Monday, August 21, 2017

Snow in August

Yes Hawaii is in the tropics and yes we are in the dog days of August, but we also have high mountains. Usually when we have thunder storms there will be snow on Mauna Kea. That is precisely what happened.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Spring Snow

It may be April 30, but here in the tropics we can still have snow. A late season cold front has dusted Mauna Kea with some snow.
The jet stream took a southerly track and brought a late season cold front to the islands. It is not enough to shout about, but it is more than we usually get at this time of year. I have, however, been on Mauna Kea in July throwing snowballs.

Sunday, March 12, 2017


            If you are like me , you sometimes crave a burger but don't appreciate the fast food places. Then I have a place for you that is one I hesitate to recommend. Not because it isn't that good, but because it usually is so busy that it often is a wait to get a table. If you have that craving then Annie's Island Fresh Burgers is the place to go. Take Route 11 south from Kailua-Kona to Kainaliu. It is on the south end of town in the Mango Court complex.

            Did you ever think of a burger place with a full bar? We begin dinner with Jameson's Irish Whiskey. They don't have scotch but that is a good substitute. I couldn't get that at a fast food joint. As far as the food goes they have been voted the best burger in West Hawaiʻi every year since 2011. They have appetizers. soups, and of course fantastic burgers. They also have vegetarian burgers, fish and chicken sandwiches. All coming with fries or house-made creamy coleslaw which is delicious.

            For that change of pace which many of us crave, there is no better restaurant. It is definitely worth the drive south from town.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Amici;s has moved

For those who found Amici's in Kailua-Kona, be it known they have moved to Keauhou. The food is just as good, but they are now in the old Vista Restaurant at the Kona Country Club. The name now is Amici's Vista Grille. Try it. I am sure you will like it. We ate there tonight and enjoyed the meal/

Friday, December 2, 2016

Snow has finally arrived

The snow is late this year, but it has finally arrived. While we used to get snow on Mauna Kea in late October, this year it is now the beginning of December before the snow arrived. It looks like there is enough snow for the skiers to have several days of good sport. As soon as the road to the summit is plowed, I expect to see a multitude of skiers on the mountain.

Monday, October 17, 2016

A New Restaurant in Kailua-Kona

            On the site of what used to be the Irish Publick House is Foster's Kitchen. It is on the second story of the building next to the volleyball court with an excellent view of Kailua Bay.
            We enjoyed dinner there at a very reasonable price. From my point of view the only drawback was the lack of good single malt whisky. I had a dram of Glenlivet, which is not a favorite of mine, but was the only single malt they had.
            The meal began with an appetizer of Hapa Brown Beer Cheese, which was an excellent hot, creamy beer cheese served with thinly sliced toasted pretzel bread. It was a very good combination that we both enjoyed.
            For our entree we both had the Blackened Shrimp Cheese Grits which was topped with an egg. The grits were very good and the egg added a nice touch to the dish. Five or six shrimp were ample for a very filling entree.
            We topped off the meal with some local ice cream which is always delicious. There is live music every night, albeit a little loud, but definitely local. The place was really jumping.
            While I wouldn't call the restaurant fine dining, it doesn't pretend to be. Too many restaurants act as though they are fine dining while falling flat. This, on the other, is definitely a place you want to come back to. In fact, Betty is considering bringing her monthly meeting of ladies there for dinner. It fits your pocketbook with a very good meal.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Pele is putting on a show

            Once again the lava has risen in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater at Kilauea. While it has been close to the crater floor in the past year and a half, it has not put on a display like this since May, 2015. Not ony is the spatter visible, but lava is out on the crater floor. This is definitely worth seeing. However, you never know how long it will last.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lava enters the ocean

Pele's latest march to the sea has resulted in an ocean entry of lava. Yesterday lava entered the ocean for the first time in several years.

            The lava is accessible after a six mile round trip hike from a viewing area set up by the County in the Kalapana area. However, be advised that viewing the ocean entry is extremely hazardous. The ocean entry area is on a ledge that rest on loose debris that is easily eroded by wave action. People have lost their lives in the past when the ledge  collapsed into the ocean as they were standing on it. Actually, a better view is obtained either from the air or by boat. Tours are available to take you at prime viewing time by either plane or boat. Both are much better options than hiking to the ocean entry area.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Pele is flowing again

A breakout of lava from Puʻu Oʻo on the southeast rift zone of Kilauea has moved past the top of the cliff  (pali) and has traveled rapidly down to the coastal plain. It is now about two miles from the ocean.

The County has set up a parking area which is about 3 miles from the flow in the area of Kalapana. The lava can be seen from the parking area. You can hike out to the flow, about a six mile round trip hike. If you do that make sure your footwear is appropriate, you have plenty of water, and flashlights if you will be out after dark. There are several tour companies that will guide you out to the flow.

As is always the case, there is no guarantee the flow will persist. It could end as quickly as it started.