Big Island

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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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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Tips For An Affordable Vacation In Hawaii

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in Affordable Hawaii Vacation, Big Island, Hawaii car rentals, Hawaii tsunami, Inter island travel, save on dining out in Hawaii, The Big Island Revealed, vacation of your dreams in Hawaii | 0 comments

Tips For An Affordable Vacation In Hawaii

With everything that is going on today, people are feeling they need a vacation more than ever. But, for the same reasons, they are feeling more challenged in being able to take a vacation. Here are some tips that we have gleaned from our guests here at Leilani Bed and Breakfast on turning these challenges into an opportunity for taking their dream vacation in Hawaii. The challenge of rising airfares: Our guests seem to be getting more for their travel dollar by taking fewer, longer vacations. That way, they spend less on airfare overall, really have an opportunity to explore their...

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Rare DX Station

Posted by on Dec 19, 2007 in Big Island, DX Radio, Ham Radio, Hawaii | 2 comments

Around 5:30 pm Thursday November 29th, Randy was on the ham radio, finishing up with the nightly role call on the pacific seafarers net. This amateur radio net caters to boats cruising near the Big Island or underway in the Pacific Ocean. Wile making the final call for vessels to join the role call he received a radio contact from a call sign that was very unfamiliar. The call sign, XU7ACQ, belongs to operator John transmitting from his station in Cambodia. Although the distance between his QTH (location) and our bed and breakfast in Hawaii (we’re located between Kona and Hilo) is not...

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Thanksgiving in Paradise

Posted by on Nov 21, 2007 in Bed and Breakfast Thanksgiving, Big Island, DX Radio, Hawaii, Hilo, Kona, Pacific Seafarers Net, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

We at the Leilani Bed & Breakfast are preparing to have a traditional gathering around the dinner table with our friends. So what is Thanksgiving in paradise like? Our menu is going to be pretty traditional, with a little contemporary touch of tropical fruits. But what we find different here is that so many open their homes to those who might otherwise be alone. We have invited some world cruisers who have just sailed to the Big Island of Hawaii, finding safe anchorage for the storm season. Randy plays an important role as one of the net control operators for the Pacific Seafarers Net...

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Whale Watching Season Is Coming Soon! – See them off of South Point

Posted by on Nov 2, 2007 in Big Island, Hawaii, humpback, watching, whale | 3 comments

Whale Watching Season Is Coming Soon! – See them off of South Point

Whale watching season is almost here. The Big Island of Hawaii gears up for the return of the humpback whales in November. These graceful mammals are always extremely entertaining to watch. Guests at our B&B love to go just down the road to South Point and watch them swim around the peninsula. It is an even bigger thrill to be at the southern most tip of the United States and see this fantastic sight at the same time. Seeing a double breech is just magical! This is just one of the local spots in the vicinity of the Leilani Bed & Breakfast where these sightings are possible from...

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