June 20, 2013

Honu (green sea turtles)

Honu (green sea turtles) are native to the Hawaiian Islands and can be found in our shallow coastal waters. Here at Puako Beach, the turtles commonly swim into the shallow waters to feed on the limu (algae) growing on the bottom. Sometimes they crawl out of the water onto the rocks or the beach to bask or sunbathe, usually during the daylight hours. This basking is unique to Hawaiian green turtles and is a naturally occurring behavior.

Although sea turtles live most of their lives in the ocean, adult females must return to land in order to lay eggs. Scientists believe that nesting females return to the same beach on which they were born. Sea turtles often travel long distances, up to 800 miles, from their feeding grounds to their nesting beaches. The eggs of the turtles arthe size of ping-pong balls and have leathery shells. Turtles lay an average of 100 eggs in a nest dug in the sand.

Green turtles are protected by both state and federal laws as a threatened species. That makes it illegal to disturb or handle them in any way. Fines can be imposed for disturbing any sea turtle. If you see turtles being captured, harmed, harassed or killed, please call the Enforcement Division of the National Marine Fisheries Service at 808-974-6208. After business hours , please dial 0 and ask for “enterprise 5469″ You can aid in sea turtle recovery by reporting nesting or basking activities and dead, sick, injured or stranded turtles to the Honolulu Laboratory of the National Marine Fisheries Service at 808-943-1276 or 943-1221.

If you see turtles basking, it is important that you do not bother them. They will crawl back into the water on their own when they are ready. Please enjoy the beauty and wonderful creature, be it above or below the water.

Malama Na Honu———- (Take care of the turtles)

You will always see turtles here in Puako. Please follow all rules when staying at a Vacation Rental here on the Big Island.

Thank you– MahaloHonu in Puako Hawaiian Sea Turtles

June 19, 2013

Over 20 years of experience on Island of Hawaii

With over 20 years of experience on island,Hawaii Vacation Rentals is the best choice for creating your dream vacation. If you’re looking for a low-key, outdoorsy holiday in Hawaii or a 5 star Luxury Villa, the Big Island is the tropical sanctuary you seek. For the health-conscious travelers, adventure loving enthusiasts, and romantic traveling, or large family travel groups, Hawaii is a perfect destination spot. Enjoy activities such as hiking, kayaking, deep-sea fishing, diving, snorkeling and much more! We strive to bring you the best that the Big Island can provide and hope to create a great working relationship with our guests. Create your dream vacation with Hawaii Vacation Rentals Luxury programs. Call us today at 808-882-7000 or (800)332-7081 visit us online at www.vacation big island.com so we can help you on your way to a wonderful vacation experience.

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June 14, 2013

Farmer’s Market all over the islands tomorrow

Puako Pattie goes to Farmer's Market every saturday

Great Local Produce and rare Hawaiian treats

There’s no better way to experience the amazing cultural diversity of Hawaii Island than to visit one of the many farmers’ markets that take place all around the island. You can’t beat the prices or the selection. You’ll find fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables used in Hawaii Regional Cuisine, exotic varieties that are as intriguing as they are tasty (dragon fruit, anyone?), plus an eclectic Hawaii-only collection of prepared foods such as Portuguese malasadas (doughnuts), Korean kim chee (spicy pickled cabbage), Filipino lumpia (fritters) and of course, Hawaiian poi (sticky, but very healthy).

If that sounds tempting, wait till you see the local-style plate lunches with heaping portions of delicious entrees like teriyaki steak and chicken katsu (Japanese-style fried chicken) served with rice and salad.

Our local farmers’ markets are also a great place to pick up handmade artwork, unique gifts and packaged foods and strike up a conversation with the person who made them. And the flowers? Get some for your room! Our advice: go early and take your time.

Hilo’s Farmers’ Market
Wed., Sat., 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mon., Tues., Thurs., Sun., 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Corner of Kamehameha Ave. and Mamo St.

Keaau Village Market
Daily, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
16-0550 Old Volcano Rd.

Mamo Street Market
Daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mamo Parking Lot

The Market Place
Wed., Sat., 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Across from the Hilo Farmers’ Market
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June 12, 2013

Great information from Hawaii Visitors Bureau on Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Watch the landscape change before your very eyes at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Located 30 miles southwest of Hilo, this is the home of Kilauea volcano, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. The chance to witness the primal process of creation and destruction make this park one of the most popular visitor attraction in Hawaii and a sacred place for Native Hawaiians.

