The rooms are pleasant but sound travels easily between them, and simple things like shampoo and conditioner were not provided, though beach towels and coolers with ice were. There is a gang of chickens and fancy roosters roaming the grounds, which is nice except that the roosters crow at all hours, making sleep challenging. We awoke at 4:30 am most days due to this.
Our hosts were well-intentioned and enthusiastic, but not very professional. They did not sense when we would like to be left to our own conversation, especially at breakfast; they often stood over the table while we ate and delivered monologues, frequently about personal family issues and/or badmouthing people, which made us quite uncomfortable.
The food was mediocre and not made with the highest quality ingredients; jam with high fructose corn syrup, sometimes canned pineapple, juice that was not fresh-squeezed. Coffee was a flavored Kona blend, rather than 100% Kona coffee, which would have been so easy and pleasant to get. According to our host, the blend was to keep us from getting too much caffeine, which is absurd. We were surprised that macadamia nuts were never served or used.
In hindsight, we would rather have stayed elsewhere. If you must, stay one night on the way from Kona to Volcanoes National Park or Hilo, or vice versa. But it is more than missable.
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17 November 2010
First I want to say it was our pleasure to host this family on our farm and our very best wishes to the newlyweds! Thank you for letting us be a part of this most memorable time in your life.They came to Hawaii for a wedding and it was the son/groom who first
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contacted us. Later his family, including his Father who wrote this review, booked rooms. I talked with the Groom about our farm and he was most
comfortable with the farm setting and our central location 1/2 between the two big towns and only 45 min. to Volcano National Park. We have a very
peaceful setting- no street noise, traffic, planes flying over head etc. We are proud to have Hawaiian chickens who help us keep our insects under
control in the orchard ;and allow us to farm pesticide free. Many people love the sounds of a natural night and sleep with their windows wide open
[we have many unique birds on our farm- we're actually listed on a birder sight]. For light sleepers [it's funny how the human brain will pick up the
sound of a rooster on a peaceful Hawaiian night when you are not used to it, but the same person at home can sleep through all kinds of street noise] we
tell them to shut their windows, turn on a fan if needed, and turn up the sound machines by the bed. Reading through the comments made by his Father,
he clearly would have been more happy at a Hotel.
The coffee we serve is actually a Kona Vanilla Macadamia Nut Blend [yes we do serve things with Macadamia Nuts in them]. The jam that was mentioned is
by Hawaiian Sun and made of course right here in Hawaii. Juice also is locally produced here in Hawaii and we delight in serving blends of local
fruits.Most guests have their own shampoos and conditioners now adays [we provide soap]. Things like coolers, beach towels, water bottles etc.- larger items
that it costs you to ship- those are the things folks often need and we're glad to provide them FREE. One thought: we used to provide a small box of items in each suite of things you might have forgotten to bring or need at the last minute- for a minor cost. We had several guests forget to pay us for the items and we were actually going in the red- but maybe there is another way to handle the issue.
Many guests want info on things to do and see on island and we are always happy to talk with them and help them plan their day and get the very most
out of their time here in Hawaii. It became obvious to us very quickly that the Father did not want to be talked with- simply "waited" on and we gladly
left them to their own conversation at the breakfast table. On their last day with us I did take some time to say goodbye- and when I found out the
Father was a medical Dr., talked about our dear son who recently died at 17 of cancer. One can only hope that one day cancer will be cured- and we have
been fortunate to have some brilliant researchers from all over the world stay with us. You never know what piece of information will be the clue to
help someone be able to take treatment to the next step. As for badmouthing people- the only person I commented on negatively was a Dr. who had treated
This guest never asked about our farm. However, if you'd like to avail yourself of our educational, complimentary orchard tours [got a write up in
the New York Times for them] we'd be glad to have you. And oh- want to learn more about the Hawaiian chickens - glad to fill you in.
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