Monday, March 31, 2014

After Dark in Volcanoe's National Park

Coming next Tuesday, April 8, mark your calendars! Adventures in the Philippines. Experience the Philippines through the eyes of Ranger Adrian Boone, who visited last November as Typhoon Haiyan bore down on the island nation. His travels included several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the 2,000-year-old Banaue Rice Terraces and Puerta Princesa Subterranean River National Park. He explored the hanging coffins of Sagada, the limestone caves of Sumaguing, northern Luzon, Manila, the ancient Spanish city Vigan in Ilocos Sur, and much more! Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free, and your $2 donation helps support After Dark programs. When: Tues., April 8, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Friday, March 28, 2014

Come Help Count Humpback Whales from Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park encourages volunteers to register to help count humpback whales during the final 2014 Sanctuary Ocean Count held this Saturday, March 29, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ka‘ena Point, located near the end of Chain of Craters Road in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, is one of Hawai‘i Island’s 21 Sanctuary Ocean Count sites. It is the first pullout along the ocean, close to the end of the road – about a 45-minute drive from the park entrance. Bring a cushion or chair to sit on, snacks, sun and rain protection. Binoculars are optional. Check in with Sanctuary Ocean Count site leader, Park Ranger Adrian Boone. Volunteers on shore monitor humpbacks in nearshore waters for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Residents and visitors look forward to this yearly event which provides important population and distribution information about humpback whales around the Hawaiian Islands. The Sanctuary Ocean Count is an ideal opportunity for the community and the park to work together as stewards of the ocean. These splendid creatures swim more than 2,000 miles to Hawai‘i from Arctic waters every winter, and the annual count is one way to observe and record their behavior and ensure their future. Ohia House Bed and Breakfast is only a short drive to the National Park with large well appointed private accommodations.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Beautiful day & breakfast

A stellar day here on the Big Island of Hawaii, are you ready for fresh fruit, mango & yogurt parfaits, with warm vanilla strawberry scones?  

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring is on the way

Hawaii Island is making way for spring.  We notice buds  begining to open on the gardenias which line our winding driveway.  I finished planting the garden in my greenhouse.  The Hilo side readies for upcoming Merrie Monarch.  I love this time of year!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

April is just around the corner, and....

Before you know it Hilo, Hawaii will be overflowing with aloha and hula. The 51st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival will be held from April 20 to 26 in Hilo. The festival is regarded as Hawaii's most respected hula celebration and competition with week-long festivities including exhibitions, musical entertainment, arts and crafts fairs and the Miss Aloha Hula Competition, as well as kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) hula competitions.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Coming this March at Volcano Art Center on the Big Island of Hawaii

An award-winning wood lathe artist, John Mydock will display his newest body of work, which represents his creative passion for turning and embellishing Hawaiian tropical hardwoods. On March 8, Mydock will demonstrate his pyrography or wood burning techniques on the porch of the Volcano Art Center Gallery from 2 - 4 pm. The exhibit runs through March 30, with the Gallery open daily from 9 am - 5 pm. The first in an experimental series of "Flash Exhibits" at Hale Ho'omana, will run from March 7 - 11. This exhibit will feature paintings by Margaret Stanton and sculpture by Randy Takaki. In this special exhibit, Margaret and Randy share their unique vision in painting and sculpture. Both artist's work begins in the forests of Hawai‘i Island near it’s active volcanos. Margaret’s paintings are expressive and colorful. Randy’s sculpture is mysterious and powerful. Free to the public, this Exhibition runs for five days only March 7 - 11 at Volcano Art Center’s Hale Ho’omana in Volcano Village. Hours are 9 am - 5 pm. The Opening Reception is Friday, March 7 starting at 5 pm. Music starts at 6 pm, with The Elementalz - Sherri Thal (vocals/violin/percussion) & Brent Magstadt (vocals/guitar) who combine broad horizons of musical experience for a unique blend of original alt-elemental acoustic grooves, from centered Americana to free form fusion instrumentals. On Saturday, March 8th, take in original guitar bass & drums grooves with Steve Fundy, Margaret Stanton and Maj Balej, from 6 - 8 pm. Guided nature walks through the rain forest at Niaulani are offered on Mondays at 9:30 am and Saturdays at 11:00 am. The one hour, free guided walks introduce individuals, families and groups to the most diverse, intact, and accessible, old-growth koa/ohia rain forest remaining in the entire state. No reservations are required for groups of 5 or less. For further information e-mail:

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Stunning winter day

It is a beautiful winter day here in Pahoa.  A warm 82, the new pool deck has been completed and the water warm.  You would not think it was winter here, but the old growth Ohia that surround us are all in bloom!