Hawaii’s humpbacks spend their summers feeding in Alaska but return to Hawaii to mate and give birth in winter, November through May, but December-March are the best months to plan to view them.
If you would like to go whale watching with us, be sure to let us know when you book. We start up the lighthouse trail early, while it’s still cool, at 7:00 a.m., several days a week. Guests wishing to whale watch with us must be fit enough to walk the mile to the lighthouse. The trail is roughly paved and only just over a mile, but because the incline is a bit steep in places, it is a fairly challenging walk. Most people do it although some take longer than others. We’ll do our very best to accommodate any guest who is wishes to come with us.
Alternatively, if walking isn’t the best option, we will direct you to another excellent viewing area nearby which does not require strenuous walking. This option would be self-guided but with our good direction. Either way, we will do our very best to help you view Hawaii’s humpback whales this season.
1-1/2 lbs raw peanuts
1/3 C Hawaiian or Kosher salt
1 Gallon water
6-8 whole star anise pods
2″ piece of fresh ginger, cut into coins
Pinch of black pepper (to taste)
Rinse the peanuts then place in a large pot cover with water and soak for 30 minutes to 12 hours (you may need to use a pot top, plate, or resealable plastic bag filled with water to help keep the peanuts submerged). The longer you soak the peanuts, the less time they’ll need to simmer so I’d recommend going longer if you have the time.
Drain the water, cover the peanuts with fresh water, add the remaining ingredients and stir. Bring to a boil over medium heat. When it boils, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring every 15 minutes.
Start checking the peanuts after 1 hour of cooking. Remove one peanut from the liquid, let it cool slightly then peel it open and taste the peanut it’s done when it has the texture of a cooked bean. You may need up to 2 hours total. You’re only going for the cooked texture at this point so don’t worry too much about flavor.
Remove the peanuts from the heat and let cool in cooking water for 30 minutes to 2 hours. (Don’t skip this step because it’s essential to helping the peanuts get fully seasoned.)
Drain and store refrigerated until ready to eat. (These taste best when consumed within 7 days.)
If you want to experience a “fun” “luau”, you may as well consider this one as it’s only one mile from Hale Nalo.
Yes, it is kitschy and no, it has nothing to do with authentic Hawaiian culture, but for a fun light-hearted night out right around the corner, it could be fun.
Check out their webpage and YouTube video.
We’ve been seeing them making their way to shore, a little puff here or there. But today! TODAY I saw a whale jump out of the water in a spectacular breach.
OH MY, it took my breath away.
If you come in the winter (Dec-Jan-Feb-Mar-Apr) there is a great chance that you too will view these beautiful whales in their winter habitat. They travel from Alaska to have their babies and bask in the warm waters of the Pacific during the northern cold winter months. I go viewing several times a week, and I’m always happy to have the company of my guests. Free whale viewing expeditions, only found at Hale ‘Nalo
Cast of characters: Larry Manetti (as “Rick”), Tom Selleck (as Magnum), Roger Mosely (as “TC”), John Hillerman (as “Higgins”)