My husband and I stayed at Hale 'Apapane for 4 nights in May with our 4 younger kids, ages: 10,7,4 & 3 month old baby. We live on Oahu, but wanted to bring our kids to the big island to visit the volcano. We had an amazing time and we all loved the house. It was in a great location very close to volcanoes national park, and about an hour drive to the other places we wanted to see. We visited all the waterfalls near Hilo on the day we flew & then took another reviewers advice and stopped at a grocery store in hilo before checking in. (got a big can of hot chocolate) Really easy check in! The next day were able to visit the park's steam vents & lava tubes then go to the green sand beach (locals drove us down) & the black sand beach with turtles. We loved coming back 'home' to a cooler climate and relaxing in the hot tub. The place had everything we needed, including fresh fruit & english muffins & a bunch of condiments. (we didn't need to buy the mayo & mustard that we had bought) the next couple of days were spent exploring the puna area...the hot pots, the lava tree state park, the town of kalapana. We also visited a really cool non-lit lava tube in hilo called Kaumana lava tube or kaumana caves, drove up to mauna kea and hiked across the lava flow from park side to see the lava. We weren't interested in the kona side during this trip, since we live on oahu, we were really interested in seeing the volcano :)
The home was very clean, loved the soft sheets! (we are pretty picky about our sheets!) My daughter loved having her own room. There was a nice pack & play for my baby to sleep in and plenty of space. There were notes posted around the house with info about the wifi, how to start a fire, etc.
loved the extras! like the board games for the kids, the basketball & hoop, sidewalk chalk :) and travel books. We ended up leaving our copy of Hawaii Revealed for the next visitors!
Mahalo for helping to make our vacation fabulous!
PS- also noticed there was one set of snorkel gear (didn't use it) in the laundry room
only issues were that the water pressure was a little weak...but it was really not that big of a deal and we couldn't get the dvd player to work. Didn't matter- we just watched tv. :)
I would definitely come back!