Founded in 1916, the Park encompasses 333,000 acres from the summit of Maunaloa to the sea. Here you’ll find 150 miles of hiking trails through volcanic craters, scalded deserts and rainforests as well as a museum, petroglyphs, a walk-in lava tube and two active volcanoes: Maunaloa, which last erupted in 1984 and Kilauea which has been erupting since January 3rd, 1983. The extraordinary natural diversity of the park was recognized in 1980 when it was named a World Biosphere site by UNESCO and in 1987 when the park was again honored as a World Heritage site.

Kilauea is sometimes called “the world’s only drive-in volcano.” This prolific volcano currently produces 250,000-650,000 cubic yards of lava per day, enough to resurface a 20-mile-long, two-lane road daily. As of January 1994, 491 acres of new land have been created on Hawaii Island. The current eruption may last another 100 years or stop tomorrow. Pele, the volcano goddess who lives here, is very unpredictable. But the chance to watch Kilauea’s blistering lava flows meet the sea (click here for Kalapana viewing update) is just one of the reasons to visit. Here are other essential Park attractions:

Kilauea Visitor Center
Open daily: 7:45 am to 5 pm
Begin your visit at the Kilauea Visitor Center where you can watch an hourly film from 9 am to 4 pm to introduce you to the park. Ranger talks are offered and ranger-guided activities can be scheduled. Pick up maps, learn about the park’s hikes and get the latest eruption updates here.

Crater Rim Drive
Crater Rim Drive is the 10.6-mile drive that circles Kilauea Caldera. Driving around this loop will take you to the park’s main attractions: the Kilauea overlook, Jaggar Museum, Halemaumau Crater, Devastation Trail, Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook and the Thurston Lava Tube.
Thomas A. Jaggar Museum
Open daily: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Thomas A. Jaggar pioneered the study of volcanology here at Kilauea. Here you can find geologic displays, maps and videos about the study of volcanoes.

Halemaumau Crater
Steam vents plume from this massive crater, known as the home of Pele, the volcano goddess. In 1967, this crater was filled with a lake of lava that eventually drained away. Great respect should be paid at this sacred site.

Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Walk through a 500-year old lava cave formed when an underground channel of molten lava drained from its cooled walls forming a massive, hollow chamber. A tropical rainforest awaits you at the end of the tube.

Puu Oo Vent
Currently Kilauea’s lava activity isn’t centered in its caldera (the large depression at the top of the volcano) but at the Puu Oo vent in the East Rift Zone. Puu Oo’s lava flood underground tubes that empty dramatically into the sea. You can watch this spectacle at the end of Chain of Craters Road or get a closer look from the new Kalapana viewing site outside the park.

Chain of Craters Road
Ranger station open daily: 10:00 am to 9 pm
Veering south of Crater Rim Drive is Chain of Craters Road. This 3,700-foot drive eventually ends where a lava flow has literally overtaken the road.

Volcano House
The Volcano House hotel overlooking Halemaumau Crater has been operating since it was a grass shack in 1846. Even Mark Twain once stayed here on his visit to Hawaii. The hotel has recently undergone renovations and is open under new management.

Be prepared on your visit. Bring food and water since there are no facilities in the park. Dress appropriately with shoes, long pants, and a jacket. Bring binoculars and a flashlight at night. And don’t forget your camera.

For your safety, please stay on marked routes, heed all warning signs, and stay out of restricted areas. There is a danger of harmful volcanic gases and unstable land in these areas.

Finally, allow plenty of time for your trip. To maximize your experience consider staying at the Volcano House, in the nearby Volcano Village, or Hilo, which is only 45 minutes away. The drive to and from Kona is about 3 hours each way.

 http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/ – For daily Kilauea eruption updates, (808) 967-7328
 http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/cams/KIcam/ – For a live view of Halemaumau Crater
 http://www.lavainfo.us/ – For Hawaii County Civil Defense updates, (808) 935-0031

www.VacationBigIsland.com come for a visit

 www.VacationBigIsland.com come for a visit

June 10, 2013

Mauna Lani Fairways a great place to stay long term or while building your new home

