Hawaii Life

State of Hawaii Covid-19 Response update

Ige outlines reopening/recovery plan, extends 14-day quarantine for travelers By Special to West Hawaii Today | Monday, May 18, 2020, 4:05 p.m. | Link to article Gov. David Ige on Monday signed the 8th supplemental emergency proclamation, extending the 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in the State of Hawaii, as well as for inter-island travelers through June 30. The governor also extended through June 30 the eviction moratorium that prevents evictions from residential dwellings for failure to pay rent. In addition, Ige unveiled the reopening and recovery plan for the State of Hawaii — a strategy that conveys the coordinated, statewide approach to jumpstarting the economy and recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. According to the plan – the state will start to gradually reopen medium-risk businesses and operations beginning in June – assuming the state’s COVID-19 activity remains manageable. The reopening of high-risk businesses and operations will eventually follow, as long as Hawaii’s disease activity cont...

Stand Up Paddling with LightSUP Hawaii

LightSUP Hawaii -- Check Out Their Very Unique, Eco Tours Featuring their Custom and Unique Stand Up Paddle Board My friends Kelly Nedved and Raymond Schmidt started LIGHTSUP stand up paddle tours several years ago to share their love of our the ocean and more particularly our beautiful reef off of the Kohala Coast. They guide Kaima Aina and visitors alike during daybreak and evening tours where their guests may see manta rays or many other sea creatures that feed in the evening or near day break. I remember the first prototype of the board they now have in production for others to purchase and share the same experience around the world. Their special boards feature a clear acrylic port in the front of the board and LED lights embedded in the bottom to highlight and illuminate the multi-color reef and all it’s inhabitants. Check out their website for more information at lightsuphawaii.com. From their website: Experience the evolution of Stand Up Paddling with Lightsup Hawaii! Our LightSUP Nightlight board, with its�...

Tiger Shark

I got a text a few weeks back from my master's swim group coach and friend Dave Prutow asking if anyone wanted to join him on a dive at Honokohau Harbor. I knew it was an invitation to dive safely with a Dive Master and also to see large Tiger Sharks and possibly Spinner Dolphins. Rachel and I took Dave up on his offer, and we all met at 7:30 a.m. sharp at the ocean's edge with a great view of the sea at the harbor's channel entrance. "Dog Beach" was to our left with only a few campers making their way up the very rocky path to their cars. We were the first divers to assemble and carefully put on our gear as several other dive groups began to gather. Dave was right in gathering us there early as I could see, this was going to get crowded fast, which is never useful in observing sea life. Scuba gear is heavy and cumbersome, making it somewhat treacherous to walk the downhill and sharp lava path to the ocean. I took it easy knowing the rocks were slippery and unstable, and one wrong step would bring a face-first fall i...

2020 North Hawaii Hospice Laulima Fundraiser

Weblink: https://northhawaiihospice.org/2020-laulima-fundraiser/ Brochure: 2020 North Hawaii Hospice Laulima Fund Raiser Hight Tea Lissette attends the North Hawaii Hospice fundraiser yearly and enjoys meeting others and sharing a “High Tea” event at Waiki’i Ranch for a great cause. This year’s event is titled “Laulima”, Many hands working together in coordination to advance the growing needs and future dreams of North Hawaii Hospice. The island style luncheon and tea will be held Saturday, February 29th, 2020. Those gathered will enjoy the singing of Honolulu’s Paumana Trio, a silent auction and a three course luncheon prepared by Chef Martha Brahm. The silent auction will be conducted by guest auctioneer Kathy Kingston. Call 808-885-7547 for more information. From their website: NHH was established in 1986 and staffed by over 20 trained and caring professionals who cover the areas of Waikoloa, Kohala and waimea to Laupahoehoe. With growing patient numbers, needs and expenses our wish list grows. For o...

Mauna Lani Resort History-Kalāhuipua’a Historical Park and Fishponds

Located within the grounds of the Mauna Lani Resort, Kalāhuipua'a is a fascinating area with petroglyphs, lava tube dwellings, and extensive fishponds. The word, Kalāhuipua'a, could be translated as 'a gathering of the pigs.' Since the Hawaiian language often contains allegorical terms and phrases, this word likely meant an 'abundance of food' or 'a gathering of large 'Ama' ama (mullet) or fish in the ponds themselves. 'Ama 'ama (mullet) and awa (milkfish) were the most common raised fish, but others such as Papio (jack), Kaku (barracuda), and puhi (eels) as well as 'opae (shrimp) are found in the ponds also. Most visitors and owners within the resort are familiar with the iconic Eva Parker Woods Cottage, which is located on a small sliver of land between the ocean and main pond. A monthly Twighlight at Kalāhuipua'a event takes place featuring local artists, hula, and plenty of "talk story" with long time residents and kapuna sharing their present and past experiences with 100 or more guests. The main pond contains seve...

