Hawaii Travel Tips

Kahuku Volcanoes National Park Extended Hours

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Affordable Hawaii Vacation | 0 comments

Kahuku Volcanoes National Park Extended Hours

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s newest area, the Kahuku Section, has now extended its hours of operation to include Fridays. The park works to offer more and more accessibility over the years with limited budget for expanding infrastructure and administration. After acquisition, this area remained closed to the public for many years with no budget to open it. Then it was opened on Saturdays and Sundays for several years with the aid of many volunteers. Within the last few months, they have now added accessibility on Fridays as well. For...

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Serving Local Hawaiian Fruits

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Big Island Hawaii | 0 comments

Serving Local Hawaiian Fruits

Early on, we decided to serve local Hawaiian fruits for our continental breakfasts at Leilani Bed and Breakfast. We wanted to be sustainable and help our local farmers to thrive. What we didn’t realize at the time is how much our guests would love the fare. People from all over the world marvel at the vibrant taste of our fruits. Even if they can get the same fruits at home, they say that ours taste so much better. It makes sense, that they are so fresh, picked weekly and available at the local farmer’s market. Our guests from...

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Green Sand Beach-A Must Pu’u to See

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Affordable Hawaii Vacation | 0 comments

Green Sand Beach-A Must Pu’u to See

Leilani Bed and Breakfast is one of the few accommodations close to Green Sand Beach. In fact, it is a major attraction for many of guests. So here’s the scoop on this magnificent place. Pu’u Mahana In Hawaiian, it is called Pu’u Mahana. Pu’u means hill, or in this case cinder cone. Eroded by the sea, on one side, it forms a beautiful bay. The cone contains olivine, which eroded gives Green Sand Beach its beautiful color. One geologist who stayed with us said it is one of only two green sand beaches in the world....

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A treat for Art Enthusiast Coming to Hawaii Island

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Affordable Hawaii Vacation | 0 comments

A treat for Art Enthusiast Coming to Hawaii Island

Not something you would normally expect at a national park, but Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has an Art Center. They usually have a special exhibit every month, along with their regular displaying artists. But in addition, they have programs for the public: cultural, artistic, and educational. For many of these, your entrance fee into the park covers it. They also have the Niaulani “campus”, in Volcano Village, outside the park with other activities, including classes, concerts, and even yoga and meditation sessions. If you are...

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Bargain golf on Hawaii Island

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Affordable Hawaii Vacation | 0 comments

Bargain golf on Hawaii Island

Golf  is a major event on this island with many of the high end resorts having designer courses with pristine greens and beautiful views. A little known fact is that those of us on a budget can play golf on this island, too. We regularly go to Sea Mountain golf course at Punalu’u  Black Sand Beach. Not as spiffy as some of the other courses, but it does have a signature hole with a beautiful view of the Punalu’u bay, and you can golf for $25, cart included. This is only a 30 minute drive from the Leilani Bed and Breakfast, with...

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We are on the whale watch

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in whale | 0 comments

We are on the whale watch

Whale season is upon us again here on Hawaii Island. Friends of ours have spotted whales off Miloli’i already , about 10 miles to the north. We haven’t seen one yet, but on the look out, especially when we pass the overlook above Whittington Beach Park. This photo was taken there last year. And of course, just after my camera battery ran out of juice, a mom and baby were surfacing together and jumping in sync. It was so cute. Several years we have enjoyed Christmas by taking a picnic lunch to South Point, setting up our chairs, and...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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