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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



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Akatsuka Orchid Gardens Dec 13

Akatsuka Orchid Gardens  located on Hawaii Island has the perfect thing for that hard to buy person on your gift list, my photos of just a few of the beautiful orchids on display in their Orchid show room in Volcano, Hawaii. It might be too late to receive a live plant by Christmas, but they have several opportunities such as their Holiday Orchid Club, several fun items such as socks, beauty products and t-shirts on  their website.

To see if you can still place an order for Christmas this year call them toll free 1-888-967-6669  or email them

Akatsuka Orchid Gardens has one of the larger orchid collections in the state of Hawai’i with over 1000 plants on display, do yourself a favor and schedule a Orchid Greenhouse Tour (last about 1 hour)- I never knew that orchids came in so many beautiful colors and variations, not to mention all the other tropical flowers on display as well. You will even have the opportunity to see an orchid valued at $20,000, and  they have an exclusive collection of Cattleya hobby plants.

Located on Hwy 11 (between mile marker 22 and 23)  on the way to Volcano Town and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Showroom is wheelchair accessible

For more information on booking your trip to Hawai’i Island  contact  Linda Dancer  Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888 ext 331 Direct Line 828-256-1520




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Four of my favorite books on Hawai’i May 31

   Regardless of how many times I visit the Hawaiian islands I continue to learn more about the history of these beautiful islands. Part of of my love for the islands and curiosity  is fueled  by several books I have read over the years, especially those about the Royal Family, preservation of the islands,  local restaurants and folklore.

Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen Liliuokalani   with introduction by Glen Grant  – Mutual Publishing -Honolulu,Hawaii – First published in 1898, this book was a plea for justice for her people during the difficult years at the end of the nineteenth century.

Exploring Lost Hawai’i – Places of Power,History,Mystery & Magic  by Ellie and William Crow — Island Heritage Publishing (a division of the Madden Corporation) – The writers spent a great deal of time doing research and it shows covering everything from menehune, sacred heiau and powerful ali’i. Covering historical and cultural significant sites on all the islands, and providing details, directions to each site and they share their own personal experiences during their visits.

Preserving Paradise – Opportunities in Volunteering for Hawai’i’s Environment  by Kirsten Whatley  Island Heritage Publishing (a division of the Madden Corporation)   to order 1-800-468-2800  — Whether  helping to remove invasive nonnative plants from ancient  taro patches  or ancient fish ponds, building cages in the sand to protect sea turtle eggs from predators – if you are willing to give up one day of your vacation there are many grass-root organizations working across all the Hawaiian Islands to preserve the beautiful islands we all love so much. This book is full of opportunities to help preserve paradise.

The Puka Guide – 100 Hawaiian-Style Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants  by Donovan M. Dela Cruz and Jodi Endo Chai ( Forward by Chef Alan Wong)   Watermark Publishing   1-866-900-Book      This wonderful little book is a wealth of information about all the hidden culinary treasures throughout the islands – the way the writers tells the history of each restaurant, offers directions, phone number  and hours of operation  and the must try item(s) on the menu.

Contact: Linda Dancer    Email   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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