CURRENT ACTIVITIES   SPECIAL EVENTS

• The Morning After ( FULL Moon) Hikes

• Akiko'S Buddha Buzz

• The Pottery & Gardens of Clayton Amemiya

• If Stones could Speak

 

• Annual Traditional Mochi Pounding

• Images of Gratitude - Douglas Beasley

• Merrie Monarch Hula Festival

• Coffee Picking

The current activities and special events list change from time to time. Be sure to check this site to see what is scheduled for the the near future

While here, you are welcome to assist with the farm on the 2-acre grounds, participate in daily sitting meditation practice, attend tai chi & chi quong classes with Akiko, go to an occasional dinner, movie or outing with other guests and pursue your own explorations around the island... whatever you like. Longer stays of 10 or more days - you are welcomed to stay in any of the our accommodations the Main-Monastery House , Pu'uhonua House, Banana Patch Cottage, Mango Tree Cottage, or Artist Retreat Studio, at reduced rates. Please contact Akiko (808) 963-6422, or email msakiko@hawaii.rr.com

TRANSPORTATION: A rental car is advisable. There is public bus service. Schedules and map in pdf format can be downloaded here. Our stop is "Hakalau." (If you are not able to open file get your free Acrobat Pdf reader at Adobe

The Morning After (the FULL Moon) Hikes:

Guests leave the B&B at 4:30 a.m. and arrive at Volcano at 5:30 a.m. to begin the descent into the Kilauea Volcano crater to watch the sunrise & then the full moon set. SPECTACULAR!!

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Akiko's Buddha Buzz ! ! !

Two 1-POUND bags of Hakalau medium roast beans. $55 includes S&H. Make check out to : "AKIKO'S" - P.O. Box 272, Hakalau, Hawaii 96710. Brew yourself a cup of coffee & return to breakfast time at Akiko's - those great conversations, good food & amazing fellowship!! Send coffee to friends. Brew some BUZZZ at home and share with friends. LOVELY way to share and to support community activities at Akiko’s.

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If Stones Could Speak- Hidden Hawaii Adventures


Go via 4-wheel drive with native-son, sociology professor, rock-sculptor, Dr. Fred Soriano, past ancient petroglyphs to the ocean where he gathers the stones that become one-of-a kind Japanese stone lanterns and water basins, and Buddhist and Hawaiian deities. See and experience Hawaii in a 5-6 hour adventure - a most unique way which will leave you transformed, just like the stones, tossed and rolled by sun, wind, water and time. ($75 per person, $135 per couple) Email: here or direct it to msakiko@hawaii.rr.com. See Charlene Asato's stunning book of Fred's work. Go to blurb.com /bookstore and type in Fred Soriano in "search."

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The Pottery & Gardens of Clayton Amemiya - Hidden Hawaiian Adventures

Clayton creates unique Hawaiian wood fired "Anagama" ceramics - vases, teacups, sake cups, large abstract wall and garden pieces, and special commissions.Visit the beautiful landscaped gardens and studio of local potter, Clayton Amemiya. . His home is tucked away in the hills behind Hilo. There you will see his artistry in his beautifully landscaped garden of exotic tropicals, many, many varieties of Hawaiian ti's, fruit trees and the carefully pruned magnificent bamboo grove. He will lead you along the smooth river-rock paths that wind through the gardens to his wood fired kiln where he fires his work.


Email: here or direct it to msakaiko@hawaii.rr.com for booking or call (808) 963-6422 for appointment.

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Images of Gratitude:

Hamakua Coast, Big Island, Hawaii with Douglas Beasley

February 2-11, 2017
Akiko's Buddhist Bed and Breakfast located along the beautiful lush Hamakua Coast 15 minutes North of Hilo will be our home base. Everyday we’ll begin with breakfast together, and then we’ll explore and photograph the Sacred landscape of the Big Island with its 14 different micro-climates, the Hamakua coast’s waterfalls & rain forest and plantation villages still inhabited by 4th & 5th generation former sugar workers families, the ocean & the wide variety of white and black sand beaches, and the endless expanse of volcanic lava fields. On this Hawaii journey, the photographer is asked to be especially mindful of the many natural “postures of gratitude” as seen in a breaking wave, a moment frozen forever when hot lava cooled, or a very old gravestone with no flowers or offerings, shaded by a giant, magnificent banyan tree. Go to Douglas's website for registration and more information. Extra days, either before or after the workshop can be arranged at Akiko's. Contact her directly at akikosbnb.com and visit Vision Quest Hawaii. http://douglasbeasley.com/big-island-hawaii-images-of-gratitude/

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2017 Annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival Competition


Apr 16-22, 2017. See the finest hula halaus (schools) perform both kahiko (ancient) and auwana (contemporary) hula in a competition that draws thousands to Hilo every year. Hotels and car rentals book early (some hotels are already fully booked) and performances are packed. Monarch http://merriemonarch.com/the-festival

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20th Annual Traditional Mochi (rice cake) Pounding for New Year (More "fun stuff" about our mochi pounding) Saturday, Dec. 30th, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Akiko's over the years has become synonymous with MOCHI POUNDING. This will be our 20th year. Started with 23 people, mostly neighbors, and now it has become a popular community and public event. This past year we had between 600-700 folks visit our wee village to participate in mochi pounding and other activities.

Come and join the fun on Saturday, Dec. 30th, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. making traditional rice cakes the "old-fashioned" way. Everyone takes their turn at pounding the glutinous sticky rice for good luck. Fire building starts at 7 a.m. to steam the rice. Hearty local style lunch for $5. New years crafts, food vendors, fortune telling, massage, I Ching readings, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan taiko drumming, Hawaiian entertainment & more. Great cultural mix of everything that makes Hawaii so special.

Call Miss Akiko @ (808) 963-6422 or email: here or direct it to msakiko@hawaii.rr.com for more information.

Our last Mochi Pounding Festival Video HERE

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