My name is Rhonda Pollard, activity coordinator for three active, fun-loving dogs here on our beautiful island of Hawai’i. I work full-time as a Human Resource manager for a utility company on Hawai’i Island and own and operate Kahi Ola Mau Farm on the Hamakua Coast. As of March 2017, I proudly serve on the Hawaii Island Humane Society Board of Directors. In 2012, I came up with the idea for creating this website because we frequently met dog owners who said there was nowhere on our island to take their dogs. After listing all the places I took our dogs and seeing the surprised look on their faces (and doing this week after week!), I decided our island needed something like this, and so this website idea was born. The name “Lava Dogs Hawaii” is applicable to ALL of our dogs, and it stuck with me from the very beginning when it was just me, my chocolate Labrador Retriever, Kimo, and our friend, Jen Mosby, and her dogs, Guinne and Eller, hiking the MANY miles of various trails in Waikoloa Village. I want to thank Jen and her “lava dogs” for showing me all these trails.
I pride myself on my thorough research of each location or establishment, confirming (and re-confirming) with the owner, manager, or local government official to make sure I have the most accurate information possible. I realize there are additional places that people take their dogs where they aren’t legally allowed, but you will not see those places listed here. Please let me know if there are other things you would like to see here or that you’d like me to research! As you can imagine, I am extremely busy and active, but I do want to hear from you and will respond to anyone who contacts me!
COMING IN 2017! – Due to numerous requests, I will be researching dog-friendly locations on the islands of KAUAI and MAUI to possibly add those to our website. Mahalo to Mokulele Airlines (#PetsFlyFree) for making such inter-island trips possible with our furry loved ones.
ADVERTISE WITH US: I will place your ad on our Lava Dogs page and promote your business through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! $20 per month. Discounted rates for 6 month or 1 year contract agreements. Please send your business ads as a .jpg file to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ad size should be 300 pixels wide X 100 pixels tall (or no more than 300 pixels tall). Mahalo for your support!
LavaDogsHawaii.com Readership as of August 21, 2017:
- Visits: 988 per month on average over the past 12 months (Google Analytics)
- Page Views: 46 per day on average (Google Analytics)
- Facebook fans: 960
- Instagram followers: 1,073 (@LavaDogs808)
- Twitter followers: 212 (@LavaDogsHawaii)
Mahalo nui loa,
Rhonda Pollard, Founder and Dog Activity Expert