3 December 2013
What a morning it was at KHON Channel 2 in Honolulu! I LOVED being on TV as an ambassador for Volcano Village Lodge. If you’d told me that I’d be on TV last year, I wouldn’t have believed you. Despite the 5 automated, giant cameras tracking our every move, it felt like I was simply giving morning new anchor Olena a cooking lesson. I love inspiring people to enjoy a healthy diet and lifestyle.
This amazing opportunity to promote the lodge on TV came up quickly and I sprang into action. I prepared for a week – shopping for ingredients, creating recipes, traveling to Honolulu, shopping again, prepping, cooking, blow drying my hair (I never do that!) at 4am and finally the big moment arrived at 6:30am Nov 26th, 2013!
FOX’s KHON Channel 2 in Honolulu welcomed me on the air to talk about a healthy Thanksgiving menu and Volcano Village Lodge where I’m their Health & Wellness Expert. The segment was a very quick 3 minutes.
As a special holiday gift to you, here is a link to all of the recipes I prepared for the show. We ran out of time, so they didn’t all make their debut on air!
The four on-air personalities tried the dishes and raved about them. They were excited to make the recipes at home. During commercial breaks, they dashed over to my table for some taste testing.
Jai, who covers morning traffic, helped me carry in my demo table and he immediately spied the Brussels Sprouts which he told me he’s always loved, even as a kid. He tasted them as soon as we got the table in place and exclaimed that they were fantastic. After my segment wrapped, the news anchor Ron, popped over to try out his favorite, the Roasted Root Vegetables. News anchor Olena and Kanoe, who covers weather, tried the Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse on-air and loved it!
Here’s what I made:
Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts
Holiday Lentil Loaf
Magnificent Mushroom Gravy
Roasted Root Vegetables
Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse
No need to wait for a special occasion to prepare these recipes. Incorporate them into a meal any day of the week. You’ll be increasing your intake of energizing, nutrient rich plants.
While these holiday menu items don’t find their way to the breakfast trays of those who request vegan and vegetarian options at Volcano Village Lodge, the same thought and love went into all of the breakfast items as well. At the lodge you can find a variety of vegan and vegetarian breakfast items including fresh, local fruit, tofu scrambles with local vegetables, baked goods, and many other healthy alternatives.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful and healthy holiday season!
With health & aloha,
Holistic Health Coach
3 December 2013
We are so excited to be sharing Tara Crawford’s Healthy, Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes from her TV performance on KHON2 Honolulu. Here’s the link to Tara’s, original recipes http://taraonmaui.com/blog/thanksgiving/
Tara Crawford is a Health and Wellness Expert and works with Volcano Village Lodge and Emma Spencer Living to incorporate healthy living into their breakfasts. For more information on Tara visit http://taraonmaui.com/
1 December 2013
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Relaxation is paramount at lodge amid rain forest – Hawaii News -
Honolulu Star-Advertiser StarAdvertiser.com 12/1/2013
Relaxation is paramount at lodge amid rain forest
By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
In the Hawaiian forest, birds converse in soft, sweet sonnets. Fronds bend and sway in response to the
whispers of the wind. The sound of gently falling rain soothes the soul like a lullaby.
Here, amid the peace and verdant finery of nature, Volcano Village Lodge lures guests away from the
hubbub of everyday life.
» . Volcano Village is a haven for artists. Volcano Garden Arts (volcanogardenarts.com)Volcano Village
features lovely gardens, outdoor art studios and installations, a vegetarian cafe, and a gallery of
treasures created by more than 100 Hawaii island artists (most from Volcano), all for sale. It’s open from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; admission is free. » . A free guided walkVolcano Art Center, Niaulani Campus
through the Niaulani rain forest is offered Mondays at 9:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Meet on the
center’s front porch; advance reservations aren’t needed. The trail is open for self-guided walks during
daylight hours. The center is at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road. Call 967-8222 for more information. » Hawaii
. The Volcano Village Lodge is 2 miles from the entrance to Hawaii VolcanoesVolcanoes National Park
National Park, which is open round the clock throughout the year, including holidays. For information
about programs, hiking trails, guided walks, special events and more, check out the website, www.nps.
