Hale Ohia Cottages
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... name all while meandering on this pretty little pathway. You can see from the photos; this area is so beautiful it looks fake. The path was covered in red leaves that had fallen from the trees but everything around it stayed green and lush.
We also were able to take a look at a few tree molds; these were pretty awesome. When you walk up to the mold, it looks like a ground-well. About a foot of "Concrete" sticks out of the ground in a circle. When you get closer ...
... but so far we haven’t heard back from him and I’m not holding out much hope that we’ll ever get a rational explanation.
Anyway, the next day after work Chris and I ventured out again, this time to Mauna Kea. Mauna Kea, which means “White Mountain”, is the tallest mountain in the world if you include the 17000 feet below the ocean’s surface, and is one of the now-dormant volcanoes that ...
... the sun was beating down on us. It was actually a bit chilly here!
We all enjoyed a nice lunch at Lava Rock, then stepped into the small grocery/general store to purchase bread and milk. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a Lava Rock t-shirt in Mark’s size, as he wanted to replace his old one.
Back at the house, we relaxed, read, blogged, watched TV and got used to our new digs.
Tomorrow: Happy Birthday America!
We boarded the helicopter. Stephanie and my dad got into the back, I was in the middle front, and my mom was next to me. Our pilot had her door taken off. She said she always flies with her door off. I'm not sure why she chooses to fly like this, but I liked it! It allowed a cool breeze to flow into the cabin, and also allowed me to get pictures with no reflections out of that side of the helicopter. Once we sat down, we ...
... blizzard the next. As the sun started to set, we were able to take some pretty pictures of the orange glow. It was an extremely cloudy day. Often times, when it gets dark, people head half way down the mountain to the visitors center and join in with other tourist looking through telescopes up at the sky.....it is even possible to see a clear view of the milky way from there...tonight however the cloud cover was too dense so we decided to strip off our coats and head back down ...
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A Romantic Getaway in a Water Tank (Cottage 44)
We stayed here for 2 nights in Cotage 44 while visiting Volcanos National Park and had a fabulous time. I'm glad we checked the weather before our trip so we knew that Volcano gets pretty chilly, but the two-sided fireplace in the cottage helped us thaw out after our cold, wet ventures into the Park. If you're a cat person, Dixon the cat is super-friendly and helped us with our separation from kitty back home. He was there to greet us every morning and when we would return at the end of the day. The staff at Hale Ohia was extremely helpful with ideas of how to tackle the park, were well-informed on essential updates regarding hiking into and seing the lava flow at the end of Chain-of-Craters road (a truly transcendental experience!), and gave great recommendations on where to eat. If you like Thai food, Thai Thai restaurant is fabulous. If you really like Thai food, order an extra entree the first night and eat-in leftovers the second night to save some money - Cottage 44 has a kitchenette with microwave, dishes, and silverware. The location off of the main highway gave a feeling of being secluded in the woods and was a romantic setting indeed (the comfortable bed didn't hurt either). If you are a very light sleeper, Cottage 44 can be a little noisy with constant raindrops on the corrugated roof of the "water tank" bedroom, but we found it very soothing and relaxing and slept like babies (again, the comfortable bed didn't hurt that either). If and when we go back to Volcanos, we'll be staying in Cottage 44 again.
Dixon the cat was the highlight!!!
We stayed in the Camelia cottage for 3 nights in June and Dixon came meowing at our doorstep on the first night. He stayed a while but seeing that we weren't sure if he was allowed in the cottages, we sadly kicked him out when we went to bed. He visited again the following night and we didn't have the heart to let him go! So he slept at the foot of our bed that night (from the guest book, it looks like we're not the only one he's slept with!). He's absolutely gorgeous! Dixon was definitely the highlight, he gave the cottages that extra touch and homey feeling, just make sure you watch out for him when you're driving into the cottage since he does like lying on the road. Also just a forewarning, if he seems to be a bit moody and doesn't want to play, should probably leave him alone for a while, since he does have sharp claws as my bf discovered (minor scratches). Nothing to worry about really since all cats are like that... The breakfast here doesn't match the Old Hawaiian B&B run by Lori and Stuart in Hilo (read our review on that one) - it seems that the only fruit available is papaya and banana every morning! On the flip side, they do have a fresh loaf of bread baked everyday to go with your breakfast, which they leave in the fridge the day before. You can also hear the people walking in the upstairs cottage but that didn't really bother us (and I'm a particularly fussy sleeper). Other than that, the Hale Ohia cottages are very charming and peaceful and only a few minutes away from the Volcano National Park (the Thai restaurant there was yummo!). It is definitely worth staying here if you're visiting the park for multiple days and don't want to drive long distance to get there. One other note, they seem to be a bit more commercialized than a B&B should be since they weren't that accommodating with our stay arrangements (requiring multiple nights in the most expensive cottage if you want to stay in various cottages instead of the cheaper ones). And they will charge extra if you want to use your credit card instead of paying by cash.
Wish we could've taken Dixon home with us!
So quiet and relaxing, wish we could have stayed loger!
We stayed for just a night in the Ihilani Cottage in early June. It was a perfect place to spend our final night in Hawaii. The staff was always very polite and helpful, and since we arrived after the check-in, our breakfast was waiting for us in the fridge in our room (it was light, with fruit, bread, and beverages, but delicious). The cottage was suite-style with a mini-kitchen, a daybed to lounge, and a separate sitting area (frequented by Dixon the cat). There were plenty of magazines, books, and information on Volcanoes N.P. (go at night if you can! The lava is awesome!) to peruse while enjoying the peaceful, quiet surroundings. The landscaping is attractive, the cottages were easy to find, and there was plenty of parking. Definately stop by here if you're looking for a beautiful retreat near the volcanoes.
