Big Island Hawaii

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 Germany are the biggest fans of our local Hawaiian...

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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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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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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 Stonewall, Texas, was able to hear Randy’s...

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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 territorial over their terrain of algae, and when...

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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 sea turtle. I would say I see a turtle about 85% of...

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