Honored Again As The Best Bed & Breakfast in East Hawaii

The Palms Cliff House has the honor of being named the Best Bed & Breakfast in East Hawaii by readers of the Hawaii Tribune-Herald Newspaper for 2013. The Inn also won in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2005. John and Michele Gamble share the honor with their hard working staff, some of whom are shown below.. “We are able to be so successful because we have such wonderful and dedicated staff that share our dream for this very special place” said owner Michele Gamble.

Celebrating fourteen years in operation the Gambles feel this is the perfect pat on the back for a job well done by their neighbors and peers. “We all work so hard to provide a quality experience while still providing value for the guest” commented John Gamble, “The economy is really tight for everyone, and yet, we are still providing value for every dollar a guest spends with us.”

“We are so thankful to the people of the Big Island for giving us this honor again this year. There are so many Bed and Breakfasts out there who are working hard and providing a quality experience, so we understand what a tremendous honor it is to be given this award by the people who live here” Michele said in conclusion.

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2013 Best B&B Award Winner!

Once again the  readers of the Hawaii Tribune Herald have voted The Palms Cliff House Inn the Best B&B. 2013 BestThe Palms Cliff House won the honor of being named the Best Bed & Breakfast – East Hawaii by readers of the Hawaiian Tribune-Herald Newspaper for 2013. The Inn also won in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2005. John and Michele Gamble share the honor with their hard working staff.

“We are able to be so successful because we have such wonderful and dedicated staff that share our dream for this very special place” said owner Michele Gamble. Celebrating thirteen years in operation the Gambles feel this is the perfect pat on the back for a job well done by their neighbors and peers. “We all work so hard to provide a quality experience while still providing value for the guest” commented John Gamble, “The economy is really tight for everyone, and yet, we are still providing value for every dollar a guest spends with us.”

“We are so thankful to the people of the Big Island for giving us this honor again this year. There are so many Bed and Breakfasts out there who are working hard and providing a quality experience, so we understand what a tremendous honor it is to be given this award by the people who live here” Michele said in conclusion.

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Shop The Palms Cliff House Inn on SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Support your favorite small business. This November 24th is Small Business Saturday®, a day to celebrate and support the local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country. The Palms Cliff House Inn is proud to take part in Small Business Saturday, and we’re encouraging everyone to Shop Small® here on November 24th.

Small Business Saturday is the perfect day to Book a future stay or to purchase gift certificates for future stays. Come in, call us, or visit our website to purchase stays and gift certificates.

Most importantly, get out there, Shop Small, and let’s make this November 24th the biggest day of the year for small business. To learn more, visit ShopSmall.com.

Thanking Veterans'

We are honored to thank Veterans' for their selfless service to our country with a free stay at The Palms Cliff House Inn. Mahalo Nui Loa. This is the fourth year that The Palms Cliff House Inn has given free rooms to Veterans' as a way to say thank you. We have two sons serving in the military, one in the Navy and one in the Marines, so it has always been a priority to us to show our appreciation.

If you missed staying with us this year, but are planning a future stay, please remember to ask for the military discount, and if you or a family member are a veteran, please accept our heartfelt gratitude for you service to us, and our country.

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Award of Excellence for The Palms Cliff House Inn

Dear Palms Cliff House Inn,

We At TripAdvisor recognize the power of traveler feedback - and today, we're proud to recognize The Palms Cliff House Inn for your exceptional traveler ratings over the past year.

The Award of Excellence recognizes businesses that consistently earn top ratings from TripAdvisor travelers. With a rating of 4.0, The Palms Cliff House Inn has earned a place among the very best.

Thank you for being a part of TripAdvisor's global business community.

Sincerely,

President, TripAdvisor

The Manaʻo Behind the Poster for this yearʻs 2012 Wayfinding & Navigation Festival

Below youʻll find this yearʻs 2012 Wayfinding & Navigation Poster beautifully done by our Student Assistant, Jared Haʻo. This poster holds a lot of kaona, or hidden meaning that only a few may be able to recognize, so for those who may not, I would like to share the meaning behind the various elements and why they were specifically chosen to represent our festival:

 

Faafaite, the Polynesian voyaging canoe from Tahiti This photograph taken by Danee Hazama, is a magnificent shot of the Faafaite, Polynesian voyaging canoe from Tahiti, departing from a point on Kaho‘olawe named Kealaikahiki, the pathway to Tahiti. This is the first time a canoe has departed for Tahiti this way in more than 750 years. Did you know that ʻImiloa has a direct connection to this monumental event? Our very own Associate Director & Navigator-In-Residence, Chad Kālepa Baybayan, was the Master Navigator of this historic voyage that reopened a voyaging path and connection that had not been sailed for centuries!

