We ended our 2 week vacation to Hawaii by staying at this house. From the start, Matt was informative and offered the BEST communication I've ever had from a VRBO/Homeaway owner. We rent often, so this is saying a lot. I really liked the GLAD app info and the reminder emails I received when staying at the house. I didn't have any questions!
LOCATION: You must drive on a one-lane road through a dense forest... no street lights. It's an adventure getting to the house that first time. But, it becomes easier so don't worry. In a lot of ways, it reminded me of camping (which we do often in a tent or our trailer in the mountains here in NY). You will see wildlife, stars, and plenty of greenery.
HOUSE: The interior is rustic, but has modern conveniences. They have lots of movies (we watched Free Willy with our son), including the whole STAR WARS set!! I cooked dinner here both nights and found everything I needed. I appreciated the spices, oils and ketchup. We left an unopened ice cream. Hopefully someone enjoyed it after us! The futon and bed are both very comfy, and I loved keeping the window cracked at night so we could enjoy the fresh, cool air. It was so refreshing after our HOT 5 days in Kona.
WILDLIFE: You will see roosters and pheasants on the road. You will hear dogs barking (maybe there's a kennel nearby???) and cows mooing (behind the property). I think the moon was full during our stay because the flipping roosters would crow at 3am!). This may affect light sleepers.
-Go to the Jagger Museum EVERY NIGHT! The 2nd night we went later and found it less crowded than the sunset hour. Bring a flashlight!
-Buy meat in Hilo or groceries even, the Volcano General Stores only have bare minimums and canned/packaged items.
-Go to the Volcano Winery! We went for an hour (for tasting and a cheese plate) right before they closed. The owner is amazingly nice and informative. They have won many Finger Lake, NY awards (where we are from), and she's from Jersey. Try the tea infused wine- it's so unusual. They boxed us up a case of wine to take on the plane.
-Stay at least 2 nights! I wish we had stayed 3 nights so we could have had more time to check out the Hilo sights.
-If you are going to Kona afterward, stop at the Punaluu bakery to get lunch (and malasadas for the next day breakfast); then back track to the black sand beach for lunch at the beach. We saw 6 turtles and my son found sea glass.