Three bedroom house 2 miles from Na'alehu, Hawaii, 10 miles from South Point. Na'alehu is the southern most town in the 50 United States and contains the Southern most restaurant and bakery. The bakery has wonderful unique sweetbreads. There is a black sand beach 10 minutes away and it is another 20 minutes to the entrance of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The house is in an ideal location for exploring both sides of the Big Island. The Hilo side is the windward side and Hilo is the rainiest city in the country. There are beautiful parks and botanical gardens in and around Hilo. The Pacific Tsunami museum is in Hilo. The Kilaeua caldera within the national park became active again and spews volcanic output gases. Lava flows are on-again, off-again and can be most easily viewed, at this writing, in the Puna district about 1 1/2 hours drive. There are natural hot pools and Lava Tree State Park in Puna, about 1 1 1/2 hours drive. The national park is an easy 30 minutes drive from the house. On the Kona side, which is the much drier leeward side, there are beautiful beaches and wonderful SCUBA diving and snorkeling. There are numerous coffee plantations that can be toured within an hours drive of the house.
There is a green sand beach that must be hiked to from South Point and there are almost always fisherman and cliff divers at South Point. Punalu'u Black Sand Beach is 10 minutes drive and there is a decent golf course there.
The house is three bedrooms with comfortable queen-sized beds in two of the bedrooms and an full-sized air mattress in the third bedroom. There is HD cable TV, high-speed Internet access and a computer. The kitchen is fully equipped. The house doesn't have built in heat or air-conditioning and seldom needs either. There are portable space heaters for the occasional cool morning, but the temperature rarely exceeds 76 degrees in the area nor falls below 60. You will have all of the comforts of the city with the peace and quiet of rural Hawaii. Average rainfall in the area is 30 inches per year and the humidity is normally in excess of 80%.
Keywords: Hawaii, house, volcano, Kau, Kona, Na'alehu
Owners are partners in a health-care related business.
The Owner purchased this house in 2006
This is a beautiful peaceful area and is a fairly easy drive from shopping in Hilo or Kona.
Peace and quiet. The beauty of East Hawaii and the Volcano. We have HD cable TV and high-speed Internet access. The climate is among the most perfect on earth.
Pros: The house is a good size and has most everything needed for a vacation. We were there for 6 weeks. The house was easy to get to and not in a bad location. It has a big yard with mature landscaping. The price per night was consistent (or less) with other rentals in the area. It had a pretty fast wifi connection. Cons: Upon arrival the house was not clean enough. I contacted the owner and he had his cleaning people come out to do more cleaning. It had not been cleaned properly before our arrival (likely not cleaned well for awhile as there was old garbage under the bed along with other concerns that were addressed). As stated by other reviewers, the lack of closet, drawers or other storage in the master bedroom is a problem (the closet is locked for the owner's items). Another rental in the same subdivision (the exact same style of house) that we stayed at for 4 weeks a few months earlier supplied toilet paper, paper towels and hand soap - which is not the case with this one (there was a roll of toilet paper in the bathrooms but no extra).
Nice to have decent accommodation at a reasonable price. A wetter than usual February, but we did have some fine days as well as a couple very drippy ones. We put a lot of miles on our vehicle traveling to Volcano Park, Kahuku park(at mile 70.5), Milolii beach area, Whittington Beach, Green sand beach(you can 4X4 right to the beach), South Point, golf at Sea Mountain. Also enjoyed the tranquility of Wood Valley Rd Buddhist temple near Pahala. Twice we walked down to Gilligan's Cove for pizza and a listen to local musicians. Wednesday morning fresh markets at Na'alehu are a must, only 4 mi. away. House was easy to locate on a main road in a quiet and safe subdivision; lots of dogs and roosters in the area. The photos are a little outdated, but decent representation. Beds all very comfortable, but we found the air mattress suitable for 1 person only. Could have used bureaus in the bedrooms and a closet in the master. Generally not as clean as I would prefer, but adequate and kitchen well stocked.
This home is located in a nice quiet neighborhood where we felt very safe. Rooms are spacious with all the amenities one would need. No need for heat or a/c in December just open or close some windows. Showers work great with plenty of hot water. Location is fabulous for a more relaxed island experience, (similar to north shore of Oahu) travel to Southpoint for sunsets, be one of the first visitiors to Black Sands beach in the morning to enjoy snorkeling with the turtles and multiple types of fish, the water was crystlal clear. Be sure to visit the volcanoe after sunset to enjoy the amazing view from Jagger musuem or go late at night to hear the ongoing rumblings of the caldera.
Had a comfortable stay, had everything our family needed. Black sand beach was our favorite beach there. Was also a lot of beaches that were nearby and not crowded like kona beaches. A great place to get away from a busy lifestyle, very laid back.
This house is easy to find from the photos. Plenty of room and ammenities. Pretty garden, views from the lanai. Well maintained and very clean. Just like home. This location is good for exploring both sides of the island, South Point, and the volcano. We love the Punalu'u Bakery and had dinner at Hana Hou with local friends.
Owner was helpful in answering questions. Would stay here again and have recommended it to friends. The weather on this part of the island is a favorite of mine, nice and warm during the day and cools off at night for good sleeping.