The Town Homes at the Mauna Lani Fairways are always a great place to stay. If you need a place for your builders or a home to stay in while your home is in construction or remodel you will be happy with all the great benefits of the area. Enjoy world class golf and diving all within the resort area of the Mauna Lani. Contact Pattie Freeman if you would like to see a unit or talk to her about purchasing a town home and listing it with www.VacationBigIsland.com

Mauna Lani Fairways a great place to stay www.VacationbigIsland.com

Mauna Lani Fairways a great place to stay www.VacationbigIsland.com

The Mauna Lani Fairways # 905 is a new condominium with 3 bedrooms combining modernity and luxury with first class appliances and beautiful tropical furniture. The beautiful Fairmont Orchid Resort an beach are walking distance as well as a swimming pool all surrounded by world-class golf courses, spas, tennis court and fitness center. Be sure to visit the Mauna Lani Shops nearby where you will find a great grocery store, shops and restaurants. Tennis, golf, spa are all nearby within the Mauna Lani Resort.

June 7, 2013

Great blog about Pattie Freeman in Puako Hawaii



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June 5, 2013

Fine Design Interiors Hawaii is an award winning and published design firm working with our Vacation Rental Homes

Shirley Wagner can help you in designing the perfect Vacation Rental here in Hawaii. She has designed many of the home interiors for Hawaii Vacation Rentals, and continually brings a true island feel to our owner’s homes.

Fine Design Interiors Hawaii is an award winning and published design firm, specializing in residential interiors.

Recent design projects include: a Modern Minimalist Beach house on the Kohala coast; a resort home at Hokulia in Kailua-Kona; a home overlooking Waipio Valley on Hawaii Island; a historic home on Diamond Head in Honolulu; a residence at Mauna Kea Fairways; a resort home at the Mauna Lani Cape; several Mauna Kea Villas; a few beach houses in Puako; a lake front home in Bellevue, Washington; an Oakland Hills residence in California, and a summer residence on Lake Tahoe.

Shirley Wagner of Fine Design Interiors

Shirley Wagner of Fine Design Interiors

June 4, 2013

Relocating to Hawaii? Stay in a Vacation Rental while you wait

If you are looking for a great place to stay while you remodel or purchase a new home you might want to stay in Puako across the street from the ocean. For example a condo in Puako can sleep up to 6 people.

Stay in a great condo in Puako , Hawaii

Stay in a great condo in Puako , Hawaii

Step into this sunny and bright condo located directly across the street from the ocean in the quaint neighborhood of Puako on the beautiful Kohala Coast of the Big Island! Enjoy the impeccable views of the ocean and the surrounding mountains on the 4th floor of this condo. The tropical lush landscaping awaits you! This condo is well maintained and boasts a light, clean and airy feeling! Enjoy the nostalgic feeling with some of the owner`s original furnishings. Full Kitchen, wireless internet connection, ceiling and oscillating fans, washer and dryer, electric barbeque on lanai, 2 king bedrooms and 1 bedroom with 2 twin beds pool, full ocean and mountain views, assigned parking space, elevator, beach access with an abundance of tide pools, snorkeling, and green sea turtles. Puako General Store next door; located near world class golf, tennis, and beach resorts and restaurants.HUD

June 3, 2013

Showing this week only home under 1 million dollars in the Heathers section of Kohala Ranch

This home is unique in the Heathers section of Kohala Ranch. Situated on 1.80 acres of land. The smaller size of the lot allows the owner to enjoy a private oasis of landscaping and easy maintenance. Home boasts of easy living floor plan on one level. Perfectly designed for full time or part time living, the home has been successfully used as a vacation rental as well when the owner is not in residence; perfect for seeking an incredible retreat.
The Heathers of Kohala Ranch Big island, hawaii

MLS 255098 2,290 sqft / 3 Bedrooms / 2 Baths
• 800 sqft Covered Lanai • 1.18 Acres Beautifully Landscaped • Hot Tub / Spa with lovely options
for a pool • Impeccable views and year round
sunsets • Minutes from world class resorts and
beaches • Established vaction rental history • Incredible weather & sunsets • CPR Lot
Rebecca Keliihoomalu
Real Estate Broker
808.895.1156 rebecca at macarthurhawaii.com
Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated. MacArthur & Company Sotheby’s International
Realty 65-1279 Kawaihae Road Suite 105 Kamuela, Hawaii 96743 bigislandreale.com

Private Oasis for Sale

Private Oasis for Sale