Friday, February 26, 2010

Great Review on Sunrise House in Kapoho!


Just had to share.....this just came in this morning from guests who stayed 5 days at the Sunrise House in Kapoho at the end of January......it says it all!!! This is just a gem.....

Escape from the stress of the "real world". Relax, unwind and rejuvenate your mind, spirit and soul at this special part of the world. We have always wanted to experience "old Hawaii", and this is probably what it was like many years ago. You'll love the privacy, along with the sounds of the surf, and the private tide pool in the back yard. The perfect place for that romantic get away. We watched the sunrise every morning and the moon rise at night. We were lucky enough to be there with a full moon also. Loved the feeling like no one was around, yet there were neighbors right next door. It is such a tranquil place. Sunrise house had everything we needed. And the little touches, like the fresh flowers and the fruit that was there when we arrived. Mahalo to K.C. for leaving those little touches and making sure our accommodations were very clean when we arrived. It was also a great location on this side of the Big Island. Close to Champagne pond, Kapoho tide pools, Ahalanui warm pool, Issac Hale Beach Park, (where we took a great boat trip "Lava Ocean Adventures"), also Pohoiki warm pool all just a short drive away. Not to mention the great little town of Pahoa with some good places to eat there, with that warm Aloha spirit. Mahalo, for making available and sharing this little piece of paradise with us. Next time we are on the Big Island we will definitely be staying at Sunrise House, just wish we could have had it for a longer stay. Next time will be longer.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tropical Fruits

There is a wonderful abundance and variety of fruits that grow in Hawaii, which is located within the "tropical zone" (between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn). Tropical fruits are those that have their origin in the tropics and require the warmer temperatures of the tropical climate, meaning they won't tolerate a frost. There are literally hundreds of edible tropical fruits! The most well-known are likely the pineapple and the coconut.

Pineapples are of the bromeliad family and there are actually hundreds of variety of pineapple ranging from dwarf size to very large! The most common variety, and those mostly grown in Hawaii, are named "Smooth Cayenne" -- weird name for a pineapple!

The fruit itself begins to appear in January and is generally ready to enjoy in July (at least those in my back yard!). All we did was take the top from a fruit we enjoyed and stuck it in the ground. Literally! Some times it may take a year or two for the plant to bear fruit, but once it does: Y-U-M-M-Y! My favorite is the white variety---suuuuuper sweet!

Coconut trees can be found just about everywhere in Hawaii: along the highway, in the parks as well as in back yards. Depending upon the variety, they'll produce fruit in either 3 years or 6 years. The flavor of the juice of the coconut varies depending upon its age: when a nut is very young, there will be very little flavor. As it ages, the flavor changes, as well as the amount of "flesh" - the white stuff. It first starts out "slimey" and then goes through a gelling process. The older the coconut, the thicker (and drier) the flesh becomes until it begins to sprout. The flesh (oftentimes referred to as "meat") is actually edible in all phases, including when an old nut has sprouted!! Below is a photo of that:

This is when all of the water has turned into flesh. As the sprouting process begins, the hardness begins to soften. The center white part of a sprouted coconut actually resembles the consistency of angelfood cake in appearance! It has a mild sweet flavor, is packed with nutrition and is one of my favorite snacks! A fun recipe is to tear it up into bits, put into a bowl and then drizzle olive oil on it -- tastes similar to popcorn!!

Other tropical fruits include mango, durian, lychee, mangosteen, jackfruit, rambutan, guave, banana, papaya, dragonfruit, star apple, starfruit, passion fruit, and breadfruit. Plus there's more!!

Let me know which you are curious about! I've enjoyed them all!!! ;-)

~Su

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

We're on Facebook too!

Aloha Hawaii Holiday Blog followers!

Just wanted to let you know that we are now on Facebook too! If you are a Facebook member, go to the HawaiiHoliday page and become a Fan! We're at www.facebook.com/hawaiiholiday



Facebook Fans will be the first to find out about periodic unpublished specials; share travel tips, favorite things to do on Maui & the Big Island and photos!

We look forward to seeing you there! ~ Aloha~

Monday, February 8, 2010

Flying Into Hilo on the Big Island

If you are flying into Hilo (airport code ITO) from Honolulu or Maui, we recommend you sit on the airplane's right-hand side (as you look towards the front of the plane).

As you approach the Big Island, you will usually see the observatories atop the 14,000-foot Mauna Kea (which may even be snow-capped in the winter) along with vast acres of forests and farmland at the lower elevations.

As you travel south along the Hamakua coast (pronounced Ha - ma - koo' - ah), there are numerous waterfalls tumbling over the cliffs into the ocean. Just beautiful!!

You may even see a plume of steam rising from the ocean further south. This would be the entry point of lava from Kilauea!

East Hawaii has so many wonderful sights and activities to enjoy! Check out our website for your Big Island vacation accommodations at www.BigIslandVacationRentals.com and book your piece of paradise today!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Amazing postcard weather in East Hawaii



OK, you've all heard that Hilo gets a lot of rain....and even though most of our oceanfront, oceanview and lagoon houses are located south of Hilo where we get a lot less rain, this winter has been the most amazing weather we have ever seen. Clear skies, gentle trade winds and temperatures in the 70's or low 80's. Blue, blue ocean and lots of whales.

Winter is when we really appreciate living in Hawaii. Come see us! We have lots of places still open where you can get lulled to sleep by the gentle sea breezes......