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Kona Coffee and Tea

TWO LOCATIONS:  Village Cafe 74-5588 Palani Rd Kailua-Kona, Hawaii  96740 (808) 365-5340 Open Monday – Sunday  6:00 am – 6:30 pm Harbor Cafe (A great place to stop before or after visiting Dog Beach at Honokohau Harbor!) 74-5035 Queen Kaahumanu Hwy. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii  96740 (808) 329-6577 Monday – Saturday  6:30 am – 5:00 pm Sunday 9:00am – 3:00pm Website: http://www.konacoffeeandtea.com/#new-page and on Facebook Note from Kona Coffee and Tea: “Our outside lanais are a perfect place to relax with man’s best friend!  Inside is for service dogs...

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Cafe Il Mondo – Honokaa

Cafe Il Mondo – Honokaa

**NEW LOCATION** Where: 45-3580 A Mamane Street, Honokaa (near the Honokaa People’s Theatre) Call: (808) 775-7711 Website: https://www.facebook.com/Cafe-il-Mondo-104991656210238/ Open Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays) from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m; 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Review: After a long five year wait, as of May 2016, Cafe il Mondo has opened a BEAUTIFUL, newly-constructed restaurant in the heart of Honokaa town.  They still serve the same amazing pizzas (Sergio’s pizza with pesto…oh my!) and calzones, but have expanded to seafood and pork specials, and they are all amazing and delicious!  Their pizza is baked in a stone oven, and their ingredients are all fresh.  I love everything I have eaten there!  Also new is gluten free pasta (for any dish except for lasagna), they now accept credit cards, AND they have a full bar.  Cafe il Mondo has several tables in front of their restaurant that are completely covered (shaded).  We eat here once a week, and on every other Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., an acoustic guitar trio from the band “Big...

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1871 Trail (Hōnaunau)

1871 Trail (Hōnaunau)

Location: Hōnaunau Directions: Although there are two access points to the 1871 Trail, please park and access the trail from the Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park since Ho’okena Beach Park (the other access point) does not permit dogs.  There is typically plenty of parking at the visitor center and more at the picnic area (down a dirt road).  Also, there are water fountains at the visitor center, which is great for refilling water bottles! Description: 6.2-mile round trip hiking trail, but can turn back any time! Please note: While dogs are welcome on the trail and picnic area, they are not allowed on the royal grounds within the park. Mahalo to Lava Dogs Hawaii fan Robin C. for sharing her recent hiking experience and photos in July 2016! “It was a really nice hike.  We left at 7am.  The early departure was definitely the way to go along with LOTS of water.  It was very warm and quite exposed.  We went to Kealia and back, which is 5.5 miles. The...

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The Poolhouse (Waikoloa Village)

The Poolhouse (Waikoloa Village)

Accommodations: 1-bedroom 1-story studio unit (accommodates 2 people) with full kitchen and bathroom with walk-in shower (and outdoor shower) in Waikoloa Village (in walking distance of Waikoloa Elementary School) and a large POOL for you and your dogs’ use! Cost: $155 to $165/night (2 night minimum stay) + $75 cleaning fee. Website: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1714262 Contact: Kelsey through the above Air BnB link. Fence:  YES…completely fenced-in!  Since there is a pool, County code requires a fence with latching gate.  From the parking area, you will walk through a gate and walk down two flights of outdoors patio stairs to the pool deck where The Poolhouse is located.  NOTE: If you have an elderly dog who cannot navigate stairs, you will have to carry him/her down the stairs.  Once you reach the pool deck at the bottom of the stairs, then it will be easy for any dog to move around. September 2 – 4, 2016 Review: The homeowner, Kelsey, lives on the property in a separate house with her very friendly, social...

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Dog Safe Landscaping

Now that we know what plants are toxic to our dogs, what is SAFE to plant in our yard? There are only two potential toxic native plants, and those are any species within the euphorbia (‘akoko) and wikstroemia (‘akia) genera.  Be sure to learn their scientific names since Hawaiian names can refer to other species within other genera.  Toxic native Hawaiian plants are pretty uncommon since most native species have lost their need for defense mechanisms against mammals. Looking for safe, durable landscaping?  Many of the native ferns are quite durable, as are ground covers like ‘ulei and pukiawe. Also mamaki....

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