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Kona Coffee Ocean View Farmhouse

Kona Coffee Ocean View Farmhouse

Al’s Kona Coffee Ocean View Farmhouse is actually TWO separate vacation rentals: one upstairs and one downstairs, but both are dog-friendly and AMAZING!  The ocean view is incredible, and we highly recommend this lovely, modern “farmhouse” in the heart of Kona coffee country. TOP FLOOR Accommodations: House, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths (Sleeps 4), laminate wood and tile floors.  Cool and breezy, perfect for long/thick-haired pooches. Base Rate: $132 per night (4 to 5 night minimum). Website: https://www.vrbo.com/370929 Contact: tel: (831)-277-7270 Pet Policy: Pets considered upon approval by owner. Pet fee: Not listed Fence: None Yard: There’s a very nice grassy lawn plus the whole coffee orchard.  Ample room to run and play! WARNING: There is a lot of wildlife in the area: chickens, turkeys, and pigs at night feeding on the mac nuts, so we cannot recommend this rental to anyone with dogs who have a prey drive. BOTTOM FLOOR Accommodations: House, 1 bedroom, 1 bath (Sleeps 2), laminate wood and tile floors.  Cool and breezy, perfect for long/thick-haired pooches. Base Rate: $108 per night (3 to...

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Ala Kahakai Trail (Access Point: Spencer Beach Park) – PLEASE READ 4/6/16 UPDATE

Ala Kahakai Trail (Access Point: Spencer Beach Park) – PLEASE READ 4/6/16 UPDATE

Location: Ala Kahakai Trail is a 175-mile long trail broken up into segments.  Spencer Beach Park is just one access point that is 3 miles long, ending at Hapuna Beach.   ***4/6/2016 UPDATE: Dogs are prohibited in any County of Hawaii beach park, including Spencer Beach Park.  While many of us have hiked with our dogs from Spencer Beach Park, we have been (innocently) doing so under the radar due to a lack of County Parks & Recreation employees present at Spencer Beach.  We are currently looking into options, possibly other access points that welcome dogs.  I will be talking with both Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail personnel and DLNR (who has also has jurisdiction over the Na Ala Hele trail system) to see if we can find a solution.  Mauna Kea Resort will not allow any dogs on property, so that entrance is not an option either.  It’s interesting and a predicament…The person at the guard shack told me to enter from Spencer Beach Park “since no one from...

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Kona Farm Direct Coffee and Ice Cream

Kona Farm Direct Coffee and Ice Cream

Where: 75-5663 Palani Road,  Suite K, Kailua-Kona (located underneath Splasher’s Grill across from Kailua Pier) Call: (808) 443-2646 Website: http://www.konafarmdirect.com/ Hours: Mon:  6:00 am – 12:00 pm; Tue:  6:00 am – 9:00 pm; Wed:  6:00 am – 5:00 pm; Thu-Sat:  6:00 am – 10:00 pm; Sun:  6:00 am – 5:00 pm Gourmet Hawaiian Ice Cream Espresso Bar that allows friendly dogs to sit with their caregivers at their outside...

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Hilo Shark’s Coffee (Honomu)

Hilo Shark’s Coffee (Honomu)

Where: 28-1672 Old Mamalahoa Hwy., Honomu (near Akaka Falls (NOTE: Dogs are not permitted at the Falls!)) Call: (808) 963-6706 Website:http://www.hilosharkscoffee.com/ Open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Margie and I had a “ruff” meeting here in May 2015 with our friends, Paulla Speegle (owner of Aloha Pawz Dog & Cat Boutique in Hilo) and just loved it! Not only do they offer great Hawaii-grown coffee, but they have breakfast, lunch, and sell locally-made chocolate, coffee, chocolate tea, and honey!  Margie kept peeking in through the back screened door to see what was going on. The back patio is nice and cool and shaded…perfect for you and your leashed pups.  Dogs permitted in the back patio area only…and can be accessed easily around the side of the...

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Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Every year we take the pooches to Volcano area for a few days and try out a new dog-friendly vacation rental (There are many, and here are just a handful of the ones we have checked out:  http://lavadogshawaii.com/dog-friendly-lodging/).  While the Hawai’i Volcanoes NP allows pets in the park, they are prohibited on any hiking trails…Bummer, I know, but it is for the protection of the federally-protected, endangered Nene goose, which nest in the Park.  We take our dogs there on one day during our trip, and we enjoy driving through the park, walking with them on leash from the visitor center parking lot toward the sulfur vents.  And then we drive and stop periodically in parking lots with overlooks, including the Jaggar Museum (allowed at the overlook only, not inside the museum). ( **PLEASE NOTE: Pets are no longer allowed at the end of Chain of Craters Road where Holei Sea Arch is located. There are many that rely on this area for feeding and nesting habitat, and they’ve had an...

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Hawaii Island Retreat (trail) – Kapa’au

Hawaii Island Retreat (trail) – Kapa’au

Directions: As you enter Kapa’au and pass Fig’s Mixed Plate on your left, drive past the guard rails and turn left at Maluhia Road.  It is a gravel road, and there will be a “Shoreline Public Access” and “Hawaii Island Retreat” signs.  Follow these signs.  Turn left at the “T” through the tunnel of trees, and turn right. Address: 54-250 Lokahi Road, Kapa’au, HI  96755 Website: http://www.hawaiiislandretreat.com/ About: Hawaii Island Retreat’s “50 acres of needled grove and valley trails include legendary council stones and native trees, planted generations ago by a Hawaiian kahuna and his beloved wife.”  The owners of Hawaii Island Retreat have graciously allowed LEASHED dogs and their owners to use their hiking and jogging trails.  The one time I visited, I was unable to locate any type of trail, but I’m sure it’s somewhere here, and it’s such a beautiful location, it’s nice to just stroll around.  KEEP IN MIND: Visitors come here for meditation and a healthy living retreat, so I suggest bringing only your quietest,...

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