Friday, September 28, 2012

Ghost Tours on the Big Island

With Halloween just around the corner, ghost hunters of all ages won't want to miss Kona Historical Society's annual Christ Church Graveyard Tour. To be held Friday, October 26 at 6 p.m. in Kealakekua, the lantern-lit tour features a fun visit to several historical graves at the church, which is the oldest Anglican church in the state of Hawai‘i.

Dressed in 19th century garb, tour leader Maile Melrose will play the part of her great-great grandmother, Elizabeth Caroline Greenwell (1841-1934), who is actually buried at the graveyard next to her husband, Henry Nicholas Greenwell (1826-1891), a pioneer of Kona coffee. An actress and docent at Kona Historical Society in Kealakekua, Maile is a wealth of knowledge about Kona history. During the graveyard tour, Maile entertains and informs guests with tales of Kona's bygone era, captivating her audience with tales of "murder, arson and betrayal, as well as loyalty and love, which took place in the previously sleepy districts of Kona."

If the graveyard tour perks your interest in Kona history, you might want to attend the Hanohano ‘O Kona Lecture Series on Wednesday, October 31, when Maile presents an in-depth discussion about notable residents of Christ Church and Central Kona Union Cemeteries. The talk takes place at West Hawai‘i Civic Center on Kealakehe Parkway in Kailua-Kona. For information, visit

Here at Holualoa Inn, history comes alive on our 30-acre coffee estate. Explore ancient trails and see the remnants of an ancient holua slide. Our Kona bed-and-breakfast boutique hotel offers a tropical paradise just minutes away from the water attractions and beaches of Kailua-Kona.

Innkeeper Holualoa Inn

Monday, September 17, 2012

Big Island Farmers Markets

The Big Island's bounty of agricultural products are well represented at any number of great farmers markets across the island. From freshly roasted mac nuts and lehua blossom honey to organic mixed greens, tropical fruits and exotic produce of every variety imaginable, Hawai‘i Island is the undisputed agricultural leader in the state of Hawai‘i.

On the Kona side, the weekly Keauhou Farmers Market takes place every Saturday morning in the parking lot of Keauhou Shopping Center. Amid a backdrop of live Hawaiian music, the abundant offerings include fresh baked goods, jams, jellies, Kona coffee, flowers, coconut water, juice from the sugar cane and plenty of fruits and vegetables fresh off the vine.

South Kona Green Market
Open Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Historic Kailua Village, the Kona Inn Farmers Market boasts lots of island-grown produce, beautiful tropical floral arrangements, leis and more — with over 40 vendors selling arts, crafts, coffee, gifts and more. On Sunday mornings in Captain Cook, the South Kona Green Market is the place to be for live music, artisan bread, mac nuts, locally grown fruits and produce, fine woodworking, crafts and food.

Hilo Farmers Market
If you happen to be in Hilo on Wednesday or Saturday, you won't want to miss the granddaddy of all farmers' markets on the Big Island. Located on the Bayfront in downtown Hilo, the Hilo Farmers Market features everything from Puna goat cheese and locally grown honey to delicious mochi, baked goods, local-style lunch items and a bounty of Big Island produce at great prices.

Every morning, guests of Holualoa Inn will enjoy an abundance of ingredients selected fresh from our own gardens that surround the Inn. For breakfast, Chef Brian prepares gourmet fare featuring eggs from our coop, arugula from our lettuce beds and papayas from our orchards, to name a few. Wake up to the aroma of 100-percent Kona coffee harvested from our 31-acre coffee estate in the heart of Kona Coffee Country.

Innkeeper Holualoa Inn