Pele

Mauna Loa Erupting

ʻO Pele ke akua wahine o ka lua. – “Pele is the goddess of the crater.” And those of us in Hawaiʻi know that she goes where she pleases. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ This Hawaiian deity is embodied by the lava and all elemental forces associated with volcanic activity. She is both creator of new land and […]

Gratitude

Mauna Loa Erupting

Today we are grateful and feel fortunate to live and work in such an incredible place. Much gratitude goes to our guides for sharing their knowledge and love for the island, as well as to our entire Kailani Tours ʻohana who make it all possible. We appreciate our guests for allowing us to create fun, […]

Mauna Loa Eruption

Mauna Loa Erupting

For the first time in nearly 40 years, we are seeing a dual eruption of both Kīlauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes, and we are humbled and excited to have the opportunity to witness this incredible and rare experience! ⁣ ⁣ Heightened activity at the summit of Mauna Loa over the last couple months created a […]

Ohelo Plant

Ohelo Plant

While visiting Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park during summer and fall, you may notice these bright red to yellow berries growing from the ʻōhelo plant. The ʻōhelo is an endemic species to Hawaiʻi, and is one of the first plants to sprout from new lava flows.⁣ ⁣ Related to blueberries and cranberries, ʻōhelo are tart when […]

Saddle Road

Saddle Road Big island, Hawaii

Saddle Road is also known as Hawaii Route 200 and is 52 miles long.  As it covers the raised slopes between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa like a saddle. The road connects Kona on the west to Hilo on the east and is a beautiful drive that shouldn’t be missed.  Join us on our Wild […]

Hamakua Coast

The Hamakua Coast is on the northeast side of the Big Island just above Hilo.   The Hawaiian name Hamakua  means “Breath of God” and based on its’ beauty it’s easy to see how it got the handle.  The Hamakua Coast drive is 45 miles long and our Big Island Circle Tour and Wild & Scenic […]

Kona Coffee

Coffee pour with heart

Kona is famous for, among other things, coffee.  Volcanic soil, temperate climate and other factors create the perfect environment for this Hawaiian treasure.  Our Big Island Circle, Deluxe Volcano Experience and Coffee, Cloud, Forest & Brewery Tours include a stop at a Coffee farm where you can sample a wide selection of Kona coffees. Our […]

Winter on the Big Island

Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant Sign

Winter is a great time to visit the Big Island.  The weather is warm and sunny!  It’s also a great time to visit the Kilauea Volcano.  Our volcano express tour is the best way to focus on the volcano while spending less time on the road.  Pick a daytime tour or nighttime tour and depart […]

Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation

Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation

Our Coffee, Cloud Forest & Brewery Tour showcases the best of Kona in a half-day tour. Learn about the history and culture of ancient fishponds.  We stop at Mountain, Thunder Coffee Plantation which is located on the slopes of Hualalai and offers a farm tour, tasting and gift shop.