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What’s Happening with the Volcano?

 On December 20, 2020 Hale'mau'mau Crater began filling with lava again.  I remember that evening before we went to bed, the dogs were acting restless and we had an earthquake.  We were exhausted so we drifted right off to sleep.  A few hours later, around 12:30 I woke up.  Curious about the magnitude of the earthquake we had, I opened my phone to Volcano’s trusty coconut wireless, Facebook, and before my eyes were post after post about Kilauea erupting again!  I couldn’t believe it and I was so excited Madam Pele was blessing us  with her with her presence once again! I woke Randy up and said “Rand, Hale'mau'mau is erupting again! Look!” “Huh?” he groggily replied.   “When…?” “It just started at 9ish after the earthquake.” I said. “Should we go?” he asked. “I think we should.” I said excitedly. So, we got up at 12:45 am drove five minutes to the park and watched the lava pouring back into the crater.   Steam was heavy as the lava dissolved the water lake th

Glamping is coming to VAR!

  OMG I am so excited about the next chapter at VAR!   While we were closed due to COVID, I was working a 9-5.   One morning I realized we have hardly seen anyone, we haven’t traveled, we haven’t gone camping and I need a break!   I ordered a tent, air mattress and folding chairs on Walmart.com, picked it up on my way home, and that night Randy cooked under the stars and we slept on the most uncomfortable deflating air mattress ever!   But from that night my vow to bring Glamping to VAR was born!   Ok, honestly, it’s something I had been thinking about for quite some time, but never really put it into action because we were always so busy running multiple properties.   In hindsight, I am not sure how we did it, but the pandemic did have a way of putting what is important for the future into focus.   Part of the charm and the whimsy of Glamping is having all the amenities and modern creature comforts you want but being close to nature and its beauty.    “Lucky we live Hawaii” is a man

Re-Opening (For real this time!) We look forward to welcoming you back!!

  We sincerely hope all our past and future guests are remaining safe during these uncertain times! The past 8 months have certainly changed the way we have been living, interacting and even working.  The only thing that hasn't changed is Lucy manages to get into everything all the time! As most of you remember, we managed to survive the slowdown of tourism in 2018 when Kilauea erupted in Leilani Estates.  Just as we were starting to figure out what the “new normal” would look like COVID- 19 erupted around the world.  Just like many of our friends, colleagues, and small businesses around our island we have struggled to make it this far, but here we are still standing and ready to welcome back visitors, although with social distancing in mind for the protection of everyone.  Our official reopening date will be November 2, 2020. We plan to open slowly, with only one room for now, which will be Lehua Ranch Retreat.  This our 2 bedroom bungalow which is cozy enough for a family of

COVID 19- Reopening Update

We sincerely hope all our past and future guests are remaining safe during these uncertain times.   We feel so fortunate to be living on the Big Island of Hawaii but miss our family and friends on the mainland and abroad.   We are not sure when we may see you again, but we know we eventually will.   As most of you remember, we managed to survive the slowdown of tourism in 2018 when Kilauea erupted in Leilani Estates.   Just as we were starting to figure out what the “new normal” would look like COVID- 19 erupted around the world.   We have been hanging on hoping to re-open, but not too early as we still want to protect our island home and think about not only our neighbors, but our future guests. The state of Hawaii is still requiring a 14 day quarantine for out of state visitors, but starting August 1 st they will waive the 14 day quarantine if you take a valid COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to your trip and show proof of a negative result.    We are committed to reopening

County Orders Vacation Rentals, B&Bs, Time Shares to Cease Operations during COVID-19 Emergency​ 4/10/2020

FYI: We look forward to welcoming our guests back when the time is right. If you have booked through a third party website such as Expedia, Hotels.Com, Orbitz, etc You do need to cancel your reservation with them directly to obtain a refund as they currently hold your funds. If you have booked with us directly we will send you a cancellation email, we have not yet charged credit cards for future reservations so no refunds are due at this time. Stay safe, washy washy & no t ouchy touchy! We will see you when it's safe to reopen paradise!  County Orders Vacation Rentals, B&Bs, Time Shares to Cease Operations during COVID-19 Emergency​ The County of Hawai‘i has ordered vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts and time shares to cease operations and advertising during the period specified in Governor Ige’s Emergency Proclamations. The order, the Mayor’s COVID-19 Emergency Rule #1, is effective Monday, April 13, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and will continue throughout the CO

COVID 19- Suspension of Business

Aloha! We know these are unprecedented and uncertain times.   We have been monitoring the world and our islands and waited until now to decide about how to handle our business moving forward for the short term.   In order to ensure the safety of our island home, neighbors and future guests we have decided to cease operations for the time being.   If you have a reservation with us that you haven’t yet canceled and are already on island we will honor your reservation with a few small changes.    At all our properties, arrangements will need to be made for self check in.   We will not be able to greet you and show you to your room as we have in the past.    If you have booked one of our Bed and Breakfasts, we will offer breakfast to go.   We will not offer our usual group breakfast until further notice.   Out of respect for all guests if you are at the property we ask you stay in your room and do not congregate in the usual group areas such as the living room or dining room.  

Hurricane Season 2019

I feel like I blog or post about this every year, but considering most of our guests are new to the islands each year it seems important to revisit important information.  For  our guests  traveling to Hawaii June through November, we want to share with you some information about Hurricane season, specifically as it relates to us on the Big Island. The Big Isand of Hawai‘i is not immune to hurricanes but thanks to its large volcanic mountains, Mauna Loa and Muana Kea, they help obstruct approaching storms, diverting them around the island which means we may get rain and wind, but in a much more subdued than one would expect.  Of course, in the vast Pacific Ocean, even the Big Island represents a pretty small target for the center of a tropical cyclone.    There are several reasons why this happens so often.  Drier, more stable air from the subtropical high to the northeast of Hawaii eventually inhibits thunderstorms from persisting and remaining clustered near the cyclone's