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A Visitor's Guide to Hilo, Hawaii January 27 2014, 0 Comments

Hilo, Hawaii

Hilo, which is located on the Big Island, is perfect for people who want to get the most out of their Hawaiian vacation. Because of its’ diverse geography, it has something for everyone, and is a great place to go if you are wishing to combine relaxation with adventure. Hilo has a variety of different beaches, and you can experience the uniqueness of many different sands, from black, gray, brown, green, and white. One way you can spend your day in Hilo is a trip to the Volcanoes National Park. Depending on how much time you have, you can spend a few hours, to a few days, exploring these natural wonders. The National Park’s website has great itineraries, broken down based on the length of your visit (http://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/index.htm). The park protects Kilauea and Mauna Loa, which are two active volcanoes.

 The Volcanoes National Park has beautiful scenery, and you can spend hours just taking in all the sites. There are many places to hike and camp throughout the park, and experiences for many different fitness levels. If you are more into learning by reading, you are also able to learn a lot about the biology, geography, and history of the island. The visitor’s center is also worth a visit if you are new to Hawaiian culture, as it gives you a lot of information about Pele, the fire goddess of Hawaii. Hilo is considered the rainy part of the Big Island, so be sure to prepare for some rain, and be ready to spend some time indoors if you need to dry off. Luckily, the rains are usually short, and it is still warm outside, compared to the cold Seattle rains.

 Depending on where you are coming from on the island, you might be able to make time to stop at a black sand beach in the same day, such as Punaluu. Punaluu is located South of the National Park, and it is one of the most highly visited black sand beaches. This a great beach to stop at for a picnic, or just a nice stretch break if you have spent some time in your car. If you’re lucky, you may get to meet a green sea turtle, also known as honu, sunbathing on the beach.  The best time to observe these magnificent creatures is a time when the surf is low. Although these turtles are very calm, peaceful creatures, you should be sure to let them be. You can safely walk up to get a closer look, but be sure not to touch them.

 If you are more of a night owl, Mauna Kea Observatory will be ideal for you. Depending on the time of year, you can even see some snow. Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano that sits 4,200 meters above sea level. You are able to stargaze at the many telescopes available to the public at the Visitor Information Station, which is at 9,200 feet. Remember, since you are traveling up such high altitude, that you it will be much colder than down at sea level, so prepare accordingly.

 For the adventurer in your group, there are also many ways to explore. You can explore the lava tubes by going on caving tours, which take you through the lava tubes and also teach you about how they are made, and how they are used now. Near the National Volcano Park there is a lava tube you can stop at and explore, but this area tends to get crowded. Don’t let this discourage you, you can also view lava tubes at the Kaumana Caves Park, which is a free park to enter, and tends to be quieter with fewer tourists. The caves can be slippery, so come prepared with good shoes, and possibly gloves if you want to get on your hands and knees to explore.

 

 

 (The video above is a great travel video on the Big Island and talks about many must-see attractions in and around Hilo)

Another beautiful stop that you don’t want to miss while in Hilo is the Akaka Falls State Park. The park is easily accessible off the Mamaloa Highway, you have to pay a bit more if you park inside the gate, but if you park outside the gate you only have to pay a dollar to walk in. The walk is paved, and you can spend a few hours marveling at this majestic waterfall. Come prepared to do a little hiking, some stairs are involved, but since it is all paved and relatively short, it should be fine for everyone in your group.

If photography is what you are into, Leleiwi Beach Park is a must see. This beach tends to be packed during the summer, mainly with locals. The shoreline is rocky with lava rocks, but with beautiful tidepools that you won’t want to miss.

 

 

 There are many hotels to stay at while in Hilo, with a range in prices. One Bed & Breakfast that is very popular, and highly rated, is the Orchid Tree. This is the perfect quiet getaway, and located very close to many attractions, such as beaches and downtown Hilo. Another Bed & Breakfast that is well-liked is the Hilo Honu Inn, which is located in downtown Hilo. This is on the higher price range, but you are downtown and close to many other attractions, which makes this another favorite among frequent Hilo visitors.  For more information on Bed and Breakfasts in Hilo and the Big Island in general, visit www.stayhawaii.com.

 

As Hawaiian coffee grows in popularity, so do the areas of where it is grown and produced. In Mountain View, on the way to the Volcanoes National Park, small farms are beginning to produce their own coffee. The coffee beans in Hilo differ from other parts of the Island because of the amount of shade and moisture; the coffee beans are usually larger in areas where there is more moisture, which Hilo definitely has because of the precipitation they receive. Hilo used to have a thriving sugar cane industry, but some of these farms are now being taken over by coffee farmers, such as Hilo Coffee Mill. The Hilo coffee industry is relatively new, and currently not as well known and booming as other areas of the Big Island, but it is a new area to keep an eye on for Hawaiian coffee.

Mahalo and thanks for reading!  Have you been to Hilo?  Please tell us about it in our comments section!


The Cultural Importance of Hula January 24 2014, 0 Comments

 

 

Enjoy this great video from Hawaiian Airlines about the Art of Hula and its cultural importance to Hawaii.  Hula is so essential to Hawaii and is a beautiful art form that is a metaphor for the beauty, the people, and the aloha.  


