Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Hawaii Bed and Breakfast: Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau'oli Makahiki Hou




Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau'oli Makahiki Hou - Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year

Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast - New Look!



Aloha Friends!
I am sending my Alohas to you and your families for the Holidays 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. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you - our guests, friends and partners for staying at our B&B, your loyalty, patronage and support.

Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast - New Pualani Suite
This has been a good year for us here with many improvements and up-grades as I have shared some of them with you before. Here are the 2013 highlights in review:

* A new look for Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast with fresh, bright and friendly colors

* Our brand new Pualani Suite - an exquisite apartment for two capturing the beauty of Hawaii with its tropical ambiance.

Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast - New Interior Design - Garden Suite
* A new living room design with new furniture and additional sleeping space for our Garden Suite. For more pictures of the additions and changes you can go to this blog link.

* Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast's #1 rating for the Pahoa area on Tripadvisor and the award of the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2013.

Kalapana Lava Flow
* For our Japanese speaking guests our wonderful collaboration with Toshi & Shiho Mochizuki, the owners of Aloha Breeze, who can help you with your travel arrangements, continued to grow.

* Partnerships with Kalapana Cultural Tours and Lava Ocean Adventures for lava hikes and boat trips to the lava flow.

* Partnership with Warren Costa, Native Guide Hawaii for customized day tours to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Kea, Hamakua and other destinations based on guests' interests available

Halema'uma'u Crater - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
* Partnerships with several excellent restaurants in Pahoa for a 10% discount: Kaleos (Pacific Rim Cuisine), Ning's (Thai Cuisine) and Paolo's Bistro (Authentic Italian Cuisine)

During the last year I have hosted several travel writers and Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast will continue to be in the Lonely Planet as the Top Choice for the area, Let's Go Hawaii, Moon Travel Guide and now also in the German travel guide Reise KnowHow. We are also listed in three Japanese publications and many on-line directories. There will be write ups in several travel sections of leading German newspapers, i.e. Welt am Sonntag, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, Passauer Neue Presse and others. Earlier in the year the B&B was featured in the May/June 2013 issue of the Hawaii Hospitality Magazine.

Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast - Garden
On our Facebook page or through our blog you can follow the latest developments regarding the lava flow, events and activities happening around Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast. Please, take a look and "like" us.

For those of you, who have not been here: Hale Moana Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located between the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo, in the tropical area of Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hale Moana is a licensed, quality inspected Hawaii B&B surrounded by two acres of beautiful botanical gardens in an ambiance of old Hawaii.

Pohoiki - Red Road - Puna
Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast now offers three suites with living room and kitchenette and one studio. All have private bathrooms and separate entrances. Your comfort and enjoyment during your stay is of utmost importance to us. I strive to make your 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. We welcome families with children and are fully set up to accommodate them. Free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, a BBQ grill, snorkels & masks, maps, and a shelf full of local resource information is available to our guests.

Thermally heated Hot Ponds - Puna
This last year presented a good number of personal challenges for the children and I, but we were able to overcome the trials and are now looking strengthened into a bright future.  The children are getting bigger and are doing great. I feel very blessed and would like to thank you again - our guests, partners, friends and community for staying with us, your support and loyalty over the years. I hope to see you or hear from you in the New Year. Please, stay in touch!

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

With warm Alohas,

Petra Wiesenbauer
Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast
13-3315 Makamae Street
Pahoa, HI 96778
ph: (808) 965-7015
info@bnb-aloha.com
www.bnb-aloha.com

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Legends of Hawaii




The La'ieikawai Legend



Laʻieikawai - was a beautiful princess from Laʻie Oahu. Hidden away from her father, who killed all of his newborn daughters because he wanted a son, she was kept in a cave which was only accessible by diving into a pool of water, called Waiapuka. Soon there was word that royalty was near by because of the tell-tale rainbow that graced the sky above her cave dwelling.
Secretly her grandmother, Waka, smuggled her to Paliuli in the Puna district on the Big Island. On their way there, rumors of Laʻieikawaiʻs beauty traveled throughout all the islands. Aiwohikupua, a young handsome chief from Kauaʻi, decided to pursue her. At her home in Paliuli, Laieikawai was attended by supernatural birds such as the 'i'iwi polena. It is said she could float on the wings of the birds. While other royalty in Hawai'i had mere feather capes and cloaks, Paliuli had a house made of the sacred feathers. A beautiful rainbow formed over her home in Paliuli. After a series of misfortunes, she becomes known as Kawahineliula ("woman of the twilight").

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hale Moana Hawaii Bed and Breakfast - Brand New Pualani Suite


Warm Island Hospitality & the Spirit of Aloha

Pualani Suite
Just in time for the holiday season Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast added its brand new Pualani Suite for our guests' choices.

Pualani Suite - Kitchenette
Pualani Suite - Bathroom
The Pualani Suite is an exquisite apartment capturing the beauty of Hawaii with its tropical ambiance. It is on the first floor looking out into the beautiful tropical garden. The suite offers a sitting area and kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, dishes, several small kitchen appliances, etc. It has its private bathroom and separate entrance. With its king-size bed the suite is spacious, airy and perfect for a couple. It is directly accessible from the carport and wheel chair friendly. There is Direct TV (HD Satellite) and free Wi-Fi in the suite. Our gourmet island breakfast is included in the rate. Whether you are planning a Big Island vacation, longing for some time out, or dreaming of your honeymoon: The Pualani Suite is a wonderful treat!

The Pualani Suite was built in September/October 2013 by local Big Island contractors and their crews. The work was excellently done and the finished product shows the high quality of workmanship. We are very proud to add this beautiful suite to our range of guest suites and to continue our high level of service at affordable rates.  Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast was once again awarded the Certificate of Excellence for 2013 by Tripadvisor and is the #1 B&B for the Pahoa area.

Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast now offers three suites with living room and kitchenette and one studio. All have private bathrooms and separate entrances. Your comfort and enjoyment during your stay is of utmost importance to us. We strive to make your 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. We welcome families with children and are fully set up to accommodate them. Free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, a BBQ grill, snorkels & masks, maps, and a shelf full of local resource information is available to our guests.

Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast - Garden View

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

Garden Suite - with new living room furniture and additional
sleeping space (sofa couch).
Our accommodations are only minutes away from active hot lava plunging down the mountain and into the ocean, thermally heated hot ponds (Ahalanui Park), beautiful coastal parks (MacKenzie Park, Isaac Hale Park), Kapoho Tide Pools for snorkeling, Lava Tree Park, Kehena Black Sand Beach, old Kalapana (covered by lava in 1990), and steam vents in an area full of history. The charming town of Pahoa offers a selection of very good restaurants, stores, and galleries. Farmers' Markets near Pahoa, Keaau, and Hilo display the island's rich agricultural opulence with its fruits, vegetables, and beautiful flowers. The open markets are a great source to get original gifts and souvenirs from Island artists and to experience the alternative flair of the Big Island.




 


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Reopens to Visitors



Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Reopens to Visitors

Stay at Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast and visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - 30 minutes from here.

Sunrise at Halemaumau Crater
Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i – Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park reopened to visitors today, Oct. 17, 2013. Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back online.  Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has been closed since Oct. 1, 2013 due to the government shutdown.

“We are all eager and excited to reopen and welcome visitors back to the park,” stated Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.
Halema'uma'u Crater Lava Lake

The following areas in the park are open:

Roads:  Chain of Craters Road and all scenic overlooks are now open. Crater Rim Drive is open, except for the section closed since 2008 due to volcanic fumes.

Features: Thurston Lava Tube, Steam Vents, and the Jaggar Museum observation deck overlooking erupting Halema‘uma‘u Crater are now open.

Visitor Centers and Programs:  Kīlauea Visitor Center opened at 8:45 a.m. today, the Jaggar Museum opened at 8:30 a.m., and ranger-led programs will resume as quickly as possible.  

Trails:  All trails are open for day use.

Campgrounds:  All park campgrounds, including Nāmakanipaio, Kulanaokuaiki, and backcountry campgrounds, are open.  
View toward Halema'uma'u Crater

Concessionaire services:  Volcano House, the Nāmakanipaio A-frame cabins, and Kīlauea Military Camp are welcoming guests immediately, and limited food service will begin Fri., Oct. 18.

For more information about Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, visit www.nps.gov/havo, or call 808-985-6000.

About the National Park Service. National Park Service employees care for America's 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - After Dark in the Park Programs - September 2013

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - September 2013

Stay at Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast and visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - 30 minutes from here.

Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs

Hawaii National Park, Hawaii – Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in September. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawaii Pacific Parks Association, and your $2 donation helps support park programs.  Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:
When: Sat. and Sun., Sept. 7 & 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days
Where:
Environmental Educational Center
 

Haku Mele: A Beginner’s Hawaiian Songwriter’s Retreat. Join Hawaiian music, language and haku mele experts, Kenneth Makuakāne and Kaliko Beamer-Trapp, to create original Hawaiian compositions through interactive presentations and small group sessions in haku mele and leo. Class is free and limited to 20 participants. To reserve a space, contact Elizabeth Bell at 985-6019, or email Elizabeth_bell@nps.gov no later than Aug. 30. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free.







 

When: Tues., Sept. 10 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
 


Grand Adventures in the Southwest Desert. Some of the world’s most sublime landscapes await exploration in southern Utah and northern Arizona – where deep canyons, painted mesas, hoodoos and arches are sculpted from layers of rock deposited over eons. Join Park Ranger Jay Robinson on a raft journey into the heart of the Grand Canyon National Park, which like Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Encounter bighorn sheep, condors and lizards, and sleep beneath the stars with hairy scorpions, tarantulas and rattlesnakes! Explore narrow slot canyons and the slick rock deserts of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks and the newly created Vermillion Cliffs and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.
 

When: Wed., Sept. 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  
Where:
Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

An Evening of Music with Hilo One. Come enjoy Hawaiian music by entertainers Hilo One, featuring Likeke Teanio (lead ‘ukulele, slack key guitar), Aaron Agres (electric upright bass), and Russell Mauga (12-string guitar), as they enliven the evening with their wonderful instrumentation and vocals. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free.


When: Wed., Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon 
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Ulana Lauhala. Learn the art of weaving with leaves of the pandanus tree, or hala, from gathering the material, preparation, to the final product. Join practitioners Amy Kaawaloa and Malia Macabio as they continue to perpetuate this beautiful Hawaiian craft and share the intricacies of weaving lauhala. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.


When: Sat., Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Where: The Kahuku Unit is located on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. Meet near the parking area.  

Kahuku Junior Ranger Day.Keiki of all ages are invited to join park rangers and explore the park’s southernmost section of Kahuku, in Ka‘ū. Connect the culture, people, and ‘āina through ‘oli, GPS, and compass on a short and easy walk. See, smell and touch a variety of kalo as Sam and Edna Baldado share their love for the many varieties and uses of this native staple food. Bring a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, hat, long pants, jacket and closed-toe shoes. At least one adult must accompany the children. The event and lunch are free, but registration is required. Call (808) 985-6019 by Sept. 24. Co-sponsored by Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and the Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center.

Contact: Jessica Ferracane/Public Affairs Officer, jessica_ferracane@nps.gov , 808-985-6018