, with native birds flitting through the canopy, to the still-steaming crater floor. This hike, rated moderately difficult, traverses pahoehoe lava and forested trails, with a 400’ elevation drop and gain. Bring a bag lunch and meet at the park’s resources management parking lot. The walk is free to Friends members (though non-members are welcome to join the non-profit Friends group in order to attend). To register, contact Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-7373 or programs@fhvnp.org. For more info, visit www.fhvnp.org.


Friday, August 19, 2011
from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

VOLUNTEER FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT. This month we will work at the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, located off Highway 11 between mile markers 70 and 71 in Ka‘u. We will collect seeds from native plants for propagation in the park’s native plant nursery. We’ll also learn about the park’s native forest restoration program at Kahuku. Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and be able to hike at least one mile over rough, uneven terrain covered by thick pasture grasses 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.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hawaii Bed and Breakfast - Hawaii Family Travel


Hawaii Family Vacation between Hilo and Volcanoes National Park


Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast is conveniently located between Hilo and the Volcanoes National Park in the Puna area, close to Pahoa. Hale Moana is one of the few Hawaii Bed and Breakfasts that welcomes families with children and offers many amenities that make it easy to travel as a family. 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.
We often have larger or more-generational families staying with us, including grandparents, uncles, aunties and cousins. For occasions like that families also have a choice of our other suites. Private bathrooms and separate entrances to each of our suites give our guests ultimate privacy. The Garden Suite is a one-bedroom apartment featuring a dining/living room area, separate bedroom and a fully equipped kitchen. The Studio offers a coffee station and refrigerator.

All three suites look out into our lush botanical garden, where orchids, tropical flowers, tropical fruit trees, pineapples and many other unusual plants create a tropical paradise  The neighborhood of Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast in Leilani Estates is quiet, safe for children to play and perfect for long walks or morning jogging. Shopping and excellent restaurants are just a 5-minute drive from here in Pahoa.


Every morning our Gourmet Island Breakfast is served in our breezeway. During breakfast we will give you an introduction to the area and help you plan your day. Many fun activities and sites are only minutes away from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast, including snorkeling in the Kapoho Tide pools, swimming in natural hot ponds, black sand beaches, beautiful coastal parks, old and new lava flows - hidden treasures, that we will help you to explore. Our Bed & Breakfast is also centrally located to visit Hilo, waterfalls and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - July Programs

Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - July Programs

30 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast: 

JULY PROGRAMS

Saturday, July 9, 2011
from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

31st ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL. Every summer Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park hosts the free Annual Cultural Festival to perpetuate Hawaiian culture and promote appreciation of traditional values. Throughout the day, the sweet sounds of Hawaiian music fill the air and hula dancers, bedecked in flower lei and colorful costumes, bring meaning to the songs through the movement of their eyes, hands, and hips. Cultural practitioners lead demonstrations and provide hands-on learning opportunities for a wide variety of Hawaiian crafts, games, and foods. This year the festival will be at the park's Kahuku Unit in the Ka‘u District (between mile markers 70 & 71 on Highway 11). Park admission is free for the entire day at both the main and Kahuku entrances. Co-sponsored by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Hawai‘i Natural History Association, Kilauea Military Camp, and Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. For more info, call (808) 985-6011 or visit www.nps.gov/havo.


Sunday, July 10, 2011
from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

SUNDAY WALK IN THE PARK. This monthly program on second Sundays is aimed at bringing together the members of the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to share in the park's beautiful trails. Led by Rob and Susan McGovern, this month’s two-hour, three-mile round-trip hike will be to Pu‘u Huluhulu. The trail crosses 1973 and 1974 lava flows, through kipuka, past lava trees, and climbs 150 feet to the summit of Pu‘u Huluhulu. On a clear day, you can see Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, Pu‘u ‘O‘o, and the Pacific Ocean. This will be a moderate, fairly flat hike over pahoehoe lava at 3,200’ elevation. Meet at the Mauna Ulu parking lot on Chain of Craters Road. The walk is free to Friends members (though non-members are welcome to join the non-profit Friends group in order to attend). To register, contact Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-7373 or programs@fhvnp.org. For more info, visit www.fhvnp.org.


Saturday, July 16, 2011
from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

VOLUNTEER FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT. This month we will work at the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. We will remove invasive weeds in a fenced enclosure where a wide variety of native seedlings have been planted over the past five years. We will learn about the park's native forest restoration program at Kahuku and be able to see the start of natural recovery of the forest. Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and be able to hike at least one mile over rough, uneven terrain covered by thick pasture grasses in an area with a moderate slope. Since we will be a half-hour drive in from the parking area, all volunteers will need to stay until the project is completed at 3:00 p.m. Our goal is a crew of 16 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.