Thursday, September 13, 2007

Mirrored Thunderbirds

Mirrored Thunderbirds
Originally uploaded by cory_Lum
Some of the most fantastic aerial acrobatics were seen flying over Waikiki Beach-Hawaii on September 13-14th. The US Air Force Flight Team known as the Thunderbirds performed their amazing aerial routines over Honolulu, Hawaii as part of the "Aloha Week Parade".

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Kealakekua Bay Sunset-Big Island Hawaii-Sept 2007

Kealakekua Bay is a great place on the Big Island to visit. Kealakekua Bay offers naturally clean and pristine waters for snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, or just to sit beside on a sunny day. The water here is normally crystal clear, and you can see lots of marine life almost any time you visit. There is a boat ramp where you can launch your kayak and go paddling. There is a concession stand and picnic pavillion with bathrooms at the end of the road going down.

Kealakekua Bay is located about 14 miles south of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island just off of Napoo'poo Rd . The drive down to the bay from the Mamalahoa Hwy turnoff has spectacular ocean views. There is a coffee company with tours available on the road as you drive down. There is also a small fine restaurant and the Painted Church is also close by as well. Be sure to visit the area south of Kailua -Kona known as Captain Cook/ Kealakekua Bay when you find yourself on the Big Island. You will not be sorry. Aloha.....................

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Kiernan-Music Kealakekua, Hawaii 2007

Kiernan Music is a small, independently owned music store/ instrument repair shop located in Kealakakekua, Hawaii providing access to custom made and hard to find specialty musical instruments and services that you won't find at the big, mega stores or on their websites. They are also now offering instruments on sale by consignment, and are getting new inventory on a regular basis. Call for the latest updates in vintage Martins, Kamaka, Gibsons and more! The owner is Brian Kiernan, and he is also a skilled guitar luthier/builder and fantastic repairman of almost any kind of wood or stringed instruments.

Kiernan Music is located on the Big Island of Hawaii in the Kealakekua area called Captain Cook, some 15 miles south of Kailua-Kona. They are open Tuesdays through Saturdays 1pm to 6pm, and other times by appointment. If you are planning an Island trip, Be sure to call ahead so they can provide the one-on-one service they are famous for.

The address to find Kiernan Music is:

81-6372 Mamalahoa Highway, Mauka side, Captain Cook, 1/3 mile North of Napoopoo Road. Their phone # is .808-323-9777. Their website with new and used stringed instruments is at

Monday, September 3, 2007

Manini Beach-Kealakekua Bay-Big Island Hawaii

Originally uploaded by R. J. Malfalfa
One of the most beautiful beaches on the Kona side is Manini Beach, which is located just a few hundred yards south of Kealakekua Bay. Manini Beach offers a nice small shaded beach area with picnic tables. As you sit under the trees, you have a nice view of Kealakekua Bay. Kealakekua Bay is the place where Captain Cook landed back in the 1700's. You can see the Captain Cook monument from the main sitting area at Manini Beach.

Manini Beach is a great place for those who like to go snorkeling and see the abundant marine life. Or you can just go swimming in the beautiful clear water. There is a place to launch kayaks nearby at the Kealakekua Bay park. The bay is a great place to go kayaking as it is protected by the steep walls of the mountains nearby. Manini Beach is one of the best places to look for puka shells-the local kind of shells with a hole in them. There is not much of a white sandy beach here, but there are lots of places you can walk along the rocks and the tidal pools to look for shells and broken coral pieces. If you want to get some sun, be sure to bring a towel of chair to sit on because you will need some kind of relief from the black lava rocks all around.

So when you find yourself looking for a secluded beach place that is not too crowded, make your way down to Manini Beach. Bring a picnic lunch, lots of drinks to keep you hydrated, your favorite sunscreen, and a happy attitude so that you can truly enjoy the beautiful scenery. This is a quiet beautiful beach where you can truly enjoy some fantastic sunset views.

Orchid Isle Cafe Serves Coffee with Aloha in Kealakekua, Hawaii

Orchid Isle Cafe is a nice coffee shop/restaurant located on the Mamalahoa Highway just a few miles south of Kailua-Kona in the small town of Kealakekua on the Big Island of Hawaii. Orchid Isle Cafe serves fresh roasted Kona coffee from their own local coffee farm. The cafe also offers many other types of fresh coffee along with latte's, iced coffee drinks, expressos, capucinnos, and more. They also serve an amazing selection of bagel sandwiches, biscottis, and other freshly prepared foods that will delight both your tummy and your tongue.

Orchid Isle Cafe has an nice, clean, and inviting atmosphere that is attractive to visitors and locals alike. There is indoor seating for about 50 guests, and there is a small lanai (outside porch) that offers outside seating with a view of the ocean just below the cafe. The staff and management at the Orchid Isle Cafe are friendly and efficient. You can expect your order to be served with lots of Aloha by the smiling staff. There is ample parking in front, behind, and across the street from the cafe.

When you are in the beautiful part of Big Island, Hawaii known as Kealakekua, be sure to look on the mauka (ocean) side of the road for the Orchid Isle Cafe. They are located at 81-6637 Mamalahoa Hwy right near West Hawaii Community College and McDonalds. Their phone number is 808-323-2700 in case you want to order ahead. Be sure to visit this must see-must eat at destination location.

Malama Punalu'u Hawaiian Culture and Music Festival Sept 2007

Labor Day Weekend September 1-2, 2007-

The Malama Punalu'u Culture and Music Festival was held at the Na'alehu Park and Ball Fields on Big Island, Hawaii. This festival was a great event featuring some of the best Hula dancers and Hawaiian musicians from all the islands. There were a number of Hula Halaus performing traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian dances. Local style acoustic Hawaiian musicians performed slack-key and other traditional Hawaiian music.

The event was held to bring awareness to the community and others about the many land preservation issues going on in the greater Ka'u commmunity, and to bring the community together in a fun, relaxing Hawaiian style way. There was lots of local da kine food booths with ono (good) food. Lots of local Hawaiian practioners were there to offer lomi lomi massage, farmers brought local plants for sale, and artists booths featuring Hawaiian art and hand-crafted instruments were everywhere.