Some of our first whales have been spotted here on the East side of the Hawaii's Big Island! Won't you join us at Ohia House and experience the warmest of aloha. Just a 10 minute drive to our coastal area, plan a picnic, take our beach chairs, and wait. You won't have long and they'll breech for your enjoyment. We love the winter months with our seasonal visitors.
Lava Tree State Park which is situated in the Nanawale Forest Reserve, is a graphic depiction of the long-term effects of lava. Hundreds of years ago, a fast moving flow of hot lava hit this patch of wet 'O'hia trees. Lush tropical foliage now covers most of the devestation from earlier volcanic flows. Interior view of the hollow, lava tree shows impressions of the tree bark. Numerous holes in the ground are actually the base of an old, lava-encased tree. An opening in the side of a lava tree shows how the bark of the tree made it's everlasting impression in the molten lava.
The park was closed in August of this year following Hurricane Iselle when many trees fell within the park.
Located a short 5 minute drive from Ohia House,this State Park should not be missed during your stay with us!
On the Island of Hawai`i, the New Year begins at the rising of the new crescent moon following the evening rising of the Pleiades on November 17. This year, Makahiki begins on November 24.
This month's Malalo i ka Pō Lani monthly Hawaiian Culture Night presentation on Mauna Kea, is moved from Saturday to Sunday evening. This month's presentation features The Maile Sisters, ki`i hula (Hawaiian puppets) which will help to tell the story of the Makahiki, the Hawaiian New Year season.
The story of the Makahiki in chant, song, and hula. Included will be the story of “How `Iole Saved Hawai`i,” a traditional tale in which a Hawaiian rat leaps to the stars to save the people from starvation.
Leilehua, an award-winning storyteller, and the rest of the “cast,” will be available after the presentation answer questions. Attendees also are encouraged to enjoy stargazing on the lanai of the Visitor Information Station.
The one-hour program takes place at the Ellison Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Malalo o ka Po Lani program at 6:00 pm in the facility’s lecture hall.
Each month, a different Cultural Practitioner shares perspectives on an aspect of Hawaiian culture, history, and or arts relating to the natural history of Maunakea. The “Malalo o ka Po Lani” cultural program is held on the third Saturday of every month in the Ellison Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station’s presentation room at the 9,300 ft eleveation on Mauna Kea. For more information on programs at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station please visit our web site: www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/vis or call us at (808) 961-2180. Aloha.