Hawaii Travel Tips

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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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,...

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Mayday call off Mexico picked up in Hawaii

Posted by on Mar 22, 2011 in Big Island Hawaii, Coast Guard, Ham Radio, KH6RC, Leilani Bed and Breakfast, man and dog rescue, March 21, rescue, sailboat | 0 comments

Mayday call off Mexico picked up in Hawaii

Sometimes being in the right place at the right time can make a huge impact. Randy was listening on the maritime net March 21st, and heard a mayday call. A boat in distress off the coast of Mexico, approximately 120 miles west of Ensenada was putting out a mayday call. Due to vessel problems his signal was very weak, and Randy – KH6RC – from his ham radio station here at Leilani Bed and Breakfast on the Big Island Hawaii, was the only person who was able to pick up the weak mayday call from the sailboat. Rex – KC5AGO , in...

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A Tail of Two Turtles

Posted by on Dec 13, 2010 in Big Island Hawaii, Green Sea Turtles, Kona, Leilani Bed and Breakfast, watching, whale | 0 comments

A Tail of Two Turtles

Randy and I went to the National Park adjacent to the north side of Honokahau Harbor and walked along the beach for a little break from running errands. We generally make a weekly trip from Ocean View to Kona to stock up for our Leilani Bed & Breakfast guests. It was extremely low tide and we must have seen at least 20 green sea turtles feeding on the bottom of the reef in the shallows. We have been told since that they were all females; the males don’t come in close to shore like that. What we discovered is that they get quite...

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Revisiting a favorite place on the Big Island of Hawaii

Posted by on Sep 18, 2010 in Big Island Hawaii, Black Sand Beach, Green Sea Turtles, Leilani Bed and Breakfast | 0 comments

Revisiting a favorite place on the Big Island of Hawaii

Randy and I finally replaced our “old” digital camera with a new one with much better resolution. To try it out, we went to one of our favorite stomping grounds, Black Sand Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is just a short drive from the Leilani Bed and Breakfast. It was late in the afternoon and the sun and shadows were really great. So, what do you think?   The first two are of the fresh water pond, just behind the beach. And of course for the last picture, I had to shoot one of my wonderful friends, this amazing green...

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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...

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Amateur Radio Operators and Coast Guards Worldwide Cooperate to Perform MAYDAY Rescue

Posted by on Apr 24, 2008 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

At 03:00Z on the Saturday Pacific seafarers ham radio net, controller Randy KH6RC in his Ocean View, Hawaii radio shack, received a relay from Patricia ZL2RK aboard SV Chameleon, at Aur Atoll in the Marshall Islands. She had contacted RCC New Zealand at 02:45z to declare a MAYDAY for SV Windswept, a 62 foot trimaran. The trimaran had been dismasted [80ft mast] in the Marshal Islands. There were two people on board, husband and wife, both in there 70’s. They had communicated with SV Chameleon by marine SSB, as they do not have a ham...

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Rare DX Station

Posted by on Dec 19, 2007 in Big Island, DX Radio, Ham Radio, Hawaii | 0 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...

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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...

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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 | 0 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 &...

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