SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS
I swam with the dolphins 1/2 inch from my face not 30 minutes away by car and one of my guests swam with 35 dolphins not more than a mile north on the coast. We love living in Hawaii and sharing the Hawaiian experience with our guests.
Living in Hawaii, we are blessed, but we also have a lot of wild nature surrounding us. We have a great amount of dust from the volcano. Everywhere there is wildlife from beetles to ants to praying manta. With high winds and tides and rain and sun our places need more maintenance as things come up to address changing conditions. We have high humidity that can cause towels to mold in a short time. There are unexplored ordinance around the island and earth quakes and even flash flooding. It's part of the challenge and beauty of living in Hawaii. If you let us know we can address concerns caused by theses island conditions and make your stay better; some of these conditions are a part of island living.
SUPPORTING BEAUTIFUL HAWAII
Your money paid toward Tax makes a big difference in Hawaii. The Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) is collected by the State Department of Taxation. It goes into 3 main pools – State General Fund (pays for everything from teachers to parks), County General Funds (there is a distribution percentage by County – last year our county received a percentage that came out to $18 million), and to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, which gives lots of resources for travelers and money for some of the best events on the island which are available via links on our site and at go Hawaii. HTA uses theirs for all 9 of their initiatives (marketing, safety, product development, workforce development, etc.). The split is roughly 1/3 (state), 1/3 (all counties), 1/3 HTA. The state and county have in recent years been improving the parks and roads too, yeah usable restrooms and life guards, even reef education projects through the Kohala Center.