Our stay at Honu Cottage in March '13 was perfect. There was a small glitch with our original rental property and Mary placed us in the Honu Cottage as it was available and turned out to be a wonderful upgrade for us. We were traveling with my husbands sister and her husband. They had never been to the Big Island before and my husband and I knew they were in for a treat with this cottage. Only steps to the beach for sunsets, whales, turtles and a early morning swim each day. What a wonderful way to begin our days. Snorkling there was great; many colorful fish to see. My husband has decided to take scuba lessons to see more. We went to the black sand beach at Mana Lani and were treated to a whale show that was unbelievable. Drove our family to Hawi for lunch at Bamboos, a must. Celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at Merrimans, another must. Found wonderful fresh produce at Pukalani Stable Farmers Market. Bought fresh fish in Kawaihae to BBQ at the cottage. Ate breakfast one morning at the Hawaiian Cafe in Waimea...very ono! The cottage, now, was absolutely wonderful. The two bedrooms at either end of the cottage provided us with the privacy we desired with our own bathrooms. The kitchen was decked out with everything you could possibly need or want. The back lanai was perfect for dining, watching sunsets, having poo poos and drinks or just sitting and reading and visiting. Naturally we took our family up to the Volcano and ate at Kilauea Lodge as the Volcano House is not quite open yet. The drive back on the upper road was beautiful with the lush tropical forests. We went to see Akaka Falls which is quite spectacular. We will definately return to Puako and stay again in a 2 Papayas rental. Mary and Robbie were most friendly and helpful and really went out of their way to accomodate us. My husband and I used to live Oahu and we return to Hawaii as often as we can. When we set foot in the islands we feel as if we had never left. Honu Cottage felt like home, no ka oi, the best. Mahalo Nui Loa.
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