May 21, 2007

Aloha From Sunny Puako!

Puako Sunset (Resized)

Hello and Good Afternoon~

Today I thought I would share with all of you our lovely expereince watching the sunset from Puako on Friday evening. We were invited down to one of our rental properties by the guests to join them for sunset and it was magical! We even saw a green flash! For those of you that have not expereinced one, you should, as it is one of Mother Nature’s great wonders! The air was clean and fresh as it was blowing off the ocean and there were hardly any clouds, making for a perfect picturesque setting! We were surrounded by great company, great fun, beautiful scenery, and delicious food all at the beach! I know that this is what draws people to Puako time and time again. There really is not many places like Puako, it is the only oceanfront residential community on the entire Kohala Coast. The street is filled with houses on both sides making it feel like a real neighborhood and it is right on the water! I don’t think you can get much closer than that! If you are staying on the ocean in Puako at one of the many places we have available for rent you will get to experience many beautiful sunsets and each one is different. One never tires of the amazing sunsets Puako and Hawaii have to offer!

May 11, 2007

Aloha & Welcome to our 1st Blog From Puako!

We would like to extend a warm hello to you from sunny Puako on this Beautiful Aloha Friday! Today, we are begining our journey into the online world of blogging and we are quite excited! We thought we would start with an introduction about Puako which is where our office is along with many of our lovely homes for Vacation Rentals(check-out the link to our website on the right)! Puako is the sunniest place in the state with only 8″ of rain per year. This oceanfront community is nestled between the Mauna Kea Beach Resort and the Mauna Lani Resort on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. With a rich prehistoric past marked by its famous petroglyph fields, Puako offers tranquility and privacy, with sunny, balmy days and clear, starry nights. The reef and water along Puako are pristine and offer the opportunity to swim, dive and snorkel with sea turtles and other amazing ocean creatures.

The translation of Puako is literally Puako”sugar cane blossom”- pua (blossom) and ko (sugar cane). The area was settled by the Hawaiians, who established several small fishing villages along the coast. Puako has a rich history of petroglyph art. There are approximately 3,000 petroglyphs scattered throughout the Puako Archaelogical Fields. These pictures etched into the dark lava rock that permeate the Kohala and Kona Coasts give a fascinating glimpse into ancient Hawaii. Access to the Puako Petroglyph Park is through the adjacent Mauna Lani Resort. Back in the old days you could access them along the coast!

The Puako Marine Preseve is a protected enviroment for endangered sea life that includes sea turtles, monk seals, exotic corals, and many varieties of colorful reef fish. The Preserve provides for an exceptional diving experience. The incredible clarity of the water is due to a substantial infusion of fresh water and strong currents. The green sea turtles that inhabit the Preserve have been tracked by satellite all the way to the French Frigate shoals, some 1500 miles away, where they lay their eggs. They are a protected species and should not be bothered or disturbed in any way. Dolphins play and whales breach the surface in the deeper water beyond the reef shelf. Puako is a breeding area for humpback whales on their annual migration to Hawaii from their Alaska feeding grounds. The young whales are quite active and safe from predators and mankind. Puako is a safe haven for all!

Just North of Puako Is Hapuna Beach State Park, home to the best white sand beach on the Big Island! The water at Hapuna is infused with fresh water from Mauna Kea Volcano, and it is clear and refreshing with seasonal surfing during the winter months. This is a very easy beach to get to and is great for kids! You can also find these beaches close by: Spencer Beach Park, Mauna Kea Beach, and Anaeho’omalu at the Waikoloa Beach Resort.

There are also 7 championship golf courses in the area at Waikoloa Village, Mauna Kea Resort, Mauna Lani Resort, The Waikoloa Beach Resort and at the Waimea Country Club in Kamuela.

Deep sea fishing, whale watching, diving, snorkeling, and boogie boarding at Paniau at the end of Puako Beach Drive are some of the fun things to do during your visit or relocation to Puako!

We hope we have provided you with a glimpse into our little community and look forward to sharing our experiences with you, so stay tuned for more!

Have a great weekend!

Warmest Aloha~
Hawaii Vacation Rentals