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“Cozy, convenient location for visiting Volcano National Park” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Crater Rim Cabin

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Crater Rim Cabin
Ranked #7 of 31 Volcano B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Long Island, New York
Level Contributor
38 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Cozy, convenient location for visiting Volcano National Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

Stayed two nights here while visiting the Volcano National Park. Unfortunately, we seemed to arrive during a damp, rainy period. The drive over from Waikoloa was rather wet. The cabin is located on a very bumpy road right off the Volcano Golf Club. It is located at 4000ft elevation so it is cooler. Especially when rainy or wet. It would typically be in the 50s.

The close location allows you to go see the "glow" from the Jaggar Museum quickly (we did that twice), conveniently located to the small town of Volcano which has a few restaurants.

Breakfast is self-serve, but they provide cereal, milk, eggs, bread for toast and jam. No cable TV, but we spent the night under our heated blankets watching a DVD on Kilauea's eruptions. Kids were enthralled.

We traveled with 2 adults + 2 kids (9 and 6). Oldest slept on double bed in living room (with heated blanket). Youngest was going to sleep on pull out bed on floor, but due to chill she ended up with mom and dad in the king bed.

Hosts were very friendly and gave good suggestions for dinner, times to go see things, etc. Catered to every need when we had any.

We also got to experience two earthquakes in a single morning thanks to Kilauea. Don't be surprised if you have this happen to you. Wish it didn't rain so much as we could have explored the gardens surrounding the cabin.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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London
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

We stayed three nights at the Crater Rim Cabin. The setting is glorious - it really is a log cabin surrounded by trees, but although it feels very secluded and remote, the owners' house is just a few yards away (though all but invisible) and the owners are on call by intercom all the time. It's quaint and rustic in style, with a cosy living room, a well- equipped kitchen and a good bathroom with toiletries provided. A big bowl of fruit, an array of cereals, juices, bread, butter, jam, honey, coffee, tea milk - everything you need for breakfast is provided in generous quantities. You couldn't wish for a warmer or more genuine welcome. Barry and Jim are incredibly helpful and friendly without being intrusive - there when you want them, but not otherwise. When we decided we wanted to watch a DVD one evening (there's no TV service) Barry came over in pouring rain to deliver a couple we'd asked for from their own collection. The living room has a gas fire which makes it very cosy, but the bedroom and bathroom were rather chilly on a cold night, hence the loss of a blob for room quality. It's very close to the Volcano National Park and there are restaurants and stores within a 10 minute drive. Do stay here if you're planning a trip to the park; it's a unique experience.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Oldhanwellian
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Boise, Idaho
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2012

We cannot say enough good things about our stay at Crater Rim Cabin. This was our second visit - we loved it so much the first time we absolutely had to come back. Our hosts, Barry and Jim go above and beyond to think of everything a visitor could possibly need while visiting this part of the Big Island. They can't read your mind, but they come pretty darn close! And if there does happen to be something you need, they have provided an intercom in the Cabin so that you can contact them. (We have never had to use this - there has never been anything we could dream up that wasn't already provided.)

There are plenty of other reviews that will tell you about the various amenities and treats that Barry and Jim so thoughtfully provide. What keeps us coming back is the spirit of aloha that embraces you as soon as you arrive. I challenge anyone to find another place to stay that even comes close to making their guests feel this welcome and appreciated.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is a magical place and Crater Rim Cabin is part of that magic. Perched on the rim of Kilauea caldera, you are surrounded by beautiful landscaping, and wake to birdsong in the morning. We are already looking forward to our next visit!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Rebecca M
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Bethesda MD
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2012

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

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank musashikojiro
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Brisbane, Australia
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2012

Tired of hotels and resorts, I booked the cabin based purely on the previous tripadvisor reviews, assuming that it couldn't be as good as everyone had described. But it is all of that, and more. We stayed for 4 nights, which wasn't long enough. I think everything on the Big Island could be a day trip from here, so if I had my time again, I would have booked 10 nights, knowing that after a long day of exploring, Barry would have the cabin perfectly in order to welcome us 'home' - warm, clean and smelling like those beautiful candles!

When you are exhausted from hiking around such a special corner of the world, the cabin is also a wonderful place to relax - the gardens are beautiful, there are so many books to read and CDs of local music. It's an absolute must to watch the Kilauea DVD early in your stay, to get a better understanding of the volcano.

There is everything you could possibly need in the kitchen, including awesome coffee and coffee maker (and even many different types of tea, which can be difficult to find in Hawai'i!!). The jam, the honey, the fruit, it was all sooo good. But if you don't feel like cooking, there are a number of great places to eat, just ask your ever-helpful hosts!

We learnt so much from Barry and Jim about Kilauea Volcano and the local area. It was so much more than a place to stay, we left feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. A thousand Mahalos, Barry and Jim, we cannot wait to return.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 1-km-1
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Lansing, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2011

This cabin was so sweet. The new shower was great and we loved the idea of showering with rain water. Our hosts were very helpful with lots of information about Volcano Park. The cabin was cozy and immaculate and contained everything we needed for breakfast and comfort.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Terry H
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Seattle, Washington
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65 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2011

It's hard to add to the glowing reviews that brought me here in the first place, but I will try. This is a beautiful cabin in a quiet setting surrounded by tropical greenery. As everyone has mentioned, it is spotlessly clean. The decor is lovely, highlighted by beautiful traditional Hawaiian crafts. The kitchen is generously stocked with excellent coffee, delicious bread and jam, cereal, juice, milk, eggs, and fruit. The living room is well stocked with tour books and information about the park as well as local dining. The King bed is good and the electric blanket kept us toasty warm on a cool night. After watching the fascinating video of the history of the eruptions of the local volcano, we slept really well. (The lava isn't flowing anywhere near the cabin!)

What makes this place most memorable, though, is the wonderful hospitality of Barry and Jim. They are extremely warm and welcoming, and we got lots of good advice about how to make the most of our trip, including where to hike and where to eat. (The Kiawe Kitchen is excellent.)

An unexpected treat was the opportunity to raid their warehouse and buy some of the really nice crafts and postcards and other souvenirs that are stocked there. Jim is an amazing photographer, and I bought some of his postcards of flowing lava that are just spectacular. Jim and Barry are totally low-key about having this stuff available for purchase (at very reasonable prices), and if I hadn't admired the turtle potholder and told Barry that I wished I could take it home, I wouldn't have known that I could buy one of my own. That's why I'm sharing this information on TripAdvisor. A special treat for those lucky enough to stay in this special place.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SeattleBee
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Property: Crater Rim Cabin
Address: 23 Golf Links Road, Crater Rim Drive, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718-0045
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Volcano
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Volcano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 1
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 
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