2020 Parker School Kahiau Fundraiser

The 15th annual 2020 Parker School Kahiau fund raising event is being held on Saturday, February 8th this year at the Fairmont Orchid. The attendees will first enjoy drinks, conversation and perusal of the silent action offerings at the Kilohana Room followed by an incredible dinner on the lawn of the Plantation Estates of the Fairmont Orchid. We attended in 2018 and were serenaded by the Parker School choir and also enjoyed hearing from one of the students that expressed his thanks for being granted a scholarship to Parker which as he explained it, “changed his life forever” for many reasons. His sharing was humorous and did illustrate the direct relationship between scholarship gifts from our community and lives changed in a positive manner. The scholarship fund raising, live auction raised $120k from event attendees including several $20,000.00 donations. 50% of Parker School’s students are scholarship recipients illustrating the need for community fund raising involvement. If you are interested in more informa...

Waimea Ocean Film Festival 2020

Lissette and I attended the Waimea Ocean Film Festival again this year and were very happy to see a variety of wonderful films depicting ocean themes including exploration, sailing and whales. We also viewed Paniolo O Hawaii which features ranchers and their families from the Island of Hawaii. This film was created in the early 2000’s and includes a group of long time Hawaii Island Paniolo that I have met or recognize and includes areas of the islands Lissette and I have actually visited by horseback which made the movie extra special. The Life and Times of Mike deGruy was special as I recognized Mike from various ocean films I had seen in the past especially those featuring deep diving submarines and diving suites. He died in a helicopter crash as it lifted off from Jaspers Brush Aerodrome, New South Wales for aerial photography of the launching of a deep sea submarine in nearby Jervis Bay associated with James Cameron’s Deep Sea Cahallenge movie. On board the helicopter were the pilot and Mike deGruy. Mike was assisting J...

Welcome the New Year 2020!

Aloha Friends and Clients! The New Year in 2020 was greeted with a record number of arrivals to our island from visitors and owners alike.  The beaches and beach clubs are full and a large North West swell showed up just in time for the new year also.  This record swell started on Tuesday and blessed us surfers well through Thursday morning.  Where I typically surf, the swell height was sometimes well over 8’-10’ producing a dangerous, barreling wave when it hit the reef.  The Surfline report was accurate as far as swell height and timing giving us fair warning.  Kawaihae Harbor, Hapuna, Mauna Kea and Spencer Beach park were all closed and not able to be surfed due to the large waves that closed out against the shoreline. Fortunately for myself and a few others, we were able to find a few waves over the three day period that offered some big take offs and great rides that will definitely be logged in the “book of life”.  I was so excited to be in the water that I paddled out just after 6:00 am on all three days, ...

Holiday Giving Opportunity!

Aloha Friends and Clients! The Holidays are upon us and Lissette and I are wishing everyone peace and prosperity no matter which ones you choose to celebrate!  If you are looking for a good cause to contribute to during these festive months, Project Hawaii is a 501(c)3 entity that purchases gifts for over 650 homeless children and distributes them directly to these needy youth on Hawaii island and Oahu.  Teens usually receive a gift certificate(s) and a backpack/sleeping bag.  Secret Santas provide younger kids a gift(s) that the children specifically request. If you would like to make a cash donation, Mary Spears will take care of the shopping for you!  You can make the donation to "Project Hawaii" and send your donation via USPS to Mary Spears, POB 847, Kamuela, HI 96743.  A big thanks to everyone that chooses to participate. Many Thanks For Giving! Happy Holidays!! Lissette and Rick Oliver

Kukio Blue Water Swim 2019

Nine of us from the Mauna Lani Masters Swim Team showed up as early as 6:30 am for the Kukio Blue Water Swim on the morning of Saturday, September 28, 2019. The venue could not be better with a swim start from Kua Bay adjacent to the Pu’u Ku’illi cinder cone looming large in the background. Like last year, this early morning included a gentle rain that produced an incredible rainbow above the beautiful and majestic cinder cone reminding of how blessed we are to be able to take part in these fun events. The Kukio community itself is situated on the shoreline including the Manini’owali Beach. The beach itself is secluded and small and has plenty of white sand extending into the water which forms the shoreline at Kua Bay. The water in the bay is crystal clear and the beach is more difficult to reach than other nearby white sand beaches as it’s entrance is unmarked and only accessible by either asking for shoreline public access at the guarded and gated Kukio community entrance or entering from the Queen “K” high...