Kanaloa Kanaloa, known as the god of the sea, ocean, wayfinding & navigation, as well as many other things, is also the ancient name for Kahoʻolawe. Incorporated into our poster are a few of the many kinolau, or forms of Kanaloa. One representation is the ocean, two is the island of Kahoʻolawe, three is the waʻa and the action of navigating it, four is the maiʻa or banana leaf, his plant form, and five is the whale. For many cultures, even those outside of the Pacific, the whale is a universal representation of the ocean that reminds us that no mater where we are in the world, we are all connected to one another.

Mai Ka Piko Mai A Hoʻi, Return to Kanaloa This yearʻs theme has so many layers and levels of depth to it. Whether you interpret it as a return to the island of Kanaloa, (Kahoʻolawe) or the return to the ways and practices that connect us with the sea, or even a realization that it is our kuleana, responsibility, to care for the ocean that surrounds us, then yes, you are correct. In essence, it doesn't matter how you interpret it, what really matters is that you answer the call.

Mahalo hou to Danee for the photo and to Jared for an awesome job. Please feel free to share this flyer with your family and friends and if youʻre with your with them and you see this flyer around town, please feel free to share this manaʻo and to invite them to this yearʻs ʻImiloa Wayfinding & Navigation Festival!

For information on the Wayfinding Festival at 'Imiloa, please visit their website at:  http://www.imiloahawaii.org/calendar/month_view/month:October+2012

Tsukimi-Moon Viewing

Enjoy the Moon this weekend by celebrating with 'Imiloa at the Tsukimi-Moon Viewing event tonight, Friday night Sept 28. The night will include a 6 p.m. Moons of our Solar System live sky presentation in the planetarium, followed by a presentation of Moon stories in other cultural paradigms, meteorite and lunar science exhibits, and moon viewing in the lawn (weather permitting.) A traditional snack of mochi will be available for the participants. Join us in celebrating the beauty of the Moon!

For more information:

http://blog.imiloahawaii.org/general-information/tsukimi-moon-viewing/

Palms Cliff House Wins Best Bed & Breakfast Again for 2012!

The Palms Cliff House won the honor of being named the Best Bed & Breakfast – East Hawaii by readers of the Hawaiian Tribune-Herald Newspaper for 2012. The Inn also won in 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2005. John and Michele Gamble share the honor with their hard working staff, some of whom are shown below..

“We are able to be so successful because we have such wonderful and dedicated staff that share our dream for this very special place” said owner Michele Gamble.

Celebrating twelve years in operation the Gambles feel this is the perfect pat on the back for a job well done by their neighbors and peers. “We all work so hard to provide a quality experience while still providing value for the guest” commented John Gamble, “The economy is really tight for everyone, and yet, we are still providing value for every dollar a guest spends with us.”

“We are so thankful to the people of the Big Island for giving us this honor again this year. There are so many Bed and Breakfasts out there who are working hard and providing a quality experience, so we understand what a tremendous honor it is to be given this award by the people who live here” Michele said in conclusion.

Guest Lounge Upgrades!

In mid-2011 we re-opened the guest lounge after an extensive renovation. The walls were painted a comforting moss green trimmed in gloss white and we installed chestnut wood floors, gorgeous! But we were not finished, it took quite a while for the new bamboo and rattan tables and new mocha colored chairs to be shipped in from the east coast ( see, there are some drawbacks to living in paradise! ) but we are so happy that they have arrived with the New Year! Now our guest lounge is a comfortable and functional location for guests to eat, relax, meet each other, and stay connected through the Inn's wifi network. The guest lounge also has a small refrigerator filled with beverages, cheese, and selected meats and humus. The snack area offers light meal and snack options; and yes, that includes microwave popcorn!

Whales Entertain on Valentines Day 2010

Whale watching on Valentines Day, 3 hours of jumps, flops, piloting, and tail flipping by a new baby as mom and another adult hovered nearby.

   

Dolphin Frolic In Pohakumanu Bay

We had a large pod of Dolphin arrive for breakfast yesterday. Must have been about 100 of them. The ocean was such a beautiful color of blue. Enjoy!
 
  

The Palms Cliff House Inn to Honor U.S. Military.