Warmed by a wood-burning fireplace, the reception area is a welcoming entrance to a marvelous escape.
Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, available throughout the day, are a tasty treat. Games, CDs, books
about Hawaii and about 200 DVD movies can be borrowed free of charge. Out the sliding door and down
a wraparound lanai is a hot tub that melts away stress and muscle aches in minutes.
IF YOU GO … VOLCANO VILLAGE LODGE
Address: 19-4183 Road E, Volcano Village, Hawaii island Rates: Starting at $280 per night based on aRates
two-night minimum stay, including breakfast. Rates are based on single or double occupancy (except the
Mauna Loa room, which is based on three guests). There’s a $25 fee per night per additional guest.
Phone: 985-9500 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.emmaspencerliving.com/
Notes: Kamaaina discounts are periodically offered for Hawaii residents planningvolcano-village-lodgeNotes
to travel within 60 days. Ask about availability. A Wine & Cheese Package ($75) and a Champagne &
Chocolates Package ($95) can be added at the time of booking. Temperatures in Volcano Village, which
is 4,000 feet above sea level, average in the high 60s to low 70s. Be sure to pack a jacket and/or
Gravel paths lead to five beautifully appointed rooms, each with a covered lanai and large glass doors and
windows that frame thick stands of bamboo, ohia trees and hapuu ferns. Positioned for privacy, no two
rooms are exactly alike.
Glass walls on three sides immerse Hale Kilauea in natural light and showcase the vivid greenery outside.
So close and expansive are the views, it’s like being wrapped in nature’s arms.
Guests who’ve reserved Hale Manaluna have the adjoining library all to themselves when the reception
area is closed from 6 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. daily.
A two-room suite, Mauna Loa delights visitors with its vaulted ceiling, rain-fed koi pond, and meditation loft
with zafu cushions, yoga mats and a prayer table.
Mahogany French doors, antique Balinese furniture and high, open-beam ceilings make the octagonal
Haleakala room the epitome of tropical elegance.It’s said the presence of Pele, the Hawaiian volcano
goddess, can be felt strongly there.
Mauna Kea mirrors the shape of Haleakala, albeit on higher ground. It has been dubbed the “Treehouse
Room” because it overlooks the tops of giant hapuu ferns.
All accommodations are furnished with the conveniences of home, including a microwave, refrigerator,
teakettle, coffee maker, toaster oven, Wi-Fi connection, CD and iPod players, and a gas fireplace. To
preserve the quiet, secluded ambience, there are no phones in the rooms, and the flat-screen TV is set up
to play just movies.
MORNINGS begin with a breakfast of yogurt, cereals, fresh fruit (longan and rambutan are luscious
surprises) and a delicious entrée (think sweet bread French toast, spinach-and-mushroom quiche, and
sausage-and-potato casserole). Vegan and vegetarian options are available upon request, and a basket is
kept filled with popcorn, candy bars, granola bars, macadamia nuts and other snacks.
The lodge’s growing ohana of return guests includes an author and motivational speaker from Hono-lulu
who keeps a hectic schedule. So rejuvenating is her time at the lodge, she has booked a stay there every
year since it opened in 2006.
A couple from rural Illinois brings a different family member with them on their lodge getaways — usually a
young grandchild who loves discovering the wonders of the rain forest.
Three years ago, an artist spent several hours relaxing on his lanai every day of his visit. A few weeks
after he returned home, a package arrived at the lodge, containing a drawing of the lush scene that had
inspired him. That gift now hangs in the reception area for everyone to enjoy.
Inhaling the fragrance of the forest, listening to birdsong, admiring dew on a leaf — the Volcano Village
Lodge reminds travelers that the simplest pleasures sometimes add up to the most memorable vacations.
Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi is a Honolulu-based freelance writer whose travel features for the Star-Advertiser
have won several Society of American Travel Writers awards.
27 November 2013
Today was history in the making for Volcano Village Lodge and Emma Spencer Living. For the first time ever, we were on TV. As a matter of fact our Health and Wellness Expert, Tara Crawford, presented a cooking segment on KHON2 morning news.
