Petroglyphs Abound on Big Island

Many ancient cultures have left their mark on history through petroglyphs, a term based in Greek meaning stone writing. Hawaiian culture is rich in these type of stone pictographs which, in Hawaiian, are known as ki’i pohaku – ki’‘i meaning “image” or “picture” and pohaku meaning “stone.” ki’i pohaku can be found in over …

Guests Find Unexepected Weather in Volcano, Hawaii

Hawaii is the only U.S. state within the tropics and the only state to be completely surrounded by the ocean. Because of its proximity to the equator, temperatures around the islands are relatively mild and constant throughout the year. The surface waters around Hawaii average 80 °F, all year round. Visitors …

Farmer’s Markets Allow Local Eating

While staying at Hale KupuKupu, guests have a fully equipped chef’s kitchen, complete with brand new appliances. There is no reason not to take advantage of the local produce available at the Big Island’s many farmers markets. For Hale KupuKupu, the closest is the Sunday morning market at Cooper center …

Welcome Materials Now Available in Chinese

To make our guests feel welcome, and to facilitate communication, we are in the process of preparing our welcome and guest communications in multiple languages. Our first translated materials are a Chinese version of our welcome letter to our guests. We will be having additional materials prepared in other languages …

Hale’s Garden Features Huge Plant Variety

The half-acre of groomed gardens at Hale KupuKupu, along with the half acre of natural rain forest offer examples of the many plants that can be found in the Hawaiian Islands. Some of the species at Hale KupuKupu can be grown only in Volcano’s temperate climate region. A quick walk …

What is Poke and How do you Make it?

There are literally as many recipes for this Hawaiian dish as there are cooks. In the days “before Capt. James Cook”, the dish was extremely simple; raw fish, limu (seaweed), sea salt and kukui nuts. This tradition has exploded into variations of every kind, including tofu poke. The only “rules” …

Day Hiking Adventures

Hale KupuKupu is an idea location to stay for visitors who want to spend time in Hiking in Volcano National Park. There are hiking trails for every level of hiker, and across many different terrains. The park offers a wealth of information on all of the hiking options—everything from hiking …

How to Make Coconut Haupia and Chocolate Pie

Coconut pudding, or haupia as it is known in the islands, is a classic recipe that appears in many different forms around the islands. One use is in a classic pie that combines a layer of haupia and a layer of chocolate filling in one pie. The following link is to a recipe you must try if you are planning on making this classic pie. There is a lot of argument between aunties on the island on the best type of coconut milk to use with many saying that frozen coconut milk is the only one that you should use. Also, while most recipes use cornstarch as thickener, there are many who swear that arrowroot is the best choice. Arrowroot, for those who don’t know, is basically the same plant as taro and has been grown in the American south, particularly Louisiana and used as a thickener. So arrowroot is probably a bit more “traditional” than using corn starch. As for the type of coconut milk, we actually did a test and made haupia from both frozen and canned milks of various varieties. The biggest difference actually is based on the fat content of the milk you are using. The creamiest haupia is actually made with a very high fat content coconut milk product, such as a canned coconut cream.

http://www.hawaiimagazine.com/blogs/hawaii_today/2009/8/5/chocolate_haupia_pie_recipe

Volcano Garden Arts Provides Unique Food and Art

Volcano Garden Arts, owned by local artist Ira Ono, provides visitors with access to the work of many of Volcano’s artists and unique gift items. The Cafe also provides award winning vegetarian and vegan food options served in the cafe or the garden. When you drop by for the food or art, mention that you are a guest at Hale KupuKupu. Our guest services manager is often working in the gallery and would love to hear how you are enjoying your stay. In Hawaiian, the word “ono” means good and the cafe and gallery certainly live up to the owner’s name–they are very ono.

https://www.volcanogardenarts.com/

Shower in the Rainforest

Guests staying at Hale KupuKupu can have the unique experience of showing outside in the Rainforest with the Hale’s outdoor surfboard shower. The shower was installed early in 2017 and uses a 9′ longboard that one of the neighbors in Volcano used to use regularly to surf around the Big Island. After cleaning the wax off of the board, we stenciled the Polynesian “tattoo” design onto the board and installed plumbing to provide hot and cold water. The privacy and secluded nature of the hale make the shower private for guests even though it is located in the back yard. And yes we use it regularly when we are in Hawaii and we have had guests regularly comment on how much they enjoyed the shower in the yard.