We stayed here 2 nights in May, in the Master Suite in the main house. The location just a few minutes away from the Volcanoes NP is unbeatable, and the staff (and Dixon the cat) very friendly and welcoming. From reading other reviews, I think the Master Suite is probably not the best choice, but at the time we booked not a lot of the other options were available. We found it a bit odd that cutlery, plates etc were provided, but there was nowhere to wash them after use. Also, there was tea & coffee provided with a coffee percolater, but no kettle to boil water for the tea, although there was a microwave oven.
If, like me, you're not particularly keen on papaya, the fruit & bread for breakfast can be a bit lean, although it must be said that the gourmet fruitloaf bread is extremely delicious. If you want cereals you will need to bring them with you. Very comfortable bed - we slept well. Overall, we were a little disappointed, but I must stress that this is a review of the Master Suite only. The other cottages may be better set up. I guess we were probably a bit spoilt by the previous 2 nights we spent at Waterfalls Inn in Hilo. However, if you want to stay near Volcano and take advantage of the National Park's multi-day entry policy, this place is certainly a good choice.
Wonderful vacation rental
We stayed at the Hale Ohia Nui from April 15-May 15, 2004. It is a comfortable 2/2 vacation rental nestled in the rain forest of Nanawale Estates near Pahoa. It has a well equipped kitchen with everything travelers far from home would need down to a cooler made available for day trips and picnicking. Ron and Mark, our hosts, were very attentive to our needs and requests. On the second day we were there, the stove went out and they brought a new one the very next day. The only downside to this house was the mosquitoes which were controllable with mosquito repellant (which Mark and Ron also provided). Great having a washer and dryer on the premesis. Very reasonably priced at $1195 per month plus $75 for cleaning fee. Close to Hilo, Volcanoes National Park, and other interesting locations. A terrific value.
Hawaii's best bed and breakfast!
We stayed at a few bead and breakfasts in Hawaii, and this was by far the best. i just wish that we had planned to stay there longer. We stayed in Cottage #44 and it was beautiful. it is so private, which was great for us on our honeymoon. Your breakfast is left for you the night before (coffee, juice, fresh bread and fruit), so you can have it at your leisure when you wke up. The area is gorgeous and it is so peaceful. We were told that there are no mosquitos or many bugs in Volcano, and we didn't see any (just black flies).
We ended up staying in the cottage and cooking our own supper - it was just too quaint of a place to want to leave. We will certainly stay there again when we return to the Big Island. The hospitality is incredible.
Hate to give this secret away
Hate to give this "secret" place away but since it probably will be awhile til we get back (alas) I just have to share. We stayed in Cottage 44 for one night at the end of March 2004 and wished we would have booked longer. The grounds were beautiful, the cottage is too cute while also private and with all the nice amenities (remote control see through fireplace for bedroom/sitting area, jacuzzi tub, separate shower, GREAT bed, etc). No tv but that added to the ambience. Location is very convenient to the Volcano National Park (a minute or so from the entrance and also from food/small town but it seems like you are "alone" in the woods) and would stay here again if I wanted to see any part of the "Hilo" side of the island.....not even comparable to the accomodations our travel agent recommended as being the "best" in Hilo.
Hard to believe you are in this lush forest minutes away from such dry lava beds in the volcano. Breakfast was adequate (fruit and specialty bread) but not overly filling but their suggestion on dinner place (Kiluahae Lodge) was EXCELLENT and the book with info they provide in the cottage was quite informative with good suggestions. Met folks staying at the Carson's B&B which they enjoyed as well but they had "seating times" for breakfast and we enjoyed being on our own "schedule".
Most peaceful place on earth
This is a fantastic B&B. When you arrive they are very friendly (even the cat). This has to be the nicest B&B grounds and cottages I have ever seen. We stayed in the Ihilani cottage and just loved the cozy cottage with it's fireplace near the bed. Our patio was private and wonderful. Our only complaint (don't give this too much weight) was that our patio fountain did not have enough water to run. When shown the room the girl touring us even pointed it out but nothing was done about. A small complaint but none the less it should have been filled.
She did however reccommend a restaturant for supper and made reservations for us (the fountain was an oversight as our service was wxcellant)The hottub for two was an amazingly romantic place to enjoy some hawaii hang loose time. I could not reccomend this beautiful place more. Great staff and accomodations. If you are looking for a quiet, and romantic B&B with lots of naturaul beauty and charm then book this place. If you like Waikiki, tvs and a phone in your suite this may not be for you.
Wow! We've just returned from having our wedding on the Big Island. We had 22 in our party at the Hale Ohia and it was fantastic! All of the cottages and rooms are great & there's definitely a room that suits everyone's needs. Clean, charming, great location close to Volcano National Park, beautiful grounds, relaxing & a great price. We had a pretty varied group of people to please & everyone to a person was happy. Everyone in our group loved the place and everyone wants to go back. This place is great, not just great for the price. If it is available, book it now!
Stayed in the Dillingham Suite. There are many suites to choose from all with different price ranges. Found the Dillingham Suite to be more than adequate, spacious, and nicely furnished. Hale Ohia a very charming place to stay. If you're looking for a quiet and serene surrounding this is the place for you. Location is perfect for people looking to check out Volcano National Park for more than just a few hours. The park is minutes away. The staff is pleasant. Breakfast was more like a snack, but the coffee was good. Pack some fresh fruits for the fridge.