With Thanksgiving in a few days and the rest of the holiday season ahead of us, Tara displayed two recipes: Vegan Chocolate Mousse and Lentil Loaf. Being a vegan herself, Tara is an excellent coach when it comes to eating healthy. For more information about Tara Crawford visit TaraOnMaui
We are ecstatic to see what the future holds for us and Tara! Mahalo for all the support
18 November 2013
Noise is something I can zero in on better than you humans. It is a gift I’m proud of and one I assure you I enjoy.
This morning I’m relaxing outside on top of the water containment area. I have my front legs stretched out reaching toward the front of the chair I call my outside home. My back is curled in a way that would be uncomfortable if I were a human. And my back legs almost circle back around. I love lounging. My ears hear a guest walking across the lava stone. Once by the main lodge I see him grab a handful of cookies as he acts as if mom will stop him. ”Go ahead and enjoy” I want to purr their direction, “Ain’t no moms around here to stop you. It’s vacation time. Enjoy.”
The female guest whispers to her companion, “I don’t want to leave this magical place.” The guy ceremoniously wipes their name off the white board our innkeepers use to welcome guests. ”I’m sad to leave.” She says as she buries her head into his shoulder.”
I hear birds making noise in the trees and the sun feels warm on my fur. It is a purr-fect morning and I hope all of our guests are having purr-fect days touring the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or one of the nice black sand beaches.
They tell me there are huge turtles a few miles up route 11. I’m not sure if they would scare me or if I would scare them. I want to see them one of these days.
I’m listening to our innkeeper prepare tomorrow’s breakfast. I can hear water boiling and a pan frying something delicious. I can hear sounds with my eyes closed that tell me everything is okay and that the Lodge is in good hands. The organic sheets are being ironed while the luscious robes are being washed and dried.
I’m able to relax because the sounds tell me that everyone is doing their job. The phone rings and a guest has a question. Our innkeeper sadly informs them that we are booked for those dates. A large pickup truck drives down the road and the noise of loud obnoxious dogs barking make me take note. Ah, I hope I don’t have to run down there and give those dogs a piece of my mind. The noise stops. The dogs quiet down. The world is peaceful again.
I pull my paws in closer to my body and my cat claws are hidden. My head relaxes and my eyes are closed. The lodge is moving as planned. I’m happy. I’m ready to nap.
15 November 2013
Bust out your calendars, because Volcano Village Lodge has some exciting news that you won’t want to miss!
On November 26th, our Health Coach and Vegan Cook for Emma Spencer Living, Tara Crawford will be on KHON, Honolulu Morning News at 6:15am.
She will be sharing some of her healthy and very yummy cooking tips and recipes. If you can’t catch it live, we’ll make sure to post the video as soon as possible. I wonder what she will share with us (I heard something about a dessert??)
Good Luck Tara!
11 November 2013
It’s that time of year again… And I’m not talking about the holiday season. Well this subject goes hand in hand with the holiday season, but offers much more excitement. Nov 29, 30, and Dec 1 marks the 27th annual Volcano Village Artists Hui!
My inside joke about Volcano is that everyone is an artist. And this is the one event a year for you to see for yourself. Numerous artists open their studio and home doors from 10am-4pm for locals and visitors to view and purchase artwork.
And trust me, you will find one of kind artwork. Artwork ranges from pottery, wood carvings, water colors, and much, much more. I couldn’t think of a better holiday gift to give, meanwhile supporting the Volcano community.
For more information visit http://www.volcanovillageartistshui.com/
9 November 2013
Aloha kakou. We are so happy for our sister property, 5th Street Ohana, to offer an amazing deal for all military personnel. Below is the media alert. Please share with friends and your ohana. Mahalo nui loa to all of our troops. For more information visit www.5thstreetohana.com or call (808) 985-9500
Kristin Jackson, Jackson INK: 808.428.1625, email@example.com
Volcano Village Lodge’s 5th Street Ohana Property Offers Special Military Discount in Observation of Veterans Day
Active Duty Military and Retirees to Receive 25% Discount at the Big Island Retreat
HONOLULU, November 7, 2013 – In observance of Veteran’s Day, Volcano Village Lodge, one of the Big Island’s premiere bed and breakfast properties announced a special discount for active duty members of the military, veterans and retirees at its sister property – 5th Street Ohana. Proud to support our troops, VVL would like to offer 25% off regular rates at the private vacation home. This discount will be available indefinitely as a small token of appreciation for their dedication and service. 5th Street Ohana is a fusion of casual Hawaiian atmosphere with the quality and style of a secluded, small bed and breakfast and provides individual explorers and family escapades a comfortable accommodation close to the popular Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. 5th Street Ohana has been labeled as “The Best Value” for families who want to explore the Big Island. With this additional discount, military families can afford to travel to this tropical hideaway on a budget without compromising quality and service.
About Emma Spencer Living
Emma Spencer Living properties are family owned and operated. We believe that no matter where you are in the world, you deserve luxurious comfort. Our guests appreciate the care we put into making our locations comfortable, so they can enjoy the experience, sights, sounds and culture during their stay.
Located on the Big Island of Hawaii located just a mile from the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Village Lodge is for people who want more out of life than a whirlwind tour of the island. Volcano Village is a “World Heritage Site,” protected habitats for rare and endangered species as well as unique biological and geological evolutions having universal significance to all humanity. Consistently top rated recommended by Conde Nast Travelers and with over 450 five star ratings on Tripadvisor, VVL has succeeded in customer satisfaction and luxurious comfort and is a retreat for the mind and body, and for those who appreciate the finer details in life.
23 October 2013
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is finally open! It was getting grim with the government shutdown and the lava virtually not flowing. But that’s ok, because our Innkeepers did a great job at recommending other adventures for our guests. However, we know that the majority of the people come to Volcano for the park. In turn, I wanted to do a special adventure, for those really seeking a totally different experience while on vacation.
Please note that what I’m about to describe, in my eyes, is in the top five most beautiful beaches in the world. And yes, it’s right here in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. However, with that said, this hike is hard, hot, and long. Really, it’s only for the avid day hikers. The reward is priceless and astonishing, but it may leave you a little sore.
Halape is one of those beaches that’ll leave you speechless. Before you head out be prepared. You’ll need a permit, lots of water (recommended 3 liters/person), snacks, sunscreen, and appropriate footwear. To get there you’ll have to decide on one of the trails. Whichever way you take it’ll be 8-12 miles, ONE WAY! Like I said, it’s really for the avid hikers.
About 2 miles prior to arrival, sites of palm trees sway in the distance like a mirage. The final descent into Halape is rugged and trying, but when you get to the beach the views are breath taking. Turquoise water, huge palm trees, white sand, gentle waves… Set-up your hammock or go for a swim. Relax, recharge, and explore. Follow the beach all the way to the end and look for the last palm tree. There you will find a trail going to a brackish crack or nature’s swimming pool. Please rise all sunscreen, deodorant, and soap off in the ocean prior to going in. This is a very sensitive ecosystem, please respect it.
Halape holds a very special place in my heart. And I hope it does the same for you. Be prepared, respectful, and have fun!
19 October 2013
I was resting on a Purr-sian rug the other day reading cat-facts and began pondering my life as a Volcano Village Lodge Top Cat. I admit that I have it good.
According to my book of silly cat facts I must come from a long line of especially appreciated and proudly spoiled felines. Of this, I boast.
It is widely known that the more you humans speak to us, the more we will speak to you. The more our guests take time to pet me, the more I will take time to listen. This isn’t a cat fact, it is a Gino fact.
Some dude named Sir Isaac Newton is credited with inventing the cat door. Some silly boy in New Jersey became the first small human stuck in a cat door.
I may be smaller than you humans, but I have more bones. You humans have 206 bones while I have 230 bones. I know because I actually counted. Of course, I had to do a cat scan on our innkeepers. Rest assured, they have all their bones.
It has been scientifically proven that owning one of us is good for your health. I argue that you humans never ‘own’ us as we like to think we own you. When a cat selects you your stress level decreases and your blood pressure decreases. Life is better when you have us around.
Ah, all this reading makes me sleepy. I think a nap is in order. A nap is always in order.