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Travel Blogs from Keaau
... Cheryl bowled. They bowled three games, had a lot of fun, and then it was time to head back to the house to do laundry and pack.
Mark made his way back to the Lava Rock Café to get a photo of their neon at night. Now that’s dedication to his hobby! It was rainy and dark and who would want to go out in that? But he got it! It’s all about the memories.
Tomorrow: Leaving Hawaii, heading to Maui
... out to the ocean’s edge. They loved occasionally dipping into the tide pools, spying crabs and small fish and getting splashed by the waves. Mark set up his camera and got his shot – hurray!
We spent about an hour at the Refuge, then the kids were getting hot, tired and hungry (never a good combo) so we got back in the car, headed toward Volcano and began looking for a lunch place. But it was a nice visit. The festival ...
... around at the festival and drove back to the inn, which was still a 1,5 hour drive.
Wow... what a special day...
Tomorrow we are going to really explore the park and drive the Chain of Craters Road all the way down to the other end... The end of the road of today and of tomorrow, used to meet in the middle... but the Volcano Kilauea changed all that...
So more volcano's to come...
... man!! I mean COME ON!!
Well anyway Drew ran off with the car keys (thinking he had maybe 6-7 miles to go) and didn't even bother sticking out his thumb because if they didn't pick me up they sure weren't going to pick him up alone. After about 20 mins one car had passed and a second was coming.. and YUP they picked me up!! The didn't even have room for me or the two bags!! But they shoved me in and thank goodness!! Then ...
... weigh 1000lbs! They were enormous. There were probably around a dozen manta rays in total, and it became quite chaotic as they all swam towards each other, and then rolled towards us trying to catch plankton. I was really sad to get out of the water – I could have stayed there and watched them all night. We will definitely try to come back and do this again one day, or try and see them somewhere else in the world.
We left Hilo on Monday morning, and flew back to Oahu, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Art and Orchids Keaau
Outstanding! Don't miss this B&B on the Big Isle!
Our hosts Markie & Jerry took a genuine interest in their guests and shared much more than what is described in brochures. They opened up their gardens & workshops to us, made available a washer/dryer (with detergent!), and shared the love of a myriad of farm animals and pets. Both are excellent artists who shared their skills and guided us to create our own memory to bring home. Neighbors and friends stopped by and chatted with the guests like they were their own. A genuine "homey" feel all around. The living space was spotless. A wonderful stop that we will certainly repeat if we get the chance to visit the Big Island again!
Thanks to other TripAdvisors out there who provided enough info for what to expect. Indeed, everything is true, so not much more to add that hasn't already been said.
Beautiful and wild
Look at their web site ---- - everything is true also that it is IN the rain forest! So don't hesitate when you drive along the so-called roads. This Bed & Breakfast with the very friendly hosts Markie and Jerry is worth every chuckhole.
We stayed with our three children in the beautiful garden room and it was so comfortable that it was difficult to leave this nice place for explorer the rest of Big Island. Everytime again!
The perfect place to stay!
We stayed at Art and Orchids B&B in Keaau very close to Hilo yet in the Tropical Rainforest. Great location to Volcanos National Park, Pahoa and Hilo. We stayed in the upstairs Rainbow Room with King size bed and very comfortable spacious attached kitchenette and sitting/living area. Everything is very well decorated and open and spacious. The hosts are wonderful and will provide your stay with lots of info about the area. We highly recommend this B&B and will definitely be back!
The Only Place We Would Want To Stay on the Big Island
Art and Orchids in Keaau, Hawaii (Orchidland) is a wonderful place to stay.
Great owners (Jerry Garder and Marklyn "Markie" Wilson), the breakfast is always good (love the fresh fruit, eggs, etc. from their garden), and the garden room was really nice and cozy.
It was nice staying at a Bed and Breakfast that accomdates our "rambunctuous" 3 year old son.
Our 14 year old daughter enjoyed staying at the Bed and Breakfast.
Would recommend this Bed and Breakfast to anyone and everyone.
When we move to the Big Island in 2006 or 2007, our first choice for a place to live is in Orchidland.
Very comfortable and roomy.
We had planned to stay our last night somewhere else on the island, but this place was so nice that we stayed on there. The rooms were fairly large, nicely decorated and comfortable. The breakfasts were great. There was a gas grill, microwave, refridgerator, dishes and pots and pans at our disposal. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to visit the Volcano area.
We recently had the pleasure of staying at Art and Orchids, a wonderful B & B located near Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. My husband and I stayed in the Garden Room, on the ground floor and my mother-in-law stayed in the Orchid Room, on the 2nd floor. Both of the rooms were beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable. Both my husband and I have chronic back problems, but our bed was great and we slept very comfortably.
Markie and Jerry's B&B is close to Hilo, but away from the bustle. They are growing the most fascinating array of plants, from avocado to macadamia nuts, orchids of all types, bamboo, papaya, pineapple, nutmeg...the list goes on and on. The free-range chickens (no roosters to wake you up!) provided us with eggs for breakfast, the caged parrots were so colorful, it was like looking at a rainbow up close, the rain at night was peaceful and made for great sleeping in comfortable beds. The breakfast was awe inspiring - fresh made smoothie, hard boiled eggs and slices of ham, whole wheat bread, home-made muffins, local marmalade (ours was tangerine), home-made granola with macadamia nuts from the property, and more. It was very sweet to wake up in the morning knowing breakfast was going to be great. Jerry and Markie took us on tours of the property and named plants and told us about their growing details (we're planning on moving here, so this is very valuable information for us). They told us about a huge farmers' market on Sunday, too. It was a great stay, and I'd definitely stay there again. Clean, restful, fun. Markie and Jerry also have an art studio, and next time, I'd like to spend some time "playing" in the studio. A+ bed and breakfast.
I arrived at night so was unprepared for the view that awaited me upon arising. Just outside the window is a lush tropical rain forest! Due to the altitude the temperature is comfortable year-round. (No need for heat or air conditioning.)
Art & Orchids is a wonderful B&B in the Hawaiian rain forest! Jerry and Markie, the owners, are interested in tropical agriculture and art, so they have every imaginable tropical fruit growing in the yard (and available for picking and eating!), their own coffee bushes, and a zillion orchids attached to the native ohia trees. They are both art lovers and art doers. Some of the art on the walls and on the shelves is their own work and some of it they have collected--plus they have studio space and equipment for guests to use.