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The Keitt Mango

The Keitt Mango

Last Updated on If there’s one fruit that’s most associated with the tropics, it’s the mango. The Keitt mango is the super-sized variety – a giant serving of delicious, natural sweetness. There are 5 different mango varieties grown at Horizon, and our favorite, by a long shot, is the Keitt. Mango harvest Some 40 different ...
The Horizon Bicycle Diaries

The Horizon Bicycle Diaries

Cycling is a big part of my life and a great way to keep fit. Here on the Big Island of Hawaii there are plenty of places to cycle. One of my favorite routes is from Kona, north to Waikoloa. It’s approximately 50 miles and it takes me about 3 hours to complete the ride. Bicycle ...
Koa: The Big Island’s Magnificent Wood

Koa: The Big Island’s Magnificent Wood

Pig board showing example of ‘compression or fire’ very rare even for curly koa To the casual visitor, Hawaii is sunshine and beaches. But it’s more than that. If you visit often, or for long enough, or are lucky enough to live here, you’ll discover a unique product that is grown only in Hawaii (endemic) – ...
Portuguese sweet bread French toast + homemade wholegrain cereal bread!

Portuguese sweet bread French toast + homemade wholegrain cereal bread!

French toast under lights There are two recipes which are considered the ‘most asked for’ from guests who have stayed at Horizon Guest House. The first is usually the whole grain hot cereal which we featured in an earlier blog post, and the second, is our delicious Portuguese sweet bread French toast. The Portuguese sweet bread I ...
Diving on the Big Island

Diving on the Big Island

The rare white sea urchin. Kona Coast. 40 ft depth. Photo credit: Clem Classen Diving in Hawaiian waters, whether it’s snorkelling or scuba, has always been regarded as one of the must-do diving experiences. But if you have ever dived in other locations around the world it may not be what you expect… *hint: it’s ...
Sunny: Queen of the Pastures

Sunny: Queen of the Pastures

Sunny is a special horse. Not just because she’s so special to us but also because she has an incredible pedrigree. Her official name is ‘Mirasol’ which means ‘look at the sun’ and she has been with us since 1996, when she came to us from Rancho Del Sueño in California. Sunny’s Family History The interesting ...
Wild Birds of Horizon: Part I

Wild Birds of Horizon: Part I

Kalij pheasants It’s not just domesticated animals you’ll see at Horizon Guest House. We have abundant wild bird life here on the property and in this post, part I of II, we’ll feature some of our favorites. Kalij pheasant The kalij pheasant was first introduced to Hawaii in 1962. The males are black with grey ...
Orchid Extravaganza!

Orchid Extravaganza!

Guests at Horizon Guest House often ask me ‘what makes Hawaii so special?’ and the first answer that usually comes to mind is ‘the weather’. The weather on the Big Island is consistent and doesn’t tend to change much throughout the year. The Big Island also has an added bonus – you can pick your weather within ...
Clem’s Hot Cereal Recipe: A B&B classic!

Clem’s Hot Cereal Recipe: A B&B classic!

Over the years guests have frequently asked for recipes of items on the Horizon BnB menu. Among the most requested recipes – our wild rice hot breakfast cereal! It’s sometimes called muesli, granola or oatmeal – the name varies from region to region. So why is it so good? First off, it happens to be really ...
Big Island Lava and the Hawaiian Diamond

Big Island Lava and the Hawaiian Diamond

A’a and Pahoehoe lava Hawaii is a series of islands composed, primarily, of lava. Lava isn’t all the same. Two main types are A’a (ah-ah) and pahoehoe (paw-hoey-hoey). There is also a third type, but you’re not likely to encounter it as it forms during submarine eruptions, this is called ‘pillow’ lava. The dynamics of a lava ...
Donkey Life: BFFs Poncho and Lefty

Donkey Life: BFFs Poncho and Lefty

Poncho and Lefty striking a pose Over ten years ago we added to the Horizon animal family with the first of two donkeys. Poncho was the first addition and soon after we added Lefty. Both donkeys were born in the wild but were captured when they were young. They’re quite tame and love being fed with ...
Geckos and Gecko Art at Horizon

Geckos and Gecko Art at Horizon

Gold Dust Gecko in the garden at Horizon Guest House Even though it was introduced from further afield, the gecko is now emblematic of Hawaii, and you can’t go far on the Big Island without finding them in the natural landscape, printed on t-shirts, made into stickers, or – as you’ll ...