Crater Rim Cabin is a wonderful accommodation for anyone who loves to cook and/or wants to explore the wonders of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on foot. The cabin is located on the "dry" side of Kilauea volcano and is meticulously maintained by Jim Griggs and Barry Stokes. The quiet surroundings feature a beautiful garden and landscaping all done by the owners. The cabin has everything one might need for a comfortable stay and if you need anything extra the owners will immediately provide for you.
The cabin is equipped with breakfast items. During our two-week stay we actually brought rice and pasta and some packaged foods from our home in Bethesda so we could prepare our own lunches and dinners. Locally grown vegetables and fruits and freshly baked pastries and bread, in addition to ready-to-eat meals and gift jams and jellies prepared from native Hawaiian fruits such as ohelo berries, papaya, lilikoi and guava can all be obtained each Sunday from the Volcano Farmer's Market. Staple items can be obtained by a 10-minute walk to the general store at the Kilauea Military Camp, which also has facilities for bowling, tennis and other activities. An 18-hole golf course is 5 minutes from the cabin. On foot, one can reach the Park Service's Jaggar Museum, overlooking Halemaumau crater, in less than 45 minutes and the Park headquarters and visitor center in less than 40 minutes.
Bonuses include spectacular photographs on the cabin walls by Jim Griggs (available for purchase if you ask) and a warehouse full of products from the owners' Tutu Nene business. My Japanese wife and I have found the Nene refrigerator magnets to be a great hit with our friends and relatives in both the mainland US and in Japan. They are truly a unique product of America. We have also had great success in giving their potholders, coasters, holders for plastic bags and the newly designed cloth trivets, all constructed with Hawaiian designs, as well as refrigerator magnets featuring various Hawaiian native birds. For ourselves we have purchased a complete Nene family, which resides in our living room.
The National Park offers a variety of activities, including daytime walks, evening talks, the occasional hula performance by local dancers (the genuine article--not what you see in commercial hotels) and last but not least nighttime views of live lava from the east rift zone on its way to the ocean and glow from the active lava lake occupying Halemaumau crater in Kilauea caldera.
All in all a marvelous place to stay, the longer the better!
Tom Wright & Etsuko Saito
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A secluded, private cabin in the forest at the edge of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Close to the National Park entrance. Perfect for couples and families with small children. Full kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and great room. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Crater Rim Cabin Hotel Volcano
- Crater Rim Cabin Volcano, Hawaii