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One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice--
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
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"Mend my life!"
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Hilo is a great little town. It has the accolade as being America's wettest place and we can vouch for that. We've only been here for two days and its rained cats and dogs and more cats and dogs! This morning's run was along the bay front to the picturesque Liliuokalani Park. There's a small island called Coconut Island with a small bridge across to it. There were ...
... named a World Biosphere by UNESCO and was made a World Heritage site in 1987. It encompasses 333,000 acres from the summit of Mauna Aloa to the sea. The 2 main volcanoes have been named Kilauea and Mauna Aloa. Mauna Aloa is the highest and has been the main culprit for most of the devastation on the land but hasn't erupted since 1984 with the more recent damage coming from Kilauea. Kilauea is more of a crater now and has been continually erupting since January 3rd ...
... t give the feel for walking through this garden. There were more flowers than I could possibly count, more greenery than one can imagine and trails and tails of absolute beauty. In the gardens were also Onomea Falls which were beautiful. There was a great ocean viewing area as well where we stood and watched a blowhole for quite some time. We've found blowholes to be very intriguing and fun to watch.
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... shone, the wind howled and the sea hosting QE rocked and rolled and pitched and yawed her and all aboard. Stabilizers are deployed. Walking on Deck Three was an adventure. Have you ever walked up or down stairs and misjudged the final step, finding your footfall terminating higher or lower than all your bodily senses expected? That, coupled with an alternating head, tail or crosswind combined with a wet deck on the starboard side and a dry deck on the port side ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Orchid Tree Bed and Breakfast Hilo
The Orchid Tree B&B was a great choice for us - there were four of us traveling together, and the suite was quite spacious! There were two beds (a queen and a full, I believe), a sofa, a loveseat, and plenty of floor space. Steve brought an extra mattress for our fouth traveler. The lanai and pool area were bigger than our already huge room, and it was so nice to spend our two mornings there outside eating fresh fruits, pastries, waffles, oatmeal, juice and coffee. Su and Steve even had a surfboard for us to use at Honoli'i Beach just down the street, and Steve even spent some time with my husband to show remind him of some surfing basics (I believe Steve teaches lessons also).
You must spend at least three days absorbing this shangra-la setting created by Sue and Steve welsh. Their hospitality and friendliness made us feel like part of their family.They prepare a great breakfast with several types of fresh fruits, yogurt, cereal, coffee, muffins or waffels that is presented on the lanai.
My husband and I stayed at this B&B for 2 nights in early August and we didn't want to leave! It was absolutely gorgeous! The suite was very tasteful with a very comfortable bed, and a large sitting area.
This is the most beautiful bed and breakfast we've ever visited. The suite was large enough to fit a family of 4. Their yard is a tropical paradise--beautifully landscaped with an outdoor hot tub and beautiful pool. The hosts, Steve and Su, were warm and very accommodating to any special needs that we had. The breakfasts were fantastic and we especially enjoyed their white pineapple well as the great variety of other treats. I could have enjoyed Hilo without ever leaving their yard. Everything we wanted to do or see was only minutes away. My only caution is for travelers who are not used to sleeping with street noise. Although the place is beautiful, there is a lot of street noise at night even though you'd never know there is a main street nearby. Five stars if you don't mind noise, maybe 3 stars if you're a light sleeper like I am only because of the pm noise.
Let me qualify this review by stating that I travel a considerable amount on the mainland and within the state of Hawaii -- mostly on business. This B&B blows away every Hilo hotel and without a doubt it currently ranks within the Top 3 Hilo B&Bs. It's a quick 10 minute drive from downtown Hilo. The owners (Steve and Su) are accommodating and very congenial. Su's breakfast is spectacular to say the least; I had to depart just after dawn and she was kind enough to wake very early and ensure that I got off to a healthy start. This is a custom, remodeled home with beautiful oceanic sunrise views in the early AM, lot's of foliage out back, a koi pond, a large serene swimming pool, and a lot of attention to detail. Although I didn't bring my family, Steve and Su were quick to convey that they love children - I can't say that I hear that remark very often at B&B's? There's only one large room available so being their only guest at any given point in time make's it nice and cozy. Accommodations include: in-room coffee & coffee maker, small fridge, television and DSL connectivity. They accept all major credit cards via PayPal so payment is hassle-free. The dark website photos I've seen DO NOT do this place justice -- you must see firsthand to believe. As I stepped through the door for the first time my exact words were "WOW, very nice!"
A great find...
My husband and I were speechless after seeing the accomodations at Orchid Tree. The suite is spacious and beautifully decorated. Guests also have private access to the enormous covered lanai, jacuzzi, and swimming pool out back. We aren't usually ones to spend much time hanging around our hotel, but found Orchid Tree hard to pry ourselves away from! Steve and Su are the perfect hosts. They are friendly and helpful but also afford a great deal of privacy. The breakfasts were the best we had on the island. There is a beach park a short walk down the street. We found it too rocky to be ideal for swimming, but there were plenty of surfers and boogie boarders enjoying the waves. Downtown Hilo is a quick and easy drive from Orchid Tree.
Best in Hilo
We stayed at Orchid Tree in August 2004. What a gorgeous place! There is so much room and the lanai and pool are so beautiful. The breakfasts were fabulous and Steve and Su make you feel so at home. They're awesome hosts. This is the only place we'll stay on our next visits. We stayed at two other B&B's and this was without doubt the best of all.
A wonderful surprise
We stayed at the Orchid Tree B & B from Aug. 5-8th, 2004. It was supposed to be just a place to stay as we helped my daughter get situated in her apartment for college where she will be an exchange student for the fall. What a nice surprise when we opened up the door & saw how lovely and spacious our room was, since we were unsure from only viewing internet photos. It was so much better than we expected it to be. The backyard opens to a built-in pool surrounded by beautiful tropical plants. The best part was breakfast in the morning which always included a variety of fresh tropical fruit. Our hosts Su and Steve were terrific, friendly people who made us feel so welcome and at home. We wish our stay there would have been longer! Thank-you!!
A highlight of our Hawaii vacation!
Staying at the Orchid Tree (3/27/04 & 3/28/04) was a highlight of our family's Hawaii vacation. Our accommodations were spacious, clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. Breakfast was awesome. What really stands out is this: Steve and Sue were such welcoming and gracious hosts, they made us feel like were staying with friends we'd known forever!
Loved the Orchid Tree
We recently stayed a week at the Orchid Tree and it was great. The accommodations are a 600 sq ft suite on the lower level of the innkeeper's house. As it is the only area rented to guests, you get the full attention of the owners, Steve & Sue. The suite is nicely furnished with a queen and a double bed along with a sofa and loveseat. Breakfast is served on the lanai at whatever time you would like it and it was the best that we had on the island. Steve makes up a fruit plate to go with the breakfast that was so attractive that my wife took a picture so that we could show friends back home. The location is on the beach just north of Hilo (you can watch for whales while having breakfast). Downtown Hilo is only a few minutes away. We really enjoyed it and hope to return