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Not just for the birds – Kipuka Puaulu Trail in the HI Volcanoes Nat. Park Bird Sanctuary

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Big Island, Big Island Hawaii, birding, Hawaii, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hike, hiking trails | 0 comments

Not just for the birds – Kipuka Puaulu Trail in the HI Volcanoes Nat. Park Bird Sanctuary

This trail is through a beautiful, natural bird sanctuary in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawii, but even if you are not a birder, like Randy and I, it is one of the most pleasant hiking trails we have been on. It is a short, easy 1.2 mile walk, with a pretty even grade. It is so shady with old growth trees that is a wonderful respite from the hot lava flows. And it is so educational, both culturally and botanically, with signs showing indigenous plants and which indigenous  birds feed on them. For real birding, an early hike or late afternoon would be prime time to...

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What’s up with all the rain on Hawaii Island?

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Affordable Hawaii Vacation | 0 comments

What’s up with all the rain on Hawaii Island?

Yes, in this El Niño  year, Hawaii Island has been getting its fair share of rains. One after another, tropical storms have been parading past the whole island chain. Fortunately, none have landed and the storms from the outskirts of the whirling weather usually weaken by the time they affect us. Some flooding has occurred on other islands, but this island is still very young, with lots of surface lava to absorb the rains. Locals are impatient for the trade winds to return and reduce the humidity. But we are also blessed with a magnificent greening of the island from all the rain, a great...

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Planning a Hawaiian Honeymoon?

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Affordable Hawaii Vacation | 0 comments

Planning a Hawaiian Honeymoon?

The summer edition of “New York Magazine” contains an article on on what they call “once in a life-time road trips” for honeymooners. And among these 5 best places? The Big Island of Hawaii is top of the list! For each destination, they present a suggested itinerary. For the Big Island they recommend a day in Kona, and then using Leilani Bed and Breakfast as your base for two days, to explore this remote and exciting end of the island. We learned all of this from our guest honeymooners, who told us that they were doing the complete itinerary from the article, only...

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Where to Stay in Hawaii

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Big Island, Big Island Hawaii, Inter island travel, Leilani Bed and Breakfast, The Big Island Revealed, vacation of your dreams in Hawaii | 0 comments

Where to Stay in Hawaii

…make a list of what you want to see and do based on your own personal preferences and interests, and then prioritize them. Then organize the list by island, and see if it makes sense for the amount of total time you have.

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New Air Service from Anchorage and CA to Kona

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 in Affordable Hawaii Vacation | 0 comments

New Air Service from Anchorage and CA to Kona

Alaska Airlines’ new seasonal service from Anchorage, Alaska to Kona starts on November 10, 2012. The nonstop, once-a-week flight will run through April 7, 2013. The airline also operates a daily flight from Seattle, Washington, Oakland and San Jose, California, and seasonal service from Portland, Oregon, into Kona. For more information on Alaska Airlines, visit...

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