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... here at the same time and we speculated about how they sorted out the bathroom rota.
Then a short drive before we parked up and took a walk through the rain forest. There are 7 plants that create the Big Island rain forest, 2 trees that form the canopy, 2 others, one of which is the tree fern, that form the mid layer, and 3 plants that form the ground cover. Through gaps in the trees we could see the crater of Kilauea Iki ...
... me they are on. In this total abyss of darkness, high beams give us a just a quick preview of the land. The road seems endless but we eventually connect with the highway and have another surprise of the day.
An orange glow radiates from the ground in the distance on our right side. The lava from the volcano is casting its glow high into the night sky and though we know it is a distance away the orange steam covers about half the view from the ...
... This contains the hardened remains of trees encased with lava. One of the biggest trees had a small branch still living off it at its top. A lady not from our group yells out, "That one'a still got one commin' out of it!" in the thickest southern accent. It made me laugh out of shame for my own culture and because of her enthusiasm an utter disregard for her surroundings. I would have enjoyed this tour a lot more if it ...
... I should move further away from the visitor center and parking area because departing cars were shedding light in my direction – then it occurred to me that the light was actually giving some interest to the images – so going with that approach, have a look at the night sky images. I was fiddling with the camera when I saw my shadow and the stars – got so excited about the ...
... Garden on a narrow winding road along the coast. It’s a sensory knock out - the explosion of trees, plants and flowers in unbelievable variety, the signs with stories of Hawaiian legends capture my imagination, the aromas of the orchids, the squawks of the parrots and birdsongs of the unseen and the crescendo! the sound of water from ...
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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.