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
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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.
Kīlauea Iki looks fairly tranquil these days. But, in 1959 it was a seething lava lake, with lava fountains up to 1,900 feet. From the top of the overlook it is difficult to comprehend the scale of Kīlauea Iki. The crater is a mile long, 3,000 feet across, and the floor is 400 feet below the overlook. It is 4.5 miles roundtrip, used to be a loop trail, but damage to the trail has made this an out and back trail until further notice. It can take 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on your hiking speed, how often you stop to take pictures etc. At the entrance to the park stay in the left hand lane for the booth on the left. You will make the next immediate left after going through the booth. Follow the signs to the Kilauea Iki Overlook parking lot to begin your hike. As of right now you can only do the trail clockwise so head down the trail to the left from the parking area. This has always been one of our favorite hikes and we are so glad you can now enjoy most of it as well!