Hundreds of Bed and Breakfasts are providing free rooms on Wednesday, November 10th, in observance of Veterans Day (November 11) to honor men andwomen currently serving in the military, as well as those or who have served their country in the past. Over 200 inns in 39 states and Canada have donated rooms for this holiday promotion.  The program was started in 2009 by the West Virginia B&B Association. “We just wanted to say thank you to the courageous men and women from our armed forces”, says Kathleen Panek, owner of the Gillum House in Shinnston, West Virginia and originator of the concept.  “These are trying times for anyone serving or who has served and a good night’s rest is our way to say, thank you.”

Ten B&B’s/Inns from the Big Island are taking part in the Veterans Day promotion. “This is the best way for us to honor this country’s military members”, says Michele Gamble, owner of the Palms Cliff House Inn. “Not enough people realize what our serviceman and women face on a day to day basis in addition to those who have already put their lives on the line for our country and we are happy for them to stay with us as we celebrate Veterans Day.”

The Palms Cliff House Inn in Honomu, AlaKai B&B in Keaau, Aloha Junction B&B in Volcano, Coconut Cottage B&B in Pahoa, Hale Ho’ola in Captain Cook, Hale Makamae B&B in Pahoa, Kalaekilohana, Big Island B&B in Na’alehu, Leilani B&B in Ocean View, Volcano Rainforest Retreat in Volcano, Bougainvillea B&B in Ocean View are the ten Big Island B&B’s/Inns to participate in this special thank you to our service members. Bed and breakfast inns are smaller hospitality businesses that offer a more personal touch than standard motels or hotels.

Reservations need to be made directly with the participating inns. A valid military or Veterans Administration ID will be required for each reservation. Each participating Bed and Breakfast is making at least one room available on the night of November 10 and availability is limited to a first come first serve basis. For more information on the nation wide promotion go to www.bnbsforvets.org. Or contact directly any of the participating Big Island B&B’s /Inns to book your reservation at: The Palms Cliff House Inn – Honomu 808-963-6076 www.palmscliffhouse.com AlaKai B&B -Keaau 800-806-3646 www.alakaibb.com Aloha Junction B&B -Volcano 888-967-7286 www.bbvolcano.com Coconut Cottage B&B -Pahoa 866-204-7444 www.CoconutCottageHawaii.com Hale Ho’ola Captain Cook 877-628-9117 www.hale-hoola.com Hale Makamae B&B -Pahoa 808-965-7015 www.bnb-aloha.com Kalaekilohana Big Island B&B- Na’alehu 808-939-8052 www.kau-hawaii.com Leilani B&B- Ocean View 808-929-7101 www.leilanibedandbreakfast.com Volcano Rainforest Retreat -Volcano 800-550-8696 www.volcanoretreat.com Bougainvillea B&B - Ocean View 808-929-7089 www.bougainvilleabedandbreakfast.com

See the link for the AP story on this. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39401775/ns/travel-destination_travel/

Rest & Relaxation happen at The Palms Cliff House

By Karen Welsh, staff writer, Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Those who’ve experienced a stay at The Palms Cliff House, located at 28-3514 Mamalahoa Hwy. in Honomu, say it’s an unforgettable experience and they’ve voted the landmark establishment the “Best Bed & Breakfast” in the Best of Hawaii 2010.

Owned by John and Michele Gamble, the business was founded in August 2001 and features eight, each with spacious rooms, private entrances, Jacuzzi, and lanai.

They are currently celebrating a milestone 10th anniversary offering visitors a restful retreat from the rest of the world.

Since then, more than 15,000 guests have graced this special piece of heaven on earth.

“It’s been such a joy,” Michele said. “The people we meet have been so incredible. Everyone who comes to stay here allows us to live our dream. We are so thrilled to share this place.”

A lovely welcoming oli and smiling face are the first things all vacationers who through the door.

A quick walk to the back of the house and guests stand on the expansive veranda to experience cool ocean breezes wafting up from Pohakumanu Bay and watch the graceful Koa’kea cliff birds floating in the air.

Another few steps and the visitor can view whales and spinner dolphins frolicking in the surf before taking a quiet walk through the lush foliage surrounding the estate.

“It’s so relaxing.” Michele said. “This property gives the sense that you are far away from everything, but in reality, you are only 15 minutes from Hilo.”

The Pampering does’t stop at he door, Guests are offered traditional massages, yoga classes, hula lessons, and local craft making, Manicures, pedicures, and more. The owners will also cater special lunch or dinner for interested parties upon request. They also offer a high tea on occasion.

Throughout the years both John and Michele have built and maintained a true Hawaiian cultural presence on the land.

Michele Often features menu items from old cook books, and they also host Kumu Ed Collier’s Halau O Na Pua Kukui from Kalihi in their home when the Halau competes at the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival.

