A gorgeous, cozy, heavenly bit of REAL Hawaii
Submitted: July 16, 2012
Stayed: July 2012
Get off the beaten tourist track, and stay in your very own lovely cottage on a few lush, Hawaiian acres. This place is a one-of-a-kind beauty, and the owner, Mary, who lives in the house next-door, embraces the aloha spirit, and will do everything to make you feel right at home. My 15-year-old daughter and I visited from San Francisco, and were instantly mesmerized by the stunning, friendly, relaxing nature of this retreat.
Mary greeted us on the main road the night of our arrival, and helped us navigate the narrow, sometimes gravel road that ascends to this estate. In our enchanting cottage she'd provided us with a little package of local coffee, and a few ripe Hawaiian goodies from her garden. The next morning, after a very restful sleep, she introduced us to her dogs and her adorable sheep (OMG the little kids are so cute!), who share their killer-ocean-view pasture with her cow. She also took us to see her rabbits and chickens, and bountiful gardens filled with papaya, coffee, star fruit, passionfruit/lilikoi, and the occasional pineapple. (Heaven!)
The property is totally off the grid, and run on solar, with collected rainwater for showering and dishes. Mary asks for energy conservation when possible, so we immediately fell into the rhythm of nature, going to sleep much earlier than we'd ever dream of, and waking up around sunrise, which is magnificent here. We stayed up one moonless night to see the stunningly clear night sky, emblazoned with a planetarium-bright Milky Way. My daughter had never seen the Milky Way before, despite our attempts to see it on camping trips in Calif, and was blown away.
The outdoor shower is to die for. The main bed is super comfy. (Note: If you're a light sleeper, you might consider bringing earplugs, because the island is full of tiny frogs who love to "sing" at night.) And it's vastly peaceful and relaxing. The value you get here is fantastic. More than all this, you'll get the real Hawaii here, not some Disneyland version, or some austere vacation rental with no personality. We will be back!!
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Helpful votes: 6/6
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