We stayed for three night at Mary's Garden cottage and enjoyed living "Off Grid". I had always thought we were fairly mindful in our lifestyle but it really comes home when you depend on the weather to charge the batteries and provide your water. Mary has back up when Mother Earth doesn't provide what is needed so no fear of running out of water or electricity. The cottage is very private, quiet and clean. Mary provided us with nice treats of papaya and coffee from her trees and eggs from her chickens. There were many staples in the cupboards as well which sure helps when you are travelling and yet want to cook your own meals. The cottage is very convenient to explore Waipo Valley, Akaka Falls, Tropical Botanical Gardens, Mauna Kea and Hilo. Thanks Mary for all your hospitality.