I don't even know where to begin. Before our arrival Christine already exuded a warm and welcoming personality by responding to my emails and answering all of my questions! On the day of arrival, we were welcomed by John and Christine to an immaculately clean part of their home, a cool breeze, Hilo rain, and a view too beautiful to describe.
After introductions to their four-legged family members, we retreated into our rental and immediately knew we'd be back again. Christine was very helpful with suggesting super markets, places to park for the huge event in town, what time to leave, etc. They were very accomodating with leaving the generator on for a quick shower when we returned from our explorations of the Big Island.
We truly only had one full day to sight-see as the main reason for our trip was for the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. However, we were able to accomplish much in one day - Akaka Falls, Tex's malasadas, the beauty of Waimea, an awesome wooden playground, a lava tube. the Space Museum at the Kona airport, petroglyphs, a dip in the ocean, the sunset, ono local grinds at the Kona Bowling Alley, and amazing star-gazing from Saddle Road!
We were blessed to have found John and Christine and look forward to a longer stay next time so we can explore their property!