They were thrilled when Halau members created a hula of their experience at the inn and performed it for the Gambles on stage during the world-renowned competition in 2004.

Best Bed & Breakfast 2010

The Palms Cliff House won the honor of being named the Best Bed & Breakfast – East Hawaii by readers of the Hawaiian Tribune-Herald Newspaper for 2010. The Inn also won in 2009 and 2005. John and Michele Gamble share the honor with their hard working staff. “We are able to be so successful because we have such wonderful and dedicated staff that share our dream for this very special place” said owner Michele Gamble.

Celebrating ten years in operation the Gambles fell this is the perfect pat on the back for a job well done by their neighbors and peers. “We all work so hard to provide a quality experience while still providing value for the guest” commented John Gamble, “The economy is really tight for everyone, and yet, we are still providing value for every dollar a guest spends with us.”

“We are so thankful to the people of the Big Island for giving us this honor again this year. There are so many Bed and Breakfasts out there who are working hard and providing a quality experience, so we understand what a tremendous honor it is to be given this award by the people who live here” Michele said in conclusion.

New Breakfast Item Added!

Breakfast this morning was something new! I made Laulau omelets with a fresh mango salsa on top, Blue Kalo (taro) hash that included pork sausages, asparagus and Maui onions. I also made peach English scones (da kine that are soft), and fresh rainbow papaya from a neighbor farmer. Can you say Onoliscious!

Andrew Harper Was Here!

Wow, The Palms Cliff House Inn received a wonderful nod from the prestigious "Andrew Harper" - known as "one of the most distinct voices in luxury travel" we are honored to receive the praise from so prestigious a source that rarely strays beyond luxury resorts. Read their review below:

Palms Cliff House Inn: A Noteworthy Bed-and-Breakfast on the Big Island

We’ve been asked many times about accommodations in or near Hilo, on the southeast coast of the Big Island. This is the gateway to the wondrous Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. While we have yet to find a fully Harper-worthy property, we did discover a charming bed-and-breakfast that we happily bring to your attention. Located about 15 minutes north of Hilo, the aptly named Palms Cliff House Inn is a Victorian-style house set amid verdant grounds that sweep down to dramatic cliffs tumbling into the Pacific. The setting affords unobstructed views of the ocean from almost everywhere in the inn, including the eight rooms, which are housed in a wing immediately adjacent to the main house.

In addition to the superb views, these spacious, individually decorated rooms have amenities that you don’t always find in a B&B — wonderfully comfortable king beds, small sitting areas, small refrigerators, satellite TVs, DVD players, CD players, phones with dial-up Internet access (Wi-Fi is available in the lounge), large baths (although the vanities are in the rooms) and expansive lanais. The rooms are four to a floor, and the four corner suites have big in-room Jacuzzi tubs that overlook the ocean, and small gas fireplaces.

The lounge is well-stocked with a DVD library, an ice machine, an honor-system snack bar and an extensive range of information on local sights. Inside the main house, you can take advantage of the cozy reading area or browse the small gift shop with an attractive array of goods. The delicious, hearty breakfasts are served on the big covered lanai on the ocean side of the house, and they are linger-worthy. One morning, we particularly enjoyed the banana pancakes with muffins, fruit juice and superb coffee. We set out every day feeling well-fed.

Hosts John and Michele Gamble are absolutely delightful and are full of excellent recommendations and information about the area — restaurants, shops and sights including the national park and the spectacular Akaka Falls, just 10 minutes away. They have made their inn a place of real comfort, and we enjoyed our stay. Palms Cliff House Inn. Rooms, $199-$219; suites, $299-$349. P.O. Box 189, Honomu, HI 96728. Tel. (866) 963-6076.

The Original post can be read at: http://www.andrewharper.com/blog/palms-cliff-house-inn-a-noteworthy-bed-and-breakfast-on-the-big-island/

Reduce Stess & Relax, Spend Some time at the Palms Cliff House Inn

Looking to spend a quiet weekend away from crowds while taking in the beauty of nature?  Then take a look at the Palms Cliff House located 15 minutes north of Hilo.

Randee and I spent our wedding anniversary there and what a fantastic treat it was.  The Palms Cliff House has eight guest rooms all with spectacular view of the ocean.

Our room had a fireplace and a Jacuzzi with a king sized, elevated bed.  In the morning we were treated to a fantastic breakfast. Owners John and Michele Gamble did a wonderful job in making our stay a memorable one.  For further information you can go to www.palmscliffhouse.com.