We would like to welcome you to our Kehena garden spot near Kalapana.
Whats happening in this part of the world?
As of March 15, 2015-The lava flow above Pahoa town is not immediately endangering the town or the road system. Still it is a great reminder to us all that we are working & playing on a live volcano. Sometimes the beauty of our surroundings, the pleasantness of our climate, and our relaxed life style lets us forget.
The 2015 Merrie Monarch Hula Festival starts Monday April 6 and ends Saturday April 11. It is an international Hula competition in Hilo, about 45 minutes from our location. The festival starts with the Ho'olaule'a (a big party with vendors and a carnival atmosphere) on Easter Sunday at the Civic Auditorium. Wed April 8 is often referred to as "free" night as no tickets are required for entrance to hours of hula and music performances. The event ends with a parade through Hilo town and final evening competition on Saturday.
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As of March 15, 2015- both our houses are available during Merry Monarch, each house can sleep up to 4.
Our guest lodgings are two unique private houses situated in a tropical garden and orchard.
The HONEY HOUSE is a delightful 480 sq ft stand-alone studio. Featuring custom woodwork and a large custom tiled shower.
HIKINA HOUSE, a nicely furnished rustic 500 sq ft studio with a custom tiled bathroom and tub. Hikina means east. On the same lovely property, it has many of the same features as the Honey House.
Both houses have big windows and fans. There is also an outdoor shower in the garden. Both kitchens are fully equipped with gas range, refrigerator, blender, coffee maker, cookware, dishes and utensils. An outdoor barbeque grill is available. We provide filtered drinking water at your kitchen sink (with Multipure filtration).
There is off street parking right outside.
WIFI is available in both houses.
Your stay on this lush acre situates you within a tropical garden and fruit tree orchard we have been farming for over 20 years. Tall bearing coconut palms, slender papayas and clumps of banana share space with plantings of pineapples and garden veggies. In the summer months pineapples and papayas are often abundant. In the winter months avocados and citrus fruits are in season. Bananas and other treats are frequently available from our garden any time of year. Exotics like jaboticaba and breadfruit are available seasonally. We usually have lots of fruit to share.
The neighborhood of Kehena beach is a special place. It is a kipuka, literally a hole in the lava flow, where the aina (land) has been completely surrounded, but not covered. A kipuka can be easily distinguished from the adjacent lava flow because it has older vegetation growing on it. Ours abounds in abundant green fertility. Beautiful and sweet smelling flowers tantalize. Colorful lizards and our flock of ducks are among the animals you will encounter. It is a balmy climate with moist air and warm fragrant nights complete with a chorus of coqui tree frogs. Our whole property is clothing optional.
Best of all, for beach lovers, is that Kehena black sand clothing optional beach is only a 3-5 minute walk away. It is far enough away so that the beach traffic is never an issue. Yet it is close enough so that you can walk through our neighborhood, down the trail at the end of Kii Nani St., cross the Kalapana Kapoho Beach Rd. and on down the cliff trail to the beach.
Kehena beach is a tropical gem. Tiny bits of olivine are scattered throughout the black lava sand. The sunrise is fantastic here on the south east coast. At daybreak people seeking solitude, a place to stretch and do yoga, meditate or swim, make their way down to the beach. The descent down the beach trail opens up a vista of the ocean. Sparkling with tradewind wavelets the sea beckons. The wind might pause and the conditions glass off. The tides rise and fall, sand and ili ili pebbles move and change. In the afternoon the beach gets more of a crowd, and becomes a great social scene and meeting place. It is a big party on Saturday and especially on Sunday afternoons.
Spinner dolphins are frequent visitors any time of year. The humpback whales travel our waters from November to March.
We are 3 miles from Kalapana and 5 from Kilauea, home of Pele, goddess of the volcano, bringer of lava flows and changes. She casts her spell over this locale. Surface and ocean entry lava flows are not currently happening (April 24, 2014), but change is inevitable so you can always check with us for current conditions. We are blessed by prevailing trade winds so air quality is usually very good.
There is no legal access to live lava flows as of this writing, but ask us as conditions can change rapidly. The Pahoa lava flow is currently active miles upslope of Pahoa town.
Many great day trips and half day trips are available in this area. There are coastal areas, tide pools, warm springs, surf spots, fishing, hiking to explore. There are frequent farmer's markets, musical events, dances to check out.
See AREA ACTIVITIES page for ideas.
On the other hand one can just relax.
Eat some homegrown fresh fruit.
Take a stroll to the beach.
Get wet, lay on hot black sand in sun or shade.
Listen to the rhythmic music of the waves.
Tune in to the sounds of nature and just bliss out.
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