Sunday, November 16, 2014

Makahiki begins on November 24

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.

Friday, November 7, 2014

November 7, 2014 at Volcanoes National Park

Learn about the birth of the islands from the hotspot,and about the past eruptions that impacted Kahuku, which straddles the Southwest Rift Zone of Mauna Loa. Visitors will be able to identify various puʻu (hills) and other volcanic features, and learn about their formations. Enter the Kahuku unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5, and meet near the parking area. Sturdy footwear, water, rain gear, sun protection and a snack are recommended. Location: Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Kahaku Unit - Hwy 11 near mile marker 70.5 Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AMFee Information: Free EventContact Name: Division of InterpretationContact Email: e-mail usContact Phone Number: 808-985-6011
The Park is just a short 45 min. drive from Ohia House Bed and Breakfast. We are located in the quaint village of Pahoa, on the Big Island. The lava is still above town and not viable safely for viewing. Our town is open for business and waiting for you. Ohia House welcomes you!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pahoa Lava Update

The current flow has stalled over 400 ft. from Pahoa Village Rd. with breakouts above and moving slowly. When staying with us at Ohia House Bed & Breakfast you can experience the Pahoa lava flow first hand: we are 7 miles away from the lava flow and Pahoa, in a safe area. There is no danger of lava inundation here in Leilani Estates and currently no air quality issues. Pahoa has restaurants that are open, gas station, stores and our post office.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

This Friday at the National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii

Please come help out the park and the 'aina (land) by cutting invasive himalayan ginger (Heydechium gardnerianum) on park trails. Loppers and gloves are provided. Participants are encouraged to wear long sleeve shirts, long pants and close toed shoes. Work is often in the shade of the forest with sweet sounds of native honey creepers like 'apapane, 'amakihi and 'ōma'o above to serenade as you work. Water, snacks, rain gear and sun protection are recommended. This project is open to the public and no reservations are required. Interested people can stop by Kīlauea Visitor Center to get directions and more information. The hike is around a one mile, moderate round trip into Kīlauea caldera down the Halem'auma'u trail, leaving from Kīlauea Visitor Center. The hike involves walking over rough uneven terrain on a dirt and rock path, with up to a 400' elevation change. Location: Kīlauea Visitor Center Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Fee Information: Free event - Park entrance fees apply

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fall Update

Aloha Friends! 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. Aloha, Rick & Cindy

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Volcanoe's National Park Offers Free Entry & Volunteer Opportunities

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