Hawaii

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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A New Hidden Gem on the Island

Posted by on Jan 22, 2010 in Hawaii, Lapakahi State Park, Leilani Bed and Breakfast, whale | 0 comments

A New Hidden Gem on the Island

Randy and I made a day trip up to the north end of the island to see exceptionally large waves that had been reported. As it turned out, the waves seemed to have reached the island of Oahu and stopped, for the ones we saw were only a few feet. However, our adventure turned out great. We found a small state park that we had not previously visited, Lapakahi State Park. It is the ruins of an ancient Hawaiian settlement of fishermen and farmers. It was originally settled in the 1300’s. The location is exquisite, right on the waterfront with beautiful little coves. There is a two mile trail...

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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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