We've Added Brewing Equipment! January 22 2014, 0 Comments

We are adding coffee brewing equipment to our product selection via Amazon.com.  Amazon offers a lot of the same coffee brewing methods that we use everyday, and at great prices.  We figured that instead of stocking these products ourselves, we'd just point out our favorite ones as well as offer reviews of our favorite ones.  

So check out our Brewing Equipment section.  We'll review our favorite brew methods and send you to Amazon.com to get the best deals on them!

Also let us know in the comments section if you want a review on a specific product.  How do you drink your coffee?


Congratulations Seahawks! January 20 2014, 0 Comments

Big congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks on winning the NFC championship.  The Seahawks will be going to the Super Bowl in New York to play the AFC Champion Denver Broncos.  The NFC championship game was awesome.  The Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers in a tough, hard-fought game.   

image courtesy of www.seahawks.com


Excuse Us - We're Upgrading Our Theme January 15 2014, 0 Comments

Please excuse the website.  We are upgrading our theme to one that's more informative and responsive.  The shopping cart works fine.  We're just making room for more pictures, videos, and tutorials.  Feel free to email with any questions or concerns.

Mahalo!


A Great Video About Artisan Potter Clayton Amemiya January 14 2014, 0 Comments

 

 

Clayton Amemiya has been perfecting Anagama pottery since the 1970's.  Anagama pottery is a classic Japanese style.  This is another great video put out by Hawaiian Airlines showing the beauty of the people of Hawaii.  Well done!


Video on Preserving Hawaii's Past from Hawaiian Airlines January 10 2014, 0 Comments

 

 

A video showcasing people who have the important job of preserving Hawaii's rich cultural libraries.  A great showcase on the history and beauty of hula starts around 3;45.  Enjoy!


Drink Aloha Campaign chooses the Kona Hospital Foundation! January 08 2014, 0 Comments

We have chosen our first Hawaiian Non-profit for our One Percent for Hawaii Campaign!  Starting now, 1% of all online sales will be donated to the Kona Hospital Foundation!  According to their website, the Kona Hospital Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, was created in 1984 to accept gifts and solicit donations for new medical technology, expanded services and enhanced facilities for Kona Community Hospital. The people of West Hawaii, both visitors and residents, deserve local access to a progressive hospital providing excellent healthcare.

The Kona Hospital Foundation helps the Kona Community Hospital act as a true place of healing for all- no matter your ability to pay.  The spirit of aloha is alive and well thanks to foundations and organizations such as these.

Keala's Coffee will be making monthly donations to the Kona Hospital Foundation to help them with their campaign to help Kona Community Hospital.   


1% of All Sales Will Be Donated To Charity January 02 2014, 0 Comments

Check out our improving site as we look to create a great experience on Kealascoffee.com!  Annoucing our Drink Aloha Campaign where 1% of all sales will be donated to a Hawaiian Non-profit.  We'll be announcing our non-profit soon.  In the meantime, take advantage of our new Free Shipping on all products!  

Our goal is to show the world, the uniqueness of our Hawaiian coffees and Hawaiian blends.  Hawaii has fantastic coffees like our coffee from Oahu, grown exclusively by Waialua Estate.  The guys at Waialua Estate work hard everyday to maintain a great balance in flavor.  The coffees are all well balanced, well bodied, and sweet!  We're expecting our shipment of 600 lbs of green coffee from Waialua Estate any day now...Hawaiian time I guess.  That's ok.  It's worth the wait.


Check out this great video produced by Hawaiian Airlines on Hawaiian Coffee! December 26 2013, 0 Comments

 

Check out Derek Lanter at the 1:15 mark from Waialua Estate Coffee on Oahu.  Waialua Estate is our source for Oahu coffee.  We offer Oahu coffee in our 100% Oahu, Honolulu Blend, and Pano Blend.  Derek came up and visited Keala's Coffee last year in Seattle.  

Also Fred Hokada at the 4:25 mark from Downtown Coffee in Honolulu is a friend and fellow roaster.  Fred's roasting great coffees right in Downtown Honolulu!


Changes to come in 2014! December 26 2013, 0 Comments

We're looking to make some big changes in 2014!  Starting with our DRINK ALOHA campaign, we'll be donating 1% of all sales to a non-profit charity in Hawaii.  The charity may change from time to time but the theme will be the same - to give back to the Hawaii community.   Let us know about your favorite charity and maybe we'll choose them.

Also we have a new pricing structure with FREE SHIPPING on all of our products now.  Basically we've incorporated shipping into the product pricing.  The new prices amount to a reduction in overall pricing to your door.  Take advantage!

 


Join us on Zaarly! May 24 2013, 0 Comments

Keala's Hawaiian Coffee is proud to be one of the earliest adopters of Zaarly in Seattle!  Zaarly is a new platform that connects local businesses with locals.  They deliver for free and are able to get fresh products from small businesses in your community straight to your door at no extra cost to the customer.  

Check them out!  If they're not in your city yet, just wait...they're coming!

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