Our family had an incredible time spending our two week Christmas holiday in this lovely home! This house is even better than the pictures! And, the yard is like an edible paradise - we picked a tree ripen papaya, fresh coconuts, citrus, and there were even bananas ripening on the tree!
What we liked most was the feeling of being away from the touristy area, but also close enough to drive there each day, if we wanted to. Plus the Islands best snorkeling is available just up the road (Two Step Beach)! From this location we could drive to Hilo, or go up past the airport to other beaches. The local farmers market was a nice way to pick up hand crafts and delicious treats too.
Speaking of beaches -the house includes beach chairs, towels, umbrellas, bamboo mats, boogie boards, snorkel gear, ice chests and more!
Did you know that in addition to Kona coffee, there is locally grown cocoa? At one coffee place just up the road (green building, near post office at the turn for Two Step) they sell chocolate bars made from the cocoa beans grown on a tree just up the street!
For part of our 2 week visit our grandmother stayed with us. We were concerned about the steps, but they were no problem. Plus we all had enough space so we didn't feel cramped. She had The Best time!!! Making family memories was the best gift we could give each other....
After flying into Kona airport (which is so small and old fashioned looking that even our teen boys started humming the Hawaii 5-0 song!) we stopped at Costco. This was perfect -then when we got to the house we used the gas grill to cook salmon, chicken etc - all while enjoying incredible sunsets and being entertained by the sweet geckos!
The kitchen has everything you might need - we even used the crock pot one day, baked brownies, and put the rice cooker to work. But the best appliances were the washer and dryer! We packed fewer clothes, and could get everything washed before we headed back home.
Marc & Rhona made the whole rental process smooth and easy, plus they returned our full deposit within days - even though we had to ask them to mail our son's laptop charger back to us!!! And we still got our deposit back - in full!
With this house, pack lightly, and plan to have a wonderfully relaxing holiday!
Wish we were going back already!
Aloha & Mahalo