July brought our area so much rain this year, very unusual, then in early August Hurricane Iselle hit our Island home. The area surrounding Pahoa suffered quite a bit of damage, we were one of the fortunate ones with very little landscaping damage, none to the home and Bed and Breakfast. We were also fortunate in that the guests coming for their honeymoon, still came. They were so gracias as all of our guests are, but took it with stride as we did not have electricity for 7 days. This impacts water, as with no electricity, there is not running water. Two days into their stay, electricity and water was restored.
Following the storm we have had a beautiful summer, yielding so much luscious fruit and colorful orchids. Our passion flower/lilikoi has had an abundance of fruit this year resulting in homemade lilikoi butter that to date our guests have enjoyed with everything served!
As you may have heard: Madame Pele is still on the move, although the latest lava flow from Kilauea is not flowing into the ocean as we all like to see, she is instead heading toward our little town of Pahoa! Our strong community is preparing for the potential impact of the lava and County, State and Federal partners are working on providing necessary access in the event that Highway 130 may be cut off by the flow. Additional access roads are now ready and last week they started reestablishing the South access of Chain of Crater’s Road, in the future this may become a South entrance to the National Park!
We are safely about 7 miles from the active flow and are currently open and will continue to welcome guests. We will keep each of you posted as conditions should change.
Rick & Cindy
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park would like to invite everyone to join us and volunteer and help protect the park’s native ecology on National Public Lands Day, Sat., Sept. 27. Everyone gets in for free, and volunteers at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will receive a free pass to use on another day of their choosing.
Stewardship at the Summit. Join Park Ecologist David Benitez and volunteers Paul and Jane Field , and remove Himalayan ginger from the summit of Kīlauea. While pretty and fragrant, Himalayan (also called kāhili) ginger is one of the most invasive plants in the park, and on earth. It’s listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as one of the 100 World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species. The park strives to protect the rainforest habitat of native birds and plants, but Himalayan ginger takes over the native rainforest understory, making it impossible for the next generation of forest to grow, and it crowds out many native plants, including pa‘iniu (a Hawaiian lily), ‘ama‘u fern, and others. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, sunscreen, raingear, snacks, and water. Loppers/gloves provided. No advance registration required.
When: Sat., Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center
Highway 11 Beautification
Join Park Ranger Nainoa Keana‘aina and pick up trash along the stretch of Highway 11 that runs through the park. Meet Ranger Nainoa at Mile Marker 40, approximately 12 miles from the entrance on the Ka‘ū side of the park. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, sunscreen, raingear, snacks, gloves, and water. Rubbish bags and safety vests provided. No advance registration required.
When: Sat., Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Meet Ranger Nainoa on Highway 11 at Mile Marker 40
Kīlauea Iki Ecology Hike.
Ranger Dean Gallagher will guide a four-mile, three-hour moderately difficult hike through rainforest into Kīlauea Iki crater, and explain why protecting this diverse ecosystem thriving at the summit of erupting Kīlauea Volcano is so important. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, sunscreen, raingear, snacks, and water. No advance registration required.
When: Sat., Sept. 27, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Meet Ranger Dean at Kīlauea Overlook
Just a short two hour drive from Ohia House Bed and Breakfast over Saddle Rd.
Free Admission to the Kona Coffee Living History Farm for kama`aina 17 years old and under when you show your Hawaii ID/Hawaii driver’s license/Hawaii school ID between June 2 and August 29. Learn about the lifestyle of Kona’s coffee pioneers and stop the summer brain drain!*
The Kona Coffee Living History Farm is a 5.5 acre historic coffee farm first homesteaded in 1900 and is the only living history coffee farm in the nation. It brings the coffee pioneer’s story to life by depicting the daily lives of early Japanese immigrants during the period of 1920-1945. Visitors may walk through the coffee and macadamia nut orchards, tour the historic farmhouse, talk story with the interpreters and visit with the donkey and chickens. A “living history” program tells their story through the use of historic buildings, artifacts, and authentic landscapes. Living history gives students and visitors an opportunity to experience history “brought to life” by costumed interpreters who demonstrate traditional crafts, agricultural activities, and the everyday tasks of people from the past.
The Farm is open for tours and 100% Kona coffee sales Monday—Friday, with the gate opening at 10:00am and closing at 2:00pm. Be sure to be there by 1:00pm so that you have enough time for a full tour.
Making breakfast for our guests is one of my greatest joys! I love the challenge of the different dietary needs of today! Our abundance of tropical and unique fruit in Hawaii, make it easy! Join us and see!
Ulana Lauhala. Learn to weave a decorative star from leaves of the pandanus tree. Lau hala are used to create a wide array of attractive, useful, and traditional Hawaiian arts and crafts. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai
When: wed., July 9 from 10 a.m. to noon
Carl Ray Villaverde in Concert. Multi-talented musician and Hilo native Carl Ray Villaverde has returned to Hawai‘i Island! Listen to him perform in this rare concert opportunity. After spending more than a decade on the mainland teaching ‘ukulele and guitar at Santa Barbara City College and performing throughout California, Carl returns to the islands with his new CD, Hawaiian Magic, on sale at the show. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free, and your $2 donation helps support After Dark programs.
When: Tues., June 24 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium