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A New Day Dawns for The Volcano House Hotel Feb 14

For visitors like myself who had been fortunate to visit the iconic Volcano House Hotel, and had the opportunity to warm our hands in front of the stone hearth fireplace dedicated to Pele(that was reported to burn continuously for 133 years) I was saddened to learn that the fire was left to burn out on New Year’s Day 2010.  As with with most contracts and agreements it was time for much needed improvements to the Hotel, Cabins, Campground, Dining Room and Gift Shop to be made and the search was on for a new partner to assist the National Park Service in bringing Hawaii’s oldest hotel( dating to 1846)  to a fully resored new life.

Volcano House

Volcano House

 

 

I am so glad to report  that Hawaii Island’s Volcano House Hotel is back and better than ever ! 

From its humble beginnings as a one-room grass shelter to the newly restored hotel today, visitors will be in for a treat much as they were from the very beginning. Officially reopened  following a $4million retrofitting and safety upgrades by the National Park Service and an additional $3Million in renovations and refurbishments by concessioners/owners Ortega Family Enterprices.

Taking advantage of the incredible natural beauty of its unique location as the only hotel within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, hotel guest fortunate enough to book a room with a view of the crater might catch a glimpse of the spectacular glow of Kilauea’s Halema’uma’u Crater, others might have a view of the amazing rainforest that surrounds the property.

Book a room with a Volcano Crater View

Book a room with a Volcano Crater View

Refurbished Guest Rooms: Gone are the dated colors and out dated rooms and replaced by in room touches such as Kohler fixtures,42 inch flat screen HDTVs, modern contemporary furniture with warm color palette for a relaxed and comfortable setting with views of the park, rainforest and crater available.

Namakanipaio Camper Cabins:  are located about three miles from the hotel, are 200 square feet and sleep up to four people- refurbishments include new flooring – Bed linens and towels are provided – there is no electricity or electric outlets in the cabins – no bathrooms or running water in cabin but guest utilize he newly refurbished community bathroom located in the campground with hot showers & toilets(soap and toilet paper provided).  Each cabin has an outside firepit and bbq grill.

Namakanipaio Campsites: Looking for a true camping experience within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, then pitch a tent at one of the 16 campsites- based upon a first come /first served basis , $15.00 per night – a 7 night maximum stay- and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park entrance fee applies- no showers at the campsites -only restrooms.

The Rim Restaurant buffet of old has been replaced by  The Rim  – newly refurbished restaurant at the Volcano House overlooking the rim of Kilauea caldera and the billowing Halema’uma’u Crater . Featuring the best of Hawaii Island fresh local ingredients the creative island cuisine boasts that at least 95% of the restaurant’s meat,seafood,fruit and vegetables are sourced from local ranchers,farmers and supplers.

Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner – when planning your trip to visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, if you aren’t able to stay at the hotel, at least stop by and visit The Rim  or George’s Lounge for appetizers and a cocktail. Reservations (808)756-9625

Volcano House Hotel / Crater Rim Drive/Hawaii National Park, HI 96718  Reservations 808-441-7750 or 1-866-536-7972

Volcano House is once again proud to welcome visitors with a renewed commitment to Hawaiian hospitality with a number of sustainable initiatives including recycling program, local food sourcing, an Environmental Management System certification, Hawaii Green Business certification, and becoming a Waste Wise partner and Energy Star partner.

To get started booking your trip to Hawaii Island – Contact Linda Dancer  Direct Line 828-256-1520  Toll Free  1-888-811-1888 ext 331  Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

 

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Moloka’i May 03

Hotel Moloka'i

Stressed out? Need to unwind? Then I suggest you spend a few hours in one of the hammocks at Hotel Moloka’i overlooking Kamiloloa Beach,
the gentle trade breezes will remind you that you definitely are in a special place.  Although there are some rentals available, the last few times I have visited Moloka’i, Hotel Moloka’i was  my home away from home.  The Polynesian village of  two story bungalows give you all the creature comforts of home, while allowing you space to unplug from the stress of day to day activities, but don’t panic WIFI is available at the bar. Yahoo! Travel featured Hotel Moloka’i in their series on 10 amazing undiscovered islands.  Full service hotel with a restaurant, concierge service, an amazing gift shop and swimming pool.
You will not find the hustle and bustle of some of the other Hawaiian Islands, this has earned Moloka’i several nicknames such as Hawaiian by Nature and “old style Hawaii”, the birthplace of Hula but one thing for sure, with more native Hawaiians living on Moloka’i still than on any other island, you will feel the history of the island, especially when you visit Halawa Valley, Kalaupapa National Historic Park and the Ali’i Fishponds (the oldest dates to 13th century).

Saint Damien

On October 11,2009 Father Damien was elevated to sainthood by Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, that event alone brought attention to this small Hawaii Island.  Quarantined for life (from 1873 till his death) in Kalaupapa to care for patients diagnosed with Hansen’s disease(leprosy). Father Damien helped build houses, an orphanage,church  and many other functions. Saint Damien’s Feast Day is celebrated on May 10th, worldwide by Catholic Churches in his honor. Two of the churches he built remain today St. Joseph of Kamalo and Our Lady of Seven Sorrows of Kalua’aha (still hosts weekly Sunday Services). Today the Kalaupapa Peninsula is a U.S. National Historical Park, you can view it from the lookout above, one-day pre-arranged visits can be done by flying in, hike or mule-ride down 1,700 feet of the highest sea cliffs on earth (be prepared to be amazed) the trail is 2.9 miles with 26 switchbacks – amazing,spiritual,breathtaking – it left me speechless. Once you reach the bottom you will be met by your guide with Damien Tours who will take  you through the peninsula. Plan carefully the park is not open on Sunday. By the time you leave the Mule Barn, you will know your mules name and be trained by company owner Buzzy Sproat, Hawaii’s resident mule expert.
Yummy

 The island of Moloka’i is working on sustainable crops and opportunities. One great example of this  is  Coffees of Hawai’i a working 660-acre coffee in central Moloka’i, and yes this signature drink is as good as it looks . Visitors can tour the farm with a buggy ride through the plantation  and sip several flavors of coffee. In addition tours into the Halawa Valley introduce you to taro cultivation, truly a engineering marvel the way the agricultural systems were put in place hundreds of years ago is amazing, but it allowed people to flourish in the small stream-fed valley. Nene geese(Hawai’i’s endangered state bird) have also been released are are successfully reproducing in the wild on Moloka’i. Work is also being done to restore some of the ancient fishponds.

 

Beautiful Beaches

There are several beautiful beaches on Moloka’i – you can get camping permits for Papohaku Beach Park and One Ali’i Beach Park from the  City & County Parks Department (808) 553-3204  or  but be advised that not all of Moloka’i beaces have restroom facilities.  Other activities that can be found on Moloka’i include  snorkeling and diving (south shore is home to Hawai’i’s longest continuous fringing reef, whale watch during whale season, deep-sea fish  and even play a round of golf at Ironwood Hills Golf Course.  Shopping in downtown Kaunakakai  you will find a little bit of everything , but you will not find any name brand stores , but all the basic necessities  of groceries,hardware,pharmacy,gourmet wine, art gallery, and local arts and crafts and the world famous Kanemitsu Bakery.

Having been blessed to visit each of the Hawaiian Islands many times, I always enjoy my time on Moloka’i, it is a spiritual retreat and heals the soul, it is easy to be transported back to a simpler time in Hawaiian History.   If you do not have time to stay on Moloka’i at least take the Moloka’i Princess Ferry  across the channel from Maui, takes about 90 minutes, one ferry in the morning and one late afternoon,rental cars can be reserved in advance. If you want to visit Kalaupapa , I would plan to spend a couple nights on island .
Hotel Moloka’i – 1300 Kamehameha V Hwy, Kaunakakai, Hawaii 96748   Phone (808) 553-5347
Contact Linda Dancer   Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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