We just spent 10 nights at Mala a Kai. It was everything we expected but much more!! The owners have supplied this home with much more than most people would expect. When you see it in person, it is much better than the pictures. Everything was immaculately clean, well organized and maintained. The owner was extremely helpful in answering questions and giving us information about things to do & great recommendations for places to eat. We would love to come back and will definitely recommend it to friends & family. Another thing that helped us plan our days was the purchase of the book "Hawaii The Big Island Revealed". Everything we did as recommended by the author turned out to be awesome--from restaurants to activities. We loved Pebble Beach just down the road from the house. And we walked the Kings Trail both ways from the beach several times. Awesome views & sites. Snorkeling, kayaking & the volcanoes were some of the highlights. And also go to the Botanical Gardens just north of Hilo--incredibly beautiful. We explored all the way around the island and the book ended up being a reliable guide for most anything. Restaurant recommendations:Kona Coffee House, Ke'ei Cafe, Coffee Shack, Mi's Italian Bistro, Holuakoa Gardens & Cafe in Holualoa & Kaleo's Bar & Grill in Pahoa. You will not go wrong by renting this house. It was also very quiet & peaceful to come home to after a busy day.